Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Frankensteinian book-holder

I once referred to my otherwise beloved book- and iPad-holder as "Frankensteinian". And I have to admit that part of that is this:

I have *two* wraps like that on the flexible arm. Why? Because the design of it is so... mmm... not "bad", but... "shortsighed" or perhaps "unpolished"... that when you bend the arm two sharp edges come together in a corner, and if your finger happens to be there, it can be very painful indeed.
(The cords don't hold anything together, they are just for the iPad, and wrapped around so they don't flop around so much.)

So what I'm saying is, I'm looking forward to my Flote getting here. If it works as well as it looks, it'll be very nice.

I'm surprised it took two years for anybody to make something like this, a floor stand for tablets. It's such an obvious niche needing filling. I guess it's just because it is a difficult thing to make really right, less so than cases and bags, of which we seem to have nigh-unlimited options to choose from. I hope the Flote will be a hit. Sitting or half-lying on the most comfortable seat/bed in your home, reading or watching video on your tablet, with coffee in one hand and carrot-cake in the other, is heavenly.


Stephen A said...

I hacked a $10 headrest tablet clamp to take a 1/4-20 tripod nut with a T-Nut and some epoxy. Now I can use any camera mounting hardware to hold any tablet 7" or 10".

Timo Lehtinen said...

There are also iPad mounts for the 5/8"-27 thread that Mic stands use. For example this one. This is good because there are some very sturdy and flexible mic stands available. And they don't cost that much either.