While the rumours were circling of the Apple iPad before its long awaited release, there was much discussion of what purpose it would serve. Would it really do a better job of filling the gap that the netbook supposedly hadn’t? Is it a practical method of watching movies and listening to music? Is it ultimately just an oversized iPod Touch?
However, one of the ways it has been deployed in a few homes is as a sort of central control, whether that be for note-taking or remote media control. We have even seen a few examples of users who have integrated the iPad into their kitchen cupboards, but now Woodford Design have taken the DIY jobs out with the release of their iPad fridge magnet mount/holder.
Up until now, fridge magnets have been one of those traditions, which really serve no purpose, yet everyone adopts. But the iPad fridge magnet holder encases your Apple tablet and acts as a mount so you can keep your iPad at what is undoubtedly the center of every household, the kitchen fridge!
So why is this useful? Well, firstly it is simply a way of not losing your iPad as the fridge is somewhere that at some point, we all visit so there is added convenience there. However, there are some more functional uses to this fridge mount, for example, you can make use of Apple’s iBooks of Amazon’s Kindle app to read cookery books or simply browse the web for the same result. Alternatively, you can use it to listen to / watch, or remotely control your music/video collection whilst cooking or eating.
You could use it for leaving notes for your family rather than having countless sticky notes or simply as a digital photo frame – it would certainly be a step up from this small fridge magnet digital photo frame. There are countless other iPad uses, which are greatly complimented by the fridge magnet mount, however first and foremost it is just a little bit different, isn’t it?
The fridge magnet, design wise, is pretty minimalistic as there is not a lot more to it than just a metal mount for your iPad, but it fits perfectly around the edge of the iPad and has a simply, but secure clip-in and removal system so you can quickly put it away or get it out again. The corners of the mount, which keep the iPad in place, are adjustable to future proof the product in case of a slight design change in the eventual 2nd generation iPad. The entire mount is fashioned from a solid chunk of high quality aluminium and sports a smooth, sliver finish so it looks great too, even when the iPad is not in place.
Woodford Design’s iPad Fridge magnet mount is not going to win any product awards, nor is it the most exciting product to hit the market this year by any stretch of the imagination, but it is functional, and perhaps gives the iPad a little edge when it comes to integrating into your home and will no doubt inspire other such products in future as more people buy an iPad.
The Fridgepad is available from Firebox for around £35. Plus, additional accessories such as the counter top stand, wall mount and power unit will be introduced later this year too.