Computers have already conquered the study and the lounge room and have been making steady inroads in their assault on the kitchen with devices such as Internet capable fridges and digital recipe readers. As soon as the iPad was released, more than a few people were pondering its potential as a kitchen computer to provide the functionality of these devices and more. Heck, a few creative types even mounted iPads into their cupboard doors. For those of you who like the idea of a kitchen iPad but perhaps aren't that handy with a jigsaw, you might try the FridgePad.

The FridgePad is little more than a magnetic mounting bracket that turns your iPad into the world’s largest and most expensive fridge magnet. And, unlike the cupboard door mounting option, the FridgePad won’t leave a gaping hole when you want to take your iPad out of the kitchen. The device allows an iPad to be clipped in and out to provide a central place where the iPad can be stored where everyone will be able to find it.

Most fridge magnets don’t boast the highest levels of craftsmanship but Woodford Design casts and machines each FridgePad out of a solid chunk of aluminum and gives it a silver finish. So be warned, it might look a little out of place alongside shoddily made fridge magnets given as gifts by friends and family.

The FridgePad will retail for GBP49 (approx. US$77) when it goes on sale at Amazon.com this autumn. Additional accessories including a counter top stand, wall mount and power unit will be introduced later this year.