Apple's iPad tablet has become an extension of the arm for many people. Despite being designed for portability – and the iPad 2 being 15 percent lighter than the first iPad – using either version of the device for any longer than a few minutes without some kind of support can lead to arm and hand strain. Hub International's HandStand case makes things much more comfortable by letting you attach an iPad to your hand like a catcher's mitt.
The HandStand has been available for a while now for the original iPad and the makers have stuck to the same tried and true design for the thinner and lighter iPad 2. A one-size-fits-all elastic strap on the back of the silicone case keeps the iPad attached to the hand and frees up the other for manipulating the touchscreen. The strap is attached to the case via a rotating disk that allows users to spin the iPad from landscape to portrait, while an integrated stand sits the device on a slight incline on a desk for easier two-handed typing.
"As the iPad makes its way into everyday use for work and leisure, we saw the growing need for a solution that enabled it to be carried for long periods of time," said Jaime Smith, founder of Hub International. "With analyst expectations that iPads will be the fastest integrated device in enterprise, quicker than PCs, Laptops and Smartphones, it was more important than ever to answer to the corporate need.
The HandStand is made from 100 percent recycled plastics and resin and is available in black, pink or white. The HandStand 1 for the original iPad retails for US$49.99, while the HandStand 2 for iPad 2 is available for pre-order for $39.99.