iRoom iDock is the world’s first motorized, in-wall iPad dock
By Darren Quick
September 21, 2011
We've seen iPad docks that mount an iPad on a wall, on a car dashboard and on a fridge, but the iRoom iDock is the first we've come across that mounts an iPad in the wall. Featuring a motorized docking system that automatically opens and closes thanks to a proximity sensor, the iRoom iDock is flush-mounted to the wall, which means you'll need the services of an electrician to connect the unit to your home's electrical system.
The motorized dock can be triggered by a proximity sensor that detects when you're nearby so it automatically opens up ready for iPad insertion or removal. The door will close automatically after ten seconds and if you don't like the idea of the unit constantly opening and closing as you pass the proximity sensor can be disabled. Once your iPad is snugly inside, the iDock will charge its battery, while integrated composite audio inputs allow it to be hooked up to a sound system and the iPad used as an audio source. In the event of a power failure, the iDock will automatically open so the iPad isn't trapped inside.
The iRoom iDock comes in landscape and portrait models and, in addition to the standard black, white and brushed aluminum options, the color of the bezel can be customized to match your décor. The portrait iDock is compatible with iPad 1 and, with the use of a tailored insert, iPad 2, while the landscape iDock is designed for iPad 2 but will accommodate an iPad 1 through the use of guide rails.
iRoom doesn't list a recommended retail price for the iDock on its website, nor does the North American distributor Bracketron. But we found the unit selling in the U.K for GBP714 (approx. US$1,116), which doesn't include the cost of installation. Probably a bit on the steep side if you're just looking to charge your iPad, but possibly not beyond the realms of possibility if the iPad is acting as the control interface for a home control system - possibly.
This video shows the dock's mechanism in action: