For anyone who has ever had to hold an iPad in the air while using it in bed, you know how uncomfortable it can be on the arms. The device is not exactly the lightest thing in the world, and a comfortable way to use it in bed is something that's sorely missing. Even if you aren't holding it, finding a place to rest it while in bed is also not easy. The Manatee iPad stand is designed to be the solution to the problem.
The base of the Manatee is designed to be wedged between your mattress and boxspring, or placed on the floor under the bed. It has an arm that goes up and allows you to place the iPad in its soft silicone holders. This allows you to reach out and manipulate the screen and then kick back and relax.
Because the holders on the Manatee are flexible, you can use it with any model of iPad, and most likely other tablets of a similar size. You can also use it if your iPad is in a big case.
The Manatee incorporates a maple ball that allows you to pivot the head where you need it. You can also use the rotation feature depending on whether you want to use the device horizontally or vertically.
The metal arm that supports the iPad features a magnetic hook that is designed to keep your iPad charger neat while watching videos or browsing the web in bed. On the bottom of the Manatee are grippy feet that keep the stand in place if you are using it on the floor.
The designers of the Manatee are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter to support mass production. They need US$17,900 to meet their funding goal. You can pick up your own for a pledge of $179 if you get in before the early bird special ends. After that, the Manatee will go for $199.
The video below is from the creators and explains more about the Manatee.