Fabulously ridiculous iPad accessories

Jun 27, 2011
Tech

The iPad 2 – that all-in-one digital tablet – is Apple’s latest blockbuster hit. It’s popping up on airplanes and in waiting rooms, as well as on church lecterns and even during commencement addresses, after all, who doesn’t want their own, personal teleprompter? But, like other Apple must-haves, the iPad has spawned an entire industry […]

The iPad 2 – that all-in-one digital tablet – is Apple’s latest blockbuster hit. It’s popping up on airplanes and in waiting rooms, as well as on church lecterns and even during commencement addresses, after all, who doesn’t want their own, personal teleprompter?

But, like other Apple must-haves, the iPad has spawned an entire industry of complementary products. It isn’t enough to purchase the tablet,, you have to have the chic accouterments to realize your uber-hip tech look to its fullest potential.

So please, don’t let your iPad out of the house naked. Browse the following accessories carefully, and we will see you – and your iPad – at the next Apple convention.

The Etch-a-sketch iPad case allows users to enjoy their favorite cutting-edge piece of technology in the guise of their favorite old school childhood toy. The rubber case means that the tablet will stay safe and clean. Cutouts are strategically placed to allow for use of all buttons and ports, and the only thing that would make it cooler is if you could doodle while reading your favorite Jonathan Franzen novel.

We have all experienced the heart-breaking clatter when our cell phone hits the floor. Given the high-ticket price, we recommend you take better care of your iPad. We recommend, therefore, investing in the Suction cup holder in hot pink. It will ensure that the tablet stays put when placed on smooth surfaces such as tile or glass. It can also be used for other electronics.

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If your love of the iPad means that it has become more or less like a fifth limb, you are going to want to keep it on you at all times. Thank goodness someone invented iClothing, garments that include built-in iPad-sized pockets. There is a T-shirt with a perfectly sized pocket so that you can wear it smack-dab on your stomach, and a dress for a slightly more hippy look.

For those looking for a more subtle approach to ferrying around their beloved device, the Scottevest is a good buy. On the outside, it looks like any typical, utility vest one could purchase as REI or Sport Chalet. But on the inside is a perfectly-designed pocket for, that’s right, your iPad. This product is great for professionals on the run – you can whip-out the tablet and get work to work at any time.

If classic arcade games are your idea of a good time, check out the iCade iPad dock. It’s modeled after the old-fashioned, stand-up arcade game cabinets, complete with joystick and buttons. Download a couple of classic games via the App Store, place the tablet in the iCade and get started. PacMan was never so much fun.

Lastly, we are going to leave you with Etsy, the crafts-oriented online store where you can find things for your iPad you didn’t even know you wanted. There are cases made of fur, leather, felt and buttons. Oh, and did we mention the ones resembling a sanitary napkin and a thick slice of bacon?

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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