Variations on normal by Dominic Wilcox

iPad simplification
April 6, 2010, 1:19 am
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My idea this week is an accessory to transform the whizzbang iPad into a simple practical object that may be useful around the home, in this case a bookend.
I will probably buy an iPad at some point. It is a beautiful object and is apparently wonderful to use. I don’t think I’ll read books on it as a paper book has higher resolution text, is about four times lighter and doesn’t need a battery. The iPad will definitely be a success as an entertainment device, looking at photos, reading an e-magazine, watching a movie and visiting websites, but whether it will become a ‘useful’ thing is a bit of an unknown. Hopefully the people who make the software apps will come up with something that turns the iPad from a delightful luxury item into an essential piece of equipment. Maybe one day we will look back and think ‘what exactly did we do before the iPad?’ or maybe we’ll think ‘Well, it made a stylish bookend’. Your comments are very welcome…

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Very nice. Gotta’ make that a real product. Seriously!

Comment by Lyndell

May may a good way to act as a display stand with a slight tweak. Go for it.

Comment by Paul


Comment by Andy B

Thanks Andy

Comment by mrdominic (admin)

What happens to the books when you want to use the iPad?

Comment by iBill

The books fall down so you shouldn’t do that. It’s a bookend now.

Comment by mrdominic (admin)

You’d just have to buy a second iPad, obviously.

Comment by iGary

iPad = luxurious bookend. It will never be a useful item. Well, it will be if you if you produce the ibookend, but then it’s just useful but not practical because of it’s high price tag. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by wild-ting

It’s a complicated thing

Comment by mrdominic (admin)

So what happens to the books, when you take the Ipad out…

Comment by thomas

The books would fall of course. Why would someone dismantle their bookend?.

Comment by mrdominic (admin)


Ich dachte schon, dass das Ding doch noch einen Sinn hat. Wirklich sehr stylisch von Apple muss ich sagen Gefunden bei variationsonnormal. Share on Facebook……

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Ich verstehe, ich glaube, danke

Comment by mrdominic (admin)

won’t it scratch the screen of the ipad?
a $400 bookend?

Comment by jose pidal


Comment by mrdominic (admin)

I have a feeling with such heavy books resting on the ipad, it will eventually break the ipad, or bend/scratch the aluminum back part due to the constant pressure of the ipad with the actual slot of the ibookend.

Comment by Dripta

is this a joke? Come on guys, April fools was a week ago…. seriously.

Comment by Jason

Let’s just hope, the iPad will not be the (paper) book’s end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comment by Andi


Comment by Dominic (admin)

Good idea, but why do you put it in the other way around? The display could show the list of books on this shelf – kind of a library helper… ๐Ÿ˜€

Comment by A Vistor

Ah yep, that’s me. I can’t think of a use for one either…


Comment by Val Erde

Ha ha ha this has got to be some king of wind up!

Comment by iPad loving lass

The most horrific idea of this product is, that iPad really tries to be (or is?) The End of all books. Buy it, and you will place it next to very last paperbook you ever bought. Next books you buy are inside the iPad…

Comment by Core

I have a great iPad idea. Human Subtitles. Speech recognition linked to iPad, then display on the screen what the person is saying. Then i can understand all you freakazoids.

Comment by Robin

Here’s one I did earlier

Comment by Dominic (admin)

no, i hope it’s not…

Comment by ipad

no, i love paper books. they won’t be gone.

Comment by free ipad games

no, i love paper books. they wonโ€™t be gone. thank you

Comment by True Religion Men's Jeans

Nice technology! we should appreciate it because we are benefited from it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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