Hard to imagine what the world of tech journalism was like before the iPad. Purely in terms of coverage. Wired alone covered 433 iPad related articles in a year. It’s not just the tablet itself, which is an almost endless generator of headlines and speculation but the amazing ecosystem of third party applications and accessories.
One of which is Vogel’s BaseCover system – a complex series of attachments that extends where you can take your iPad in a reasonably cool manner. The most eye catching of which is the WallMount – a tiny cylinder that you drill into a wall and mount your iPad onto. You can clip it on and off relatively easily and it’s a fairly secure system – as anything securing an expensive touch screen computing system to a wall would have to be. There is a special Vogel WallTimes app that runs a large screen clock on your iPad screen – but there are also custom screens – with alarm clocks if you have your WallMount in the bedroom (which is nicely dimmed), a world clock for a living room scenario and lots of useful cooking timers if you have a WallMount set up in the kitchen and run five at a time.
The wall mount clips into a special iPad case – with a little hole at the back to secure it to the WallMount. The system leads to a degree of scalability – including TableStand – a useful freestanding leg that enables you to prop up your iPad for display – as a photo stand or to display movies etc. I like to prop mine up and use my wireless Bluetooth keyboard to type. It’s almost like having a real computer.
For in-car use, Vogel’s has adapted its DVDock to be used with the Mount & Cover System, which is securely fixed to the headrest to entertain back seat passengers with movies etc.
And of course the Basecover works as an iPad case, which you can reverse to protect the screen when travelling with it.
Available now from Amazon.