- One wire coat hanger. (30c)
- Your bare hands. (free?)
- One tablet computer. ($150-$1000)
About 3 minutes, but it really depends on how quickly you can bend stuff.
- Take the coathanger and bend it into a vague rectangle.
- Make a few extra bends in it to stop the iPad falling out the bottom
- Make a slight concave bend towards the top. This is just to make the iPad lean backwards so it's more structurally stable if you knock it.
- Just look at these pictures.
|I know my lighting and camera work sucks. Pro cameras are wasted on coat hangers.|
|If you use fancy tools like 'pliers' you can probably make it way more attractive to look at.|
You now have a flexible, mouldable tablet stand that works surprisingly well and can hang off damn near anything in your vicinity. If you're in a room doing something, chances are you can hang your iPad somewhere.
Watch TV while cooking!
Use the Verge Collection Map while driving!
|Also a great way to keep up with facebook on the drive to work.|
And of course, look up recipes in the shower.
|For demonstration purposes only. You should use a ziploc bag when actually showering with an iPad.|
Entirely seriously though; I have half a dozen home made and bought tablet stands at home and at work. The coathanger now gets more use than all of them, cost a grand total of 30c, and can be quickly remodelled on the fly to fit whatever you need it to do.
This is also just the prototype. With a pair of pliers and a ruler you can hide that metal bar at the base, even up the bends on either side, and do pretty much whatever else you can imagine. It's weirdly stable and I haven't managed to knock it loose once (despite my clumsy showering technique).