One of the killer applications for a tablet computer (like the iPad) is hanging it on a wall. It sounds silly at first, but there's a lot of new ways to use tablets -- and lots more we haven't thought of yet.
Tablets represent a paradigm shift and it'll take a while for it to sink in your slate isn't your old school computer.
The other day I was thinking about how cool it would be to hang my iPad on the wall behind my desk. Rather than it sitting idle in its case for most of the day, it could be another data source, running a news app like Pulse News Reader for iPad (free, App Store) constantly updating several news sources.
What's more, I'd also love to mount it in my kitchen for following along with recipes from AllRecipes and Epicurious while I cook. It sure beats finding the recipe online, printing it and taping it to the microwave, which is what I currently do.
The list goes on.
I did some research on iPad wall mounts but most of what I found was junky looking and not very Mac-like. Then I stumbled across the Wallee iPad case and wall mount ($49.95) and it was like finding an oasis in a horrible desert of ugly wall mounts.
Above is shot of the white (more off-white, actually) Wallee mounted on my office wall running Pulse. Here's a shot of the rear of the Wallee case and the clever X mount:
Wallee is comprised of a polycarbonate, snap-on case for the iPad (which comes in 5 colors) and an ingenious wall plate with a locking "X" on it. It was a breeze to install using the video on their website. Be sure to use the right anchors for your wall type though, poor fasteners could result in your iPad falling and meeting an unfortunate demise.
All-in-all I'm thrilled with Wallee and plan on installing more of the $10 mounts all over the place. I'm probably going install a mount on my bathroom wall so that I can play tunes (Pandora, iPod) while I'm in the shower and check the weather (Weather Station) while brushing my teeth. In spring I could see installing a mount above the workbench in my garage. The possibilities are endless.
Wallee serves my needs perfectly and now my iPad gets used about 12 hours out of the day -- instead of one or less. Information overload? Maybe, but that's the way I like it.
Mine current favorite wallePad apps are:
- Pulse News Reader (free, App Store)
- Allrecipes (free, App Store)
- Epicurious (free, App Store)
- How to Cook Everything ($9.99, App Store)
- Weather Station free (free, App Store)