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iPad lifehacks, tips, and tricks

Here are tips, tricks and gadgets to use your iPad in fun ways.

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Topic: iPad
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1 of 10 Charlie Osborne/ZDNet

A retro iPad typewriter

A geeky gift no doubt, but if you want to bring a retro touch to your modern-day tablet, consider purchasing a USB typewriter kit or using the DIY version to create your own. 

 

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2 of 10 Sugru

An iPad wall mount

If you have your hands full cooking but want to check up on a recipe, consider using sugru -- a material which bonds but doesn't require nails or screws -- to create a wall shelf that your tablet can easily slide in to. Use cling film to protect your iPad while you mark out the areas for sugru-based hooks, then leave it to set for 24 hours before settling your iPad on the mount.

Via: Sugru

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3 of 10 Ian Collins

An iPad stand using only the gadget's packaging

If you want a stand but don't want to spend time or money on one, use the iPad's packaging. Take the cardboard element which protects one of the sides in the box, cut it in half, and cut a notch at the desired angle to hold your tablet. Once complete, you have a free stand. 

Via: Geeky Gadgets 

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4 of 10 Sugru

An iPad bed stand

A second variation for an iPad stand using sugru, if you want to catch up on television shows or film in bed but don't want to hold a tablet for a long time, a DIY wall mount could be a good solution. You'll need an old iPad backcover, a retro table lamp, a desk clamp, sugru and screwdriver. After separating the "head" part of the lamp shade and wiring from the arm, you need to attach the shade joint to the back of the iPad cover by using sugru. Next, attach the arm to the back of the iPad, and make sure the table clamp is firmly secured to a bed head board. Once secure, slot the lamp's arm in to it. 

Via: Sugru

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5 of 10 Charlie Osborne/ZDNet

An iPad guitar

It might not be the most traditional instrument in the world, but one rather large and involved hack transforms an iPad into a guitar. As shown in the video below, by merging the tablet together with other components, you can create a guitar-shaped synthesizer capable of making some interesting sounds. 

Via: Ubergizmo

 

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A DIY iPad stylus

Just because you're happy to spend hundreds of dollars on your tablet doesn't mean you'll be spending a little extra on a stylus to accompany it. If this is the case, all you need is the barrel of a Bic pen, Q-tip and aluminum foil. Cut the Q-tip and stick it shaft-first in to the barrel, leaving the cotton exposed, and then wrap the tin foil around the bottom of the barrel so it touches the cotton. Wet the cotton and you're done -- the metal and moisture replicating your finger and able to swipe, tap and stroke for you. 

Via: CNET

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7 of 10 Charlie Osborne/ZDNet

iPad mounts for motorcyles

By using the ignition on a motorcycle, your iPad can be magnetically held down if you want to position it between handlebars to act as a sat-nav. There are a number of mods you can make to vehicles using custom holders for tablets, and while the video below shows how an iPad can be used with a Harley, there are also mods such as the integration of the iPad mini with trikes

 

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iPad bicycle jackets

An experiment conducted by Maya transformed an iPad into wearable technology. The 'Maya Sprocket' was an application and jacket -- still possible to create through DIY -- which used the tablet to indicate which direction a cyclist was planning to take while on the road. The iPad was mounted on the back of a cyclist jacket, and if you planned to stop or slow down you triggered a "stop sign," whereas if you turned, a "turn" signal appeared on your back. 

Via: Maya

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9 of 10 Charlie Osborne/ZDNet

Combining the iPad and velcro

Interactive dashboard and research into connected cars is a hot topic at the moment, but you can create your own purely by using an iPad and some velcro. 

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10 of 10 Charlie Osborne/ZDNet

Windows 95 On An iPad

I can't say I understand why you would do this, but if you want to go retro and install Windows 95 on your iPad, the instructions are below.

 

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