I’ve written about and reviewed a number of iPad cases from Pad & Quill over recent years. They’re handcrafted cases that are always striking looking and exude quality.
Recently the nice folks at P&Q have extended their line and now offer a series of leather bags that are just exquisite looking. Although these are not strictly iPad accessories – they’re more versatile carrier bags for a number of purposes – they can certainly accommodate a laptop, a trusty tablet, and quite a few other essentials.
I love the look of all three of these bags, but I am particularly taken with The Messenger Bag. Here’s a slice of its introduction at the P&Q site:
Too accomplished for a nylon bag, way too far from the grave to consider a briefcase, the Pad & Quill Messenger Bag is just the carrier you need. Crafted battleship tough-enough to become a family heirloom, the substantial full grain American cowhide leather and hefty twill woven waxed canvas will age, mar and inevitably record an ever evolving story of your daily travels – even if they are just to work and back.
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I love a good iPad stand and it’s been a little while since on caught my eye. Now the Coburns iPad Stands Kickstarter project has changed that.
These are gorgeous and very impressive looking iPad stands, made from some beautiful hardwoods and handcrafted right here in the US. The Kickstarter project for them has already met and doubled its funding target. This has allowed for manufacturing to be up and running already and the the project’s creators claim this will be the fastest delivered physical product in Kickstarter history. If you’re ever waited around for Kickstarter products delivered months past their targeted date, that’s music to your ears.
Here’s a few of the reasons these iPad stands grabbed my attention:
– They’re said to provide nearly unlimited viewing angles in portrait and landscape mode.
– They’re very compact and fit in a shirt pocket.
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iSketchnote is a promising looking iPad-focused Kickstarter project. It lets you use real pen and paper in tandem with the iPad via a smart cover with integrated digitizing capabilities. Here are a few slices of its Kickstarter intro:
We love to doodle, make sketchnotes, and we love the iPad. We also love the feel of a pen travelling on a sheet of paper. But nothing existed that combined the power of the iPad with the comfort of writing on paper. So, we invented iSketchnote!
None of the existing technologies provide the real experience of a pen and paper. So keep your habits and use the only technology that allows you to digitize your sketches and notes in real time.
No specific paper. No electronic pen. Just iSketchnote!
The project has already got over 95% of its funding target with a full 29 days left. Pledge levels for an iSketchnote pack start at $149. You can see more and get a much better impression of what this does in the Kickstarter demo video:
I’ve always enjoyed the TV ads that Dish Network does for ‘The Hopper’ feature. I think they’ve got great style and are always funny. I can see these running for years and working well for Dish.
And of course it’s fun seeing the iPad featured in a couple of the newest ads in this series – like this one titled ‘iPad News’ shown above.
My big favorite though is one I couldn’t find on YouTube – the one that ends with the line “Shut up! I’m watching my iPad”.
UPDATE: The YouTube video for the ad I’m talking about here was taken down literally while I was posting it looks like. So here are links to where you can see the two ads mentioned:
iPad News: http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7nCc/dish-hopper-ipad-news
I love this photo of a Bernese Mountain Dog watching other dogs on an iPad. It’s from TUAW’s ‘Dog Days of Summer’ series of posts. It was submitted by a TUAW reader and here’s the accompanying text for it:
“Mika watching Bernese Mountain puppies on my iPad, complete with Steve Jobs’ bio in the background (though don’t know how much he appreciates the narrative). He actually climbed up when he heard the puppy vocals.”
My big Labrador doesn’t do much watching of my iPad screens, but he is very aware of my iPads. For instance, first thing in the morning I check email and read news and RSS feeds on my iPad mini and as soon as I close the case cover and there’s the sleep sound from the iPad he’ll come straight over to me knowing that it’s his breakfast time.
I may need to try out some dog videos on the iPad soon. Do any of our pets get engaged by your iPad?