Upon first glance, the Padfoot (US$20.00) appears to be a structural impossibility. It's…hollow. It's featherweight. It looks like it would crumble if you looked at it sideways. And it's supposed to support a (relatively) weighty iPad 2?
Believe it. Antwerp designer Michiel Cornelissen combines polyamide material with a "3D printing" technique that "allows for the creation of a hollow shell with internal structures that cannot be made in any other way; resulting in a product that combines high strength with low weight." Barely tipping the scales at a measly 10 grams, the Padfoot can disappear into a pocket — or even your iPad's carry case — then be pulled out to hold your tablet firmly in both landscape and portrait orientations. It comes in a variety of stock and seasonal colors: check the website for current color options.
If you haven't yet upgraded to an iPad 2, Cornelissenwill be happy to sell you the original iPad 1-compatible Padfoot for US$25.00. Either way, this is the sort of forward-thinking, outside-the-norm design we've come to love here at iSmashPhone.com.
Check out our hands-on review below: