iPad 2 Duct Tape Magnetic Jacket
iPad 2 Duct Tape Magnetic Jacket
A collision of three awesome inventions: iPad 2, Duct Tape and Magnets. Carry your iPad 2 in style with the DTMJ.
A collision of three awesome inventions: iPad 2, Duct Tape and Magnets. Carry your iPad 2 in style with the DTMJ. Read more
• Unique colors and designs
• Integrated sleep/wake function
• Easy magnetic insert and removal
• Built-in angled typing prop and horizontal viewing stand
• Magnetic clasp
• Soft Felt Lining
• Full front and back protection
• Durable and light-weight plywood core
• Handmade in the USA
Read a Review:
Cool Things: iPad 2 Duct Tape Magnetic Jacket - Patrick Jordan @ iPad Insight
Super Cool iPad cover - Lance Barton "Blogsy Guy"(Note: This review is of a second prototype which does not use the final plastic tabs so the photos are not completely accurate to the final design.)
A pledge for the DTMJ will equal a pre-order from one of the following pledge levels:
(Please see "How does pledge funding work?" below for more details.)
Basic - Horizontal accent stripe of 2nd color optional. Also available in: Classic Duct Tape Silver, Yellow & Pink (not shown).
Pattern - Horizontal accent stripe of 2nd color optional. Also available in Leopard (not shown).
How does pledge funding work?Funding through Kickstarter is a make it or break it deal. If the project does not reach full support you will not receive a DTMJ. Also you will not be charged for your support (pre-order) unless the project has been fully funded. So either way you are protected as a supporter. In other words: if the project is not funded your are not out any money. If the project is funded I will begin building in January and hope to start shipping in February.
The History:When I purchased the iPad 2, I desired a slim, folio style case that would offer protection from being tossed in the trunk of my motorbike on a daily basis. I, however, prefer to use the iPad naked which meant I wanted a full (front and back protection) case that was easy to get the iPad in and out of. I couldn’t find a case that completely met those needs. The full cases I found were bulky and completely cover the lovely iPad while requiring some type of pushing, pulling, flap removal or insertion in order to get it in and out.
I like the ease of Apple’s smart cover but it’s only a one sided solution. I found the smart cover's magnetic system to be brilliant. I was surprised that I could not find a full case that utilized that built-in magnetic system. As a DIY’er I decided to build my own.
In April of 2011 I built my first prototype, which I covered in one of my favorite things: duct tape. I wanted the case to be strong, so I searched for a suitable material for the inner core, after all duct tape alone would be very flimsy. After a bit of research I found 1/32” birch plywood that is sold for skinning model airplanes. Although the plywood is very thin it is super light weight and strong.
I then created my own magnetic attachment system. It consists of a milled block of wood that has six neodymium magnets embedded into it. The iPad rests against the block on the left side attaching to the embedded magnets. The combination of magnets is very strong and securely holds the iPad alone. However, while testing the design I learned that the right side needed support in case the iPad was bumped and the magnets detached. Corner tabs were the solution. I originally created the tabs from scrap aluminum. The final version of the tabs are 3D printed plastic which I designed to match the curves of the iPad's corners. (3D modeling was done by the very awesome Jake Drews.)
The original prototype
Once I completed the original prototype which I named The iPad 2 Duct Tape Smart Folio Case, I posted photos of it on my blog. The case received many positive response and reposts around the web. Over the past few months I’ve been refining the design and planning a production work flow in order to make the DTMJ available and affordable.
My final step is launching this project on Kickstarter. Being able to purchase supplies in bulk is the key to keeping the costs affordable in order to offer the DTMJ for sale. Thanks to Kickstarter, that is a possibility. This is really a break-even project for me. If I reach the funding goal I'll just make back what I've already invested in getting the project this far.
If you've made it this far, thank you for checking out this project; your pledge would be greatly appreciated! If you decide to support the DTMJ please tell your friends and family so the word gets out and we can hopefully reach the funding goal.
- (36 days)