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  • Introducing The FridgePad: A Refrigerator Mount for Your iPad



    Talk about a "cool" place to use the iPad.

    Lots of things have been tacked onto (or built into) refrigerators - from calendars and photos to report cards and even televisions. But Woodford Design will soon launch (through Amazon) something called the "FridgePad." You guessed it. The iPad may very well be the next commonplace household item to get pinned to the fridge.

    Profiled this week by Wired, the UK design company behind the iPad fridge-mount called their brainchild "an accessory to make the iPad work better for you. This really is one of those products that once you have tried it you'll love it." While it may be somewhat unorthodox relative to other refrigerator magnets you've used in the past, the FridgePad helps people enjoy their iPad in the kitchen - which, apparently, is quiet a popular place to use the device.

    Essentially, the magnetic frame (derived from good old fashioned aluminum ) secures the iPad with four plastic corner clips. Once pinned to the refrigerator, you can use the iPad to watch a movie, play music, or do just about anything that doesn't require you to routinely touch the screen. After all, it's kind of hard to eat breakfast or clean the kitchen when you have to constantly be at arms length from the fridge.

    Unfortunately, there isn't an exact launch date scheduled for the FridgePad's release, but Wired says it will run you about $78 and most likely ship this fall from Amazon. Of course, if you're so excited about the launch of this iPad fridge magnet that you won't sleep until Amazon ships your order, you can sign up for email alerts from Woodford Design to "get the latest news and keep up to date on availability."

    Woodford Design
    Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Introducing The FridgePad: A Refrigerator Mount for Your iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Alphaman's Avatar
      Alphaman -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Very true... Unless of course it's shielded.
      "Shielding", as in "electromagnetic shielding", does nothing to stop static magnetic fields. It can only be used for electromagnetic radiation created by an alternating current.

      True magnetic shielding can only be created by completely enclosing an object in multiple layers of thick, magnetically permeable material. This would, of course, completely nullify the usability of the iPad, as you wouldn't be able to access it. And it would probably then weigh more than the refrigerator that you're trying to mount it on, and wouldn't fit in the mounting clips of the FridgePad...

      Nope, iPads and magnets shouldn't mix. Putting magnets into products with compasses is a Dumb Idea (tm).

      (FWIW, although there was an immediate improvement, it took my iPad several hours to restore the compass to normal working order after I cut the magnets out of my Eco-Vue.)
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      For 78$ this better be able to hold a fridge on the ipad, not the ipad on a fridge.
    1. Alphaman's Avatar
      Alphaman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aliquippakid; View Post
      For 78$ this better be able to hold a fridge on the ipad, not the ipad on a fridge.
      I thought that was what the Otterbox was for...
    1. SATiQ's Avatar
      SATiQ -
      Cool, I've recensited me too:

      SATiQ
    1. MFDOOM44's Avatar
      MFDOOM44 -
      lmao. the things people come up with...
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      The iPad is useful on a refrigerator door how?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alphaman View Post
      "Shielding", as in "electromagnetic shielding", does nothing to stop static magnetic fields. It can only be used for electromagnetic radiation created by an alternating current.

      True magnetic shielding can only be created by completely enclosing an object in multiple layers of thick, magnetically permeable material. This would, of course, completely nullify the usability of the iPad, as you wouldn't be able to access it. And it would probably then weigh more than the refrigerator that you're trying to mount it on, and wouldn't fit in the mounting clips of the FridgePad...

      Nope, iPads and magnets shouldn't mix. Putting magnets into products with compasses is a Dumb Idea (tm).

      (FWIW, although there was an immediate improvement, it took my iPad several hours to restore the compass to normal working order after I cut the magnets out of my Eco-Vue.)
      Good post and wiki quote. I'm no fan of the iPad or a silly refridge mount. But you can shield a magnet. We have devices we use all the time in the airforce that are shielded and our compas are not affected. Not sure of the price but I'm curious so I'll check for my own knowledge. As far as shielding goes, a compass encased in a superconducting box wouldn't read *any* magnetic field, as the earth's would be shielded as well. Do a search online and you will even find sites that show you how to make a he made shield. For my boat compass that has a magnetic base works just fine. But I can say that the darn thing cost me 250 not 78. Lol
    1. Alphaman's Avatar
      Alphaman -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Good post and wiki quote. I'm no fan of the iPad or a silly refridge mount. But you can shield a magnet. We have devices we use all the time in the airforce that are shielded and our compas are not affected. Not sure of the price but I'm curious so I'll check for my own knowledge. As far as shielding goes, a compass encased in a superconducting box wouldn't read *any* magnetic field, as the earth's would be shielded as well. Do a search online and you will even find sites that show you how to make a he made shield. For my boat compass that has a magnetic base works just fine. But I can say that the darn thing cost me 250 not 78. Lol
      Oh, I know that you can sorta do it -- I'm an electrical engineer. Not really a shield like a faraday cage, but a magnetic shunt that absorbs the field, not block it. A good box might get you 98% reduction, but that would not only block the magnets in the mount, but also the Earth's magnetic field! Not that your fridge needs a compass on it. (And it would block the display... Hmmm, not a good idea!)

      And yeah, I was exaggerating about it being heavier than the fridge. But still, to mostly protect the compass inside the iPad while still being able to see the display would require a shield bigger than the iPad (it would have to extend past the 4 magnets at the corner mounts), which would really make the fridge mount look pretty dumbass!

      I did look around on the web and see one small shield box for about $375, but only the US gov't could buy it on a GSA contract. There aren't too many out there, and none suitable for fridge use! You could hack something together with a few layers of Nu-metal; that would be pretty cheap (and ugly.

      My point really was magnets + iPads = bad idea. (I'm still p*d about my Eco-Vue.)
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Hey where's the one for the toilet!

      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      iPad $599, Fridge Crap $79 or Digital Picture Frame $50 .... Whats next magnetic fridge mount for the iPhone?

      Maybe just tape an old lap top to your fridge !!!
      Hey I will sell you some "special formula" duct tape to mount your f'in ipad on the back of your old lady so you can use it while you are bumpin"!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      "Talk about a "cool" place to use the iPad...."

      talk about who cares
    1. realjaja's Avatar
      realjaja -
      Hey. I'm still getting that to work. i4/tmob
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      i think its quite cool