Smart Things iPad Mounts Have Some Hidden Surprises (and Patents)
At ISE 2015, Smart Things showed on-wall iPad docks with design and utility patents: No tablet sleeve required.
Julie Jacobson · February 13, 2015
You might think there could be nothing new in the category of iPad mounts, but Smart Things actually has a couple of patents (issued and pending) for the design and utility of its sDocks.
The company claims to have the only products, for example, that hold and charge a tablet without using a “sleeve.” Instead, two brackets hold the screen into place, and those brackets can adjust to the size of the screen – no need to buy an entirely new mount with each new tablet iteration.
“We’re the only one that fits both the iPad 2 and iPad 3,” says Smart Things CEO Thomas Detemple. (UPDATE in commments: Virtually all iPad versions fit in the same mount.)
Also unique to the Smart Things paradigm: when the tablet is removed, the dock doesn’t leave behind an ugly black blemish. Instead, an image of the owner’s happy family or beautiful sunset slides into place, looking like a regular picture in a regular frame that was always meant to be there.
Smart Things has products that pivot and the latest sDock Fix that doesn’t. Options are available for powering over Ethernet or USB, and old connectors can always be swapped out for the new.
For more details about the Smart Things products, check out the two videos below.
Smart Things doesn’t leave behind ugly wall acne when the tablet is removed
Power Options for Smart Things sDocks
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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