iOstand: a 2013 CES Innovation Design and Engineering Winner

iOstandThe awards for CES 2013 were announced on November 12, 2012 and iOmounts won an International Innovation Design and Engineering Award for the iOstand. If you look at pictures of it you can see why it is simple and simply beautiful. The iOstand works with most of today’s tablet and e-readers. It is made of stainless steel and comes in stainless steel and powder coat black and white. The stand attaches to a tablet or e-reader by the razor-thin iOadapt and iOcore through a magnet. iOmount recommends you attach the iOadapt to the tablet or e-reader cover and not directly to the device, because it is difficult to remove. Once you connect the iOstand to the iOcore, it is there to stay under normal circumstances. The connection allows the tablet or e-reader to be set at any angle you want. The stand itself is a simple round base and a pole with the connector at the top.

Innovations entries are judged on the following criteria by judges that are experts in their fields.

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace.

If you are going to attend CES 2013 and want to see the iOstand and other iOmount products at Booth #35349, LVCC South Hall 4. The iOstand will also be on display at the Innovation Design and Engineering showcase in the Venetian Ballroom, booth #70425. If you don’t want to wait for CES and want a iOstand now it is available on site for $100.00. Personally, the more I look at it the more I know it is going to be added to my Christmas list. I love its simple and elegant design.

Worth Avenue Group Electronic Device Insurance

Aaron Cooper of Worth Avenue Group (my.worthavegroup.com) talks about the insurance coverage they provide for iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, Cell Phones, e-readers, televisions, laptops, tablets and other high-value electronic devices. With so many high-value portable and other electronics devices, many with glass touch screens screens, insuring these devices can make sense. Their computer insurance even covers virus removal. They require that damaged covered devices be sent in to them.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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An E-Library for E-Books

Another e-book reader is rumored to be in the works  and this one is by Creative.  And the promises are broad with a color screen, media, music, the moon.  Of course this is right on the heels of Barne’s and Nobles Android powered e-book.  Did I forget Apple  who has long been rumored to be working on a tablet style device that will reinvent media once again?  I confess that I put more faith in Apple’s ability to bring success, if I have any at all.

I have fingered the Kindle and I have browsed the iPhone/iPod Touch e-reader applications.  And I still don’t own, or have plans to own an e-reader.  Why?  Books are expensive.  Buying and e-reader so I can buy e-books is still expensive.  If I am tempted to read after a day at work and at the computer, I don’t want to look at another digital screen.  If I need something to read, I hesitate to pull the trigger on a $12 book that I will finish in a week.  I’m struggling.

1214060_58827580 2-250rdCould or should there be a reinventing of the library?  Your town probably still has one.  It is an old technology where you can check out books for free (or a nominal membership fee), and then bring them back.  I must admit I’m shocked that the print industry didn’t sue the libraries for lost profit years ago.  What about a library system for e-books?  Could it work?  How?  Amazon allows two Kindle’s to share a single account, and that works great for family.  Apple is demonstrating the technology with its online video rental system.  You rent it, download it, and then it disappears.  Certainly it could be done.  I would even pay to rent a book.

Well Creative, I hope your e-reader convinces me, but I’m not sure it’s possible without a revamp from the print industry.  Maybe Apple will come through and convince me to pay $700 for a tablet so I can purchase really snazzy media to read, but I don’t see it.