Best iPad accessories
Now that you’ve finally figured out all of the capabilities of your genius tablet, it’s time to accessorize. We’re not talking about bedazzling or finding that standard – and let’s just call them, boring – cover or case to protect your beautiful iPad. We’re talking about innovative ways to use and show off Apple’s latest product offering.
Whatever you’re doing, step away from that funny-looking kiosk in the middle of the aisles at your local mall. Those sales people are probably peddling accessories that have little to no detail to the actual manufacturing of the device. The following products just look better and make your user experience just oh-so better. After all, Apple takes much care in the lifestyle branding of its products. Why would you just slap on some silly looking case?
Here are our picks for some of the coolest iPad accessories on the market that make you look cooler than you already look toting that glorious piece of machinery underneath your arm.
The DODOCase has been on the market for some time now, but still is one of the more interesting cases out there. The case took inspiration from Moleskin journals to craft a stylish case that disguises the iPad to look like a book. The cover is made from faux leather and folds back to double as a handy stand. The interior of the case is crafted from Bamboo wood to make for a strong encasement for the device. (from $59.95)
The Quirky Cradle iPad lap desk is popular among home owners and business people who enjoy simplicity and uniqueness with their tech accessories, along with those who like to lounge while they’re using their device. The Quirky Cradle is a minimalist bend design constructed of bamboo plywood and features a circular plate made from matte, soft plastic that allows you to rotate the iPad as you wish to view portrait and landscape views. Your legs are also cushioned when you play with your iPad in your lap with the Cradle, making for added comfort and detail. ($52.50)
The Danish are known for their modern furnishings, pastries and influential history and now there’s a new invention on the block. Libratone is a Danish audio company that has attracted many Americans to its innovative wireless sound system, Libratone Beat, which can be connected to your iPad and stream audio up to 30 feet away from your tablet. Music and sound are reflected off the room’s walls to provide 360-degree sound – a must for any music and gadget aficionado. The Libratone Beat is finished and covered in cashmere so don’t be surprised when you find yourself rubbing up against the silky sound system. The device isn’t available in the U.S. so make sure to check the website to find ways to get your hands on them. (from £549)
While it may be summer outside now, it’s always helpful to start thinking ahead to protect your nimble, touchscreen-loving fingers during the dead of winter. For all of you living on the right coast, I’d invest in a couple pairs of gloves that free up your fingers so that you can text and navigate through your iPad with the greatest of ease – even in the middle of a snow storm.
The North Face’s ETIP Glove is a super stylish way to keep your fingers warm and features something called “Xstatic fingercaps” so no part of your finger ever gets exposed to the cold weather. Pure silver is bonded to the fiber of the glove allowing for accurate touchscreen capabilities and the glove also has a waterproof shell, keeping true to North Face’s cold products. A grip on the palm of your hand makes sure that you’ll never drop your poor iPad in the rain or snow. ($40)
AGloves Touch Screen Gloves are another option for cold weather touchscreen-friendly gloves. Rave reviews can be found all over the web and its silver-coated nylon fibers knitted into the glove’s fabric make for a comfortable way to use your iPad under extreme weather. ($17.99)
We tried looking for the best keyboard dock and couldn’t shy away from the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. Not only does the keyboard adopt the sleek stylings typical of Apple products, but it also charges your device while in use and lets you connect to an electrical outlet for your long iPad sessions. ($69)
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.