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WHEN Apple created its first tablet, it unwittingly inspired some bizarre accessories. If you want to wear your 9.7-inch iPad, you can now slip it inside a Scottevest, or if you want to read it in the lavatory, you can invest in a Pad Bracket. TwelveSouth’s HoverBar (below) definitely qualifies as one of the more innovative iPad accessories.
Out of the box, it looks like too much hardware to use with a slender slate and it’s bound to raise eyebrows from passers-by.
It consists of a long, flexible arm, a large metal clamp and a rotating mount.
When assembled, it lets you mount your iPad on any surface and see it at a comfortable angle. TwelveSouth suggests the best way to do this is by clipping it to the back of an iMac to create a two-screen display or Mac ‘‘ wingman’’.
Putting the HoverBar together is reasonably straightforward, and attaching it to a desk, cupboard or iMac is as simple as fitting the clamp to the surface and tightening a bolt (an allen key is provided).
TwelveSouth’s suggestion to attach it to a computer makes sense. You can’t use the pairing as a genuine double-screen set-up, but you can call up different information on the iPad’s touchscreen to use as a reference for whatever you’re doing on your Mac. It looks bizarre, but it’s bizarrely practical.
The HoverBar is potentially handier in other locations, however. It holds the iPad firmly in place in the kitchen for reading and looking up recipes, and makes its use as a TV screen more comfortable.
At 1.6kg, it is too heavy for travel, but its solid structure means you can be confident your device is held in place firmly.