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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.


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