There are a number of solutions available for iPad owners who want to charge their iPad, and even more products that display or mount our favorite tablet. The xWallDock, a stand that plugs into an outlet that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, meets these two needs with one product.
Created by industrial designer Avi Cohen, the xWallDock replaces your old single or double outlet cover with a shiny new one that can charge an iPad, or other iDevice, but still allows users to access the rest of the plugs in the outlet.
The xWallDock is an elegant solution to a common problem. It alleviates messy cords, and by designating a home base for your iPad, it improves home organization and makes the tablet harder to misplace. While iPads are big enough that they generally don’t get lost in backpacks or handbags, this would be especially helpful to iPhone and iPod users.
How does it work? Cohen explains that the xWallDock will have “internal printed circuit board which will get connected to the charger in the outlet via a micro USB short cable on the bottom end and act as a pass thru to the device.” But for the end-user it’s basically plug-and-play.
Interested? Backers have a few decisions to make. Pledge $18 for a single outlet cover (for small devices) or $25 for a double outlet cover (to keep your iPad stable). For pledges starting at $30 the xWallDock accommodates Apple’s new lightning connector. See the project’s Kickstarter page for all the details to ensure you’re ordering the xWallDock that’s right for your iDevice.
If you want an xWallDock, the most important thing to do is to pledge before the funding period ends on October 14, 2012.