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Bracketron's iPad SmartWrap
By Ko Maruyama


Bracketron's iPad SmartWrap

Take your tablet everywhere with you, safe in a snugly fitting bag.  Bracketron makes a bunch of cool little devices to make your gadget life better in obvious ways, including clamps, holders and adhesives for your mobile media.  Some stores started carrying little bags for your iPad?. zippy plastic bags? which are $5 for 3 pieces.  I had to take a look at these.

I have an iPad2 and an iPad new.  It's an iPad3.  Who are they kidding.

With the new iPad, I was determined to treat it better than the older iPad, and looked at anything that would help to protect it.  Before I saw the Bracketron SmartWrap, I didn't even think to put the iPad in a plastic bag to take outside.

It makes sense that you'd put your device into something protective before you take it outside - and you might think: "Why take it outside in the first place?"  The iPad is a great device to take everywhere, why not take it outside.


The SmartWrap fits around the iPad very well.  It allows you to see the content pretty well, hear the audio, and, to some extent, take photos.

picture thru the bag, not great, but spillproof

I tested the bag with soil, grass clippings, and sand.  It did a great job keeping out all of the small particulate matter that you'd want to avoid, but wanted to try out the random splash.  The bag worked well against the pool-side splash, or tipped over drink glass.

The Bracketron SmartWrap fits perfectly around the iPad, but why opt for an expensive bag over a waterproof food bag that costs a fraction of the price?   If you're just trying to keep it out of the elements, you can put it into a backpack, but if you're going to be sitting outside, using it, the Bracketron allows your fingers to slide over the bag's surface easily.   I tried Ziplock brand bags (awesome for food), but they didn't allow my fingers to move as easily on the surface.  The freezer bags are too thick, and the wonderfully clear food bags are too thin to trust as real protection.  Bracketron SmartWraps are a great mix of both.   Weighing in at about $1.50 per bag, being able to enjoy the iPad near the pool, at the beach, or under me while I'm painting, it's worth it.

Check out their website to find out about the product,  You can get them at retailers and online for less than what Bracketron sells them for.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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