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New iPad holder aims to make bedtime reading easier

In Mona Simpson's eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs, the writer revealed that the Apple visionary was still ironing out one product problem while he lay ailing in a hospital room: the lack of a proper iPad stand that could be used while in bed.

Jobs had touched upon a source of complaints for iPad owners, who have noted that despite plenty of options for propping the popular tablet on desks and other hard surfaces, few good options exist for placing the iPad in one's lap or bed.

One Southern California company is trying to change that. Mounting company Vantage Point of Santa Fe Springs has created the BeanPad for the iPad 2, which started to ship to consumers and retailers in late October. The squashy plastic-pellet-filled product can be placed on an uneven surface like the arm of a couch or someone's lap, Vantage Point CEO Don Burns said.

When attached to the BeanPad's holder, the iPad can rotate 90 degrees. The BeanPad sells for $60.


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Photo: The BeanPad attaches to the back of the iPad and sells for $60. Credit: Vantage Point

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