A Cover That Lets You Put an iPad Into Any Situation
Various Kraken A.M.S. covers
New York Times
If you have a pathological attachment to your iPad mini, the Kraken A.M.S. cover is ready to contribute to your mania.
The protective cover has a connector on the back that is part of the “Adaptive Modular System” that accepts more than 25 different pedestals, making it possible to stick your tablet on things as varied as a bicycle and a refrigerator.
At the center of the system is the $60 Kraken cover, a hard plastic shell with a colorful shock-absorbent silicone sleeve inside and bumpers on the outside corners.
The manufacturer of the case, Trident, said the case was “Mil-Spec,” a sometimes vague claim that stands for military specification and that marketers use to imply the case is tough. But Trident details its specifications, saying its case would keep an iPad safe from 26 drops onto concrete from four feet, 7.9 inches of rain in an hour at a wind velocity of 40 miles an hour, or sand blown at 59 feet a second for three hours, among other hazards.
What is most different about these cases (there are also models for a variety of phones) is the number of ways they can be stuck to various surfaces. The company claims 26 accessories.
The accessories use a circular mounting piece that goes into a recess in the cover. Twisting a collar on the mounting piece locks it into place. Even unlocked, it is solid.
That collar slips onto various stands, including a suction cup base with adjustable arms and a gooseneck, a mount that attaches to vents in a car dashboard, and a two-foot telescoping boom. You can have your iPad set for hands-free viewing in the car, kitchen, bathroom or boat helm — anywhere you can stick a suction cup or clamp.
The case is available only in black, but the silicone sleeve and bumpers are available in a variety of colors. It is sold online and at Best Buy and Walmart stores, among others.