• 11.21.11

Wanted: Kicks Solve A Subtle Failing Of The iPad’s Design

Using 3M technology, the rails stick on for extra traction and can be removed at will–without leaving a trace.

Apple’s Smart Cover was a stroke of genius. It attaches to the iPad by magnetic hinges, hugs tight to the screen, automatically puts the gadget to sleep and wakes it up, and folds into a stand. What doesn’t it do? Protect the gadget’s vulnerable metallic underside–or keep the damn thing from slipping onto the floor when you’re leaning it up against anything. Bluelounge has come up with a simple complementary accessory called Kicks: two silicone-rubber strips that adhere to the back of the screen for added traction.


As the video shows, Kicks are easy to stick on and can be removed without leaving marks. Should you prop your slippery tablet against a table edge while you read, $11.95 seems a reasonable insurance policy against your beloved iPad crashing to the floor. To purchase, go here.

About the author

Belinda Lanks is the editorial director of Co.Design. Before joining, she was the managing editor of Metropolis.