People will Die.
I'm going to take a wild stab and guess that most of you probably aren't members of the tech journalism community. You factory hands and field-laborers and police men (what other jobs are there? Baker? Crack dealer?) probably wonder just what my job looks like. Basically, I sit at my computer and read news feeds until an idea comes to me.
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Then I write about it.
Like today, when I hopped over to Gearlog and noticed a bizarre new product called the iProp. This iPad stand is mounted on a 36" articulated stand that can be bent and twisted to display your tablet in whatever way is most comfortable.
The PR shots all show happy people using this thing for hands-free browsing or movie-watching in their couch. We're supposed to believe that this is the ideal stand for lying in bed and reading an e-book or turning your iPad into an additional screen in your desk area. And, yes, you could do both of those things with this $79.95 product.
But you won't. No one will. Because the same idea will occur to every new iProp owner within about fourteen seconds of taking it out of the box.
"Holy crap, this thing will totally work in my car!"
And therein lies the seductive danger of iProp. Look at this website. "Good for use in the home, office and beyond"? Anyone else think "beyond" sounds an awful lot like "the highway"?
Sure, no one will do it at first. 'That would be foolish. I don't need to use my iPad in the car anyway.'
And then one day you happen to glance at the news before heading off to work. There's been a major wreck on your route. Traffic is backed up for miles, a total stand-still. You're going to be bumper-to-bumper for a solid hour. If only there were something to do with that time...
Your eyes drift to the iProp sitting perkily next to your desk, looking like a little driver's side mirror.
"Aw hell," you say, "why not?"
Three weeks later, you run a school boss off the bridge because you were too busy pissing off animated birds or watching Family Guy to pay attention to the road.
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In conclusion, buy the iProp if you want a cool twisty stand for your iPad. But please, in the name of all that's good and decent, keep it the hell away from your car.