Your on the subway reading a iBook, and listening to music, your mind a million miles away, when all of a sudden your iPad is pulled out of your hands, and the person, and your iPad shoot out of the closing doors, Your iPad lost forever!
This goes through my mind every time I ride the NYC subway to work.
So I decided to make a strap, that would support the iPad, as well as prevent someone from pulling it from me on a train.
Step 1: Belkin Grip View Silicon Sleeve
Actually any iPad sleeve will work, I choose the Belkin grip view,
because I knew I would be modifying it and didn't care until my ultimate case came along.
Here is the link for one:
Step 2: Building the Mount
The parts are pretty simple, A strap 12" long - but you can custom measure for your own hand / comfort allowing the iPad to move freely and your hands can reach anywhere on the surface.
A flat head screw, and a grommet washer, a small washer and a flat locking nut.
(the flatter and the wider the better) a pliers, brad all and some HEAT
Step 3: Holy IPad Batman!
Using a grommet hole puncher put a 1 1/6th hole thru the Silicon iPad cover
(I used a sharpie to mark direct center of the iPad, just the center of the apple)
Step 4: Preparing the Strap
Once measured, I used a flame heated pliers, and brad all to make the hole, and bond the strap,
Being extra geeky, I used double stick foam tape (1/4") and black tape as re-enforcement.
Step 5: The Mount
I put the screw, and grommet thru the underside of the IPad cover
Step 6: Protecting the Apple Logo
I cut a piece of black electrical tape in a circle to prevent any scratching of the IPad base
Step 7: The Back
The screw can be actually shorter, I will one day dremel off the excess and use a thinner lock nut
Step 8: Complete
Adding the other washer, and lock nut, then adding a drop of crazy glue to make sure the nut doesn't loosen, the strap has a full 360 motion without snagging
Step 9: The Test
The iPad with the strap
Step 10: The Thief
Here someone is grabbing the ipad away
Step 11: The Result!
The theft was thwarted
The strap slipped up but wrapped around the person's hands to prevent it being grabbed, The wrist strap also prevents the iPad from being dropped, and it works for right handed or left handed people.