New brand Lifedge kicks off it's range with a fully waterproof case for the Apple iPad - looks interesting...
Apple's iPad could potentially be a brilliant outdoors device, but for the lack of effective weather proofing, which is why the new waterproof iPad case from new brand Lifedge - just the one 'e' in the middle - is so interesting.
Think about it, you could use an iPad on the hill as a full-on mapping software platform - no screen size issues - or to carry guidebooks around in electronic form. Or just use Apple's tablet back at basecamp for route planning and all the rest of it.
The case is 100% waterproof and, it says here, 'shockproof'. It allows total functionality of the iPad, including the camera, with an anti-glare screen for easier visibility in sunlight, remember that? It's easy to take on and off, says Lifedge, and also so form fitting and compact that you could just leave it in place anyway for permanent protection.
It floats, so you can throw it in deep puddles with impunity and the speakers also function, so that campsite film night could be a reality after all. And the X-shaped thing in the images is an elasticated hand-strap on the back of the case for ease of handling. You could always play table tennis with it, or perhaps not.
The only downside we can see from the spec pages on the Livedge web site is that you can't use either headphone or charging ports with the case fitted.
Livedge may be a new brand, but it's part of a company called Scanstrut which has been working in the marine market for over 25 years, so they should know something about keeping water out.
Not cheap at £99.00 - Ipad 2 only as far as we can see - but a lot better than a dead and soggy iPad. Several colour options including pink, but the one in the images to the left is sensible, sober, grey...
More info and images at www.livedge.co.uk.