I’ve read it somewhere that necessity is the father of invention. My wife and I own iPads. We own a car. We also have a child. We decided to take that child’s face to Sesame Place (see Sesame Place Review). We are about 2 or so hours away from the child friendly theme park. A fairly unfriendly duration for a 15 month old to sit in the car. It didn’t occur to me until about 2-3 days before the trip that something like an iPad car mount would be beneficial. Too late to get something reasonably priced online (about $25 on Amazon.com for a rinky-dink mount). Getting something in a brick and mortar store was absolutely out of the question because of cost absurdity (about $65 at Best Buy for that same rinky-dink mount).
Enter, the future of travel gadgetry…I like to call it the GeekDadLife iPad EXTREME Car Mount (extreme sounds pretty bad a$$ right?). Others, might call it a “belt”.
There is more to it than just a belt, but the only additional out of pocket cost for this project was a Dynex stand-alone speaker with a 3.5mm connection.
iPad Folio case – you may or may not have an iPad folio type case. If you don’t, I highly recommend one outside of this DIY (any type – we have HardCandy convertible cases –
Belt – (If you don’t have a belt, you probably don’t have an iPad). We used a belt that came with a pair of shorts from Old Navy, the double ring clasp kind.
External speaker – 7.99+Tax with the way the iPad would sit, the internal speaker would be covered so I thought it’d be a good idea to get something external – Dynex Green speaker – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dynex%26%23153%3B+-+Portable+Speaker+-+Green/2256504.p?id=1218316935564&skuId=2256504&st=dynex%20speaker&cp=1&lp=4 (we got green because the only other color they had was pink).
Flip the iPad in the folio case open.
Strap the iPad in the folio case to your cars backseat or frontseat headrest.
Plugin the speaker.
2 hours of Yo Gabba Gabba powered joy!
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