If you have ever used an iPad app in bed this is the iPad stand for you!

iPad Stand That's Good in Bed!

Be a Kickstarter for the Mobile Pad Cloud! The iPad Stand That’s Good in Bed!

If you have been using your iPad or iPhone in bed, you might want to help Kickstart the Mobile Pad Cloud, an iPad iPhone bed stand on Kickstarter.com.

The Mobile Pad Cloud is a lightweight, stable and hands free way to hold the iPad and iPhone in bed or anywhere you use your Apple toys. It’s a foam triangle with a cavity on two of it’s sides; one vertical, one horizontal. You choose which cavity to sink your device into; horizontal to view Netflix or Vertical to play Angry Birds and watch on 45 or 90 degree angles.

Most iPad stands on the market are metal, tippy and not very good in bed. The Mobile Pad Cloud is lightweight, stable and very good in bed!

The Mobile Pad Cloud is nearing actual production and for the product to be produced, the costs go up exponentially. Tricia Hanley the inventor and designer behind the Mobile Pad Cloud has set up a Kickstarter.com project page in hopes to fund a kickstart of Mobile Pad Cloud manufacturing.

From the Kickstarter.com web site:

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you. Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They’re inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse.

People pledge on Kickstarter.com on one of seven different pledge levels. People can pledge $5 and receive an official acknowledgement of their generosity, or at $250 or more, be provided with:

• 8 NEW Mobile Pad Clouds, iPhone or iPad
• As soon as Mobile Pad Cloud funds on Kickstarter.com you will receive 2 of the current iPhone and/or iPad prototypes.
• If you did not make it to MacWorld Expo 2011 at this level they will send you the swag spoils of MacWorld 2011
• A tour of Seattle by Tricia Hanley herself.

Wondering about availability and pricing? The minimum pledge to be a Mobile Pad Cloud stand pre-order is $25 for the iPhone stand and $35 for the iPad stand.

So help grass roots design make real growth in the marketplace and pledge to help on Kickstarter.com today.


From Seattle to San Francisco and back! We made all 3 days of Macworld Expo 2011! We even walked the Nerd Carpet! See pix below!

Thursday, the first day of Macworld was the best! Die hard Mac aficionados, this was the crowd that lives and breathes all things Apple.

Within minutes of walking onto the trade show floor Thursday we were talking to people about the Mobile Pad Cloud…we didn’t have a booth but we carried the iPhone and iPad stands, talking to people interested an iPad and iPhone stand that’s good in bed.

Friday was sluggish in comparison to Thursday’s Macworld but we made our own trade show booth at the Darwin cafe outside Wired Magazine’s headquarters…we had quite a crowd at lunch!

Saturday seemed to bring out Tweens and Senior Citizens. Apple has won over Seniors with the iPad and the iPod Touch is a hit with the Tweens. The show really was the iPad show with generous doses of hip iPod Touch and iPhone accessories.

Macworld Expo 2011: Worst. Swag. Ever! But I did notice no free swag made people open their wallets and actually BUY stuff!

I loved all the small businesses on the trade show floor! Design and great ideas were everywhere!

Here are some of my favorites!

Dexim P-Flip Foldable Solar Power For iPhone 4/3GS/3G http://amzn.to/hIylvn this solar charger folded small and would be perfect on vacation!

The Ektopad silicon cover from uzibull http://www.uzibull.com/ I LOVED this iPad cover! It’s squishy, and smart and would be great for people from 1 to 92 years old!

The Fling, a tactile joystick for the iPad http://tenonedesign.com/fling This thing was so cool to watch in action. I can’t wait to check out the 115 games this iPad joystick works with!

The Pad Bracket http://www.padbracket.com will be so handy in the kitchen, or the office, or the garage or the bathroom for that matter! A simple bracket to hang your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch on the wall, you may need more than one!

PADX-1 LEDGE Wearcom™ pullover http://alphynind.com/padx1-ledge-wearcom-pullover/ The Baby Bjorn for your baby iPad! If you travel it might be for you! Did you see what Daniel Tosh from Tosh 2.0 wrote about it? I won’t repeat it here, but quite a selling point!

We were very interested in the Joos orange portable solar power charger http://www.solarjoos.com we love to travel and liked that this solar charger was fast and could charge much more than just our iPhones and iPod Touch. $129.95 with the JOOSMAC promo code through 02/28/2011

These CUTE Kawaii designer-usb-flash-drives had us at “Vintage Batman” http://www.mimoco.com/shop/mimobot-designer-usb-flash-drives

The Glif is what got us started on Kickstarter so we wanted to make darn sure we stopped and talked to the Glif guys! So smart and kind, they are taking grass roots design to the next level! http://www.theglif.com iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand.

We also loved the PadPivot guys! Another Kickstarter group that inspired us! This stand is amazing for gaming! The design of the PadPivot is so smart to fold down into your pocket for gaming and tablets on the go! http://kck.st/g9qKeS this link will take you the the PadPivot Kickstarter.

There are lots of mobile device skins out there but none with as many licensed images such as South Park and Sponge Bob as Music Skins. Almost like Fathead wall posters for you device, a removable vinyl skin, easy to take on and off. Music Skins http://www.musicskins.com for 15% off use promo code show11

For an artistic mobile device skin, Gelaskins can’t be beat! http://www.gelaskins.com You can always get me with the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan!

The iPad dock, SMK-Link PadDock10 iPad dock/stand is a simple design that could go from the office to the kitchen with your iPad and give it juice and speakers!

I would love to have a booth next year! Kickstarter pledges would give us a kickstart to get the coated, branded foam that will take us the the next level; into the Apple Store and beyond!

Mobile Pad Cloud

Walking the Nerd Carpet

I’m still plugging away at launching my crazy/lazy invention, the mobile pad cloud; a cloud for your iPhone to sit on while you lounge. A great way to view your iPhone while you check your email, Twitter and watch Netflix!

I’ve been approached by AS SEEN ON TV and I hope to have a Kiosk at MacWorld Expo 2011. So far it’s for sale on eBay and Etsy. I’ve been writing press releases and getting ready for the big launch party!

Here are some random pix of the Mobile Pad Cloud.

Gorgeous sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest reminded me of a picture I took at Camp Parsons, a Boy Scout camp outside of Seattle (970 Bee Mill Rd, Brinnon, WA 98320).
Now i’m headed back outside to sit in the sun with my iPhone holder the Mobile Cloud by Pacificquest.
Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Gorgeous sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest reminded me of a picture I took at Camp Parsons, a Boy Scout camp outside of Seattle (970 Bee Mill Rd, Brinnon, WA 98320).
Now i’m headed back outside to sit in the sun with my iPhone holder the Mobile Cloud by Pacificquest.
Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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So many of us think our STUFF doesn’t stink. We often think the STUFF we buy, is worth more than we paid for it when we go to sell it.

I think our STUFF is worth approximately 25% of what we paid for it. Now that’s a broad statement I know but If you do some research on eBay or What’s it Worth to You .com you can back-up or surpass my 25% of retail estimate. Check out:

www.ebay.com and/or www.wiw2u.com

Of course homes, vehicles and STUFF of the finest quality and condition sell best. Items that reflect the best features and benefits of their category sell best too, like;

The best home in the best neighborhood, a gorgeous Chris-Craft boat that has been lovingly kept up or a World War II medal kept in a safe deposit box for all these years.

Items that are hard to come by and rare may sell well too:

The smallest house in the best neighborhood, a car of which only “so many” were made or a chipped platter that served Elvis a Peanut Butter and ‘nanna sandwich.

So before you take my advice do your homework. You never know how much STUFF is worth until you do your research.


How many blogs start: “as I get older…”? Well; as I get older, I understand why I enjoy packing for a trip. For me it’s like the house is on fire and you can only take what you can carry out, and you better take your best stuff! My prescription sunglasses, my iPhone and my reusable Starbucks cup have become my “best stuff”. I have found out how important by losing all 3.

Recently I went on a 4 hour, late night kayak trip with my mortgage broker. As we pulled up to the dock at high tide, ½ way through our trip, I bent over to tie my kayak to the dock only to watch my sunglasses plummet to the bottom of the Puget Sound…did I mention it was high tide and late in the evening?

As we walked the dock I committed to the fact that this was now a $245 kayak trip and I shouldn’t stress over the glasses.  But I stressed and the next daylight low tide I drug my son and our dog back to the dock to snorkel for my dropped glasses.

I donned a full wetsuit and snorkel and dove in. As a crowd gathered I went down for the second time, the third time was the charm. I dove the 7 feet it took to reach the crab infested sea floor and picked up my glasses, in the same exact place they had fallen the night before. As I popped out of the water I triumphantly raised the glasses above my head. I was elated, grateful and relieved. I really would have stayed and dove longer but did I mention the water was 50 degrees?

My son is a good kid and rarely gets into trouble. We had been on our way back home from a shopping trip when he asked to use the straw from my reusable Starbucks cup to crush some ice in his disposable cup. No problem, he’s a good kid…soon we stopped at one last store and like the good son he is he disposed of his cup. Good kid. Except he had my special Starbucks cup, reusable straw in his disposable cup! It wasn’t until later we realized the straw was gone. So his dumpster diving days began. He found the straw in his cup, in the trashcan at the last store and I realized with wildfires heading toward the house I might pack up my Starbucks cup.

My iPhone is another kind of stress. I feel joy every time I see it and stress every time I don’t. I can no longer imagine life without it. When my son and I go to the movies and they show a commercial for the new Nintendo DSI and the guys are distorting pictures of each other’s faces, my son and I just laugh at how archaic the system looks. I have 9 pages of almost all free apps and any free game app I have is way more advanced than what this commercial shows. My iPhone makes me feel like Westworld and StarTrek all rolled into one.

Because I have nine pages of apps, most of them free, I hope to write a few blogs about my favorite apps. Because if my iPhone were about to be consumed by a wildfire I would want to save my best stuff just like my sunglasses and Starbucks cup.


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