By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 10/08/2010
The FridgePad iPad Fridge Magnet Mount is an interesting concept. [UPDATE: At first, I was skeptical of the magnet, but the manufacturers assure us that the device has a magnet capable of holding ten times the weight of both the iPad and mount and they have a video to prove it! We'll have to try it in person and give it our own test!]
I have some initial concerns. I have kids and guests running around the house opening and closing doors, including the refrigerator doors. How strong are the magnets? Second, I like to keep my iPad in a protective case and this seems to only fit a 'naked' iPad. Third, while there is access to the charging port, I would have to sneak it around the back of the fridge somehow without ruining the aesthetics.
Woodford Design offers a number of potential uses for the mount on their web site. A new app, called Foodmatic would be an ideal fit as it recommends recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand. Also, the popular Epicurious app would benefit from a kitchen-based iPad.
But I applaud Woodford Design's efforts to bring the iPad into the kitchen. I'm sure there are a number of high-tech kitchens that this would be a natural fit for. Let me know if you take the plunge!