You simply gotta appreciate this little nugget. Here we have a unique case for the iPad 2 that flips open origami-style. It ain’t a joke, this thing actually works as advertised.

Not only does it automatically transform into a versatile stand by simply opening the cover, the FlipSteady case – a Kickstarter project by Isaiah Coberly – also fluidly transitions between a variety of standing positions.

But don’t take our word for it, check out a clip of the FlipSteady case in action…

The bottom structure of the stand conforms to rounded or slanted surfaces and can be totally flattened for comfortable typing by releasing the tether on the front of the case.

It’s stain resistant and features aluminum stiffeners precisely laminated between a layer of Toray Ultrasuede soft fabric and Majilite Marine grade upholstery fabric.

And because it’s based on the origami concept, the FlipSteady case lets you prop, wedge or hang your iPad in numerous ways.

The case is actually really close to getting released as they’re closing in on their original funding goal.

Check out the video embedded below.

You can secure your FlipSteady sample over at Kickstarter. The $65 non-magnetic version has snap fasteners and a non-slip footing. Its $75 magnetic counterpart has strong enough magnets to stick the case with the iPad inside to a refrigerator.

If you’re willing to take the plunge, bear in mind that the case won’t ship until August.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting one of these. Smart Cover is getting a bit outdated and this one’s bound to turn heads.

Is this a typical example of form over function or a must-have?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the plug!! 🙂

    Isaiah Coberly
    NewPencil inc.
    Inventor

  • Nice concept, but not really impressive (dont want to call it fugly) but 🙂 May be next ime!

    • Thanks for the input Jacob.. There may be a version that looks more to your taste in the future..

      Thanks,

      Isaiah Coberly
      NewPencil inc.
      Inventor

    • Thanks for the input Jacob. Maybe the next case will be more for your specific taste. I personally think it’s pretty hot.. 😉

      Isaiah Coberly
      NewPencil Inc.
      Inventor.

  • that’s a brilliant idea

    • Why, thank you! 🙂 It seemed pretty simple to me.. I knew I was on to something when I saw people’s reactions.. For some reason, the mechanics of the case draw people in.. It’s strange for me to think of thousands of years of innovation and this is the first thing like it.. Realistically, this could have been designed to hold books 2K years ago. 🙂 The function stand actually has implications that go way beyond tablet computing.. 🙂

      Isaiah Coberly
      NewPencil Inc.
      Inventor

  • worst song ever! couldnt even watch it till the end.

    • LOL! 🙂 it’s not for everyone! 🙂 🙂

    • i like the song, love the this FlipSteady, HATE waiting to august and i live in costa rica so more waiting :'(

  • Anonymous

    if i had an ipad i’d probably get this case. definitely would if it was a little cheaper, but i understand the startup price.

    • Thanks Skychet.

      I hear you. We have had some very attractive opportunities to allow the design to go the normal channels to market. Target or BestBuy may have been the one to put a pretty little package in your hand for 39.99 but that event entails a number of other less desirable events had taken place. We took a look at the reality of that situation and decided to take the road less traveled.

      That said, We chose the finest Materials available to make the FlipSteady. .04″ thick aluminum stiffeners are precisely laminated between a layer of Toray Ultrasuede soft fabric and Majilite Marine grade upholstery fabric. Both Fabrics have a wonderfully light hand and are durable enough to last Years and Years to come. The FlipSteady actually becomes better with age!

      With all of this combined with the fact that this unique and innovative product will be made by American hands, I personally feel pretty OK about the price..

      Thanks for the input,

      Isaiah Coberly
      NewPencil Inc.
      Inventor

  • Cool,I would like to buy one of these cases.shipping til August will give me enough time to save up for it:-)

  • Tae Lee

    Just got a the New IPad and having trouble with the smart cover looks like I found the product for me!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m really not trying to hate but at that price they’re really aiming way too high.. I do wish them the best, but I really find it hard to believe that they priced that so high, and $10 more for a small piece of magnet shows it’s a rip off. Not mentioning the cutouts and the materials looking like a cheaply made case.

    The Acase for iPad 3 on Amazon i just bought it’s a high quality case with magnets and it only costs $17.79

    I did like you can sit it vertically, still not worth that much.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really not trying to hate but at that price they’re really aiming way too high.. I do wish them the best, but I really find it hard to believe that they priced that so high, and $10 more for a small piece of magnet shows it’s a rip off. Not mentioning the cutouts and the materials looking like a cheaply made case.

    The Acase for iPad 3 on Amazon i just bought it’s a high quality case with magnets and it only costs $17.79

    I did like you can sit it vertically, still not worth that much.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really not trying to hate but at that price they’re really aiming way too high.. I do wish them the best, but I really find it hard to believe that they priced that so high, and $10 more for a small piece of magnet shows it’s a rip off. Not mentioning the cutouts and the materials looking like a cheaply made case.

    The Acase for iPad 3 on Amazon i just bought it’s a high quality case with magnets and it only costs $17.79

    I did like you can sit it vertically, still not worth that much.

  • Im pretty sure this will reach its goal, it seems original enough to merit it. Not my cuppa though. It looks messy and I get really paranoid about wear and tear.

  • Im pretty sure this will reach its goal, it seems original enough to merit it. Not my cuppa though. It looks messy and I get really paranoid about wear and tear.

  • Im pretty sure this will reach its goal, it seems original enough to merit it. Not my cuppa though. It looks messy and I get really paranoid about wear and tear.

  • Tom

    The music in that video is overpowering, annoying, and distracts the viewer from what would have been a very well-done demonstration.

  • Anonymous

    Cool concept, I like the cleverness of including the stand in the protection.
    My iPad is supposed to arrive today, and I ordered the Apple iPad Smart Cover as well as the Incase Origami Stand Sleeve.
    I like the simple connector for the Smart cover, does not obstruct the iPad.
    And the Incase Sleeve gives me the protection on the go, and a stand.

    This Case has potential, but the video does not show how well it stays closed, from the short looks of it, it does not get quite straight or flat after being folded back, and I wonder how well it would be able to stay nice and sleek over time?
    Also the attachement to the iPad is way to large, covers almost all space on the front, whats with that, there are other covers that only take a bit of the corners?

    But I wish you good luck perhaps a future version will be more interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Nice concept, I like it! I really like the fact that you can lay in the bed and the Flipsteady allows the iPad to lay steady on your stomach. I look forward to seeing the future ideas/ products. Good luck to this new company!

  • Dan

    Nice concept, but it doesn’t offer enough protection imo
    I’m still in love with my Maroo iPad case, the bumber tech they have in there has saved my iPad more than once.