In a note from 19 March 2011 I mentioned the announcement of an iPad waterproof case by the young company LifeProof. It took a year and a half to see the outcome of this case. We must understand that the rapid succession of iPad models, mostly radical form between iPad 1 and 2, has not prompted the company to rush to launch its first design protection.
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I presented in the first article on the coverage tailored to the boat waterproof housing Andres Industries (*). This manufacturer has responded quickly to comments and criticisms of its product. He was kind enough to send me to test their new case, modified and improved. True happiness !
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IPad is not watertight, we know. Apple has not designed for that purpose, one suspects. The creative genius of Steve Jobs has certainly not been to imagine that sailors would use the tablet as a chartplotter and get it over the oceans ! (¹)
But voila : we decided to take with us this equipment at sea, beach, desert, in a pool, [...]
This is an excellent initiative that we owe to Dominique Gauthier : iPadNav.fr is a brand new e-commerce site dedicated to accessories mainly French iPad (and iPhone) useful for maritime use of these devices.
Rather than looking on Google for e-commerce websites overseas, you can now go to a French specialized website. Dominique Gauthier did not hesitate to raise my opinion on the technical aspects [...]
In my first article on the iPad used as player-plotter, I mentioned two or three essential accessories to handle on board. The mounting remained unresolved, few products was then available.
On board a boat, sailing as motor, the mount must meet several essential requirements :
A robust fixation, the test vessel motions can be violent in the bad weather. iPad [...]