Earlier this year, we decided to change our bulky, costly, point-of-sale systems to the iPad-based Square Register. Before rolling out the new registers, we built some prototype stands to hold the iPad’s because we couldn’t find anything that met our needs. As it turns out, they worked great. Customers enjoy paying with Square and using the stands. It has made paying for stuff a little more fun. Now after months of testing we are making a new and improved version available for sale, and we’re excited to tell you about it.
iPads are small, lightweight, and attractive. This could be a problem in a commercial setting, though, as without a way to secure the iPad it could be dropped, damaged, or stolen. We also found it was really awkward to hand someone an iPad or slide it across a countertop to complete a sale. Sometimes a customer only has one free hand. Looking at existing iPad stands, they all seemed to change the appearance of the device by enclosing it in a box of some sort. Also we didn’t simply want a base for it because there was still the issue of having to turn the whole thing around to let the customer use it. What we needed was an affordable, rugged, practical iPad stand that gives users both privacy and security without changing the iPad’s appearance.
- Securely mount an iPad to a base so that it is not easily removed.
- Allow the base to rotate on an axis to provide privacy to users on opposite sides of the service counter.
- Construct from materials designed to last in a busy commercial setting- steel, aluminum, etc.
- Maintain the look of the iPad by minimizing the size of the mounting brackets.
- Prototypes were made from oak and machine parts we had lying around the workshop. These units have been in heavy use for about six months.
- We looped a steel cable around one of the legs and fastened it to the counter for additional security. This would keep the iPad & stand from falling off the counter.
- We found that with it’s elevated position off the counter, the iPad is less likely to get wet. Important in our business!
- The motion of flipping the iPad over from cashier to user is intuitive (my one-year-old daughter knew how to use it immediately).
- It still looks like an iPad and doesn’t turn the iPad into a clunky touchscreen.
- By clamping the iPad on the top and bottom it is held securely in place and is not easily removable.
- The rotation provides a good viewing angle for users.
Version 1 changes:
- The base itself is now solid oak
- The brackets holding the iPad to the pivot point are slimmer. On this version there is even less material to detract from the iPad’s appearance.
- The pivot bracket is simpler and more robust than the prototype
- Added an optional thumbscrew to tighten /loosen the clamping brackets. In a commercial setting the thumbscrew could be replaced with machine screws that would require a tool to remove the iPad.
- Added padding to cushion the iPad and minimize contact points (no scratching).
- Works with both iPad 2 and iPad 3
We are offering the units (haven’t decided on a name yet) for $100. If you use Square Register at your business you need this!