Keeping it up

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For most of us, the electronic tablet is now a fixture of our lives. In the space of less than a decade, it has gone from being an exotic gadget to a commonplace item, with many households featuring multiple such devices.

From keeping the kids entertained on long car journeys, keeping up with work while on the move or reading the online version of your favourite newspaper or magazine, the tablet is ubiquitous. And yet there is one aspect of it that’s never really been perfected: keeping it upright.

Those of us who have tried watching a film, sporting event or television programme on a tablet know that precarious feeling when you’ve folded up the cover in the approved fashion and propped it on a flat surface, only for it to begin its inexorable slide from the upright to the horizontal – usually just as something crucial is happening on screen. Almost invariably, you end up holding the tablet up manually.

The challenge

What’s needed, then, is a truly stable platform for tablets that can be used anywhere from flat surfaces to propped up in bed. It should be affordable, adjustable, safe and effective. As ever, we have a solution in mind, but would love to see what you come up with.

The idea we have in mind will be revealed in the March issue of Eureka! Until then see what you can come up with. Submit your ideas by leaving a comment on the Coffee Time Challenge section of the Eureka! website or by emailing the editor:

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