Thomas Fulton’s Don’t Panic iPad case started life last year as a Kickstarter project. Now, after sending out cases to all his happy backers, the case is available for you and me to buy.
The case is made from floppy felt and leather, and is designed as much for using as it is for carrying and protecting. When closed, the felt closes up just like any other folio case. Open it up, though, and the fun starts.
The Don’t Panic can be set in almost any position, thanks to the pliable felt and the stiff leather straps and panels. The case can be draped across your knees (or draped across the cat that is on your knees), propped up for movie-watching on an uneven surface (bed, cat again), or the adjustable leather strap with sticky magnets can be wrapped around your hand, leg or anything else when reading.
It really is a very versatile combination, and as it is made of two super-durable materials, it should last you pretty much forever. The Don’t Panic will fit the iPad 2 and newer (the tight-fitting leather straps mean that the iPad 1 is too big to squeeze inside), and costs $99. One thing to remember, though: the current version lacks a camera hole.