You know your product is successful when somebody starts selling accessories for it. But what about when people start selling accessories for accessories, which work together with the original product? This happens: the New iPad Credit Card Dock, a perspex frame which holds both and iPad and a Square credit card reader.
Why? Security. Convenience. The NiCCD (as I shall call it to save your eyes from having to move over all those words) is squarely aimed at the mobile retailer, the kind of persons who sells at markets, special events and tradeshows.
It’s very simple. There’s a base which can be screwed down, stuck down or just left on non-slip feet. Then there’s a top section which sandwiches the iPad and (optionally) the Square reader, and bolts to the base with tamper-proof screws. The dock connector and so on are left open for access.
Imagine you are a band who has a merchandise table at gigs, or a hippy who sells that stupid wire-and-crystal jewelry at street markets. You can now securely use your iPad as a POS (aside: an Android tablet can also be used as a POS, but with a slightly different meaning) terminal.
It’s also be great at trade-shows, so I could buy all the gadgets on show without carrying cash, on food carts, anywhere. Hell, you might even be able to buy a hot dog on the streets of Manhattan with plastic in the future.
The acrylic slab costs $99, which is a deal if you have ever researched the price of raw acrylic. Available now.