These PopSockets are pretty neat. They’re flat circular buttons that pop out, accordion-style, to make little rubbery cones on the back of your iPhone, iPad or other handheld device. They aid grip, work as basic kickstands and offer a place for fiddlers and fidgiters to work off their annoying energies.
For $15 you get a pair of PopSockets (a $35 iPhone 5 case is coming soon) that stick to the back of your target iDevice with the now-ubiquitous nano-suction pad. These pads are endlessly reusable, with a quick clean restoring their stickiness to factory freshness.
The PopSockets are 6.3mm (a quarter inch) when collapsed, and pop out to make a rubbery cone that fits perfectly between your fingers or hooks around your thumbs, making the phone or tablet easier to hold. I actually have my eye on a few of these for my iPad mini and my Kindle, both of which could do with a little help in the not-slipping-out-of-your-hands department.
You can customize the PopSockets with various colors and even pictures, or choose to be more staid/boring/tasteful with blacks, whites and grays.
Not interested? That’s OK! PopSockets has something for you anyway: Go check out the PopSockets FAQ, which is one of the funniest I’ve read in a while. Example Q:
DID NPR MORNING EDITION REPORTER STEVEN HENN SAY THAT POPSOCKETS ARE PRETTY COOL?