Joby Unveils Origami-Inspired iPad Stand/Case [CES 2011]

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Eileen Weinstein of Joby models their intricate new Ori for iPad case.

LAS VEGAS, CES 2011 — Joby released two new iPad stands yesterday. One borrowed from their line of bendable camera tripods, the other was more unusual, and took a page from the Japanese art of origami.

The GorillaMobile Ori ($80)  for iPad is made from a material called Hylite — a blend of aluminum and polypropylene — which felt pretty light and is supposedly super-tough. The origami-inspired design gives the case an intricate look (so many cutouts) and allows for a continuous hinge that can adjust the viewing angle to practically any position within its range. it’s also equipped with a swivel hinge that allows the iPad to be easily switched between portrait and landscape positions — or even turn the iPad into a steering wheel for racing games. Pretty cool.

The GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad ($50), on the other hand, borrows two of Jobi’s easily recognized, bendable, segmented arms and snaps them into slots on the back of a frame made for the iPad and voila — instant iPad tripod.

Both new stands are available now.