Need a holiday gift for a family with kids? Check out the CinemaSeat 2 from Griffin. It lets backseat riders safely and conveniently view iPad 2, 3, or 4. It is available in gray or white and has an MSRP of US 39.99. There is also an original version, the CinemaSeat, that works with the original iPad.
When I was a child and my family made a trip from Texas to Georgia my siblings and I passed the time singing things like “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”. We also whined a lot. I rather expect that my parents heard “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” in their heads for the rest of their lives. This must have been particularly painful to my dad who was a musician.
I remembered those trips when I first saw the CinemaSeat2. How much more fun it must be for kids today if they can have access to an iPad and watch a movie or even read. I think about my little grandson who, like other children in the U.S., is strapped in a safety seat for the duration of any trip and how cross he can get without anything to do and the inability to move around. Thank goodness for the iPad and for a safe way to utilize it in the car.
It is composed of faux leather and fabric and has a long opening running all the way down on the right side. It fastens to the metal poles of a head rest with a foldable, adjustable Velcro strap and includes a pocket on the back where headphones or charging cables can be kept. For owners of large cars with wide back seats, it will probably be necessary to add an extension to headphone cables before they can be uses by kids sitting in safety seats.
The iPad slips easily into and out of the case, but the opening should be oriented towards the top so that the tablet remains secure. Once put in place and securely fastened around the poles of the head rest, it remains in place without sagging or slipping. I particularly like the ease with which the iPad can be removed from the case when necessary without unfastening the case from the seat back.
The opening for the connectors, either 30-pin or lightening is large and will easily accommodate either style of connector. This opening also assures that the sound is not muffled.
View of connector port
I think this is a cool accessory and useful to anyone who routinely carries kids or other passengers in their back seats. It is easy to use and is quite sturdy. I particularly like the ability to quickly remove the iPad without disturbing the case, when leaving the car. The strap is designed to fit around the seat poles and, at least for my car, will not fit around a seat rest that is a solid construction rather than one with poles. That is actually not an issue for me because I don’t have a back seat in my car either, but it is probably an issue for some.
I found a few units of this product at Amazon for US $25.39.