Universal Tablet Holder Enhances Docent Tours

*Scroll to the bottom of the post for an exclusive discount for MIDEA and NMC members!*

Everywhere we look, new and innovative uses for tablets are emerging. As evidenced at the 2011 MIDEA workshop > iPads in the Museum, museums are capitalizing on this technology by bringing an enhanced, interactive experience to visitors. More and more, tablets are being used as hands-on information kiosks or are carried around by docents for guided scripts and on-the-spot answers to inquiries.

When implementing any new technology, the adoption can be shaky. While tablets are lightweight and mobile, they can also become cumbersome — especially when carried on a docent tour for an extended period of time. Many people don’t realize just how much physical exertion goes into working at a museum!

Enter a nifty little product for the museum community called the Hand-e-holder. The brainchild of inventor Mike Burns, the Hand-e-holder was created to alleviate the most apparent challenge with the iPad: It’s hard to hold. The Hand-e-holder is a universal tablet holder that can be used to make any tablet comfortable and secure for long-term use, which means — rejoice! — when the iPad 3 comes out, the Hand-e-holder won’t be obsolete

In addition to offering relief to docents carting around tablets all day, the Hand-e-holder swivels the tablet to display the interactive content at any angle. More agility for museum professionals means a smoother transition for integrating tablets. “When I first bought an iPad I almost dropped it five minutes after having it out of the box,” remembers Burns. “The first prototype of the Hand-e-holder was created 30 minutes later. It’s simple, comfortable and offers 360° rotation.”

Since its conception in 2010, the Hand-e-holder has become the flagship product of an entire line of coordinating hands-free tablet stands, clamps, and wall mounts. There’s even a leg strap extension so you can securely fasten your tablet to your leg while seated. The company is also dedicated to a Made in the USA manufacturing policy. “We believe strongly in keeping local American companies busy and working,” said Burns. “It’s our way of helping to build back the American economy.”

More good news! Until August 15, Handeholder Products is offering a 20% discount for the Hand-e-holder, or Hand-e-holder with leg strap — exclusively for NMC and MIDEA members. Go to www.handeholder.com, and enter in the code M1DEA at checkout (that’s a number one as the second character). Got questions? Email customerservice@handeholder.com or call 734-665-7052.

For more information on the Hand-e-holder, visit www.handeholder.com or watch the video tutorial below.

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