Griffin Technology, the folks behind such Mac accessories as the PowerMate and iMic, have a new goodie available: the iCurve, a clear laptop stand designed for PowerBooks and iBooks.
It looks spiffy (for example, its rounded clear surface goes well with Apple flat panel monitors), but is designed to place a PowerBook or iBook in an ergonomically correct position when using the laptop as a permanent desktop computer. When positioned on iCurve, a PowerBook screen is raised to a height of 16 inches. This is the recommended height for computer screens as specified by the TCO 95 ergonomic standards. It greatly reduces neck strain caused by looking down at your laptop screen for extended periods of time, according to the folks at Griffin. Also, when placed on iCurve, a PowerBook screen tiles perfectly with the height of Apple’s Cinema Displays, they said.
The iCurve elevates an iBook four inches above the desk surface, freeing up space for a full size keyboard and mouse. It also allows your laptop screen to be positioned the recommended distance: an arms length away.
iCurve also increases airflow underneath your laptop, which can help cool those G4 powered Titanium PowerBooks. And the TiPB’s back access door is fully exposed and easily accessible while resting on the iCurve. What’s more, the curved base of the iCurve doubles as a handle, allowing a laptop to swivel and glide into a variety of positions.
Due to ship in September, the iCurve will cost US$39.99. Also today, Griffin announces the immediate availability of PowerMate software version 1.2 for Mac OS 9. This release includes several bug fixes and feature improvements. Specifically, 1.2 fixes a bug that could crash a computer if PowerMate was toggled during startup. All current PowerMate software is free and available immediately at the Griffin Technology Web site.