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Smart Cargo is a smart iPad storage solution

The Smart Cargo accessory is a storage solution that attaches to your iPad's Smart Cover and carries all of your iPad bits and bobs.

The Smart Cargo accessory is a storage solution that attaches to your iPad's Smart Cover and carries all of your iPad bits and bobs.

(Credit: Dotan Saguy)

The iPad is good at many things, but that slim, sleek design has one big flaw: where do you put all the little gizmos that go with it? Your stylus, in-ear headphones, charging cable, screen cloth, maybe even a pen or a few mints. Currently, the solution is a case with pockets or an iPad bag.

If you're the kind of person who likes to go minimal, though, the Smart Cargo offers a different solution. A sort of aluminium-look plastic pencil case, it sticks to your iPad's Smart Cover using magnets and opens up to just enough space for a few essentials, felt lined for protection.

Created as it is by Dotan Saguy — who came up with some rather simple and clever stand solutions for iPhones and iPads — it's unsurprising that the case has a few other tricks up its sleeve, too. When the cover is closed, the Smart Cargo doubles as an extra carrying grip, or it can help with holding the iPad one-handed.

(Credit: Dotan Saguy)

Its ergonomic shape also means the case can be used as a wrist rest when typing on a flat surface — and if it gets in the way, it can be rolled up neatly in the Smart Cover when you're using it as a stand.

"I wanted the Smart Cargo to be a storage device that 'lives' on the iPad yet doesn't get in the way of using the iPad. That's why it attaches magnetically, and fits inside the folded-up Smart Cover," Saguy said. "And when I was done designing it, I realised that I had exceeded my design goal: not only did the Smart Cargo not get in the way of using the iPad, it made carrying the iPad a more pleasant experience thanks to the added ergonomic grip."

Available in 10 different colours, Smart Cargo is currently available for an early bird pledge of just US$15 on Kickstarter.