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14 unique ways to prop up your tablet (pictures)

Sure, kickstand covers are perfectly functional and easy to use. But these tablet stands and gadgets score bonus points for creativity.

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1 of 14 Eaton London

Tablets, arise!

The proliferation of tablets has spawned dozens of creative and cool stands for the reading-friendly mobile devices. It's time for tablets to take a stand!

Designer Scott Eaton took inspiration from the ancient Moai of Easter Island to create this stand for a tablet and phone. He introduced it at the London Design Festival in 2014.

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2 of 14 Cardboard Safari

Cardboard cutout

Cardboard Safari's stand for the iPad is inspired by '50s-era televisions.

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3 of 14 Fläzbag/TM Products

Monster prop

This soft, pillow-like stand by Flazbag works much like the Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dali; the tablet sits on the jutting lower lip.

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4 of 14 Maturine Deschain

Different-thinking tablet stand

A YouTube video by Maturine Deschain demonstrates how to turn a classic Mac into a tablet stand.

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5 of 14 Things4Thinkers/Etsy

Printed prop

A 3D printer produced this PLA plastic universal tablet stand. The stand is also adjustable.

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6 of 14 Octa

Fishy accessory

This lightweight stand is designed for a minimal footprint...or tailprint. Its aluminum fins and tail adjust to enable  different viewing angles. The end of the tail also works as a handle.

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7 of 14 WowWee

Remote-controlled stand

WowWee makes a pivoting stand that can rotate up to 270 degrees. The movement can be controlled wirelessly using a remote. It also comes with speakers.
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8 of 14 Yohann

Minimalist rocker

The beautifully minimalistic Yohann iPad stand is the brainchild of Swiss designer Berend Frenzel.

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9 of 14 Breffo

Eight-legged holder

The aptly named Breffo Spiderpodium has bendable legs. Use it as a stand, or wrap the legs around the back of a car seat to keep kids entertained on the road.

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10 of 14 Speck

Kid-friendly option

Speck's iGuy for iPad Mini tablets is both free-standing and durable. A soft foam construction means no more cracked iPads...and a lot of huggability.

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11 of 14 Andrew's Reclaimed/Etsy

Block design

The Etsy store Andrew's Reclaimed used re-purposed deck railings to create this stand.

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12 of 14 Eaton London

Silicon Valley tribute?

A current media darling (Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired) the "Venus of Cupertino" is another cool stand from London designer Scott Eaton.

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13 of 14 BKNY Design

Luxury model

Backed with felt and hand-crafted, the V-luxe is made in limited runs. The price tag: $1,500.

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14 of 14 WoodGuy32/Old Time Computer/Etsy

Stand for science

The "Dock of Science" is both a stand and a charger. And, yep, that's a working radiometer on there.

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