Cutting board + iPad holder: What could possibly go wrong?

CTA Digital invades the kitchen with a series of iPad and tablet stands with integrated cutting boards, knife storage, and paper towel holders.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Bamboo cutting board and iPad holder
It's a cutting board. It's an iPad holder. Note the knife slots. Amanda Kooser/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- CTA Digital already conquered the realm of the bathroom with a toilet paper holder that doubles as a tablet stand and the iPotty, an iPad toilet-training arrangement for kids. Now the company has set its quirky sights on the kitchen with a line of cutting-edge tablet holders.

For people with precise knife control skills, there's the $34.99 Bamboo Cutting Board with Stand for iPad and Knife Storage. It elevates your iPad just a bit above the cutting surface and includes knife slots along the side. Just be careful when you're slicing away not to peel a bit off your screen. For people who may be a little more klutzy, there's a $24.99 bamboo cutting board with a screen shield that should also keep your precious tablet protected from flying vegetable peels and meat juices.

If you want to keep your tablet above the fray of metal knife blades, then the $29.99 Paper Towel Holder with Gooseneck Stand may be more your speed. It's just the kitchen countertop version of CTA Digital's toilet paper holder. Plus, you'll have towels handy to clean all the cooking goop from your screen.

I use my iPad in the kitchen all the time, and it's usually sitting on the counter not far from my cutting board, so the idea of combining a board and holder isn't utterly crazy. It's probably more practical than the current setup I have. Yet, it's still both amusing and just slightly disconcerting to see the combination. If I had to choose one, though, I would probably go with the shielded version, just to be on the safe side.

Paper towel and tablet holder
Stash your paper towels and your tablet. Amanda Kooser/CNET