Part of the joy of hacking is the joy of discovery, of seeing how things go right as well as wrong. That’s one cool thing about this iPad Mini 2 case build by [Eric Strebel]: in the video, he details the things that went wrong as well as those that went right. For instance, he used glue on one version that melted the foam core he built the iPad holder from. The end product is wonderful, though. It combines an iPad Mini 2 case and a spiral-bound notebook so you can use both digital and paper mediums, with the iPad cleverly hidden behind a panel that both protects it and turns the screen off when not in use.
The case is made from a Pentalic 7 x 10 wire-bound sketchbook, with some of the pages removed. These are replaced by an iPad holder made from foam core and matte board, which should protect the iPad from drops and knocks. A notch at the bottom allows for a charging cable, and an additional notch at the top lets you lift out the iPad if needed.
It’s a great, clean build that looks as good as a commercial case, and is more practical. I love the idea of combining an iPad with a sketchbook with removable paper pages: sometimes, you just need that feel of pen or pencil on paper to work. My only suggestion for improvement might be a couple more indentations at the bottom of the iPad holder to allow the sound to escape from the speakers a little better.
We’ve seen cool projects from [Eric Strebel] before, including his home-made wireless charger, so his YouTube channel is well worth subscribing to.