We live in a digital age where technology is evolving all around is. Now a days everyone seems to have an iPad or a tablet of some kind. Many companies see this as a trend with future possibilities to grow by introducing a variety of accessories to go along with these tablets. This article introduces some new iPad and tablet accessories that seem absurd and gets one questioning “What the heck were they thinking?”
One of the wacky accessories that the article highlighted is an iPad Commodity Caddy, which is exclusively apart of the Hammacher Schlemmer brand. (Product is shown below.)
And not to mention this stand sells for $100! It’s purpose is to be to save space and to make it easier for people to “do their business” while playing games or watching online shows/ movies. I not only think it is gross and a way to spread germs on one’s iPad, but is someone really in the bathroom that long where you have to bring your iPad in with you while you are going to the bathroom?
Another accessory that was mentioned was the iMaxi (as shown below).
We all know when the iPad first came out, we all had that thought of a feminine healthcare product. You can take this idea literally and purchase this maxi pad covering for $30 from Hip Handmaids.
The ideas in the article get even crazier such as a shirt with an iPad slot to feature interaction with other random people, a potty training toilet to help teach kids potty training while watching other kids going to the bathroom on the iPad stand, and many more products that seem too crazy to be true. You can take a deeper look at them in the article listed below.
I still have a hard time believing that any of these products are real. This got me thinking to the paper airplane activity done in class which main purpose was about customer requirements and what the customer’s want. I have a really hard time believing that customers out there really want these products. Then taking a deeper look into the dimensions of quality and how customers evaluate quality differently. These dimensions include performance, features, conformance, reliability durability, serviceability, response, aesthetics, and perception. These products can definitely identify with the individual dimensions of quality.
Even though I think all these ideas are absurd, the product strategy was to be different and it worked. The operations management may have believed that people out there may find quality within these products and buy them.
What do you think about these tablet accessories?
Would you ever buy one of these?
Why do you even think companies would make these kind of products?