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  1. The Littlest Black Book Case for iPod Nano is Shipping!

    The Littlest Black Book Case for iPod Nano is Shipping!

     

    Unbelievable. This whole project has been such a blast that I thought I would share the history of how we came to make the world’s smallest bookbindery case for the iPod Nano.

     

    Will B., our operations manager, brought the idea up to me as a joke about six months ago. We make the Little Black Book for the iPhone 4/4S, how about one for the smallest Apple touch device, the iPod Nano? We thought about it, laughed and then put the idea aside as the very busy holiday season of 2011 was upon PQ. In early January the idea came back and we decided, what the heck – let’s buy a Nano and see if Eric, our CNC wood cutting technician, could make a teeny tiny frame for this idea. He did, and within about 3 hours of design, the moment I held it I knew we had to do it.

     

    I contacted our master bookbinder who made the very first PQ case, The Case, Vol.1 back in 2010. I asked Duncan if this was a project even worth considering and he showed me a book he’d made that was half the size of the Nano case! Two weeks later we had five prototypes. We put the wood in and could not stop laughing. Words like ridiculous, hilarious and completely awesome were abounding out of everyone’s mouths. Mrs. PQ and the little Quills could not stop looking at them. The kids kept telling their friends at school about what Dad had come up with.

     

    Then it hit us, we love the iCade. The iCade was an April 1st joke that ThinkGeek.com put out when the first iPad was released back in 2010. The iCade looked like a miniature version of the old arcade console including slots for putting in quarters. You just placed your iPad inside and boom! You had an old school arcade game. Well that

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  2. Only an April Fool’s Joke Could Be This Good

    Only an April Fool’s Joke Could Be This Good

    We are not above succumbing to crazy viral ideas.  Heck, that’s kind of our thing here at Pad and Quill.  That is why our recent purchase of the iCADE was a business “research” decision.  Yeah, that’s what it was.

     

    On April 1st of 2010, ThinkGeek.com came out with a video about the main reason you should buy an iPad...so you could put it into an iCADE cabinet.  This iPad cabinet is designed to look like an 80’s style retro arcade console and fits quite nicely on the corner of your desk.  The whole production video was shot and uploaded to YouTube as practical joke.  The $500-$900 iPad surely had better uses than sitting in this silly cabinet.

     

    Enter great idea (stumbled upon) and viral marketing and before ThinkGeek knew what had happened they were getting thousands of requests to make the iCADE reality.  One year later, with the pressure of the masses at full throttle, they were able to get technology and manufacturing partners on board.  Pre-orders on the iCADE for iPad and iPad 2 began and eventually became BACKORDERED.  Atari, the first name in old school video games joined them to release to the App Store an entire suite of old Atari gaming classics including:  Asteroids, Space Invaders, Missile Command and 97 more!  There is now an API for App developers so their games can work with the iCADE.

     

    All we know is that when you pop the iPad 2 out of an Octavo case and gently place into the iCADE cabinet, your world changes.  The big red joystick, just like the old arcade, feels perfect in your hand and the array of extra large buttons give the exact feel of the 80’s.  You can almost hear Journey and Styx in the background of your mind as you play.

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