Hands-on with the Octa WhaleTail & Vacuum Dock

Octa WhaleTail & Vacuum Dock
By Jared DiPane on 12 Jan 2012 02:16 pm EST

Walking through the various halls here at CES 2012 you sure stumble across a whole bunch of different stuff, some things get a bit repetitive but sometimes there are things that just jump right out at you. While cruising through one of the halls I noticed a bunch of tablets all propped up without anyone holding them and I was immediately intrigued, then I met Octa WhaleTail and Vacuum Dock. While it is not specifically a BlackBerry PlayBook only accessory it certainly works well on the tablet, and for those of you who like to watch movies, play games, type long messages or anything else that you don't want your tablet laying down for you will want to check this out.

The concept is quite simple, they wanted to make holding a tablet a more enjoyable experience for everyone so they designed a holder that suctions to the back that contours the hand very nicely. To get the back to stick on the device all you have to do is put it on there, give it a few pumps and it's on there, and rather firmly. Releasing the piece is pretty simple (once you get the hang of it), pull up slightly on the two tabs and then push them in, and off it comes. Also included is the WhaleTail which hooks onto the back of the Vacuum Dock which allows the tablet to be propped up and it also doubles as a security measure for when you are carrying your tablet around so it doesn't just fall right out of your hands. Hit the break with us for a few more images as well as a video walkthrough of the product in action!


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Hands-on with the Octa WhaleTail & Vacuum Dock


Pretty cool! People are creative, aren't they. Its different, but I can get a stand built into my protective case for less. May be a little pricey.

Cool one but I am bit price sensitive.So I wont pay 60 bucks for this one .I already have my Targus leather folder .

This is what I do to watch movies or place my playbook on a "stand". I went to walmart and purchased a small picture easel stand for 95 cents! It works perfect!!

I agree with the other commenters that the price seems somewhat exorbitant. Totally think it's a cool accessory and all that, but I'd be willing to splurge at $29.95, not $59.95. For this price, it needs to be battery powered, like one-touch operation for both hold and release. If I have to exert effort into "pumping" the thing 5 to 7 times, I need it to be half the price! LOL! Just wait and see how many "preorders" they get from their "eager customers". Once the numbers come in, they'll know if they priced it right. If not, then maybe they'll have a 2-for-1 special?! xD