HAVE you decided to splash out on Apple's iPad, only to start wondering how you're going to carry it around with you?
If so, Newcastle University PhD students Simon Barker and Leonie Cunnington hope to entice you to buy one of their handmade customised iPad cases.
The couple began cooking up the business idea when Barker, 23, purchased the new tech gadget. He first decided to build a stand for it, but manufacturing complications put an end to that move for the time being.
However, Cunnington, 23, is instead making cases using denim outer lining and an inner lining of shirting cotton or designer fabrics from Liberty.
The pair have moved into an office at the Greenesfield Business Centre in Gateshead, and are working on the business around their work in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Electronics and Neuroscience respectively. Customers can go online and choose the look and the fabrics before sending off their order.
Cunnington said: “The cases can have a range of different pockets for the iPhone, business cards, pens, mobiles and possibly the stand in future.
“We’ve got 11 different thread colours, seven outer fabrics and seven inners, so there are lots of different combinations and a lot of scope for people to have a different case.
“We’ve been Mac users for years, but although they increase productivity and improve your lifestyle, the accessories are just a bit generic. There’s nothing pretty about most of them, and if you’ve bought an iPad that’s cost a lot of money, surely you don’t want to hide it in a nasty looking case?”
Barker and Cunnington are hoping to develop their company, Slotzz, as a brand and are marketing it using their own website rather than online marketplaces such as eBay.
Cunnington makes the products herself and says it usually takes 21 days from order to delivery. Barker is also interested in broadening the scope into electronic accessories and home networking applications.