The single post iPulpit.
CREDIT: Little Mountain Productions
One could say that it's a match made in heaven: Apple's iPad and church services.
For tech-savvy pastors, imams and other religious leaders, a company called Little Mountain Productions has created the iPulpit, a lectern-like piece of furniture with a cavity carved out to hold an iPad or other tablet computer.
Little Mountain co-brands the iPulpit as the iPodium for non-religious activities as well, such as academic lectures or event check-ins.
In either case, the iPulpit comes fully assembled and is available in several models. The "single post" model, which has a lone tube rising from the base to the top, sells for $650. The "double post" version goes for $750, and an all-aluminum model sells for $1195.
Customers can also buy an oversized top for $150 that has extra space for tomes or notes below where an iPad can rest in landscape mode.
Other options, both priced at $99 each, include an acrylic cover to keep an iPad protected and in place , or a hole bored in the pedestal to run a hidden power cord up to the iPad's slot to keep the device charged.
Richard Carver, president and CEO of Little Mountain, said that his company came out with the iPulpit the day that the iPad itself was released. "We are so impressed with Apple's products," Carver told iPadNewsDaily.
That said, the company – which buys raw materials and manufactures its products in-house – is ready to fabricate iPulpits that can fit any other tablet computers available or coming out soon that are not sized exactly at 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) in height and 7.47 inches (189.7 mm) in width like the iPad. "All we have to do is flip a switch," Carver said.