I was intrigued by the debut of the iPad 2 Smart Cover, Apple's solution for the bulk of problems that traditional cases cause. Well it was only a matter of time before another company would attempt to mimic what Apple designers have done here, and the first company to do so is Holland-based Miniot.
The company is known for its wooden cases for the iPhone and iPod. Its next target is the iPad 2. The cover is made out of a single piece of wood, and operates much the same as Apple's Smart Cover does, acting as both a screen protector and stand. Magnets hold the case to the tablet perfectly just like Apple's does. However, instead of folding, the Miniot Cover rolls much like a wooden blind would.
Here's a video from the company describing its case:
Surprisingly enough, you won't pay any more for this case than you would for Apple's leather version: it is set to sell shortly through the company beginning at 50 euros ($69 USD). The company says that it will be available in several different types of wood, however it hasn't specified which types.
If I wasn't so in love with the orange Smart Cover, I probably would have picked one of these up for my iPad 2 when I finally get it next month.
This story, "An iPad Smart Cover Made Out of...Wood?" was originally published by Technologizer.