“It looks geeky!” was the first comment many people had upon seeing a first-generation GoPad. That fashion stigma has been hard to shake, even after industrial users praised it as an invention with many workplace applications (see FAQ #2).
Its “geeky” appearance was a serious obstacle to GoPad gaining acceptance among fashion-conscious young people. Below are images showing how that marketing problem is being addressed.
This photo shows a prototype of the new “GoBag” and below are CAD renderings that show why production versions will look quite fashionable.
The production GoBag will have this larger shape to conceal both the tablet and the swingarm. Its fashion goal is to hide the GoPad behind a relatively attractive shoulder-bag. Its more practical goals are to protect the tablet and to provide extra cargo-carrying capacity.
This GoBag uses Velcro straps to secure it onto the GoPad’s backplate.
The new GoBag is made of a special neoprene material that has a Velcro loop finish. This transforms it into a shoulder-carried “bulletin board” to which virtually anything can be attached. As modeled above, small items that have an adhesive Velcro hook patch on them can be very conveniently stored.
This CAD simulation demonstrates how the ability to Velcro objects onto the GoBag’s surface improves both appearance and practicality. Optional "Cargo Pockets" can be attached onto the GoBag for carrying items such as a lunch, a make-up kit, a battery charger, sunglasses, etc.
This image shows how user-printed graphics can be stuck onto it. ("Printable synthetic paper" is ideal for creating these impromptu graphics). For students, the detachable graphic might be a picture of their beloved canine friend. For their parents: the stick-on graphic might be a family photo or an enlarged version of their business card. Whatever they do: their GoPad makes a personal fashion statement.