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Aug 28, 2013 11:25 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Local doctor invents iPad device

An emergency room doctor at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria has invented a simple device that has nothing and everything to do with the medical industry.

"Tablets are so elegant and thin they're difficult to hold with one hand," said Dr. Paul Webber.

He began using an iPad to collect information from patients and issue a diagnosis, but discovered a problem.

"We couldn't hold them because, between patients, we'd wash our hands and typically there's lubricant within the hand sanitizer or the soap and we would drop these (the iPads)," he explained. "I looked around, scoured the internet for a device for which you could hold it, and I came up with the straps. They're vinyl straps, elastic, velcro, but a problem exists in that we can't use those because you cross-contaminate between rooms."

With the help of a design studio, Webber came up with a simple solution.

The device itself, which is called a Bakbone, looks like a ring. It's simply attached to a magnet on the back of the iPad, allowing the user to securely hold the tablet with just one hand and leaving the other hand free.

It's now being used by educators, lawyers, engineers and many more.

"Even Apple came out with a nice commercial with a young girl reading a book in her bed like this, and the first time I saw that I said, how sustainable is that? This is so much easier, and you can still move around on the iPad like that," said Dr. Webber as he demonstrated the device.

The Bakbone sells for about $30. It's available for sale online.

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