Monkey Kit.

If you've ever wished you had a third hand to hold your Android tablet, Octa's Monkey Kit is something you'll be interested in. Just like that ever so useful appendage hanging from the south end of a Monkey, this tail is flexible yet rigid, holds to almost any shape, and it's suction device grips your tablet even tighter than you do. It's built like a tank from quality materials, looks and feels great, and is super-easy to use.

We've had it here at chez Jerry for about a week, and have found it indispensable for both work and play. It's incredibly handy holding the Nexus 7 with a recipe app open while making a mess  cooking in the kitchen, my wife uses it to display a spreadsheet while she works -- freeing up her second monitor for Facebook, and when the lights go out and I find I can't sleep, a bit of Netflix in bed while the Monkey Kit does it's hands-free magic is the ticket.

It's all done through what Octa calls the Vacuum Dock. Place it on a smooth spot on the back of your tablet and pump it a few times to create a seal -- a really, really tight seal. Using a special cam design, the "tail" locks in place into the Vacuum Dock, making for a three foot long third arm to position your tablet wherever it is you want or need it positioned. It works on almost any tablet -- as long as you have a smooth surface to "stick" it to, you're golden. Having said that, be warned that it doesn't work with the Nexus 10, and for some insane reason known only to Google, it doesn't seal on the white-backed Google I/O edition Nexus 7. The retail Nexus 7, as well as any of the Kindle Fires, Galaxy Tabs, Transformers, or Xooms hold just fine though. 

You're probably asking where do I find out more about this Monkey Kit thingy? That's easy. Visit Octa's Mokney Tail product page, where you can find out everything you need to know and pre order your own Monkey Kit for $99. Hit the break and see a picture gallery of the construction and parts.

 
There are 16 comments

landjo77 says:

I could see people using this to hold their new fonepad to their ear. Not sure which would be funnier, seeing someone with a 7" tab on their face, or this thing wrapped around their neck...

dougltc says:

You had me until I saw the $99 price... the ideal price point for something like this is $29...

I'll be honest -- I almost agree.

The idea is great. The reason for the high price (IMO) is because of how well this is built. I shook the living shit out of it to see if I could break it or make my old Tab 10.1 go flying off. I couldn't. I'm afraid that if it were cheapened to drive the price down it wouldn't perform as well.

Thanks, Jerry!

You're correct. There are more than 30 parts in the Vacuum Dock that ensure its strength -- duplicate safety seals, drop-proof seal guides -- as well as finishes -- like it's super-soft rubber matte spray -- that make it both comfortable and as classy-looking as your tablet. Each unit is individually inspected, whereas most companies only perform partial inspections of their production line. Our number one priority is keeping your tablet safe, and that means we have to provide the highest-quality product we can manufacture.

Best, Octa

mtmerrick says:

I saw - and played with - one of these at CES, and its companion attachment, the Whale Tail. I have to say I was QUITE impressed, and the guys there (the actual designers of the product!) had HUNDREDS of real-world applications. Most of them, surprisingly, were for business applications. My personal favorite was the wrap-around-your-waist method, which gives you a easily-interacted-with screen in front of you or to the side: out of your way but still easily ascessable. Ideal for waitresses, sales associates, and people taking inventory.

Seriously, if you're trying to actually use a tablet in a real-world business application, this is the way to do it.

And i can't say this enough, that vacuum seal is STRONG.

Thanks for stopping by at CES, mtmerrick!

We've been working hard on the Vacuum Dock for two years now, and we really appreciate your support.

Best, Octa

rap1 says:

I can see lots of uses for it including as a tablet holder in the car. Unfortunately too expensive. It might be worth it but out of my price range for an accessory.

Mighty442 says:

100 bucks?!? Going to try to build one of these with some suction cups and some bendable tubing.

onesound says:

That's good idea, but it is toooo expensive. I can pay $40 for that.

jaypee68 says:

"It works on almost any tablet -- as long as you have a smooth surface to "stick" it to, you're golden. Having said that, be warned that it doesn't work with the Nexus 10, and for some insane reason known only to Google, it doesn't seal on the white-backed Google I/O edition Nexus 7. The retail Nexus 7, as well as any of the Kindle Fires, Galaxy Tabs, Transformers, or Xooms hold just fine though."

$100 for something that pretty much only holds onto Motorola Xooms? Yeah sign me up... NOT.

jsvor says:

Anyone using something similar for the Nexus 10?

praqseven says:

I can see even maybe 50 bucks but a cnote that's way too much wait for it to go on sale

Hi All!

We're so glad you like the Monkey Kit, and we wish we could sell it for less than $99.99. There are products on the market that use suction cups and bendable tubes and that are cheaper. However, we chose to manufacture a higher quality product, in order to ensure (1) that the bendable tube would have the lifespan, rigidity, and flexibility to hold the weight of a tablet in place in a variety of extended positions and (2) that the connection to your tablet would be so secure that your tablet would never fall. After all, why save $50 if you're going to break a $300 device?

The Vacuum Dock is not a suction cup. Unlike a suction cup, which only achieves a partial-vacuum by depressing the cup and creating a mild pressure differential, the Vacuum Dock uses a button-actuated pump to pump all the air out from underneath the seal, ensuring a complete vacuum. This is why the Vacuum Dock will hold for days on end. In more than a year of selling the Vacuum Dock (as part of the Whale Kit), we've never had a customer complain of a broken tablet. We've had customers remove dents from their car with the Vacuum Dock and lift ten-pound jewelry cases...

The MonkeyTail is not a bendable tube. It's a helically-wound steel arm (called a gooseneck), capable of cantilevering the weight of a tablet more than a foot (and up to two feet, for lighter tablets). There are definitely other tube-like products available. They won't, however, hold your tablet in the variety of positions that the Monkey Kit will. There are even other products that incorporate gooseneck. However, the MonkeyTail was would to custom specs after a year of testing several hundred gooseneck configurations and modifying them for the tightest bend radius, the lightest carrying weight, and the maximum strength. We feel confident in saying there isn't a product like it on the market.

If you're interested in trying the Monkey Kit, Octa has a 30 day, no-questions-asked return policy. However, the pre-order stock is going quick and we're likely to be back ordered soon. If you have any questions, you can always reach our in-house customer support staff at help@octa.com or at 720.379.5325.

Thanks, Android Central!
Best, Octa

codehut says:

Nice!

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