We know what you're thinking, what in the world is that?! It's a Gripcase case designed to protect the iPad 2, 3 and 4 with an over-protective case within a case concept that is not only extremely effective in the sense of offering 360 degree drop-protection, but also provides users with additional grip thru a 4-sided handle periphery like no other case we've seen before. Dropping your iPad in this should never sink your heart. And there's even an iPad mini version too.
Yes it isn't pretty or anywhere near being minimalist, but it definitely does look to be effective at what it was meant for which is to provide maximum handling and protection for virtually any application (except for bad weather and something called water) no matter the person's age that is grabbing on. The Gripcase's exterior grip handle, or railing actually extends above the front of the device and acts like an additional raised bezel in order to protect the iPad's most crucial aspect, the touchscreen, in a worst case scenario.
The Gripcase's lightweight, and durable EVA foam body can absorb impacts and shock very well, and its unique bumper design helps in deflecting energy upon impact by bending as a crumple zone. Gripcase is obviously targeting parents with kids and special needs applications with its heavy-duty iPad cases which the company claims are kid-friendly, but I think it's safe to say that they're also kid-proof too. The back of the Gripcase is cut to reveal parts of the iPad's rear aluminum end, which is pretty cool looking yet under the cover of tough protection. A Gripcase for a full sized iPad will run you $40, while an iPad mini version costs a bit less at $35. Both come in multiple colors and are available now.