I have the webpad sitting in clay attempting to pull a mold for my pin guides and alignment posts. While that sets I decided to scrap the old cradle design and came up with an all new one. After building a basic 3 angle view I was able to take point measurements and count pixels to get my dimensions. Would have been a lot easier if I used something other than GIMP but use what you have.
The basic shape is cut from stacked foam blocks and hand carved to my drawings. Keep in mind everything is undersized in these photos so that when I go over the foam with clay I can add everywhere and get the geometry exact. The design I am using is pretty basic but if the lines are not straight and angles don't match then I wasted my time and would have been better off sticking with the cigarette box.
The next set of photos for the cradle body should be clay, fired clay, mold, and then first pass attempt. On the electronics side I am stalled for parts so it's likely I will have a color molded cradle with all my finishing touches waiting on guts. The design is actually pretty universal and would work with slight modifications for ipad/iphone, nokia 800/900 and phone, etc. Once the mold is made it really is no trouble to make small changes in opening sizes to fit other devices. I just dremel away glass for bigger phones and add glass for smaller phones. I love tinkering so as stated earlier no charge. Linuxmcecompatible has this exact unit or message me about customizing something for a different device. My own builds are simple based on broken-wallet-ness but I would love to get some of my ideas out of my head and into someone's living room. Foam only - Devices resting comfortably
Fairly happy with the shape of the foam, keep in mind the final product is in places going to be 3/8 thicker. The angle of the devices is almost perfect though and I was impressed by how well foam was able to keep a line. Total measurements currently = 10.5" tall, 11.5" wide, 7" deep. The orbiter sticks up about 0.5 inches above the backrest so its viewable area starts approximately 5.5" from the base and because of its lean back extends to about 10.5" from the base. Configuration was set for desktop use next to a 22-25" monitor. Depending on how you sit it should fall just below eye-level and just about perfect placement for button presses.Empty Foam Template
This shot shows the angles of my design a little better. You can also see the area I left myself for adding electronics, which will be critical when customizing these. The relief cut into the backrest is for the external battery of the wedpad, it can get warm sometimes so I didn't want to box it in completely. Even in foam the cradle is very stable, I have a slight lean back to my devices but they sit low enough to not cause an issue. The base of the unit that houses the opening for a USB port will actually support an up to 3/4" wood bottom plate. If it so much as wobbles after that I would shocked.
Easy configuration options from here I may add to other pulls on this mold. Adding an LCD alarm clock instead of a phone, adding a powered USB hub internally to make this a 4-port charging station for multiple users, adding an easy open back panel for hiding things such as chargers for rechargeable batteries, I would LOVE to get my hands on Squeezebox dimensions to put audio playback just below a full orbiter UI. Of course I have my old crappy parts and weird projects that will find their way into these... integrated wireless AP, old receiver/amplifier parts to power audio from the core, add a chumby-sized orbiter below and a standard small LCD screen above from an embedded MD (no messing with touchscreen support, and keep full screen media with orbiter functions below, extend the base depth wise and add a compatible networked phone...
Finally, I haven't uploaded any of my finished model renderings because I have some little extras in mind that I would rather "Taaa Da!" than try to describe.