There are a lot of stylus' out there, but Nomad Brush
has a couple that make a big difference. First, the Nomad Play is targeted at kids thanks to its smaller length, larger width, and wooden handle. But what really sets it apart is the paintbrush style tip, with conductive fibers so users can 'paint' directly on the screen. There is a rubber base where the fibers meet the stylus, so it reduces the chance of kids scraping the screen.
The Crayola ColorStudio HD kit is so much fun! It’s the perfect solution for keeping young children busy while waiting at the doctor’s office or anywhere else they may say, “I’m bored!”
Since CES, I've had a chance to play with the Grablet which is a soft rubber shell for the iPad with special hooks for the included fabric latches. The latches can be configured in a wide variety of ways to allow the user to grip, hold and display an iPad 2 as desired. It's similar to the OtterBox Latch but less bulky and it's a custom fit for the iPad (with versions for the both the original and the iPad 2) unlike the OtterBox which is more of a general purpose holder for any 10" tablet.
A couple years ago, I reviewed the Ektopad F1 for iPad. Since then they have developed other iPad cases. They are currently working on a Flex Kit. The press release info is below. Check it out.
“For the past year our protective covers have been used by schools and kids around the country. Feedback from parents and educators lead us to integrate additional features and attachments to prevent the drops and to allow the iPad to be comfortable to hold and maneuver.
DomeSkin is an awesome way to add personality to the iPad or iPhone. Many users insist on keeping the iPad thin, the way it was designed. Most cases that provide adequate protection from dropping or such add bulk to the device. DomeSkin allows the user to protect their device from scratches and bumps without adding any bulk at all. Each DomeSkin is simply a heavy-duty 3M film that covers the outer edges of the face and the entire back of the iDevice and offers full access to all the ports and buttons.
The Jabra STONE is shaped like no other Bluetooth headset available. It wraps behind the ear, eliminating the standard microphone that faces the mouth of the user. How many times have you seen someone wearing a Bluetooth headset that looked more like they had been singing in a concert?
Why didn't I think of this? Better yet, why didn't Apple? One of the attractive elements of the iPad 2 is the Smart Cover. So why should the iPhone miss out on the action? That was the thinking of Zahra and Derek, two Chicago-based enterprising entrepreneurs who created TidyTilt and used KickStarter.com to successfully fund it.
The Trident Kraken iPhone 4S case offers superb protection. The case consists of three separate components. The main component is the rubber substance that surrounds the iPhone completely for protection. This could be used as a separate case to protect the iphone by itself. However, combined with the Exoskeleton, polycarbonate pieces that are included the iPhone is completely protected. The case also has a kickstand on the back used for standing the phone up for watching videos and such. All of the buttons and ports are accessible but most are covered by some type of rubberized protection. The headphone jack has somewhat limited access. They do include an extension for reaching the headphone jack for fixing the problem.
Have you ever tried using your iPhone in the sun? This can be a very frustrating task. However, the Diff case offers protection from
the sun. The Diff case has a lid for shade which can be used to block the sunlight or used as a kickstand. The Diff Case can be extremely helpful to a photographer. It can be attached to a tripod in both portrait and landscape position. The Diff Case makes taking video and still shots a breeze.
The best “solution” for a clean screen (Pun intended). This is an awesome way to keep your screen clean as well as disinfected. The solution inside the bottle is an antibacterial solution which kills 99.9% of all bacteria for up to 24 hours. It is a non-drip formula and antistatic which cleans like no other. The great thing about cleaning with Antec Advance solution is the lack of an ammonia smell. We have all cleaned our computer screens or keyboards with a disinfectant only to realize that it chokes us so bad we can’t stay in the room. So now we turn the fan on to blow the smell to our friendly “neighbor”.
In this job, I get to try out a lot of cases, and they're usually plastic, metal, rubber, or fabric. But the Q Card Case for CM4 is an interesting hybrid, combining a soft leather-like fabric where it counts and rubber for the phone case component. They have even applied for a patent for this combination.
The fabric portion has a slot that can hold up to three credit card or ID cards as well as some cash. There's a nice slot that makes it easy to eject the cards as needed.
My experience with electronics tells me that when I get a new piece, I need to make sure there is a screen protector on it from day one. Trouble is, Apple does not sell screen protectors for the iPad at their retail outlets. That put me on a search for the best screen protector, but my search just brought up more questions. What’s the difference between those sold on EBay for 99 cents, and those sold through Wal-Mart for 19.99? My experience with the lower quality protectors is a lot of bubbles on the main part of the screen.
I've been playing with the original iCade for a few months (see original article here), and it's been great fun, but it sure ain't portable.
Well, the folks at ION have come through. At CES, they showed off their new iCade Jr., which brings arcade-style joystick and buttons from the larger model to the iPhone and iPod touch.
I've had my eye on Looxcie (no pun intended) for a while, but the previous model was a bit too bulky. It's like a Bluetooth earpiece on steroids -- not only does it work as a headset, but it has a wireless Bluetooth video camera so you can play Borg, record, and even stream your vision to the masses. There are a number of situations where wearing one would make sense... traveling, for instance, or covering a tradeshow, press conference, or sporting event. I have considered wearing one during CES or MacWorld, in fact, so I could live-blog to our readers!
It was inevitable. As iPads find their way into the hands of kids (my kids inherited my iPad 1 when I upgraded to the iPad 2), we are seeing a whole new line of kid-friendly tablet accessories.
The latest examples are from Dean Designs and include Tablet Teddy Bears, Tablet Pet Pals, and Tablet Bean Bags. They are all cut from the same cloth, so to speak, which is a variety of cozy, stuffed animal style fake fur, with places to prop up an iPad or other tablet.
The iPad was meant to be turned into an Etch-A-Sketch! With the officially licensed Etch-A-Sketch case, from Headcase, combined with the iOS app, you can wow your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Everyone has thought of it, but Headcase went ahead and did it, for both the iPhone and iPad.
You can't help but smile when you see the case. And when you use the app, it all comes back to you. Of course you can shake it to erase it... It wouldn't be legitimate without that feature!
I saw the iBallz folks at MacWorld last year, when, true to their name, they were displaying their products guerilla-marketing style... No booth, but showing their products to anyone who would give them a chance. What a difference a year makes, as they had a serious booth at CES and will also be there, officially, at MacWorld.
For all you Mac users out there: Do you have a disorganized desktop? The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform from BulletTrain (available this March) is a clever solution that positions the trackpad below the keyboard, and adds a palm rest.
The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform is similar to an oversized MacBook, but you get a generously sized trackpad and everything is arranged in a comfortable, elegant manner.
Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally?
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