When the iPad came out and ushered in the era of the tablet, I thought it might eliminate the laptop accessory market, but in reality, it just transformed it. Instead of laptop cooling pads, we are now being offered tablet stands. I'm naturally skeptical and there are a lot of vendors taking photo frame easels, adding the prefix "i" and charging ten times as much.
Multitouch touchscreens are the future, clearly, but they have one drawback, especially for those of us in colder climates. You can't use capacitive touchscreens, like that in the iPhone, with gloved fingers. At least not with traditional gloves.
When you read the specifications of this next product, you might think you are reading an automotive blog, but the iPad Butler (http://ipad-butler.com)
is an iPad table and floor stand that shares many high tech features with premium sports cars. Carbon fiber, German engineering, aluminum structure... There are even vehicle accessories including both a headrest and a lighter adapter for mounting the iPad inside your car.
Because I typically have the latest and greatest of everything, people always ask me 'What should I give to the guy who has everything?' My canned response: 'Something to keep it in!' And it's true... as I get new gadgets, like smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc., I'm always on the lookout for the right case or bag to keep it in.
Since a lot of iOS owners are also Mac owners, and ALL iOS developers need to run Mac OS X, you might want to check out the bundle at BundleHunt.com. There are icons and vector graphics that should be useful for developing apps and websites, but I'm particularly interested in the BannerZest program that lets you create snazzy banner ads. They claim the bundle is worth $1100, and while you might not need everything in the bundle, the odds are you'll want a few, and for $50, the price is right.
I am typing this on the beautifully designed and well-crafted Skinny Slim Keyboard case for the iPad 2, from Hatch & Co. ($90 at http://www.HatchnCo.com) Unlike most bluetooth keyboard and case combinations, the Skinny is sleek, svelte, and is almost as slim as traditional folio cases that lack a keyboard. This is possible because the keyboard is a membrane style, with almost no height to the keys whatsoever, just a slight raised outline for each key.
Kogeto: The name is inspired by, and reminiscent of Cogito Ergo Sum, Latin for "I think, therefore I am." But the phrase that comes to mind when I tried Kogeto's DOT camera gizmo is "A picture is worth a thousand words." Indeed, the Kogeto is worth more, because it lets you create panoramic views that are really interactive videos. You can swipe your finger to pan in any direction and see the view as if a videocamera was pointed in that direction, at that time. This is accomplished through a special lens attachment that snaps right on to your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
When I first saw an early version of Photo Table, I was instantly reminded of Microsoft's Surface which itself is designed to remind users of how we used to handle photographs, before the digital age. Here, in Rochester, New York, that was the golden age for the one-time largest local employer, Kodak. Remember ordering prints from "film" and then opening the envelope and scattering them across a table for viewing? Now, we see photos instantly and rarely print them. Even then, if we print them, it's the ones we specifically wanted in hardcopy.