I like to change my iPhone case frequently, depending on the situation. This weekend, I participated in a Startup Weekend (my app won Best Mobile App, by the way!) so I needed a case with a battery pack, during the 54 hour marathon session.
Thanks to Apple's secrecy, when they Introduce a new gadget, case makers have to scramble to make accessories that fit it properly. The new iPad is a perfect example, yet OtterBox was able to create and ship their ruggedized iProtection case
rather quickly. In fact, before the new iPad was announced, back when everyone expected it to be called the iPad 3, OtterBox was teasing the press, promising an iPad 3 case would be ready almost immediately.
I'm always on the lookout for the right iPhone case, and usually that means swapping out cases based on the occasion. For a fancy night out, I'll look for a sleek case. For camping, something rugged. For day to day use, something with protection but not too bulky. And for extended use, away from power outlets, I'll want a case with a built-in battery pack. It's hard to find a case that meets more than one of those requirements.
Ever since I bought my new iPad, which is more power hungry than the iPad 2, I have been looking for ways to keep it charged. I have several iPhone docks around the house, but they don't have room to support an iPad.
My 11 year old is not looking forward to the upcoming frog dissection portion of her science class, so I was very interested in the Frog Dissection
app from Punflay. The app leverages the large touchscreen and interactive nature of the iPad to provide a realistic simulation of the process I remember... and still cringe when thinking about it.
UPDATE: Sold out in under two hours!
WWDC 2012 just announced and tickets are on sale at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/
Two years ago, at $1600/ticket plus expenses, I wasn't sure if I would go, and tickets sold out in 8 days. Last year I determined ahead of time that I would go, and tickets sold out in one day! But I did indeed make it and got to see Steve Jobs one last time. Expect tickets to sell out today, so don't delay!
Sena makes some great leather cases for iPads, and I've written about them in the past
, so I was excited to see their latest iPhone offering. The Creativo case
doesn't disappoint. Naturally, as with all Sena cases, the leather is high quality, but at under $40, it's still affordable.
Forget 3D movies and television, the real future is 3D printing! It's not cheap, yet, but the folks at Sculpteo
are trying to pioneer a new way to create truly personalized items from ceramic and other materials.
Naturally, they have an app for that, and it supports the iPad as well. It lets you choose from an existing collection of designer-created 3D printable objects or create a personalized item like a mug with your child's silhouette built-in or an iPhone case with your custom message. I'm tempted to say the custom images or text are embossed, but that's technically inaccurate. The item is crafted in 3D with your edits. You have to see it to understand, and you can download the app for free and play with it.
Our readers know of Livio Radio (see my review here) for their Bluetooth in car radio hardware kit, available at your local Radio Shack, but you may not know that they have created Livio Connect, an API targeted at hardware makers and app developers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jake Sigal, CEO of Radio.