We love our touchscreen devices but they can get dirty in an instant. Parkside Optical, the folks behind the LensPen, a patented carbon cleaning based device originally created for cameras, have put their technology to work for touchscreen devices. Unlike a simply chamois cloth, their SideKick Screen Cleaner uses chemistry to remove smudges and fingerprints. But unlike liquid cleaners, the SideKick is a solid substance so there's no mess and you can throw it in your gadget bag without worrying about airport security.
Pocket God, I am T-Pain and Angry Birds have taken the app world by storm, and I guess it was only inevitable that the real world would want their own versions.
Pocket God now has models
of their characters available for purchase. You can act out your own scenes of destruction (or benevolence) as you see fit, or just display them in a glass case, the way your grandmother displayed Hummel figurines!
I've written about Drawing Pad for the iPad before and it's great for kids, but for the serious artist, check out ArtRage. ArtRage is almost like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator in the sophistication, yet they are able to accomplish this with an elegant iPad interface.
Remember the fiasco when Tap Tap Tap added undisclosed functionality to their wildly popular Camera+ app? Apple learned of this and removed the app from the app store. What was this functionality? The ability to override the volume buttons to use them as a shutter button. It's a great idea, because touching the touchscreen can wiggle the camera ever so slightly, messing up the shot.
The most unique case is the case you make yourself and the PixCase from Jaymo.co is a perfect example. The picture frame case has an insert for you to place your own photo or image. You print the image using their template as a guide. You could use a photo of loved ones, a family pet, or a work of art. You could even change the insert to change the look of your phone, depending on the occasion!
It was only a matter of time before Elvis was spotted in Las Vegas, and in addition to several impersonators, an officially licensed set of Elvis earbuds and headphones were on display from Section 8, along with other branded earbuds including Ray Charles, KISS, and more. In each case, the earbuds and headphones feature official logos and images of the artist or band. If those artists aren't your thing, they also offer Hip Hop and Rap artists as well. Elvis is synonymous with Las Vegas, and so is the opportunity to win big, so customers can visit www.TheSection8.com to win 100's of prizes such as iPods, CD's, concert tickets, T-shirts and more.
Smartphones with multitouch are great, but they require bare fingers to work. Apple's reliance on as few hard buttons as possible means the touchscreen interface is so important for daily use. Combine this with cold weather, when many users wear gloves and it becomes difficult if not impossible to answer your phone let alone use apps. Several vendors have offered gloves that include conductive metal thread that works with today's touchscreens, but many have that material only on the thumb and forefinger. Telefingers offers gloves with three conductive fingers on each hand, making it easier to perform more sophisticated gestures. Telefingers are available in assorted sizes for $20.
While manning the booth and touring the show floor at CES, I decided to wear my iPad an a case from a company called modulR, with a neckstrap. The result was an electronic "sandwich board" that got a lot of attention. Everyone kept asking me where I got it. Even the Modulr wasn't officially at CES, they got a lot of attention as well!
Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show is the ultimate proving ground for a cellphone. First, consider that 100,000+ visitors are vying for already limited network connectivity. Constantly searching for a signal draws extra power. You are constantly on the go, away from your car or hotel making charging difficult. And you have to try to stay in touch with both your home and the office. These demands can push the iPhone's internal battery to the limit.
Interactive TV has arrived, it's just not on your television set, or so says yap.tv, the app and web-based social network for TV audiences. Rather than try to bring intelligence and interactivity to the traditional TV set, yap.tv uses your mobile device as a smart companion for TV viewing. Thanks to yap's built-in social network, as well as twitter and Facebook, you can learn what your friends are watching (and they can do the same). You can create and participate in polls. Imagine getting your closest friends to vote on the next American Idol or who should be kicked off the island.