The folks at Chic Buds keep coming up with fun and fancy accessories for an iPhone or any MP3 player and their latest, the Fauvette bejeweled bird speaker is no exception. Available in several feminine-friendly colors and patterns, and shipped in a metal 'lunchbox' style case, it's an easy gift because no matter what phone or MP3 player a person has, it's compatible. And cute! My kids loved the one we got for their music teacher!
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.