It takes a lot for a case maker to stand out at CES or BestBuy for that matter. But XAWireless has managed to do so with a line of inspirational gear. Their eco-friendly natural cases are made of bamboo with words of wisdom engraved in the wood.
This came in one of the press releases last week, but I’m just getting to it now. It’s a test of one of the G-Form cases. I’m a little skeptical of this but you have to check the video out. It is a great HD video.
I picked up an iDangle case at CES from Fastcap that turned out to be very useful. It had a built-in lanyard made of a tough fabric that actually embedded a set of earbuds. A clever system allows those earbuds to be routed through the case into the iPhone's headphone jack. The earbuds don't have a microphone but I was able to place calls in a noisy CES show floor and I could hear and be heard just fine, using the phone's built-in microphone.
Apple does a lot of things right, but an integrated lanyard clip might have helped to prevent dropped (and broken) phones. Then again, AppleCare revenue might be an incentive not to. Enter EK Ekcessories who have been making rugged retention accessories for outdoor, recreation and security since 1985 in Utah. They are addressing the iOS market with a line of rugged leashes that use a 30pin dock connector to attach to the iPhone, iPod touch or even an iPad!
Last year, at MacWorld 2011, I wrote about the Rev360 rotating handheld case for the iPad. Now, the manufacturer, Hub Innovations, has enhanced the case to accommodate Apple's Smart Cover and work more comfortably in your hand and reliably as a horizontal or vertical stand. The Rev360 is made in Portland, Oregon out of a flexible, durable material and feels great in your hands.
Now here is a gift for the guy who has everything. The Opena is basically a protective skin for the iPhone 4 with a bottle cap opener that slides out. That's about all there is to it.
All you have to do it click your iPhone into it, and you are in business. When you need to open a bottle, there is a metal slider in the back of the unit with a hole in it. Put your finger in the hole and slide upward. Out pops the opener.
mophie is rocking World AIDS Day by partnering with (RED), and releasing a special edition of the flagship juice pack power pro line of portable chargers in a stunning cardinal hue. A portion of the proceeds go to the Global Fund. Fight the AIDS epidemic, get a charge up and do it in style! Now available at link above, so go get one of these beauties (great holiday stocking stuffer, by the way)... Read on for more PR info on the release...