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Tablet Teddy Bears are like Pillow Pets for the iGeneration!

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It was inevitable. As iPads find their way into the hands of kids (my kids inherited my iPad 1 when I upgraded to the iPad 2), we are seeing a whole new line of kid-friendly tablet accessories.




The latest examples are from Dean Designs and include Tablet Teddy Bears, Tablet Pet Pals, and Tablet Bean Bags. They are all cut from the same cloth, so to speak, which is a variety of cozy, stuffed animal style fake fur, with places to prop up an iPad or other tablet.


 



The iPad goes retro with Etch-A-Sketch from Headcase at CES

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The iPad was meant to be turned into an Etch-A-Sketch! With the officially licensed Etch-A-Sketch case, from Headcase, combined with the iOS app, you can wow your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Everyone has thought of it, but Headcase went ahead and did it, for both the iPhone and iPad.


 


You can't help but smile when you see the case. And when you use the app, it all comes back to you. Of course you can shake it to erase it... It wouldn't be legitimate without that feature!



Give your iPad some ballz with iBallz at CES

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I saw the iBallz folks at MacWorld last year, when, true to their name, they were displaying their products guerilla-marketing style... No booth, but showing their products to anyone who would give them a chance. What a difference a year makes, as they had a serious booth at CES and will also be there, officially, at MacWorld.





Integrate your Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic TrackPad with the BulletTrain Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform

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For all you Mac users out there: Do you have a disorganized desktop? The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform from BulletTrain (available this March) is a clever solution that positions the trackpad below the keyboard, and adds a palm rest.




The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform is similar to an oversized MacBook, but you get a generously sized trackpad and everything is arranged in a comfortable, elegant manner.


 



More CES - Pump up your gadget time with Juice Pack from mophie!

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Sometimes you need to be able to pull out the big guns, right? Like when you type and type, with seemingly no end, and you realize at the last instant before you hit the send (or the save) button that your device is critically low on power and is about to shut down (this happened to me here at CES). Oh yeah, you know the terror I'm talking about. You are hoping to God it sends or saves properly before time runs out. What can you do to prevent this from being a recurring problem? Use a bigger battery...mophie has one called the Powerstation Pro--a sealed up mini-monster that should keep you typing for days, and under practically any field conditions.



BodyGuardz at CES! - Protect your device!

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BodyGuardz had mucho awesome new screen and device protection stuff here at CES. One new item--which made me wonder why I havn't seen this before--has interchangeable back cover panels that come with the case. But wait...there's more. You want to create a custom cover from a pix you snapped in Hawaii, upload it to the BG web-site, and have them send you a custom panel? You can do that too with the new customizable mykase.



What's better than going pro with GoPro? Optrix has an idea, at CES!

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I have had my eye on one of thos cool GoPro waterproof cameras that you mount to your helmet.  But at $300 plus various accessories, it was hard to justify.  So while wandering around CES, as soon as I saw the Optrix, I knew I had a solution.  As John Willenborg, the inventor of the Optrix HD points out, you already have a great 1080p videocamera, so why buy a GoPro when you can make a rugged case for the iPhone 4 or iPod touch.



Mobile App Showdown at CES!

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The CES mobile apps showdown this year at CES started with some upbeat music, and the mood was certainly expectant as people lined up outside the N255 conference room where it went down, but personally the apps didn't really deliver, IMHO. There were some cool apps in the running, no doubt. My personal favorite was the Magisto video enhancement app, which did turn out to be a winner. The show itself was somewhat poorly conducted as demos were frequently interrupted with glitches, which made me actually feel sorry for the exhibiters on more than one occasion. Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate of the Howard Stern show did a great job doing MC work, and the giveaway intermission was also great, but I guess I expected the top 10 apps to be somehow cooler...



Rokform makes a case for mounting your iPhone, and they're making it in the USA

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It seems as if CES is almost 50% iPhone cases so it must be very challenging to stand out! Rokform has found a way with their Rokbed, a rugged case that has several notable features.




First, there is a lanyard option so you can easily keep your phone on your wrist.



Make your own skins, instantly, on your printer, with iaPeel - Made in USA & Seen at CES

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CES had tons of cases for your iPhone but if you truly want a unique look for your phone, you have to make your own case, by yourself. That's where iaPeel comes in.




Using their design software, for Mac or PC, and your inkjet printer, you print a custom graphic on blank, printable vinyl skins, which are themselves made in the USA.



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