This is the follow-up post to our first edition of the Indie Project corner, where we talk to indie product developers who are crowdfunding and implementing a new project related to iOS. In Part 1, we interviewed Gene Aikens of the Power Company on the early success involving his recent campaigns on Indiegogo. In this edition, we are following that up with a product review of his iPocket Drive.
This is the first Indie Project Corner post, a regular feature we will be undertaking to showcase noteworthy indie development efforts (mostly iPhone-related). It's not easy to get a crowdfunded product off the ground, as any who have done it will tell you, and iPhone Life wants to help by interviewing entrepreneurs and getting the skinny on what makes their products the best. In this first edition, we interview Gene Aikens of The Power Company, maker of the Smart Card, and the iPocket Drive. Gene sent us an early review sample of the iPocket Drive to check out. If you are looking for an alternative to network or cloud-connected storage, you will want an iPocket Drive! Gene shares some great insights in part one of this edition.
Out of all of the thousands of mobile games available to gamers, few if any have generated a buzz in the core gaming community like Vainglory has. Vainglory is an unapologetically core game, built from the ground up for the mobile touchscreen platform. I had the opportunity recently to sit down and chat with Vainglory's COO Kristian "EdTheShred" Segerstrale and former pro League of Legends player George "Zekent" Liu who now serves as Vainglory's Video Community Manager. What follows is an essential and informative read for anyone who is a core gamer in this day and age where touchscreens are increasingly becoming the dominant gaming platform.
Attention, guitarists! IK Multimedia announced that the iRig 2 ($39.99)—the signal converting wonder that lets you rock out with a kaleidoscope of filters and patches using the iPad or iPhone—hit the streets today! We have reviewed the iRig and related audio gadgets in the past, but this new version garnered one of our Best of CES awards this year, and a full review will be forthcoming. You can read on for the technical details and first impressions from my brief experience at CES.
I had the chance to try the Pronto Smart Remote ($49.99). It's a nice, affordable way to turn your iPhone into a universal remote control, and it will get better when the Apple Watch is available. The makers promise to make the app work with the Apple Watch, so you can control your TV and A/V equipment from your wrist! How cool is that? The Peel iPhone app also works as a TV guide, but it would be nice if it could leverage the full screen of an iPad. The app talks to the Pronto base station that sits within line of sight of your A/V equipment.
I missed these guys this year at CES, but wanted to swing back for a quick product review, since they have one or two new and interesting power gadgets and sent a review unit for us to try out: The PowerGenius Rotating 6-outlet Surge Suppressor ($29.99). If you're an iPhone Lifer, we know you are always on the lookout for smarter power options. ACCELL has an array of portable and home-and-office-oriented solutions to consider.
If you follow my Game Centered column, then you already know I'm a big fan of the iOS game Vainglory, "the MOBA perfected for touchscreen." It has the potential to become one of the most popular and internationally competitive, professional-level mobile eSports thus far. Between the massive player base already devoted to the MOBA genre, and the fact that Vainglory will soon be cross-platform across both iOS and Android devices, I can see nothing standing in the way of this game being the first mobile eSport to fill stadiums and attract spectators the way more established MOBA like League of Legends and DotA 2 already do.
Sennheiser recently sent me a pair of their premium quality Momentum Bluetooth over-ear headphones($499.95) to try out for a little while. They had quite the effect on me, a powerful one that has been difficult to put into words. Any description I give of these headphones could easily seem exaggerated, but the fact of the matter is that the Sennheiser Momentum wireless are simply one of the best pairs of headphones I've ever come across, certainly one of the best Bluetooth headphones I've had the opportunity to try out. I think you'll be impressed with my findings, read on after the break for all the details.
Portable keyboards are often small yet awkward to carry around. They are cramped and often flimsy, and sometimes not worth the materials used to make them. The ZAGG pocket keyboard ($69.99) admittedly uses much of the same light materials, and though it isn't as sturdy as some less flexible keyboards we've tested, its smart design allows you to fold it up like origami for easy stowage.
There's a couple of things that could happen with the Apple Watch that could get me on board as an early adopter. One, it could function as a standalone device, and that we now know, won't happen, at least not with its first couple of iterations. For now the Apple Watch is only an extension of the iPhone. Two, it could support games and video streaming. For me the ability to use an Apple Watch for entertainment and media consumption is as important as its productivity potential. Yes, I said gaming and video, and while some might scoff at the notion of using such a small screen for such things, I was one of those people who had an iPod Classic loaded with movies and the few paltry games that were available for that old model, so I don't have a problem consuming entertainment on a small screen. And while my first criteria for an independently functioning Apple Watch might still be a few years away, an Apple Watch capable of delivering gaming experiences and video streaming may be something developers jump on sooner rather than later.