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Nomad goes where no stylus has gone before #MacWorld

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There are a lot of stylus' out there, but Nomad Brush has a couple that make a big difference. First, the Nomad Play is targeted at kids thanks to its smaller length, larger width, and wooden handle. But what really sets it apart is the paintbrush style tip, with conductive fibers so users can 'paint' directly on the screen. There is a rubber base where the fibers meet the stylus, so it reduces the chance of kids scraping the screen.



Crayola ColorStudio HD

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The Crayola ColorStudio HD kit is so much fun! It’s the perfect solution for keeping young children busy while waiting at the doctor’s office or anywhere else they may say, “I’m bored!” 

 



Grab a Grablet for your Tablet, and it's Made in the USA

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Since CES, I've had a chance to play with the Grablet which is a soft rubber shell for the iPad with special hooks for the included fabric latches.  The latches can be configured in a wide variety of ways to allow the user to grip, hold and display an iPad 2 as desired.  It's similar to the OtterBox Latch but less bulky and it's a custom fit for the iPad (with versions for the both the original and the iPad 2) unlike the OtterBox which is more of a general purpose holder for any 10" tablet.



FLEX kit for iPad 2

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A couple years ago, I reviewed the Ektopad F1 for iPad. Since then they have developed other iPad cases. They are currently working on a Flex Kit. The press release info is below. Check it out.

“For the past year our protective covers have been used by schools and kids around the country.  Feedback from parents and educators lead us to integrate additional features and attachments to prevent the drops and to allow the iPad to be comfortable to hold and maneuver.



GreatShield's Bubble-Free Screen Protector

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My experience with electronics tells me that when I get a new piece, I need to make sure there is a screen protector on it from day one.  Trouble is, Apple does not sell screen protectors for the iPad at their retail outlets.  That put me on a search for the best screen protector, but my search just brought up more questions. What’s the difference between those sold on EBay for 99 cents, and those sold through Wal-Mart for 19.99?  My experience with the lower quality protectors is a lot of bubbles on the main part of the screen.



Take the arcade with you, with mobile iCade offerings from ION at CES

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I've been playing with the original iCade for a few months (see original article here), and it's been great fun, but it sure ain't portable.




Well, the folks at ION have come through. At CES, they showed off their new iCade Jr., which brings arcade-style joystick and buttons from the larger model to the iPhone and iPod touch.


 



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.





Wirelessly Rock With iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Laptop via USB or Bluetooth

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The Logitech Wireless Speaker is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and all Bluetooth devices. It is compatible with Mac or Windows software, allowing users to rock out with their laptops or Bluetooth devices. When using the Logitech speaker with a laptop it does include the USB adapter needed to connect. For use with the iPad, it's a simple plug-and-play wireless speaker. There's no software to install; you can start listening right away. The device comes with its own soft carrying case, making it easy to transport the speaker to any destination. The speaker is powered with three AAA batteries, but it also includes the power cord needed to plug into a power outlet.



Best iPad Accessories, Reviews, iPad Cases

Best iPad accessories: there's lots to choose from and cases, stands and car mounts are just the beginning. We have the reviews that you need and 
let's face it; the iPad isn't a bargain item.  It is expensive, and it requires protection if you want it to last a while.  To get more value out of your device, however, sometimes you need to cough up a few more dollars and invest in some awesome gear.  That's where we come in.  We don't want you spending your precious money on worthless items. Here are our picks and reviews of the best iPad accessories for 2011.  Read on to find the absolute best gear and best ipad accessories.


Most iPad owners purchase a case to protect their device. The type of case you choose depends on how you'll be using your iPad and how much you want to spend. In this section we look at a variety of the best protective iPad accessories: cases, bags, shells, and sleeves, as well as stands. The descriptions not only include the list price but also the price on Amazon, so that you can get a sense for how much they're selling for through other online retailers.


New audio accessories are constantly evolving for all iOS devices, and starting earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there were some great ones in action. Most prefer something compact, with good quality sound, and affordability. An integrated app is nice, but not crucial. 

The Bose MIE2i wired mobile headset

 are perfect examples of earbuds that are compact, have great sound quailty and are affordable. They are highly rated for both sound quality and comfort. They come with three sizes of StayHear silicon tips and an answer/end button on the inline microphone. The reviews say the quality of sound is tops. Note that these are standard earbuds - no noise-isolating to block unwanted sound.
 A comparison of these earbuds and other great accessories are in the 2011 Best Gear article.