We love our touchscreen devices but they can get dirty in an instant. Parkside Optical, the folks behind the LensPen, a patented carbon cleaning based device originally created for cameras, have put their technology to work for touchscreen devices. Unlike a simply chamois cloth, their SideKick Screen Cleaner uses chemistry to remove smudges and fingerprints. But unlike liquid cleaners, the SideKick is a solid substance so there's no mess and you can throw it in your gadget bag without worrying about airport security.
It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad app or accessory. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Todays subject: Airplay
Airplay gives you the ability to share content between devices over wifi.
Sometimes the simplest things are the coolest (IMHO). Anyhoo, yesterday as we were perusing vendors in the iLounge Pavilion at CES, we stopped at RadTech's booth (#4724). They were giving away these little 30-pin connectors (see below). It was a great find, because I needed it last night, as I was trying a new case for my iPod touch. One bulky enough to have to take the whole thing apart again to charge it (the standard Apple 30-pin connector cable wouldn't fit). The RadTech connector is slim enough on one side, and guess what?...It fit!
On Thursday, one of the first booths I visited was NLU Products (booth #5227). They didn't have much on display when I got there (the new Incredible line of iPhone cases shown above), but actually there isn't much to see unless they apply their product to your phone. They specialize in custom-made, scratch-resistant film and skin products, and they have them for every flavor of iOS device and/or Mac Product (and other phones too)...
Phyllis already posted up on the Griffin Crayola product that is wowing people at CES, but we swung back around to get more coverage of a few of the other goodies they have brough out for CES. The first is a Bluetooth remote gadget for your entertainment center, the second an iPad-connected stomp box that works with the iShred amp app (and your electric guitar), and the last a very cool car diagnosti\c device to troubleshoot engine codes and check your gas mileage efficiency.
Hal and I had an up-close and personal look at the latest iPad stand/case products at the Joby booth today (the Ori, and the Yogi). One is a stand/case combo that includes the twisty, adjustable legs that the other Gorillapod products all share (though quite a bit thicker), and the Ori, which like the Japanese paper art it is aptly named for, is a fold-out wonder to behold. If you don't know about Joby, they make adjustable camera stands that will hold your camera at almost any angle imaginable.
Now you can swim and scuba with your iDevice with products from Dry Case. They provide waterproof, airtight, plastic, see-through cases that still allow your device to function as normal underwater. The cases are really amazing and easy to use. Simply put your device into the case, use the section bulb that comes with it to remove the air, and you are all set.
Peavey and iConnectivity were within throwing distance of our booth in North Hall (easiest hall to navigate). So if you are coming down to the show this weekend, are a musician interested in iPhone/iPod gear to make or create music, then you want to check them out. I'll break them down for you, but the videos at the end really do a better job than I can. I'll be getting gear from both of them for review in the near future (fingers crossed).
Many a blogger (here and elsewhere) has written glowingly of OtterBox cases. I am not currently drinking the Otter kool-aid, but am simpathetic since Otter has made tough mobile device cases from back before iPhone was even a gleam... (ok, maybe not that far back). Otter brought out their sterling line-up of high-impact cases for CES (both iPad and iPhone). No iPod cases, but well... We are an oft-overlooked group.
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.