I'm always on the lookout for the right iPhone case, and usually that means swapping out cases based on the occasion. For a fancy night out, I'll look for a sleek case. For camping, something rugged. For day to day use, something with protection but not too bulky. And for extended use, away from power outlets, I'll want a case with a built-in battery pack. It's hard to find a case that meets more than one of those requirements.
Ever since I bought my new iPad, which is more power hungry than the iPad 2, I have been looking for ways to keep it charged. I have several iPhone docks around the house, but they don't have room to support an iPad.
Seidio is taking iPhone protection to the next level with a 1700mAh case/combo pack that is freaking awesome! They recently sent me a review kit to check out the Surface/Convert Plus value pack. Really an impressive amount of protection for normal citizens. If you want the Batmobile of case products, then you found it. Read on for the full review...
Sena makes some great leather cases for iPads, and I've written about them in the past, so I was excited to see their latest iPhone offering. The Creativo case doesn't disappoint. Naturally, as with all Sena cases, the leather is high quality, but at under $40, it's still affordable.
Forget 3D movies and television, the real future is 3D printing! It's not cheap, yet, but the folks at Sculpteo are trying to pioneer a new way to create truly personalized items from ceramic and other materials.
Naturally, they have an app for that, and it supports the iPad as well. It lets you choose from an existing collection of designer-created 3D printable objects or create a personalized item like a mug with your child's silhouette built-in or an iPhone case with your custom message. I'm tempted to say the custom images or text are embossed, but that's technically inaccurate. The item is crafted in 3D with your edits. You have to see it to understand, and you can download the app for free and play with it.
As many of you may know, Kickstarter is a fantastic website for budding ideas. People can see how popular their idea may be in the real world by putting it on Kickstarter, if it does not reach its funding goal the creators do not need to create it.
The Mobile Grip Mini Fold-up Tripod from Arkon is a neat accessory to carry with you, especially if you use the camera function on your device a lot. This is a universal design so it should fit most smartphones, as well as an iPod Touch and similar devices that sport a camera. With the exception of the adjusting screws, the kit is all plastic which is one of the reasons it's so light. Check out the video from Arkon below for actual use of the stand.
The stand consists of three pieces. The tripod mount, mobile grip adaptor, and mobile grip holder.
Our readers know of Livio Radio (see my review here) for their Bluetooth in car radio hardware kit, available at your local Radio Shack, but you may not know that they have created Livio Connect, an API targeted at hardware makers and app developers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jake Sigal, CEO of Radio.
Yesterday I came across an article on the Huffington Post about a device (still in conceptual form) that charges your iPhone by converting your breath into electrical energy. Theoretically, it would allow you to charge your iPhone while sleeping, running, or performing any other act of breathing. The only catch? You have to wear this Storm Trooper-esque mask (shown at right).
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iPhone accessories is a growing market and knowing where to start looking is half the battle. Whether you're looking for an iPhone accessories, iPad accessories or iPod Touch accessories you can find articles here on the latest products. For example, here's a snippet from an Arm Bands Review:
"Have you ever tried to run with your iPhone in your pocket? It's more awkward than running with scissors. Your phone smacks against your thigh during every step or worse, falls out every few feet. Running with your device in hand is not much better. The headphone cord flops everywhere, and your hand is uncomfortable the entire time. The first step to taking your iPhone or iPod Touch on a run (please don't run with your iPad) is securing it to your body. Armbands can take a little getting used to (it feels slightly like running with a blood pressure cuff) but they are definitely much better than keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch in your pocket. Here are some solutions I've tried out..."
Here's a 2 Cases Comparison article: "There are two cases that protect your iPhone from just about anything: The Ballistic Hard Core and The Otterbox Defender. So which to buy? Both provide the best protection you can buy. The Ballistic provides five layers of protection. The Otterbox provides three. However, the three layers are all that's needed for most people. If you're a telephone repair man or think you might drop your phone three stories, then you might want the extra layers of the Ballistic..."
Perhaps you want to know more about Advanced Power Packs: "Trailblazers, and rugged outdoors types looking for a power pack that adds advanced GPS app features (mophie introducing their own app to go with the new juice pack) need look no further than the latest Juice pack product, called the "outdoor edition."Access to enhanced map sets, and GPS tracking features are among the features the app will offer... read on for more PR info, or go to the link above..."
All of these articles shed some more light on the topic of iPhone accessories and will help you todiscover what is out there on the market.