Canopy wants you to push their buttons at #CES

Remember the fiasco when Tap Tap Tap added undisclosed functionality to their wildly popular Camera+ app?  Apple learned of this and removed the app from the app store.  What was this functionality?  The ability to override the volume buttons to use them as a shutter button.  It's a great idea, because touching the touchscreen can wiggle the camera ever so slightly, messing up the shot.

Kapok case from Canopy

Enter Kapok from Canopy.  The Kapok is a nice iPhone 4 case in its own right, with the ability to stand on edge vertically or horizontally to line up a shot.  But wait, there's more!  Serious photographers can get serious with the built-in horizontal tripod mount!  But it gets better.  The case includes a pair of two stage buttons.  Canopy will be releasing their own camera app which can use those hardwired buttons to take a photo.  You can even take a photo while filming a movie... without interrupting the video recording!

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Kapok from Canopy

The case comes in a variety of colors and is indeed blessed by Apple, featuring the "Made for iPhone" label.  Have another idea for how you would use a pair of physical buttons?  Maybe you want to write a game that could use them?  Canopy has a Software Development Kit that they are making available for free!  Canopy wants to sell their Kapok cases (at $60 each) and they know that their app alone may not be enough so with third party support, we may finally get physical buttons that work with an assortment of iPhone apps!


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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.