2013 CES: Lifeproof steals the show, Oculus revolutionizes gaming, and Mophie's Maddo represents

Top stories from CES 2013: 
*Lifeproof steals the show at CES 2013, winning multiple awards with their booth, and with their top quality product. 
*Introducing the Oculus Rift VR game goggles, the latest gaming gadget that is poised to change the face of gaming. 
*Meet Robbie Maddison, motorcycle stuntsman, champion athlete, and one of Mophie's celebrity endorsers. 
Lifeproof wins Best in Show.
I've been raving about Lifeproof cases since they first came out, and apparently, I'm not alone. Lifeproof just won the Best of Show award at this year's CES. This is a well-deserved award, and one that doesn't surprise me. I think it’s great that this exemplary product receives the accolades it deserves! The booth was spacious and creative appealing to me on a variety of levels. It was very hands-on, very tactile, and full of a great visual "WOW factor”, with such things as iPhones playing video while encased in blocks of sculpted ice, and submerged iPads filming you, as you stare into tropical fish tanks.
At each station at their interactive booth, where demos of the phone in action scenarios were being enacted I couldn't help but hear passerby's exclaim “No WAY!”, or that this must be “that waterproof case I heard all about!”.
So congratulations to Lifeproof for getting their due recognition and taking home the iLounge Best of Show award, as well as the prestigious Videomaker Award for their Lifeproof Nuud iPad case! Considering some of the stiff competition at here at 2013’s CES that's quite an achievement! Stay tuned, I have a feeling this is going to be a major year for Lifeproof!
The Lifeproof case for the iPhone 5 is now available HERE.


Oculus debuts their Game Changing Virtual Reality Googles: The RIFT.
When I saw it, I instantly recognized the Citadel. Perhaps I would have fit in well in the Infinity Blade universe, I feel oddly at home there and have thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in both of the games as well as the book, Infinity Blade: Awakening by the acclaimed fantasy novelist, Brandon Sanderson. So I instantly recognized the Citadel. What I didn't recognize was the format. From across a crowded CES hall, I noticed the world of Infinity Blade, bizarrely rendered as if through two fish eyes on a large screen HD TV. Odd I thought! So I checked it out. Turns out, it was the folk from Oculus demo-ing their new gadget: The Rift gaming goggles.
The Oculus Rift is nothing short of revolutionary. What Lifeproof did to the waterproof case industry, Oculus is set to do the the field of interactive, 3D, Virtual Reality gaming. And not only is it cool that one of the most detailed, realistic and stunning game environments, the world of Infinity Blade, happens to be the world in which the Oculus Rift goggles lets you roam, the fact that Epic Games’ developers deemed this startup's device worthy of adapting their game to is indicative of big things to come for this young company. They will be one to watch, and they are off to an awesome start indeed.
A user getting a demo of the Rift VR gaming goggles.
But I don't know if you get it yet. Have I gotten you excited and explained this new game changer well enough?? I mean, for the first time (and in a spectacular game environment crafted for iOS no less), you can truly move within a world in 3D space. Look up, and the snowflakes fall onto your face and the sunlight stream down through the gentle snowfall. Look over your left shoulder, there’s that vegetable stand behind you. Look to your right as someone in knight’s armor comes walking briskly up behind you almost knocking you over. Using your controller, move forward, as you would in any open world game, except now if you look around, you literally see the environment surrounding you, with everything rendered in Hi-Def 3D!

Oculus Rift: Step Into the Game from Oculus VR on VimeoIf you can't see the Oculus video above, just click HERE.

The technology of 3D VR gaming is at “Day Zero” as Oculus’ developer Nate Mitchell says. And these guys already have a strong foothold in a gaming sector that is about to take off in a big way. This is one startup I'll keep a close eye on.

Daniel Craig's (aka: James Bond) stuntman, Robbie Maddison talks about Mophie’s OutRide.
If you don't know who Robbie "Maddo" Maddison is, it’s likely only because you think you don't know who Robbie Maddison is. Besides being a multiple-Gold Medal award winner at many X-Games and a member of Crusty Demons and one of Travis Pastrana’s cohorts, Robbie has broken numerous world-records and set the bar to a new level when it comes to serious stunt biking. Maddo was also Daniel Craig’s stunt double in James Bond’s latest: Skyfall.
I got a chance to talk to this man with nine lives, specifically about the Mophie OutRide, which he uses as his onboard camera when stunting and setting records.
“Aw, its just great,” he said emphatically, it really lets me capture these great videos of the stunts!” If you’ve never seen him doing his thing, check this out!
If the above video didn't display properly, click HERE.
“And, with the OutRide if you crash,” he went on to say, “ you don't mash up your iPhone!” Surely he would know, having survived some gnarly, potentially deadly crashes. In fact, when he showed up for our meeting he had his arm in a sling, as he recovered from an operation to re-secure the ligaments in his shoulder since it kept popping out while he would be stunting in mid air and off the motorcycle. Interestingly enough, he also discussed his own mortality with me, asking aloud, “You know I've achieved all these great things and set all these records, how long can I keep doing it? And I have kids, so I'll look down at them while I’m in flying in the air and think ’What the hell am I doing?!’, but the drive is there, I still have to keep pushing it!”
For those of you who live (or know someone else who lives) Robbie Maddison’s mantra, “Face your fears - live your dreams“, then Mophie’s OutRide is probably a good case for you to check out.
Watch this wild video from Mophie filmed with the iPhone in their OutRide:
If you can't see the above video, click HERE!


Stay tuned for more from CES 2013 as we head towards the final day of this amazing show that has seen over 150,000 people descend upon Las Vegas, Nevada and swarm the Convention Center's halls...


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Dig Om

As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech