Devices and Cases

The Simon, iPad Case

Remember the crocheted laptop case (The Steven) from Krochet Kids International? Well, there’s iPad and iPad Mini sleeves as well, and remember, not only will each sleeve protect your device, but with each purchase you’re empowering the people of Uganda to rise above poverty. That’s what we call a win/win situation.

There’s also a couple of crocheted clutches (The Auburn and The Wendy), a card/coin purse (The Dixon), and various other clothing, hats, and accessories worth checking out.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: Krochet Kids International

Kii: Compact Charger-Connector

This Kii compact charger-connector fits handily on your keychain for convenience. No need to search through your bag for a charging cord- just pull the Kii from your keychain and plug in and sync your device to any laptop via the dual-sided connector. Note that I said laptop there; the connection would not be a wise choice on a usb port on the back of a desktop machine, as it’s meant for a flat surface for stability. See photos below and/or visit Bluelounge for more info.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95 - 39.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Tablet Portfolio

Whoa, quite a big sale on this vegetable-tanned leather portfolio. It’s hand stitched with nylon thread and has a long, leather strap to keep it securely closed. The handmade feel gives a nice balance to the technology it protects. Fits iPad, iPad2, and similarly sized readers.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $sale: 104.50
Available from: DWR

FastFit Bluetooth® Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

Keen eyes will detect an iPad Mini above, and the keenest eyes will see that, yes, that is a wireless keyboard case attached. How excited are you? Probably a little, at least if you own an iPad Mini, because now you just might have found a decent keyboard to type out all those thoughts swimming inside your head. The specs are listed on the retailer’s site, but here’s a quick rundown:
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.99
Available from: Belkin

The Crankerator

Photojojo is, as always, full of great photography gadgets and such, and among their newest crop of items is this Crankerator, a.k.a. the Boost Turbine 2000. It’s a source of extra energy for your smart phone or tablet, and is charged via the crank handle or by plugging it into your computer or a wall socket. A full charge on its 2000 mAH lithium battery will fully charge your phone, allowing you to take those extra photos on a weekend hike or even make important calls during an emergency situation (it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, does it?). Also, check out Photojojo’s newsletter if you haven’t already- they send out photo project inspiration and DIY tips.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Photojojo

11+ Felt Case for iPad Mini

We’ve posted the 11+ Felt Case for iPad and Macbook Air, but this one is specifically for the iPad Mini, so you Mini Minimalists can now high five each other as you’ve found your perfect felt case (for $45, no less). The polyester felt with its slim pockets will protect and organize your iPad Mini and other papers and accessories without too much bulk, and that means you can slip it in your briefcase or bag and still look appropriately svelte.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Leibal

MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer

Well, the time has come*. A desktop 3D printer is now available for sale for just over $2 grand from MoMA Store**. By all accounts, we should be prepared for a global meltdown in the retail sector in the next several years as 3D printers find their way into our homes, as we’ll be able to print out anything we want with just a simple CAD file. So, will you be one of the first to own a Replicator®? Details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,199.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Thunderbolt™ Express Dock

This thin, silvery box and accompanying cable might as well come with a top hat and wand for what it promises. An HD film downloaded in 30 seconds? A year’s worth of music synced in 10 minutes? Huh? Oh yes, it’s all the magic of Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ moves data on two bidirectional 10Gbps channels, which means that it’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The Thunderbolt™ Cable ($39) does the actual magic, and this dock allows for you to use “a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.”
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00 - 299.00
Available from: Belkin

The Great ReFleece

Remember ReFleece, the company making cases from recycled fleece? Well, as luck would have it, they now have a Kickstarter campaign with a few new offerings, and you can send in your old fleece for a personalized version. Did you read that properly? Your favorite old fleece can now be immortalized and protect your device all at the same time.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Une Bobine

A super-bendable charging cable that doubles as a tripod? Uh, yes, please. The Une Bobine is a two-foot-long cable that can charge your device (available in iPhone or micro USB versions) and act as stand or tripod- feel free to flex it or loop it around to suit your needs. No need to worry about your phone’s battery if it’s plugged in, so it would be perfect for longer video chats or time-lapse photos.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

Automatic

Just when you thought your smartphone had enough wizardry, it goes and upgrades your car’s capabilities. The Automatic Link uses your smartphone to ‘talk’ to your car’s onboard computer, learning your driving style and scoring you on gas efficiency. What else? It can detect crashes (and immediately report it to 911 and text your loved ones), help you understand what the ‘check engine’ light means, and will always remember where you parked. That, in itself, might be worth the cost alone for some of us.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.95
Available from: Automatic

Facet Pyramid

Just in case you need another stand for your iPod/tablet, the Facet Pyramid offers three different viewing angles- 35°, 55° and 75°. Magnets embedded within the Facet grip to your device, which makes for minimal fuss, and the surface area gives stability on a variety of surfaces.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: iLoveHandles

Balance Pen and Stylus

I now feel as if it is my personal mission to appraise you of any and all decent styli that hit the market, if only to arm you with information should friends/colleagues discuss the lack of acceptable options. The Balance Pen and Stylus is just that- both pen and stylus- so you need not fumble between two implements when you switch from digital device to paper.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Wallet TrackR

Say sayonara to leaving your wallet behind with another handy tracking device. The Wallet TrackR is about the size of a credit card, and when used with the app, it’ll keep you from losing your wallet. When it’s separated from your iPhone or iPad, the app will alert you, simple as that. If for some reason you don’t hear the alert, the app also takes a GPS snapshot of where you left your wallet behind.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Indiegogo

11+ Felt Case

Minimalists, do not despair, for your iPad/Macbook Air 11″/Galaxy Tablet need not go without protection in your bag or desk drawer. There’s a super simple felt case for your precious device, and don’t worry, it’s not too terribly expensive. Various pockets keep your smaller items organized and one inside pocket even serves as a mousepad if you need it. Designed by Cloud&Co for 11+.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Leibal