Gadgets

Lounge Case

Incase sent out their new iPad case for review, and honestly, I have a mixed opinion. On one hand, the padded back adds a strange bulk to the normally sleek and slim device, which is just plain odd, and takes a while to get used to (it feels and sounds just like a small bean bag). On the other hand, it’s a lot more comfortable to use the iPad when lounging (hence, ‘Lounge’), as the padded back can be adjusted on your legs/lap for various viewing angles. It also works well for the same reason on a tabletop, as you can immediately push the iPad to whatever angle you want, and it stays put. I took a quick video so you can see what I mean (below). Overall, I’d say it’s well suited for use at home or on a desktop, as it makes the iPad more comfortable to use.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.95
Available from: Incase

xlSync

No, that cord is not photoshopped in the image above. It’s an xlSync Cable from CableJive. Measuring 6.5 feet (2 meters) long, it’s the (much) longer sibling to the super short iStubz. So, you can charge your iPad while using it on the sofa, talk on your iPhone while it’s plugged into your computer, or maybe just utilize a plug that’s farther away than a normal cable can reach. CableJive actually sent me a sample*, and it’s perfect for reaching a previously-too-far-away plug to charge my phone at night.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95
Available from: CableJive

GRID-IT! Wrap

I’ve posted the GRID-IT before, but this is the GRID-IT! Wrap, which has an additional neoprene sleeve on the back that holds your Nook, Kindle, iPad, or laptop, depending on the size you choose. The wonderful elastic system of the GRID-IT! keeps all your cords and accessories organized as usual. Nice.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.99 - 49.99
Available from: Cocoon

Red Pop

Another Kickstarter project to feast your eyes upon: the Red Pop is an accessory that adds a big, red button to the iPhone so you can take photos easier. Instead of tapping around on the iPhone’s screen, the Red Pop’s button brings back a little of the old camera feel, giving you a firm grip on the phone as well as less down time between photos. The goal has been met for 1st production, but you are still able to pledge $75 or more to receive one of the very first Red Pops. For more details, visit Redpop’s kickstarter page.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 pledge
Available from: Kickstarter

Source: Future Blog : Design Hotels

The Oona–multi use iphone tool

Kickstarter has a pretty cool project up for a for a multi-use smartphone tool which allows for mounting your phone on any number of surfaces which will accept a suction cup, such as your windshield, in the kitchen, on a bedside table or desktop. Even more interesting is that it can mount on a camera stand for using any number of time lapse apps for the iPhone on the market.

For a limited time (until June 3rd) you can fund the project for $25 and they will send you an Oona once production has begun. After the fund date an Oona can be purchased for $30.

You can get more information here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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iPhone Horn Stand

I’m seeing more and more of these passive-amplified (no power source needed) iPhone speakers lately. Check out our previously posted Koostik, a modest stereo speaker done in wood, and the Phonofone 3, an extravagant porcelain version that is just as much a sculpture piece as a useful amplifier. The Horn Stand takes the economical route and is made of molded silicone.While it’s the least expensive of the bunch, I personally feel it’s the most well designed, for it can be used in both landscape and portrait mode, and you can still charge / dock your phone while using it. Gotta love it’s portability too. Available in black, green, white, and light brown from a various retailers via Amazon.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.48
Availability: Buy iPhone Horn Stand here

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HandStand iPad Holder

This ‘handy’ stand does more than just protect your iPad; it features a strap for ergonomic comfort and it rotates so you can easily change views. I’m tempted to put an exclamation point after that last sentence, because it does look incredibly effortless and functional. Your hand remains in a comfortable position while switching the iPad between portrait or landscape, and you can show the screen to others around you with just one hand. See the video below for an example.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: Handstand

USB Film Roll

Yes, you can get a 4GB USB drive for under $10 nowadays. You probably have several already, and maybe even aren’t sure what’s on which one… or maybe that’s just me. So even though you’d be paying a premium for a USB drive in a repurposed film canister, you know you won’t forget which drive your photos are kept.

4GB (up to ~1000 photos)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy USB Film Roll here

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iStubz: Super Short Sync Cable

These short cables are just the thing to have when syncing your gadget. Seeing as you don’t need the extra 2 feet of cord when your computer and iPad/iPhone/iPod are right next to each other, the Cablejive folks have made the short cables in 7cm or 22cm length.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95
Available from: Cablejive

duaLink Sync Splitter Cable

Ah, now wouldn’t this be handy when you’ve got both your phone and iPod (or iPad) to charge and sync? Apparently it works ‘beautifully’ with iTunes, so you’ve no worries when it comes to getting your music synced. Available from CableJive.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.95
Availability: Buy duaLink Sync Splitter Cable here

The minimal office by Frank Chimero

Frank Chimero has his gadget set up squeezed down to what he considers a bare minimum. I could probably do without the ipad, but, that’s just me. I found this to be a fascinating read and he has a lot of great tips which I personally ascribe to, such as using your machine as a tool and not storage.

Turncoat iPad Case

Would you like a very simple iPad case? How about a piece of leather that snaps securely around your beloved magic screen? That’s it. No bells and whistles. It fits either the first or second generation iPad, with or without the smart cover. From AUTUM.

Four hand fastened duty snaps.
6oz, domestically tanned leather.
Ships April 15th.

Purchase Information:

Price: $144.00
Available from: AUTUM

Natural Cork iPad Case

This ergonomically shaped case is made of recycled natural cork and has easy access to ports and controls. It’s also lightweight, which is nice as you don’t want to lug around extra heft in addition to the iPad. For more pictures and instructions on putting the case on correctly, visit aprodukt.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: MoMA Store

TravelTeq iPad Case

Update: 20% discount on TravelTeq’s iPad Case (for the first iPad, not the new one). € 180 instead of € 225, which is a tad more affordable.

Is this the mother of all iPad cases, or what? Luxury doesn’t come cheap, but it sure looks nice. The TravelTeq case is handmade from Florentine Vacchetta leather and is adjustable to 3 different positions. If you’ve ever had a favorite leather bag, you know that this case is going to wear well and develop that nice patina… and if it lasts longer and looks better than other cases, maybe it’s worth every penny. Maybe.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €180.00
Availability: Buy TravelTeq iPad Case here

Diana Mini Camera with Flash

Camera phones are convenient, sure, but a little of the photography romance is lost without the proper click and whirl of film. This petite Diana Camera will give you square shots and half-frame photos (see below) and with the Diana F+ Flash included, you’ll have fun tinting your shots by slipping on one of the 12 color gel filters.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Poketo!