Gadgets

Mix Tape USB Hub

Triple your USB port-age with this casette-shaped USB hub from Urban Outfitter’s, a den of cool for city slickers and country bumpkins alike.

Available in black and white
4 foot USB cable
Mac and PC compatible
4 x 0.5 x 2.5 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Urban Outfitter's

PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger

You know, for when you’re lost in the desert (or camping, as the case most likely will be). Or maybe you’ll use it daily if you get enough sunshine through your window. Either way, it’s paper thin and ‘monolithically integrated’, which means less damage-prone.

Provides power to your cellphone, GPS, MPS, and other devices.

Power/Current: 5 Watts, 15.4 Volts, 0.3 Amps
11.5″ x 21″ (unrolled). 11.5″ x 4″ diameter (rolled)
Weight: 0.6 lbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Availability: Buy PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger here

Pong iPhone case

So, if you read all the gadget blogs, you’ll have read about the Pong iPhone case. Apparently it deflects harmful radiation away from your head, which sounds really great, but there are complaints of the price and a little bit of skepticism on how well it works. I’ll not go into all the details, but if you’re interested you can read for yourself how it works (see below for the write-ups).

The first scientifically-proven radiation reduction case. Let the embedded Pong module protect your head while the form-fitting case protects your iPhone 3G and 3GS from the rigors of heavy duty use. Pong’s special silicone formula guarantees that your phone maintains full signal strength and battery life.

[via Wired and CrunchGear]

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Pong iPhone case here

Cell Phone Telephoto Lens

Hmm. Sometimes I wish my phone would take better pictures, but as to whether I would go to the trouble to carry this around and put it on when I want to take (better) pictures, I just don’t know. I’m curious as to how well it would work.

“Simply and easily top the camera on your cell phone, iPhone or any other smart phone with this external lens, sure to upgrade your phone’s camera to create high-quality photos. Coated optical lens for magnifying objects up to 8 times; clear focus; adjustable clamp for fitting most phones.”

Adjusts from approx 1.5″w to 2.75″w.

[via Incredible Things]

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Cell Phone Telephoto Lens here

Source: Via

Pentax Optio H90

I love this little camera. It’s specs are perfectly competitive: 12 Megapixels, HD video recording and it’s designed to be compatible with the Eye-fi wireless memory cards which mean you can connect to your computer and upload your pictures without a cable. The best thing about it though are the colours and the styling. It’s very minimal with a distinctly Japanese look and the colours are very refreshing. Orange if you’re bold or clean black and white if you’re more conservative.

Available from February 2010 for $179.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.95
Availability: Buy Pentax Optio H90 here

iPad

Is it overkill to post this? Maybe, considering everyone’s abuzz about it. It does look enticing… I’ll reserve judgement until reviews are out. Visit Apple site for technical specs.

16GB: $499.00
32GB: $599.00
64GB: $699.00

Wi-Fi models shipping in late March.
3G models shipping in April.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy iPad here

Card Speaker

Hmm, is this perhaps a viable option for a portable speaker? Sound quality reviews, anyone?

No bigger than a credit card and as thick as a blister pack of chewing gum, the Card Speaker puts most every mp3 accessory to shame with its good looks and crisp fidelity. Designed by IDEA International, this little speaker is ideally suited for trips to the park, the beach, or anywhere you�d like to share a little music on the fly. It comes in either black or silver, with a mirror-polished back, and includes a protective carrying case, a 3.5 mm connection plug, and a USB battery charge cable. The speaker has an operating time of approximately five hours on a two-hour charge

Black or Silver.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Card Speaker here

Cordctrl Headphone Organizer

Control your cord! The Cordctrl headphone organizer saves you from that tangled bird’s nest of wire you get every time you put your phone or iPod in your pocket.

Simply wrap your headphone cord around the *cordctrl and lock it at both ends by sliding the cord into the slots. When you want to use your pod, you just release the headphones cord from the slot, role it out and lock it again at a desirable length.

dimensions: 65 mm (length), 12 mm (diameter)
material: 100% high grade silicone

Purchase Information:

Price: �9.95
Availability: Buy Cordctrl Headphone Organizer here

A Stand Laptop Stand

For those wanting to add a bit of industrial aesthetic to their desktop, look no further than the A Stand Laptop Stand, which is literally made of PVC pipe. That doesn’t sound so great from the start, but it’s finished in a soft touch rubber so it feels great and doesn’t look like it came straight from the hardware store.

Materials: Rubber-coated PVC tubing
Colors: Black, Yellow, White
Dimensions: 14.2� wide and 6� high

Bonus! The packaging for this product is brilliant.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy A Stand Laptop Stand here

MacBook Air

While not exactly new, the MacBook Air is still the ultimate travel computer. Light enough and uber-portable yet with all the features of a fully-functioning laptop, it takes some beating. Limitations of no built-in optical drive and only one USB are quickly remedied by wireless solutions and the portable DVD/CD drive that you can buy for $99, but who buys CDs and DVDs these days anyway?

If you can afford it, go for the SSD version which really flies and more than makes up for the comparatively slow 2.13GHz processor. Truly awesome and very pretty to boot!

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,799.00
Availability: Buy MacBook Air here

Wallpaper* City Guides for the iPhone

Take a moment to rejoice, for Wallpaper* City Guides are now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Happy travels may now commence.

Wallpaper* City Guides present a tightly edited, discreetly packaged list of the best a location has to offer the design conscious traveller. Here is a precise, informative, insider’s checklist of all you need to know about the world’s most intoxicating cities.

Ten of the best selling Wallpaper* City Guides available now on the iPhone App Store.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Availability: Buy Wallpaper* City Guides for the iPhone here

iWood iPhone Case

What happens to your plastic iPhone 3G and 3G S cover when you upgrade and get a new one? Hopefully it goes off to a recycling plant and gets replaced by a sleeker, chicer, and more eco-friendly wooden version by Miniot, carved from a single piece of wood and customizable with an engraved monogram, logo, or personal message.

Available in: maple, cherry, oak, mahogany, padouk, and walnut.

Purchase Information:

Price: 80.00
Availability: Buy iWood iPhone Case here

Logo Branding Iron

I cannot think of a rational reason of why I want this, I just know I do. The Logo Branding Iron is a customized, 3d printed attachment that goes on top of a lighter. A few seconds under the flame and your iron is hot enough to brand into the material of your choice (I suggest wood or anything that will not ignite easily). For only $20, I’ve yet to come across a better little gift this year.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Logo Branding Iron here

Portela iPhone Case

Mark’s recent post reminded me that somehow this iPhone case had missed a mention here on BLTD. Although more expensive than some of the other cases on the market, it’s certainly more luxurious and will keep your iPhone safe and sound in style.

Phone case features a leather outer with ribbed fabric lining, a zipper closure, and extra slot.
Available in tyrian, ecru, black, green, grey, and violet.
5″w x 3.5″h x .5″h.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Portela iPhone Case here

Credit Card Lightbulb

This is sort of a neat gadget. It’s a card that fits in your purse or wallet (it’s just a bit thicker than a credit card) and when you need light, you just push the bulb out and it lights up, while the base of the card acts as a stand. It might be a nice little gift as a stocking stuffer.

* Small lightbulb folds flat for storing your wallet
* Flip up for light
* Batteries included

[via The Green Head]

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.99
Availability: Buy Credit Card Lightbulb here

Source: Via