Gadgets

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Oh, what a tempting, tiny speaker. There’s the choice of hand-crafted Walnut or Bamboo case, and sure, that looks pretty good, but the point of that wood/bamboo is the natural acoustic properties. Also, check out the size: 3″ X 3″ X 3″. Compact. Of course, it has integrated Bluetooth (what speaker nowadays doesn’t?) and it delivers enough sound to fill a decently sized space. Other standout bullet points are its 30′ range and estimated 10+ hours of battery life.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: BiteMyApple

BoostTurbine

With the recent disaster of Hurricane Sandy, many were (and still are) without power, which means no means of communication with friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel. Don’t let yourself fall into the same scenario- take stock of your own disaster kit and make sure you have an adequate wind-up charger for your mobile phone. Etón has a new rechargeable USB battery pack with a hand turbine power generator; one minute of cranking can produce power for a 30-second call or a few important texts. Available for pre-order, starting at $50.
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Libratone Portable Wireless Speakers

Warm and fuzzy are words to describe pleasant sounds coming from your speakers, but what if your speakers themselves were so? Copenhagen-based Libratone recently released a series of AirPlay-enabled wireless speakers wrapped in either wool or cashmere. Three sizes are available depending on your room size and portability needs. AirPlay works with all iPads, iPhone 3Gs or newer, iPod touch and Mac/Pc. Fabric covers are available in eight colors.
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Price: $449.00
Available from: Libratone

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SIWA Cushioned iPad Case

If you’re fond of SIWA paper products, you’ll be happy to hear there’s an iPad case available. A simple string and button closure secures the contents and a matching color liner keeps your iPad scratch free. SIWA products are made of Soft Naoron (wood pulp and polyolefin using “washi suki” paper manufacturing process); this paper-like material is strong and highly water resilient.
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Price: $72.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Puurco iPhone Wallet Case

This wallet is traveling light at its best. Handcrafted in Prague, a 100% Merino wool sleeve is stitched together with a vegetable-tanned leather pocket. Your phone and credit card, what else do you need? Fits iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G (maybe the new iPhone 5?). Gotta love that red thread accent and packaging!
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Price: €29.00
Available from: PuurCo

Curve BT iDock

For those of us that rely on our mobile phones for most, if not all, of our calls, a wireless handset is worth consideration. I recently received a sample of the Curve BT iDock to try out, and despite my reservations of adding yet another item to my desktop, I’m actually pleased with its look, feel, and function. At times our mobile phones can be a little awkward to hold, but the Curve’s handset is comfortable and more appropriate for longer conversations. It can connect to 2 devices (think iPad + phone) simultaneously and your iPhone/Android can sync and charge while on the dock to avoid losing any of that precious battery life.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Native Union

ReFleece iPad Sleeve

It’s an iPad sleeve, big deal. Except this one is made from reclaimed fleece jackets and sweaters, so it beats the pants off other normal sleeves (ba-dum ching!). The shells are lightweight, fuzzy, and water resistant thanks to a unique method of fabrication created by designer Sam Palmer. Every single case is made in the US from recycled materials that are sourced locally. There’s also a ReFleece Kindle Cover ($25, shown below), if you’re interested.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Logitech Washable Keyboard

What’s more dirty and germ-filled than your toilet seat? Your keyboard. In a test of eight everyday items for dirtyness, it ranked a dismal number four (thank you to the Mythbusters for their research). You can now extend your good hygiene habits to your keyboard with this washable keyboard from Logitech. Great for any office environment or a shared computer setting (like a family computer). USB plug and play for Windows PC, but also Mac-compatible.
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Price: $59.99
Availability: Buy Logitech Washable Keyboard here

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Turtle Shell

Say, do you ever desire a portable, water resistant, wireless boombox that you can attach to your bike or kid’s stroller? If that answer is yes, head on over to Kickstarter where you have the chance to back Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell. For $99 you’ll own a Turtle Shell speaker or spend a bit more ($125) and you’ll get the Turtle Claw Mount as well. Thanks to its camera threading, the Turtle Shell attaches to any standard camera accessory so the Claw Mount isn’t necessary, fyi.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Portable Magnetic Speaker

Hrm, I wonder if this Portable Magnetic Speaker actually produces decent sound? It’s tiny at 1.75″ x 1.75″, and has a powerful magnet that can be clipped to clothing or bags to keep it close. The battery (lithium-ion) is rechargeable via the included USB cable. Audiophiles, what do you think?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Eastern Collective Wrapped iPhone Cable

Take your love for cloth cord with you with these Wrapped iPhone Cable from Eastern Collective. They’re compatible with all Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPhone products, and available in four colors.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Eastern Collective

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ChargeCard

A charger that fits into your wallet? Sign me up. The ChargeCard is three times the thickness of a credit card, thus making it one of the most portable USB cords available. No cables involved either; a foldout USB arm allows a thin and compact profile. Only 3 days left on this Kickstarter project, so if you’re interested, best pledge your money now.

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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Fitbit

Do you really know how active you are? Do you know how many flights of stairs you take each day or how many calories you burn? If not, that’s where this little gadget comes into play. The Fitbit is a tracker that shows your real-time activity. Your full day’s steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, all of it counted and logged, even your sleep (if you want).

It’s small enough to clip onto your waistband or slide into a pocket, and it syncs to the Fitbit website where you may further track your food intake and compare your activity with others. On a personal note, I bought a Fitbit a few weeks ago and it has been an excellent motivator to be more active, even if it’s just getting up from my desk more often to get cups of tea. Where once I might have conveniently ignored the fact that I had not exercised, now it’s unavoidable, especially as I have a significant other that keeps a healthy competition going as to who has climbed the most flights of stairs per day. More info below.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: Fitbit

eco-amp

Yes, there are a ton of iPhone amplifiers out there. However, this eco-amp is different in that it is made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper and can be assembled/disassembled as needed. Think of it as an ultra simple and somewhat temporary option for increasing your iPhone’s sound output. You can, of course, also recycle it when its lifespan is complete.

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Price: $7.99
Available from: eco-made

Amplifiear

If you’ve ever found yourself cupping your hand around the iPad’s speaker in order to get a louder or clearer sound, take note of this little ‘ear’ that clips onto the iPad’s corner. Sounds are projected towards you for better hearing and higher frequencies get a bigger boost.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: bitemyapple.co