Gadgets

MoneyMaker Camera Harness

This one’s for our professional photographer readers. There’s nothing new about multi camera harnesses, but HoldFast decided that there’s got to better choices for photographers who don’t want to look like they just burst out of a SWAT van. MoneyMakers are made in classic materials such as duck canvas and leather which are hard-wearing yet tasteful. Prices range from $187 t0 $400 depending on your choise of cow, water buffalo or bison leather. Multiple colors are available, check out HoldFast’s official site for more information.
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Price: $187.00
Available from: HoldFast

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ZoomArt Viewing Lens

How many people do you know that have monoculars? Not many? Well, now’s your chance to change that. This small monocular has high quality optics that allow small details to be revealed. Don’t limit yourself to an art gallery; there’s all sorts of things to discover on your walk to work, at a cafe, etc. With a manual focus, you simply turn the key until you find the image to be sharp and clear. It also comes with protective case and lanyard, for those of you serious enough to catch details at every possible opportunity.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Gessato

Redmaloo Cable Bag

Just how tidy would all your cables be if you had this felt bag from Redmaloo? With plenty of room for mouse and cables, you’d most likely win the ‘most tidy’ award, and, if there’s no such thing in your circle of friends, then just give yourself a big pat on the back for avoiding a tangled mess.
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Price: €36.00
Availability: Buy Redmaloo Cable Bag here

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Cipher Credit Card Stylus

Our gadgets are continually shrinking but sometimes it takes some backwards thinking to solve a design problem. Traditional touch-screen styli are small and easy to lose. The Cipher Credit Card Stylus enlarges the stylus and makes it credit card size, ensuring you’ll know exactly where to put it and never misplace it. Clever, clever, I’d say. The Cipher is currently in its refinement phase at Quirky, stay tuned in to Quirky and BLTD for updates on pricing and availability.
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Nixon TPS Portable Speaker

I’ve had the Card Speaker on my wish list for a while now but I think I’ve found a replacement with the release of this new speaker. The Nixon TPS is a portable speaker system made for media players and notebook computers. The battery charges through USB and is good for 6 hours of jams. Two can be linked together for enhanced stereo separation and volume. Available in silver, green, and black.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Nixon

dockXtender

It’s a dock extender, simple as that. If your phone case is too big for your docking station or if you just need extra distance, plug in the extender and your troubles are solved, at least one of them anyways. Compatible with all iPad, iPhone and iPod models.

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Price: $25.95
Available from: CableJive

Pulpop Speakers

The more stuff made out of recycled paper, the better. So why not speakers? These speakers by Balance Studio are made from recycled paper pulp and use vibration speaker technology to “intensify the sound through the surface on which they stand, as well as through the hollow space inside the doughnut.” Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

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Price: $56.00
Available from: Gessato

Nasty Clamp

Take a Joby Gorillapod and mate it with a spring clamp and you’ll have the Nasty Clamp, a handy clamp-anywhere, infinitely adjustable tripod. The flexible arm can also be extended by adding additional lengths available in the accessories store. They’re admittedly not pretty to look at it, but can be absolute life-savers while on a shoot. Nasty.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: Nasty Clamps

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ARKCANARY II

Don’t get too excited, it’s not a modern day earhorn for your less-than-great hearing (though I suppose you could try it out to see if it works), it’s an analog acoustic speaker for the iPhone 4. You know all about acoustic speakers, as we’ve posted several, but this pint sized version seems all the more charming because of its size (and because it looks like an earhorn).

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Price: $19.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

AIRbudz

Can you guess what this is from the photo above? If your guess had anything to do with earbuds, you’re right. AIRbudz is an earbud attachement that allows you to hear ambient noise while you’re listening to music. When you’re out walking or running, certain noises can alert you to potential safety hazards (like bikes, cars, buses) and unfortunately your regular headphones muffle, if not completely silence, those sounds that alert you to danger. The AIRbudz have air channels that let ambient noise in- thus keeping you aware of your surroundings without sacrificing your soundtrack. It’s currently a Kickstarter project, and for $10 or more you’ll get one of the first sets.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Kickstarter

TrekPak

Photographers: if you often swear at your velcro dividers while out and about, check out this TrekPak padded insert. A pin system provides fully adjustable dividers that look super easy to move around as you change out your gear. Durable and water repellant, the TrekPak fits into most backpacks and hard cases. Right now it’s a Kickstarter project, so get your pledge in before April 24 for the special prices.
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Plug, External Battery Backup

If your iPhone or iPad is continually short on battery life, pay attention. This “plug” charges your device without an electrical cable, so you can top up your battery on the go (or maybe keep it just for emergencies). It gives an iPhone 30% of battery capacity and fully charges an iPod to ~100%.

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Price: $28.00
Available from: Gessato

Envelope iPad Case

Taking inspiration from traditional manila envelopes, this polyurethane iPad case has a string and button closure. The contrasting color string is an especially nice yet subtle touch- my favorite is the grey case with orange string. The case fits iPad 1 and iPad 2, as well as the iPad Smart Cover.

Available in grey, red, and black.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

iErnest camera strap

Ooo, take a look at this very nice camera strap. It has an elastic shock absorber (it’s adjustable) to reduce neck and shoulder pressure as well as a few extra details that set it far above your current strap. There’s no plastic parts or connectors, and small leather discs pad the metal D-rings and protect your camera. There’s also a concealed neoprene neck pad for extra comfort. Oh, and, of course, it looks (and probably feels) expensive because it is.
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Price: €119.00
Available from: iErnest

Joby Gorillapod Micro

These tripods were released last year but have since flew under my radar until a recent visit to The Moma Design Store. Joby are the experts are in making compact, infinitely adjustable tripods. If you don’t know the name you certainly know the design. After expanding their market to carry bigger, heavier SLRS and video cameras, they’ve decided to size down for their next major product release. The Gorillapod Mirco is designed to always stay on your camera, prepared for any impromptu shot. Simply fan out the legs and prop on a surface. It’s quite remarkable that they were able to squeeze a rotating and tilting ball head into such a small design. Available in two sizes: the Micro 250 and the more robust Micro 800.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Joby

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