Gadgets

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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

Aviiq Ready Clips

These handy Ready Clips take the flat usb cable design and run with it. Their short 5.5 inch height is based on standard pen sizes, designed to be portable. The added side clips make them convenient for pockets or clipped to your notebook. Ready Clips are available Micro USB, MINI USB and Apple dock devices.
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Price: $29.99
Available from: Aviiq

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Xtreme All-Terrain USB Key

Are you constantly finding yourself in extreme situations? As in, crazy places where you would need your data protected from 10-ton truck wheels and temperatures as high as 392 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as -50 Celsius? Besides finding a new job, you need to consider this USB flash drive by LaCie and Constance Guisset. The impenetrable 2mm casing and wear-resistant, water-resistant screw threads (with rubber O-ring) will protect the USB 2.0 interface against all manner of extreme conditions.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: A+R Store

Twig iPhone Cable

We can blog our hearts out here with all the endless Apple dock accessories that seem to perptually come out, but we choose to be discerning. In the case of this Twig cable, we have an innovative product that elevates the iPhone cable from, well, just being an iPhone cable. Designed for portability, the 4″ twig won’t tangle itself traveling in your bag. The three bendable legs can be made into a tripod, perfect for video chats and pictures. Plugging to into an AC adapter makes an instant wall charger dock. What doesn’t the thing do? The Twig is curretly in its Kickstarter funding stage. Your backing goes towards tooling and production costs with a slated release date of September 2012.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Nixon