we are probably familiar with sound dock for iPhone and iPod. how about your laptop? sure you can get any of those puny speakers that probably don’t do much good to your ears, or you get the La Boite Concept Laptop Dock LD 120. basically, the LD 120 is an elegant looking table stuffed with speakers and a bunch circuitry that promise to turn your laptop in to a high-fidelity music player.
if you are those that demand more from your laptop musically, then this 120 watts RMS, 7 drivers equipped table might be your weapon of choice. the LD 120 has a built-in Burr Brown Digital-to-Analogue converter (DAC) (USB sound card) and requires only one wire to get you going. you must be wondering where are the 7 drivers? well, a pair of two-way drivers are located upfront, another two are designed to face the wall and a down firing subwoofer goes underneath the desk.
all these awesome goodness of hi-fi quality audio are beautifully clad in piano lacquer finish and natural leather for the desk pad (which is insulated agains the vibration from the sub-woofer). the LD 120 also lets you charge other devices via its two auxiliary inputs and outlet within the storage compartment. time to give yourself a perfect excuse such as “i have ran out of desktop space to put my laptop” and get this hi-fi quality table. how i wish. except that i don’t even have space for another table…
the latest iOS 4.2 software update supports AirPrint, but what if you don’t have a wireless printer to take advantage of this features? if its just photo printing you’re looking for, then Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer might be just the gadget of choice. the BP-10 concept is similar with the Canon Selphy Photo Printer, but dedicated to iPhones rather than any other digital cameras. it is compatible with all iPhone and it doubles up as a charging dock for your iPhone.
the printer provides full size 4 x 6 inch photo printing. however, it requires the Bolle app which is available free from the iTunes store. the app facilitates user to select photos from the iPhone album or take a fresh photo for direct printing. operations is simple enough: dock the iPhone on the printer, select the desired photo and hit the print button. other print options include printing multiple photos on one single page and multiple copies printing (up to four copies each time).
is there really a market for dedicated iPhone photo printer? does the resolution of the photo taken with the iPhone justify for a £120 dedicated printer? i don’t know. i am skeptical about printing out hard copies of photo taken with my iPhone 4. then again, i am probably stuck in time with the impression that iPhone camera quality is less than ideal. but i guess the fun and novelty factor are there.
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technology advancements really gets to our head and we started going on some unstoppable buy-buy-buy spree, adding more advanced gadgets to our already burgeoning gadgetry arsenal. its an addiction. but isn’t it time to take step back from those expensive designers electronics and get back to basic? well, you can start with the low-tech KOOSTIK iPhone dock.
the KOOSTIK is a sound dock that amplifies your iPhone by 2 to 4 times – hardly an exhilarating performance comparing the sound docks out in the market but it was never meant to be a performance sound dock to start with. for a start Koostik is all natural and doesn’t use any form electronic for sound amplification. amplification sounds is via channelling of the docked iPhone to the left and right hollowed out ‘speakers’.
no electronics involved means that no power is required to use the KOOSTIK. however, it also won’t be able to charge your iPhone while your are spinning your tunes. accordingly to the designer, this beautiful crafted sound dock is not a replacement to electronically amplified item but its more intended for intimate vocals and instrumentals sound in relax settings. well, we heard you KOOSTIK. we saw the video demo and we are totally impressed.
KOOSTIK is hand made entirely out of solid wood in America and is available in six different solid wood combinations. good news for those outside of the USA, KOOSTIK ships internationally too.
while every iPhone case manufacturers are striving to make their iPhone cases as slim as possible, these guys over at ArkWhat chose to go the opposite way by making their first iPhone case as chunky as possible. dubbed ArkHippo I, this drop-proof iphone case is constructed of durable EVA material and literally add a chunk to your other wise slim iPhone 4.
if you’re always feeling paranoid about breaking your iPhone 4 glasses, slip on the ArkHippo in and your iPhone will be instantly protected by the thick spongy padding. the angled sides on the back also double up as a stand for both landscape and portrait mode. and guess what? you can even talk hands-free with this case by clamping your phone between your cheek and your shoulder. pretty sweet, but its going to be a pocket bursting size phone. if i were to get this, my iPhone 4 is definitely going to be in the bag with my iPad. there’s no way this 2-inch thick chunk is going to fit into my pockets – but then again, it may fit into my cargo’s side pockets.
so what’s with the antenna stub? well, we can see what the guys at ArkWhat is coming from: getting back old-school with yesteryear chunky mobile phone. speaking of which, the ArkHippo do look a little like the Motorola Microtac with the extended battery on. the ArkHippo I comes in a choice of seven colors.
what else an iPhone can’t do? it has a potential to become a POS machine (Point-of-Sale), a field microscope and now even journalists can use their iPhone to record interviews – in professional-quality. Blue Microphones‘ new Mikey is a professional-grade, pocket-size microphone that lets you record anything from concerts to lectures to interviews.
the Mikey 2.0 features three different gain settings which allows it to record in a variety of environment. the official website have several recording samples (recorded with different gain setting) which sounded promising. while microphone is important, software also plays a part in the final recording. the Mikey 2.0 features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording and there’s a line-input which allows direct recording from other audio sources such as another iPod.
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the Mikey 2.0 also can be used in conjunction with your video recording on your iPod or iPhone, enabling you to capture a much better audio. it also comes with a free Blue FiRe recording app to aid you in your recording tasks. other features include seven angle of adjustments of the microphone and a soft carrying pouch to store your Mikey 2.0 while on the go. the Mikey 2.0 works with iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod Nano 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G; iPod Classic; iPod 5G and also works with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.
sounds good. especially now that iPhone 4 is capable of HD recording, it certainly deserves a good sound recording to go with those HD videos.
after the successful “invasion” of high definition displays and imaging devices, manufacturers has been working fervently on 3D technologies for consumer electronics, extending it beyond just displays but also to imaging and playback devices. so shouldn’t iPhone be 3D capable as well? we don’t have to look too far, the i3DG Palm Top Theater makes 3D playback on your existing iPhone and iPod Touch possible.
the concept was a simple one. a contraption with three half-silvered mirrors, tilted at an angle in a box-like package, creates an illusion of 3D display on your device. designed by Jitsuro Mase, this box-shaped accessory plugs in to your iPhone or iPod Touch to let you enjoy 3D playback. the result looks pretty convincing and cool. check out the video below.
cool as it is, however there’s just one catch: you have hold up your iPhone or iPod Touch with the i3DG device attached and view into the small oblong display screen of the i3DG. definitely something you won’t want to do for extended period.
mobile phones are susceptible to element like water, perspiration, snow, sand et cetera the list just goes on. these guys over at CleverWraps developed a Zip-Loc type bag specifically to protect your precious communication devices. in a nutshell, RingerWraps are downsized Zip-Loc bag complete with zip closure and re-sealable tape.
RingerWraps come in three sizes: small, medium and large, catering to different phone sizes. slip in your mobile, zip it and tape it and your mobile shall be protected from the nasty elements. CleverWraps promise that users will still be able to dial, talk, text, browse and listen to your favorite tunes while the phone is sealed in the RingerWraps.
some heads up of the RingerWraps sizing: small size caters to bar phones or devices (also known as candy bar phones/devices) such as iPhone, Blackberry, iPod Touch and iPod Classic; medium size caters to vertical flip and slide phones and; larger size caters to horizontal flip and slide phones, and also extra large smart phones.
since the mobile phones these days are similar in size, we would think that the sizes available should cover most devices. with your device securely in the RingerWraps, you can now go jet-skiing, slope skiing or hit the beach without the worry of getting your device wet and the best part: not missing a single call or text message. we just don’t have any clue how you’re going to answer your phone while skiing down the alps. not that we recommend anyone to do so.
typing or poking on touchscreen without tactile feel can take away the fun of composing messages. agree? well, both ThinkGeek and Boxwave has a solution for us (the tactile-freaks): a QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone. personally, i have used smartphone with slide out keyboard, and i liked the convenience (except for the added thickness to the phone). these add on physical keyboards are cleverly hidden and not only let you type but also act as a case for your iPhone. Continue reading a duo of QWERTY keyboard case for your iPhone→