MacLocks iPad Lock & Security Case Bundle | US$64.95 | www.maclocks.com (image credit: Mac Locks)
being portable, the iPad is subjected to prying eyes waiting for you to turn your attention away from the iPad for a second and unlike most laptops, iPad does not have Kensington lock built-in to secure it. then again, its far too thin to incorporate one (the Kensington lock) anyway. MacLocks is a specialist in locking up Apple products, so not surprisingly that they have one for iPad as well. Continue reading lock down your iPad physically with MacLocks→
(image credit: Photojojo) The OWLE iPhone Video Rig | from US$159.00 | photojojo.com
if you’re feeling aspired by the iPhone 4 HD videoing capability but the phone does not weigh up to be a real handheld rig, then this might be just for you. OWLE is basically an encasement custom for iPhone 4 dedicated for shooting videos. the weighty feel and the dual grip on the OWLE, provides aspiring videographer a more stable filming experience. the OWLE is also available for 3GS.
the OWLE is machined out of a single block of aluminum, anodized and features a 37mm 0.45x wide-angle lens with macro optics. it also comes with an adjustable, high sensitivity VeriCorder mic – which is like a miniature version of the big recording mic. other features include ability to accommodate third-party lenses (37mm) and filters (49mm), cold shoe accessory mount, four tripod sockets in each corner and dual grips for added stability when doing your filming.
so aspiring film makers, dig this. now you can go about filming HD quality film with your iPhone 4 and capture moments that might be just be the next blockbuster movie. the OWLE measures 4.75 x 6 x 1.75 inches, hence with it stalled, your iPhone 4-turn-HD video rig will not be that pocket friendly anymore but then again, it is still quite compact for a video rig. isn’t it? so perhaps we might see some HD movie filmed entirely with iPhone 4?
the OWLE for iPhone 4 and 3GS retails at $169.00 and $159.00 respectively and is available at Photojojo Store.
if you are those who likes to prop your phone for video viewing or whatever, then the Mobile Tail from Studiooo Factory might a fun way to do so. as the name suggest, this nifty gadget does look like a tail. we wouldn’t know the tail was modeled after which animal but the more we look at it, we find it looks rather rat-ish.
designed by Sangwoo Park & Jongwon Park, the Mobile Tail measures 125 mm and is made of liquid silicone rubber which is heat resistant, odorless and non-toxic. though its non-toxic, please refrain from putting this in your mouth. for the sake of hygiene. animal lovers will be glad to know that portion of the profits from this $6.50 item will be donated to an animal preservation group.
an ideal sock stuffer for this coming Christmas. simple and affordable. what other reasons do you need to grab one of these? if animal’s tail isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps a miniature toilet plunger phone stand might appeal to you.
(image credit: ElectroHub) ElectroHub Wireless Charging Station | US$39.00
wireless charging is convenient and eliminates the constant frustration with wires, especially if you have multiple devices to charge at the same time. however, current option for wireless charging requires the device to be charged to don special case which may not as ideal. things are looking to change with the ElectroHub wireless charging station, set to debut at the CES 2011. ElectroHub is designed to work with virtually all electronic devices.
unlike the Powermat, it doesn’t require any special casing for your device but instead, it provides special ElectroHub batteries in form of AA or AAA sizes. to turn your device into ElectroHub-complaint, all you have to do is to replace the original battery of your device with the ElectroHub batteries, place your device on top of the ElectroHub and starts charging away. the charging station measures 233 x 155 x 20mm, is capable of charging up to six devices at a time.
in cases where devices doesn’t have replaceable batteries, user can get a special protective case that converts the charging effect to the device internal battery, much like what the Powermat does. the ElectroHub will cost $39 which includes one set of ElectroHub batteries, and additional battery sets can be purchased separately at $10 each. the ElectroHub is expected to be available first quarter of 2011.
we have been lamenting about the poor battery life of iPhone, but then we have a solution by the way of portable chargers. but what if you portable chargers went out of juice? duh! not good at all. time to extract some power from Mother Nature in the form of wind. well, the poor battery life of iPhone prompted Tjeerd Veenhoven to design the iFan – no, it is not a fan powered by iPhone but rather, it is the fan that’s going to juice up your iPhone.
basically, iFan is a modified PC fan molded into a rubber iPhone case and Tjeerd said that it took him six hours to charge up his iPhone. sounds a little too long perhaps, but then again its free power and readily available… well almost. Tjeerd has plan to redesign the fan blades to make it more efficient in catching the wind but in the meantime, Tjeerd has something up his sleeves… an iFan for bicycle.
sounds cool, at least you don’t need to be running around holding up your iPhone with the iFan to get it charged up. you can just mount it on the bicycle and cycle for six hours… maybe not. i guess its not for a full charge kind of thing, just perhaps a boost to the depleting power that will be enough for you to make the last call for help to save your aching legs.
(image credit: Dexim) Super-Juice Power Case | US$69.90 | www.dexim.net
every iPhone 4 users want to be able to use the phone all day long, however the poor battery life makes this wish almost impossible. the extend of its poor battery performance can be seen by the number of portable chargers for iPhone in the market, and a growing trend is brewing: a charger doubling up as a protective case (or is it the other way round?).
Dexim just added one to the record with the Super-Juice Power Case for iPhone 4. similar to the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, the Super-Juice Power Case boost a 2000mAh Lithium Polymer battery and touted the following stats:
– 6-hours of additional talk time
– 10-hours of additional video/gaming
– 40-hours of additional music playback
charging and syncing of your iPhone can still be achieved via the use of the included micro-USB cable. the Super-Juice Power Case is also a tough case with a built-in kickstand for handsfree viewing of video on your desk or wherever you fancy – as long as its a flat surface.
the Dexim Super-Juice Power Case comes in white and retails at $69.90, which is $30 cheaper than the Mophie item. there’s indication on how much bulk the case would add to your slim iPhone 4, though.
Another new addition to Hard Graft‘s lifestyle accessory assortment is this Phone Fold wallet, designed for iPhone. Receiving the wallet in an origami inspired multifold package was a pleasant surprise. Such attention to the overall presentation was certainly appreciated. For a moment, I was actually at war with myself whether to open it at risk of ruining the envelope. My eagerness to check out the real deal eventually triumphed.
the origami inspired packaging – to open or not to open?
(image credit: Mophie) Mophie Juice Pack Plus | US$99.95 | www.mophie.com
the battery life for iPhone was never good. the short battery life is made even more obvious with its endless applications available to user, hence we never have enough juice for both play and work. thankfully, we have good people like Mophie who devised cases with built-in battery to extend the iPhone’s battery life, so we can continue enjoy the phone for both work and play.
in comes the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4 which promises to add a whopping 2000mAh to your iPhone 4. as with the earlier incarnation for iPhone 3G/3GS, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus also doubles up as a protective case with shock-proof band. here’s a run down of what the juice pack promises:
up to 8 additional hours of talk time on 3G (16-hours on 2G)
up to 7 additional hours of Internet use on 3G (11-hours on WiFi)
up to 44 additional hours of audio playback
up to 11 additional hours of video playback
with the juice pack on, users can still charge and sync the iPhone via the included USB cable. there’s a standby/charging switch which allows toggling between standby or charging mode so users can choose to use the battery pack when requires. a 4-light LED status indicator at the bottom of the case lets user how much juice is left with a touch of a button and it also doubles as an indicator for charging status. a function reminiscent of the MacBook battery indicator.
if you’re feeling pinched by the price tag of $99.95, perhaps you will feel more comforted to know that this juice pack is more than just a battery pack and a case. it also features an ‘acoustic sound enhancement’ which means that the case design acts as a virtual speaker box by redirecting sound from the bottom of your iPhone4 to the front, resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality.
i’d say this could be a great juice pack if you are constantly demanding for power. currently, only black is available but a few other colors should pop up soon.
if you are still holding on to your trusty old iPhone but wishes that it has flash like its younger sibling, then your wish may have just came true. iFlash is an external module with built-in LED light that attaches to the iPhone 2G/3G/3GS and even iPod Touch, enabling flash-aided photography on those devices.
it attaches to the device via the 30-pin port, much like what you will do with a external portable charger for iPhones. the iFlash has an on/off button so you can use the LED light for photography or as a flash light for getting around in the dark. the flash module draws its juice from the iPhone battery – which, in my opinion, will be pretty taxing to the already poor battery life of iPhones.
when not in use, you can plug the 3.5mm plastic lug into the iPhone’s 3.5mm jack so it will remain handy when you need the flash again. though i am not sure if this 3.5mm plastic lug will work on the old iPhone 2G. at $29.95 you can give a new lease of life to your older iPhone, well, at least on the photography aspect.