Category Archives: ACCESSORIES

Accessories for gadgets including cases, lenses, bags, tripods and the likes.

use your iPhone to monitor, share your blood pressure

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(image credit: Withings) Withings Blood Pressure Monitor | US$tbc | www.withings.com

by now, you should be tired of hearing me exclaim “what else iPhone can’t do?” regardless, it is a fact and latest to join the “things that can be done using iPhone” is this gadget from Withings, called the Blood Pressure Monitor. yes, the “things that can be done using iPhone” has just reached into the health aspects. as usual, the Withings hardware works in tandem with the iPhone or iPad apps, which is free to download from iTunes store.

reading blood pressure is as simple as connecting the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor via its 30-pin connector to your iOS devices. being a “Made for iOS Device”, it will be recognized by the iOS device and the Withings app will be launched automatically. from there, all you have to do is fired up the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and the blood pressure will be taken. the readings are automatically saved on your iOS device and can be exported or shared.

i am not quite sure why would we want share our blood pressure data with anyone, except with our physicians. i guess these days we share everything or rather, sharing is everything today. hmmm.. what am i saying… in anyway, data can be uploaded to a secured private website, protected by password. the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor uses oscillometric type of measurement to take your blood pressure, which is a noninvasive method which is perfectly safe for self-use.

the device is powered independently by four AA batteries, therefore the device won’t suck off the precious juice of your iOS device. Withings Blood Pressure Monitor was announced and showcased in the recent CES 2011, but no details on the pricing yet but be patience, it is set to be available end of this month.

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breaking down the water to power your portable devices

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Horizon MiniPak Handheld Fuel Cell Charger | US$99.00 | www.horizonfuelcell.com

hydrogen fuel cells and biofuel seems belittled by pure electric powered stored in lithium-ion batteries. over the years, we have heard less of the the two former technologies. however, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is set to bring back this technology, this time to the palm of your hands and it even has a desktop, home refueling system called “HydroFILL” to complement the portable pack, dubbed the MiniPak.

soon to release, the MiniPak integrates a passive air-breathing fuel cell and a metal hydride storage unit, where hydrogen is stored. power is delivered via its micro-USB port with different cable options and the portable charger itself, comes with a handy LED flashlight built-in. inside the MiniPak are the solid-state HydroSTIK batteries, a battery similar to the current alkaline battery in form factor, which can be purchase when more are required.

another option is to recharge the HydroSTIK yourself, right at your home. this is made possible with the home refueling system, HydroFILL which is touted as the world’s 1st personal hydrogen station. the science of breaking water into its H and O happens within this HydroFILL, all you need is to stick the HydroSTIK in the HydroFILL, add water and plug in to the electrical wall outlet. beside wall outlet, this charging station can also accept power supplied from solar panels, or power generated by wind turbines. HydroFILL is capable of topping up one HydroSTIK per hour.

Hydrogen tends to scare people off with its usual high pressure storage but the consumer-grade HydroSTIK turns the usual high pressure gas into solid-state form, stored in the metal hydride alloys and discharges them at low pressure. each HydroSTIK can store 11 Wh of energy which is equivalent to 10 disposal AA batteries (at 1W of continuous power consumption). the MiniPak retails at $99 while the HydroFILL will set you back at $500.

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your iPhone could also be your Baby Monitor

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(image credit: Withings) Withings Smart Baby Monitor | US$tbc | www.withings.com

another gadget that adds to the host of things iPhone can do. in fact, not just for iPhone, it will work just fine with iPad, smartphone, PC, Mac, Tablet, LCD TV – basically just about anything that has a screen and of course, with WiFi, Bluetooth or Ethernet connectivity. one of the two new products from Withings, is the Smart Baby Monitor, which (obviously) is video camera that lets your monitor your baby anywhere in the world. Continue reading your iPhone could also be your Baby Monitor

MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

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(image credit: ETON) ETON MOBIUS | US$tbc78.00 | etoncorp.com

Eton is not new to everything that’s solar-powered and coming soon is the solar-power case for iPhone 4, dubbed the MOBIUS. not much real info is available at this point but the MOBIUS is touted to double your iPhone battery life with its enhanced monocrystal solar panel built onto a durable protective case – all without adding much bulk to your phone. the MOBIUS debuts at this week CES 2011 in Las Vegas, though there are no words on its pricing yet. Continue reading MOBIUS solar-power case doubles your iPhone juice

motorMOUTH II turns your car audio into Bluetooth-enabled system

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(image credit: SCOSCHE) SCOSCHE motorMOUTH II stereo handsfree & streaming audio car kit | US$79.99 | www.scosche.com

these days, most gadgets are Bluetooth-enabled if not WiFi-enabled. even car audio are getting Bluetooth equipped but do not fret if your car audio doesn’t has Bluetooth. there’s always the SCOSCHE motorMOUTH II stereo handsfree & streaming audio car kit that will turn your car audio into a Bluetooth-enabled system with A2DP streaming capability – as long your existing audio has an auxiliary audio input.

when plugged in and pair with, for example, your iPhone, this nifty gadget allows you to perform handsfree phone calls played through your car stereo speakers and stream your music from your iPhone to the car audio system. in fact, audio streaming will work with any A2DP devices. included in the package is a ‘Y’ audio splitter which allows portable media player to be plugged in at the same time.

for some cars that has its AUX input at the center console, motorMOUTH II can be routed to the dash area using the supplied AUX relocation cable. i thought the price tag of $79.99 is a little on the high side but it’s still a much cheaper option than changing the entire dash unit.

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charge up your devices on the go using passive kinetic energy

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(image credit: Tremont Electric) nPower PEG | US$159.99 | npowerpeg.com

portable chargers for our ever juice-hungry devices are not new. the norm is to get the portable charger charged up and carry it with you for those just-in-case situation. what if the portable charger ran out of juice as well? not a good thing, especially when there is not a single wall outlet in sight. nPower PEG or Personal Energy Generator from Tremont Electric is the world first hybrid portable charger that promised to address this issue.

encased within this bicycle pump-looking device is a miniaturized kinetic energy harvester which translates your everyday motion into electrical energy and store them in a built-in 1000mAh lithium polymer battery, ready to charge your portable devices. the PEG measures 9 inches tall with a width of 1.5 inches at its widest part and weighs in at 11 oz. (312 grams). placed in your backpack, for example, the PEG will constantly be charged while you are moving around and even works when your biking or traveling in an automobile.

the nPower PEG works with devices that charges with USB 2.0 standard, thus it will not work with iPad and laptops. the nPower PEG is set to retail at $159.99, and it will comes with nPower PEG, iGo cable, iGo adapter tip of your choice and an USB cable (for quick-charge the PEG from an USB port). it is a coming soon product, but you can reserve yours over at nPower website.

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feel your game with the world first tactile controller for iPad

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(image credit: Ten One Design) Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad | US$24.95 | www.tenonedesign.com

there are console gamers and then there are iPad gamers. if you belong to the latter, then here’s a piece of good news for you. Ten One Design has started taking in pre-orders for the world first tactile controller for iPad, Fling. basically, it is a physical joystick constructed out of transparent materials which allows clear, unrestricted view of your game. Continue reading feel your game with the world first tactile controller for iPad

device that lets your pocket video camera tracks your every move

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self-portrait for still images isn’t an issue as long as the camera has a built-in self-timer but what about self-videoing? the biggest issue with self-video is following or tracking. when the subject moves, the camera doesn’t, thus resulting in subject went out of frame. three guys, Vlad Tetelbaum, Brian Lamb and Dean Hamilton has a clever solution that allows your camera to follow your every move. in essence, it’s an integrated tracking system for pocket video camera. Continue reading device that lets your pocket video camera tracks your every move

HDMI adapter for iOS devices allow 720p video playback

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(image credit: Sanwa Supply) Sanwa HDMI Adapter | US95.00 | www.sanwa.co.jp

Sanwa announced a HDMI adapter suitable for use with both iPhone 4 and iPad, which allows you to view your videos on these iOS devices on the big screen in 720p resolution. i guess the 720p output makes it a ‘pro’ for this item, as for the cons, it only will only work with iPhone 4 and iPad. so iPod Touch users will be disappointed.

the price tag of US$95 is a little steep as compared to the original Apple 30-pin-to-component (which retails at US$39) item but it is hard to compare both as you can say that both are of different level. if you’re looking for something that supports 720p playback, then this Sanwa item is the gadget of choice. however if 576p (maximum) resolution is cool with you and you need something that supports iPod Touch, the Sanwa item will not be the one to opt for.

seriously, i wanted to give it a try but the price tag, though not strictly prohibitive relative to my meagre pay, is still stopping me from giving it a shot. aside from video playback on your big screen, this adapter also enable the display of images or presentations generated from Keynotes. neat but i am not sure if i can justify the cost cos’ if i could have transfer my movies or Keynotes to my MacBook and hook up to a projector or LCD display.

the Sanwa HDMI adapter is available at FlutterScape.

now your iPhone is also your Universal Remote control

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(image credit: Gear4) Gear4 UnityRemote | £99.99 | www.gear4.com

another hardware and apps combo that turn your iPhone into something else other than a phone. seriously, what else iPhone can’t do? this time round it’s going to be an Universal Remote control for your home devices, as long the devices use infrared signal.

new from Gear4 is the UnityRemote that transforms your iPhone into an advanced Universal Remote that controls your home devices with the help of a free app and the discrete UnityRemote unit. using iPhone as a remote means ability to take advantage of gestures to control your devices. with the UnityRemote and the app, gestures can be pre-programmed to swipe from left to right to change channels, for example. you can’t get any more intuitive than this.

basically, the iPhone uses low power Bluetooth signal to communicate with the UnityRemote hardware and the unit in turn, uses its five infrared blasters to send out a 360° signal to your devices wherever they are in the room. as long as the device to be controlled is within the range and sight, the iPhone can controls it. up to eight different Apple devices can be paired with the UnityRemote, so your roommate won’t be caught without a remote when you are not home.

as with all good Universal Remote, this system allows user to create ‘Actions’ to control multiple devices simultaneously. such as as turning on the TV, DVD player and sound system. the system will select the right channel and start playing the DVD in just one touch. of course, that would require some programming first. no words on how huge the existing remote database is but whatever it is, it has the ‘Learning’ capability which allows the UnityRemote to learn controls that it doesn’t already know.

the UnityRemote works on three AA batteries, hence it can place virtually anywhere in the room without the burden of mains. the hardware measures 51 mm high and 64 mm in diameter which is pretty discrete, but then again it’s not ugly that requires us to keep away from sight. the UnityRemote will work with iPhone 3/3GS/4, iPod Touch (2nd/3rd/4th generations). the Gear4 UnityRemote retails at £99.99 (approx. US$156.00) which is considered affordable for an Universal Remote – if it works as promised.

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