Category Archives: ACCESSORIES

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

information direct to your eyes with Zeal Optics Transcend GPS

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(photo: zealoptics.com) Zeal Optics Transcend GPS | from US$399 | www.zealoptics.com

you don’t to be a fighter pilot or an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter pilot to get a heads up on real time information. the Zeal Transcend GPS winter sports goggles have a built-in GPS, with a tiny display inside the right lens, feeding the user with real-time location, speed, altitude and jump info right into your eye. granted, this isn’t a true ‘head-up display’ (HUD) but this is the closest you get for now.

it even comes with a USB port (what gadget doesn’t come with USB these days?) for downloading and analyzing stats on your computer (PC & Mac compatible). it has, not surprisingly, a Google Map overlay. ok who does not use any Google products, please raise your hand. oh, everyone huh?

two lens types are available for your choosing: the SPPX polarized + photochromic lens (aka transition lens) and the SPX polarized lens. the Zeal Transcend GPS starts at €399 (approximately US$695). a small price to pay for not getting lost in the snow white alps. i think.

masquerade your laptop with Stealth Laptop Sleeve

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want to stand out from the crowd and not being too ‘out-standing’? get yourself the Stealth Laptop Sleeve, a laptop sleeve in the guise of a tatty old manila envelope – postage not included. the Stealth’s exterior is made from super-strong fabric that’s tearproof and waterproof and the interior boasts a plush mock-silk interior that’s padded with PE foam to protect you precious laptop from knocks and shocks. this sleeve is adjustable and will fit laptops of size 8″ to 17″. Continue reading masquerade your laptop with Stealth Laptop Sleeve

Porsche Design’s USB thumb drives and mouse

before you realize your dream of owning a Porsche (or owning yet another Porsche), get a piece of Porsche lifestyle with these geeky stuff from Porsche Design…

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Porsche Design Computer Mouse
thinking of carrying over your need for speed to your desktop? this PC & Mac compatible, 2-button scroll-wheel mouse should do the job. no, not really. it’s not a speeding mouse but rather a mouse that features aluminum scroll-wheel, high-res 2000 dpi sensor and 2.4 GHz technology in the shaped of Porsche 911. or at least you can pretend to be cruising down the ocean drive in the luxury sports car while you are slogging through your daily work. the Porsche Design 911 mouse retails at £42.55 (US$67), which is on the high side considering an average pricing for a wireless mouse is around US$25.

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Porsche Design USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
take step a further to your Porsche ownership (whether you are or you are not a Porsche owner) by grabbing this 4GB USB thumb drive, in form of a Porsche sports car vehicle key. it will work with most operating system, like most thumb drives do. it also works with Porsche Communication Management system. er… what’s that?… ok. it’s obvious i’m not a Porsche owner. the Porsche USB stick retails at £22.98 (US$36), again a more expensive option to ordinary brand thumb drives. but a small price to pay for a dream (almost) comes true. start fantasizing about starting up the Porsche sports car whenever you plug in this thumb drive into you PC, just don’t try to crank the thumb drive.

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Porsche Design Panamera USB Stick (USB Thumb Drive)
if Panamera is your kind of thing. there’s also a Panamera car key USB stick, which would be my personal choice. i have always liked the Porsche Panamera, regardless of what critics said. capacity is 4GB on this Panemera USB stick and there’s a sliding mechanism to extend and retract the stick. sneaky. with the USB retracted, it certainly looked like an actual Porsche Panamera car key. just make sure you don’t grab the wrong ‘key’ for your Panamera on your way out. as with the Porsche USB stick, it will work with most operating system and the Porsche Communication Management system. owning a Panamera stick is slightly dearer at £24.68 (US$39). design is nice but i hope Porsche Design would understand that 4GB is so over these days and minimum capacity would 8GB.

visit Porsche Design Driver’s Selection.

Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD & SD cable for iOS devices

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i hesitated a little when was putting this up. i asked: am i going to put up another Apple-related accessories? there are just way too many iPad/iPhone accessories flooding the market. despite many claims (or predictions) that Android is going to overtake iPhone/iPad sales, but then the wave of iPad/iPhone accessories hurling to us like a giant tsunami, suggest otherwise. or at least not any time soon. however, this Scosche (Scosche – sounded like Porsche, doesn’t it?) item sounded too good to give it a pass.

if big screen is your kind of thing, then iPad screen is definitely not for you but then again, we all gotta have an iPad, don’t we? so what do we do then? we hook it up with a video-out cable to our big screen, such as the Scosche sneakPEEK II switchable HD and Standard Definition (SD) A/V cable. in fact, it works with most of Apple portable devices that plays video with the 30-pin connector. on the end, connection to the TV is via either composite (SD) or component (HD) cables. sorry, dude – there is no HDMI here. a micro USB cable is included which allows you to charge while you play, ensuring you never run out of juice in a middle of a movie.

combine with the Just Mobile UpStand, it could be a perfect set-up.

visit Scosche website.

new to A/V jargons? read more on what is: composite, component and HDMI.

Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder – the easy finder for luggage

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if locating your luggage at the luggage carousel is a stressful task for you, NAFTALI inc., an US-based company has an interesting solution. the product that NAFTALI thinks will help to relieve your problem is the Easy 2 Pick Luggage Finder. the Easy 2 Pick notifies user when the luggage emerges onto the luggage carousel, taking the guess work out of whether your luggage is out or it hasn’t. the Easy 2 Pick consists of a luggage tag transmitter for your luggage and a wireless keychain receiver.

when activated, the keychain receiver will beep, flash and vibrate once your luggage is within 90 feet of you. according to it’s manufacturer, Easy 2 Pick is FCC and CE approved and safe to use for flight. interestingly, the usage for Easy 2 Pick is not just restricted to traveling. you can use it to locate your car, keys et cetera. or maybe secretly tag someone you dislike or like so that you will know if he/she is in your vicinity. for whatever reason. nasty. not that i encourage this but that was just a thought.

read the review by TMCnet here.

visit NAFTALI inc.

Just Mobile AluPen & Upstand for iPad – designer-style accessories for iPad

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can’t enough of aluminum products? Just Mobile, a Taiwan-based company has a range of product to satisfy your need for aluminum-based products. we have seen quite a number of stylus around in market now, how about a aluminum item styled in the shape of a pencil? sounds cool? then AluPen is for you (and me too!).

AluPen is a chunky pencil-shaped stylus, sculpted from aluminum, with a soft rubber nib. if you like doodling on your iPad. this will be the stylus to doodle in style. seriously, it does look cool. doesn’t it? no iPad? no worries. it will work with any capacitive touch screens. but if you’re looking to use with your iPhone or iPad, it will work with all iPhone/iPad apps. that’s the kind of assurance that all consumers need. the AluPen measures 12cm x 1.3cm x 1.2 cm – pretty chunky indeed. the AluPen retails for US$24.95.

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from the product photo above, you might mistaken it for a new Apple desktop. well, it isn’t. it’s another sleek product from Just Mobile, the UpStand for iPad. needless to say, it is made out of aluminum with radial finish. add in a bluetooth keyboard and you have a instant boot-up desktop.

i don’t need to tell you what you can do with your iPad propped up on the UpStand. do i? never mind… here are some possibilities: you can make as a digital picture frame, watch movies et cetera and with the appropriate apps, you can read your receipt book off the iPad while you mess around trying to make a nice Italian meal, or use it as a giant alarm clock. throw in a bluetooth keyboard (not included), you can surf the net, jot down ideas for your next novel et cetera. pretty neat.

the UpStand retails for US$49.95. *note iPad and bluetooth keyboard not included.

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(photo source: xtand.net)

rock docks: one of the kind iPhone & iPod docks

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who says dock should be a boring white block? i admit that white does look modern and clean, but what if you are not into white blocks? fret not. GreekUnique has a some docks that definitely will rock your dock, i mean your iPod/iPhone. custom out of gaming console’s controller, such as the one featured above, it charges & sync your iPhone or any iPod (except Shuffle). also available are (e.g.) Atari 2600 Grand Prix game cartridge dock, Nintendo 64 game controller, Nintendo Controller dock, NES Light Gun dock – just to name a few. not many of these are going round. want one? better grab it before it’s gone. prices are dependent on model.

check it out @ ETSY website.

Custom iPad stand out of old Macintosh machine

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(photo source: hirac.info)
would you like to have one? unfortunately, it is not available off-the-shelf but you can certainly follow the instruction to make one yourself. i would think you will need a pair of technical hands to do that and of course, an old Macintosh that you are ready to dig out it’s internal. pretty cool, except that having to touch-interface horizontally, isn’t exactly ideal for long period of time. perhaps for watching movie?

how about adding a 30pin dock to the side (if there’s room) and route the cable to the back? in this way, you can have unlimited juice while watching movie on it or surfing the net. or maybe throw in some mod circuitry to connect a vintage Mac joystick? perfect.

check it out @ Site Hirac (Japanese).
Instructions in Japanese and English.

going retro Arcade gaming with your iPad: iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet

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another reason for you to get an iPad. well, not really. but if you already have an iPad, consider going old school with this sweet iPad Arcade Cabinet with cheerful paint job to match. basically the iCade (yes, that’s what they call it), is an iPad dock in the guise of retro Arcade Cabinet, dedicated to retro gaming. you will need the iCade App to go with this Arcade cabinet. strangely, i can’t find the App on the Appstore. perhaps it is only available in US Appstore? so those non-US Store users, do take note. Continue reading going retro Arcade gaming with your iPad: iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet

bring toilet accessories to your phone: iPlunge Phone Stand

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fans of toilet accessories rejoice! now you can bring a piece of your toilet to your desk, in the form of iPlunge Phone Stand – err… i am not sure why would you want to do that but the cool/cute factor is definitely there. this miniaturized plunger has a suction cup that attaches to most hard, smooth surface of your mobile device, propping the device up at an angle. please don’t leave this in the toilet, cos’ this isn’t a real toilet plunger. in case you are wondering, this unique item is designed by Homade, the same guys who brought you the iTape Deck iPhone case. the iPlunge Phone Stand retails at a modest US$5.95. Continue reading bring toilet accessories to your phone: iPlunge Phone Stand