(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.
(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.
(image credit: CLAMCASE) CLAMCASE Keyboard Case | US$119.00 | clamcase.com
the CLAMCASE is by far the most impressive keyboard case for iPad to date. spotting a chiclet keyboard with 14 function keys, the CLAMCASE does make your iPad looks like a netbook. the unique torque hinge allows the keyboard to be flipped to the rear and props up the iPad for watching videos or turn it round to the front and it snaps close just like a netbook.
if you miss holding up your iPad, no problem, just fold the keyboard all the way back and use the iPad as a tablet. albeit, being a little bit more bulkier (it will add 771 grams to your iPad). the CLAMCASE boost a 90 hours continuous use and a 100 days standby time. charging of the CLAMCASE is via the mini-USB port with the supplied cable.
needless to say, the keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth connection and the internal battery means the keyboard case will not tax on your iPad juice. alas, now you can get the best of both world: a slate and a netbook in one device. not to mention the wonderful world of apps. awesome!
the CLAMCASE retails at $119.00 but shipping only starts in January 2011.
(image credit: CLAMCASE)
(image credit: CLAMCASE)
(image credit: DZDOCK) DZDOCK One | US$25.00 | www.dzdock.com
first of all, this isn’t a device dock. it is a stand that fits most portable touchscreen devices such as the iPad, iPhone, ebook readers et cetera. there’s no power to it, just a simple solid aluminum that’s perfectly balance to hold up your beloved devices.
designed by 11 year-old boy from Pennsylvania, USA, as a challenge by his dad with a phone as the bounty. it took little Dino 5 months to get to what DZDOCK One is today. well, what can i say, simple and functional. besides, if you decided to quit on certain devices and get another model or make, likely you can still use this stand.
the DZDOCK One comes in eight different colors and retails at $25.00.
(image credit: DZDOCK)
(image credit: DZDOCK)
(image credit: ETSY) iPhone 4 Teardown Decal | US$9.99 | www.etsy.com
seeing a person naked is, well.. uhmmm, exciting to most people. to some geeks, seeing the ‘architecture’ of gadgets could be as exciting as seeing a naked person. if that’s you, check this out…
now, you can actually see your iPhone 4 naked (back side only, cos’ we still need to use the touchscreen, don’t we?) and get all excited about it. no, i am not suggesting that you to remove the back panel. duh! that will only expose your phone to everything else that’s not good for your phone. for $9.99 you can slap on an iPhone 4 teardown decal that shows the innards of your iPhone 4 without putting it at risk. get it? seeing inside without opening it up. no X-ray or bionic vision involved here. just decal.
(image credit: Alibaba) 5-in-1 Camera Connection Kit | US$tbc
we just talked about how we would be expected to multi-function a couple of days ago, and thus, we also expects the devices or equipment that we use to do the same. before long, we found the 3-in-1 camera connection kit that allows one gadget to do three things and now, as if three functions wasn’t enough, there’s the 5-in-1 Camera Connection Kit for iPad.
there are two versions of this 5-in-1 device: one that supports a range of memory cards and the other comes with USB port, SD card slot, micro-SD card slot, AV-out port and a mini-USB port. seriously, the latter one has some redundancy to it. it already has the USB port, why bother with a mini-USB?
needless to say, the 5-in-1 Camera Connection Kit is a product of a Chinese electronics company. no words on the pricing and when this thing will be eventually available to the mass market.
(image credit: M.I.C.Gadget) 3-in-1 Camera Connection Kit | US$29.90 | store.micgadget.com
an alternative to Apple camera connection kit this $29.90 3-in-1 Camera Connection Kit for iPad. not only the kit combines the USB and SD card slot dongle into one, it also includes a micro-SD card slot. why the addition? i have no idea. perhaps, it was an attempt to differential itself from the knock-off 2-in-1 Camera Connection Kit.
whatever it is, it makes perfect sense to lump 2 or 3 connectivity into one for convenience sake. we love our gadgets but want to minimize the things we have to bring around to make our lovely gadgets happy. the kit is available in either black or white. at a glance, the kit does look suspiciously like a power pack for iPhone. of course, it is not.
(image credit: blueSLR) blueSLR Receiver | from US$149.00 | blueslr.com
these days, iPhone apps and accompanying hardware to do specialized tasks seem rather overwhelming. just few days ago, we posted about iGrill and now we found something that will interest shutterbugs: the blueSLR remote shutter. working in tandem with an app, the blueSLR lets user control the camera’s setting such as focus, shutter speed or timer with an iOS device. wirelessly, of course.
the blueSLR is particularly useful for taking self-portrait and group photo when there’s no one around to assist in the photo-taking. the accompanying hardware is a Bluetooth receiver unit that plugs into the GPS port of most Nikon cameras. the blueSLR also feature geotagging of photos taken, though the main highlight would have taken the limelight away from it. the app is free and is available on the appstore, while the hardware will set you back at $149.
(image credit: blueSLR)
(image credit: blueSLR)
(image credit: Fandi Meng)
if you are a cyclist, have you wish you could charge up your gadgets while cycling? well, if the i-Green Bicycle Charging System realizes, then that wish might have came true. designed by Fandi Meng, i-Green is kind of a dynamo for bicycle that translates the bicycle’s kinetic energy into electrical energy which can be used to charge almost any portable devices. Continue reading now even bicycle can charge your gadgets, just like in a car
(image credit: KARVT) KARVT Wood Skin for iPhone | from US$15.00 | karvt.com
Gelaskins practically kick started skinning of our gadgets. but if the 3M vinyl stickers with fancy graphics is not for you, how about going on a more serious note with wood-skins? sure, you can always get a bamboo made iPhone case but that adds bulk while the KARVT doesn’t. however, the trade off is, much lesser protection for your phone.
there are different kind of woods to choose from, ranging from Alder to Pine to Walnut. the KARVT skins set comprises of front and back skin cover. however, ordering for the ‘Back’ only skin is possible too. prices start from $15 for 3GS and from $25 for iPhone 4 skins. there’s also a Limited Edition Hydro74 Owl designed by Orlando-based artist… Hydro74 on maple wood, which cost $30.
do note that the skins only cover the front and back, while sides and corners still remain exposed. its a fair trade between beauty (& slimness) and (serious) protections. i am cautious. for now, ultra thin, and almost no protection case is the farthest i will go with my iPhone 4. but the KARVT item is really beautiful and it took me much effort to peel my eyes off them.
KARVT also has wood skins for both MacBooks and iPads too.
(image credit: KARVT)
(image credit: KARVT)