Here’s a nifty gizmo for those of you who always wished their iPhone screens were slightly larger for viewing TV shows and movies. Created by a company called ScreenDoor Studio, the Hive Dock will essentially blow up the iPhone’s Retina Display via a magnifying lens, and thus no electricity is required.
Requiring no electronics or power, Hive amplifies the iPhone’s onboard speaker in either landscape or portrait orientation. It does this by channelling the sound into a concave chamber that projects the sound upward and outward toward the listener’s ears. A Fresnel lens stands parallel to the iPhone’s Retina Display at a set distance of 4 inches, providing crystal clear 2X magnification.
So far, it appears that the dock is only compatible with the iPhone 4, so iPod Touch and iPhone 3GS users maybe out of luck. The Hive isn’t currently on sale yet, but it will make its debut this week at CES. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Firstly, I’m not dead. Now with that out of the way:
What do you get when you combine the audiophile heart of the iPhone with a juiced-up ad-hoc power supply? Or, perhaps I should ask it this way: what made VentureCraft, maker of car-mounted cameras and creative telegrams, shoot for the moon and create an audiophile iPhone battery jacket? My guess is a pioneer spirit. VentureCraft are the first company to build such a combination. As off-beat as the GoDAP battery jacket and headphone amp combo unit may sound for a company like VentureCraft, it is certainly worth the raised eyebrows and facepalms. It’s just so ingenious and geekily disturbing that it’s worth a perfectly long review!
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While iPad cases that incorporate a fully functional keyboard into its design is not entirely new (like the Kensington Bluetooth keyboard and Aidacase Folio Deluxe cases), the upcoming ZAGGmate w/Keyboard is probably the most intriguing and promising keyboard case I’ve come across to date. Embedded is a Bluetooth keyboard that includes special function keys specific to the iPad: music and volume control, slideshow, home , search, virtual keyboard toggle and more. The outer shell is made with aircraft-grade aluminum and an anodized finish that matches nicely with that of the iPad.
And if you don’t see the need for the external keyboard, the ZAGGmate also comes as a standalone version, which essentially becomes an ultra thin aluminum case and adjustable stand (with 10 viewing angles) for your iPad. The ZAGGmate w/Keyboard will sell for $99 US, while the regular ZAGGmate will set you back $69. Both are now available for pre-order and will ship on or slightly before Dec 17th. This is certainly one iPad accessory we look forward to reviewing in the near future. In the meantime, check out the promo videos and screenshots after the gap.
Griffin, one of the biggest accessories companies around and makers of the PowerDock Dual, is now holding their Black Friday Sales Event, where select items are on sale up to 70% off. Some of the bigger drops include the Charge/Sync Sock Simplifi (was $70, now $29.99), SmartTalk Bluetooth (was $120, now $49.99) and the USB Reserve Power (was $40, now $29.99), a USB-like stick that holds extra juice for your iDevices.
The sales are divided up by Under $50, $25 and $10 categories and there should be something for everyone. And the Free Shipping should sweeten the deal if you find a product or two that peaks your interest. Check out the entire Griffin Black Friday Sales right here. These offers are valid thru 11/30.
The stylus is long associated with the PDA/tablet devices of the 90s era, back in the day Apple had not yet developed its best selling touch screen devices. With the unprecedented success of the iPad, the stylus is making a comeback, seeking to expand and enhance the input experience on the magical tablet.
Are you an iPad owner who can’t be without their trusty Apple Wireless Keyboard, but you don’t have a compact traveling bag to properly protect them when on the road? Feast your eyes on the iPad Wallet from WaterField, makers of quality bags and sleeves for your gizmos.
The iPad Wallet features two scratch free, lightly padded internal pockets for both your iPad and keyboard, keeping them separate and safe. An additional pocket allows room to carry your connection wires and even your iPhone. The Wallet also comes with impact-resistant inserts and a self-locking zipper for added layers of protection.
Going on sale in mid-December (just in time for Christmas) for a recommended retail price of $449, the Neo-i by Optoma delivers onto the consumer the first plug ‘n’ play sound dock with built-in Pico projector for your iPhone and iPod Touch, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your audio and video content in one transportable, tabletop device. The Neo-i comes complete with a 16-watt built-in stereo speaker system and additional inputs to accommodate just about any source component.
Started in 1992, Griffin Technology has grown to become one of the largest providers of accessories for your digital media. With their latest releases of the PowerDock Duel and AirCurve Play they continue to improve upon and accessorize your favorite electronic gadgets.
For the last couple weeks I’ve been using the iPhone 4 Defender Series Case by Otterbox, who’ve long been referred to as one of, if not the best providers of durable cases for mobile phones. With all the horror stories about the phone’s supposed “gorilla glass” breaking and cracking, I was extremely eager to test one out and protect my own Jesus phone.
Hasbro races Nintendo’s 3DS to market with the release of my3D Glasses for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch
As reported by the Associated Press, Hasbro Inc. will bring direct competition to Nintendo and their handheld 3DS gaming market with the release of my3D Glasses for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.
Expected to release in the spring of 2011 for the low price of $30 (Nintendo’s 3DS releases in March of the same year for an expected retail price of $299), my3D has the added advantages of not only playing games in 3D, but giving you full 360 degree travel and entertainment experiences.