Heard the line “This game is great but the d-pad sucks” too many times? A Japanese company offers its handy solution – instead of waiting for developers to figure it out, why not enhance the d-pad with a sticky set of controls on your screen?
It’s no secret that Rovio Mobile, developers of the insanely popular Angry Birds (TMA Review), has been working on creating Plush Toys based on the addictive game’s avian heroes. What remained uncertain however, were details on pricing and availability of the toys that will undoubtedly be a top seller with Christmas quickly approaching. And just as Rovio has been rumored to make an official launch announcement anytime now, online toy store ToyWiz jumped the gun and started taking pre-orders for the cute fluffy birds.
Cult of Mac were right, this is disgusting, but I am strangely drawn to it, drawn to it, drawn to it…
For most people (unless you’re this guy), typing on an actual keyboard will always yield better results than the virtual keys of the iPhone and iPad. This is why whenever my Macbook doesn’t tag along on shorter trips, I always bring along my Wireless Keyboard from Apple to pair up with my iPad. Bluetooth keyboards aren’t new by any means, but they’ve come a long way in both usability and aesthetics.
Cervantes Mobile’s upcoming jorno is one such keyboard. Weighing in at 8.8 ounces, it folds up into its own case and comes in at 8.5″ in length when fully extended. The rechargeable lithium ion battery is said to last a month per charge and it also comes with a dock that will fit the iPhone and iPad (among other mobile gadgets). As much as I love my Apple keyboard, the jorno really does look enticing, especially with it’s ability to fold up and fit into smaller compartments. For those interested, the Jorno should be available in early 2011 at the retail price of $99, but it can be pre-ordered now for $79. More info and images after the gap.
While probably not as sleek on the front of a Marinoni Fango cycloross bicycle as the Cy-Fi wireless sports speaker, Pedro Gomes’ Ecoball is a great idea for hikers, picnickers, beachers, and sportsters who love the outdoors. Sporting solar power strips, your speakers shouldn’t run out of juice (as long as you use them outside), and they fold up into a big, tight ball (TWSS), for easy toting. As with many enterprising designs out there, Ecoball doesn’t have a manufacturer yet, but I can promise that its design is sound. iPod accessory makers – let’s get running!
If the iPad was a perfect device, a lean-to would have been magically embedded into its smooth backside. Instead, it is almost perfect and we, the heavy-walleted consumers, have to shell out for lean-to’s and keyboards for typing, cases, and other accessories of all sorts to protect its polished posterior. Ever faithful case manufacturer, Marware, have adopted the ‘leather’ Kindle Eco-Vue case for the iPad to help typing, presenting, travelling iPad users part with their money in the confidence that their metal investment is safe and sound.
Griffin, renowned third party Apple accessories maker hints at expanding the media and gaming possibilities with its FCC filing of the PartyDock, an interesting device that will allow up to four players using iPads and iPhones to play casual/family games via iTunes which are specifically adapted to the PartyDock. In addition, the device is also optimized for viewing photos, movies and videos. Furthermore, PartyDock plays music and supports composite and component video.
Griffin promises an easy set-up out of the box, with three free mini-games and one full-version game, four controllers, cables and power supply thrown in.
From the looks of it, PartyDock just might be the next step in mobile gaming development. More images after the gap.
Photo enthusiasts, when Steve Jobs said the iPhone was “like a beautiful old Leica camera”, the heaven’s shook and water poured from the pores of expectant camera fans. Leica cameras have been sexy for decades, but they are really, really expensive. Thankfully, the precisely designed iPhone 4 shares some shocking similarities with a few Leica cameras and costs thousands less. Thanks to the clever use of seals and iPhone cases, users can enjoy their iPhone 4′s in mock Leica goodness. For the poor in spirit, Nikonjin have unearthed Nikon rangefinder skins as well.
While Apple’s competitors try their best to draw some attention from the Jesus phone by boasting features like replaceable batteries, microSD cards and support for dual-SIM cards, a small manufacturer decided to take things into their own hands. And no, I’m not talking about AirPhone NO. 4-esque knockoffs. usbfever has just released an iPhone 4 Dual Sim Adapter Case, which augments the already awesome capabilities of the iPhone 4 by adding support for 2 SIM cards! And even without the necessity to cut them down to microSIM size!
While big name livery gets all the headlines, it’s the products of real makers that stand out. Really, what’s 5$ of felt and a few hours of your time? The above is the product of my genius wife, who having run out of room in her Celtic colouring book, decided to make a case for her iPad. I showed her my scheduler-esque Marware Eco-Vue iPad case (certainly svelte for a scheduler – and pictured here for the Kindle), but she wasn’t impressed. She wanted cute. We headed to PixDix, to the Apple Store, to BestBuy, to #Apple, and to various online retailers; not a one presented anything quite cute enough. Frustrated, but still kicking, my wife found SopoShop, and a really cute elephant pouch. Every poet is a thief and every biology lab researcher can replicate the finest of details, so while we bypassed SopoShop’s unfortunate dearth of iPad cases, we did come away with the elephant flower girl.
Piccies and more after the gap: