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!
Feel free to discuss VentureCraft’s GoDAP in our forums.
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.
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.
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?
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.