The do-it-all iPhone Spiderpodium Dock

Spiderpodium Dock with a nice catch

Get a grip. Walk your iPhone. iCatch your iPhone …or something like that. I’m not a marketer, but I wonder what sort of marketing campaign breffo launched or will launch for the intriguing Spiderpodium Dock. It’s basically a foldable seat/cradle/carriage/jail cell for any of the iDevices and I’ve my eyes set on this accessory. And, its shower stool-like tail end has got a 30-pin connector-shaped port. Yep, you can plug your lappy, line out, headphone amp, and even DAC into your iDevice without breaking the spider’s scary death grip.

Actually, TMA should be reviewing it in the next month or so, so hang on. The best part, especially after getting used to many overpriced options is that its 1995 pennies are shy of so much of the competition.

Lots of photos and info after the gap:

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EMVY Iphone 3G/3GS Battery/Flash Case – the only case MacGyver would use

I stole the tagline from EMVY just to see what sort of reception this badboy would get from TMA readers. I mean, this iPhone case is packed: juice, flash, protection – what more do you need from a ~65$ iPhone case? And since it’s all in one package, it might even trump Morphie’s Juice Pack. What’s the catch? Well, the EMVY case looks to still be on pre-order on one hand, and it targets the outgoing 3G/3GS on the other. It may be late to the game, but its specs are fine looking to say the least:

-More then 1x your iPhone battery
-On/Off switch for on the spot charging
-Flash LED light for low light camera use or emergency light
-Sleek rubber type surface (not too slippery, not too sticky)
-Specially designed to fit your hand comfortably (tested)
-Mini USC cable included, charges both iPhone and case, syncs to itunes
-Integrated 3 battery light indicator
-iPhone protection

-Increases standby time by 240 hours!
-Up to 4+ hours of continuous additional 3G talk and data time
-Capacity 1300mAh
-Cell type: Li-Polymer battery
-Dimension: 126x65x20(mm)

More info at EMVY

Five Useful Gadgets For Your iPhone

Most people seem to have an iPhone lately; I used to quite enjoy seeing the look of jealousy on people’s faces when they saw my iPhone (although admittedly I always thought I was going to get mugged) but now everyone’s got one. So with that in mind I thought I’d have a look at some fun and useful little gadgets designed to make your relationship with your iPhone that little bit better.

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Pirating made easy with the Easy iPod Media Sharer

Cute accessory. Hammacher Schlemmer’s Easy iPod Media Sharer looks like a cheap digicam, but it does as much for your music as Apple and Amazon’s squabbles. For only 99,95$ CAD, you can enjoy pirating music from the comfort of your own iPod.

This device allows you to easily share music, video, and pictures between two connected iPods without the use of a computer. It automatically recognizes when you plug in iPods (either Mac or PC formatting) on either end, and it can transfer a three-minute song in five seconds and a 30-minute video in three minutes. The device can also transfer any files when the iPods are set to “disk drive” mode. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 1 1/2 hours of operation during transfers, and includes an AC adapter that recharges the device in four hours; iPods are recharged while connected. Not compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch. 3/4″ H x 2 1/4″ W x 3 1/2″ D. (2 oz.)

Compatible iPods:

  • Mini (no bass)
  • Nano (the foldable)
  • 3rd Gen iPod (spaz buttons)
  • 4th Gen iPod (Photo)
  • 5th Gen iPod (Video)
  • 6th Gen iPod (Classic)

Full spec at Hammacher Schlemmer

SoundMan iPad car audio – safety tapped

Safety be damned, this SoundMan iPad-powered car audio system is pretty damn cool. It Onkyo’s ND-S1 digital transport for bit-perfect decoding, 5,1 sound, and pertinently, a McIntosh amp. Right, a touch-screen car audio system is about as safe as smoking a grenade, but currently, it is cutting edge and cutely demonstrates a use for the iPad’s great audio circuit. And if you hate cars? why not check out the Bluetooth/Kleer Wireless Cy-Fi Wireless bicycle/sport speaker? That, friends is two-wheel audio/exercise bliss!

Portable Polynesian God Protects iPhones From Nicks And Scratches

San Diego, California – TikiCase announces the release of a new phenomenon in iPhone cases. iTiki(TM) is a South Pacific deity from the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, who protects iPhones from enemies. iTiki is more than just the original tiki-based iPhone case. It’s the silicone incarnation of the same spirit who, according to legend, created the first woman. When he got thirsty, he invented really tasty rum drinks. Now the iTiki wants to protect your iPhone.

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‘Touch Wood’ with your Skydda iPhone Case

For the proud iPhone owners out there, there’s a good chance that you’ve already purchased some form of protection for your beloved iDevice (as they say, “no glove no love!”). More likely than not, your case is made of silicone or even leather. What if you wanted something different, something say, made of wood? Enter Skydda Designs, a company that has taken on the task of making premium iPhone 3G/3GS cases carved from a single block of premium-quality hardwood and hand-polished to a satin finish. Skydda offer two types of cases: the TradCase is made from Walnut, Cherry or Teak hardwoods, while the TradDuo (two-toned) comes in Maple/Walnut or Maple/Cherry flavors. Surprisingly, these unique cases are quite affordable, considering that you’re getting wood carefully carved to fit your iPhone like a glove. A TradCase will set you back $44.99 US, while the TradDuo will cost $54.99. More info including piccies after the break.

And if you always wanted to see the Skydda in action, check out TMA’s review of the TradDuo

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Tom Bihn bags for iPad – Made to fit?

Cache on the left, Ristretto on the right

Like vultures circling the half-dead carcass of hapless desert hunter, accessory makers will be swooping in to take advantage of the iPad’s hype. Some already have and if Tom Bihn’s accessory bags are any indication, the iPad hasn’t really met accessory makers yet. Both the Cache and the Ristretto appear to be made for another product and at the last minute, got an ‘iPad’ pasted over the top, but come on Tom, you could do better. If the above designs catch your fancy, the marketing report below may just put you over the top.

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Parrot’s Michael Pastor – AR.Drone – future of augmented reality gaming

Hey there folks! I know it’s been a while since my last interview. The holiday rush caught up not only to me, but to my prospective victims as well. But holidays have come and gone, the dust has settled and we have quite lineup of interviews for the coming weeks. If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of development of your favourite apps, games and accessories – make sure to stay tuned to and subscribe to our RSS feed.

The iDevice controlled, quad-propeller Parrot AR.Drone helicopter debuted at this year’s CES. And we got some mouth time with the kind folks behind this dream toy! Joining me today is Michael Pastor – the Marketing coordinator for the AR.Drone project.

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