By Cody Lee on May 14, 2013
Looking for an accessory that will help you get the most out of your iPhone? Then you might want to check out the XiStera, by the SwipeCase team. With 8 different functions, it’s essentially the swiss army knife of iPhone accessories.
The XiStera may look like a little 2-3-inch piece of plastic, but it’s not. Under that TPV santoprene mold is a stainless steel component that houses multiple useful functions including a headphone wrap, tripod mount, and more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2013
I’ve always thought it’d be cool to play the drums, or the guitar, so I’m always looking for easy ways to learn how to do so. But few products deliver on their claims that they make learning to play an instrument “easy.”
The Zivix team is looking to change that though, with its new musical accessory: the JamStik. It’s a tiny guitar with real strings and frets that can track your hand and finger movements for instant feedback and instruction… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2013
RHP Multimedia launched its MirrorCase for iPhone in May 2012. The iPhone 4/4S (a $49.95 value) and iPhone 5 case ($59.95 value) works with a free companion iOS app to let you take pictures and record video while continuing to use your device. It also doubles as an ergonomic shoulder rest for extended phone conversations. Today, the company on Kickstarter announced an iPad version of MirrorCase. What’s in it for you? Read on… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2013
The three-inch Nomad Lightning cable made waves when it was announced back in November 2012. This handy little USB-to-Lighting accessory fits your key ring and comes to the rescue when you find yourself out and about with a dying iPhone and no charger in sight.
Originally a Kickstarter project, creators Kegan & Roberto developed the Nomad according to Apple’s strict requirements in order to earn the sought-after Lightning accessory certification. The Nomad cable is available for pre-order now, priced at $24.99 a pop (no shipments expected until June)… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Mar 9, 2013
I try to live a cordless life as much as I can. I play music over AirPlay at home, and Bluetooh while in my car. I use AirPrint to print documents directly from the comfort of my couch. But there are still these several cords and cables I can’t get rid of quite yet, such as my iPhone 5 charger, my wife’s iPad 3 charger, my MacBook Air charger, etc. The result is much more clutter on my desk than I can really stand.
Snable is a new product looking to get funded on Kickstarter that’s trying to solve this problem. As we were watching the promo video below with my wife today, we looked at each other and we thought the Snable would be perfect for some areas of our home where we get overwhelmed by cables. If you’re anything like me, chances are you might feel the same.
Today, we sit down with Adewale from Unique Design Solutions (UDS) and talk about the company’s new project. If their name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard about them on iDB when we covered some of their previous projects such as the Vavo and the Foco… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2013
When it comes to battery cases for the iPhone 5, there’s no shortage of options. Mophie itself offers a few choices—the Juice Pack Air and the Helium Juice Pack—and there are countless offerings from other third party manufacturers.
But that doesn’t mean the space couldn’t use another contender. And the folks of Shark Design think they have what it takes to be a big one with their iKit NuCharge. They say it’s the “most advanced iPhone battery case ever made…” Read More
By Jim Gresham on Mar 9, 2013
We all cup our hands behind the iPad when trying to hear our favorite music or videos. I often found the speaker on iPad to be lacking and I even backed a project on Kickstarter last year trying to remedy this problem. Unlike the product I backed last year, the Sabine is anodized aluminum to match Apple’s design aesthetic. Additionally, aluminum is a more reflective surface and amplifies sound at a much higher rate. Today, I take a look at 7decibels’ Sabine final production prototype… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 8, 2013
Are you an iPhone or iPad user who’s always looking for cool new accessories? If so, you might be interested in knowing that there’s a new website out (well, it’s relaunching) that offers a range of Apple add-ons that aren’t typically sold in stores.
The site, called BiteMyApple, is billed as a one-stop accessory shop for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac computers. And its entire inventory is filled with products that were once successful Kickstarter projects. More details after the fold… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Mar 6, 2013
You reach for your earbuds already knowing they are a tangled mess, but you don’t know any different. Why are they always tangled? The guys behind Kordl are trying to start a tangle free revolution with their Christie Street project. Having met with some Christie Street reps at CES, they have been keeping me updated on their new projects and were nice enough to send over a working prototype of the new tangle preventing clip of plastic… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Mar 2, 2013
As we’ve said time and time again, we’re huge fans of Kickstarter here at iDB, but everyone once in a while something pops up on our radar that makes us question the wisdom of making it easy for people to build and sell almost anything.
Take TeleSound as a prime example. With a goal of $100,000 and nearly a month to reach it, TeleSound is a little accessory that turns Emoji icons into audio, making it easy for your friends to not only send you silly little pictures, but to also annoy your cat in the process.
Is this uninhibited invention at its finest, and are we just getting old and boring? You be the judge… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2013
Do you travel abroad often? Maybe it’s for business, or pleasure, or both. And if so, do you use the same unlocked iPhone everywhere you go? If you answered yes, to either question, you might want to check out the SIMPLcase.
The SIMPLcase is an ultra-slim iPhone 5 case—3mm in the center, 1mm at the edges—with a couple of cool features. In addition to protecting your phone, it can also store extra SIM cards, has a SIM tray eject tool, and more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 16, 2013
I’ve covered a lot of Kickstarter projects in my day, but I have to say that this is one of the most interesting I’ve ever come across. The Epiphany onE Puck, by Epiphany Labs, is a drink coaster that can actually charge up your iPhone (or other device) using ‘heat disparities’ from a hot or cold beverage.
That’s right, there’s no outlet or batteries involved. Just set your drink down on the coaster, plug in your smartphone, and watch the magic happen. The coaster uses a shrunken down stirling engine to harness the aforementioned disparities into charging power. And the creators say this is just the beginning… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2013
Funding platform Kickstarter is great for crowd-sourcing projects traditional investors may not be keen on supporting. I mean, Kickstarters gave us the majestic Pebble E-Watch, a foldable iPhone keyboard, mounts, innovative stands and a whole bunch of accessories. We’re not really sure what took it so long, but here it is: the official Kickstarter app. A free download for your iPhone and iPod touch (iPads are not supported natively), the app provides easy access to thousands of projects… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2013
What you see in the photo above is the new Smarter Stand for the iPhone and iPod touch. Created by Dotan Saguy, it’s a dual-purpose accessory that acts as both a kickstand for your iOS device and a spool for your earbuds, so they don’t get tangled.
It may not look like much, but don’t underestimate Saguy’s knack for turning simple ideas into hit products. He’s already done it once with the Smarter Stand for iPad, raising over $150,000 via Kickstarter. And now he’s looking to do it again… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 26, 2013
Despite Steve Jobs’ public disdain for styli—who can forget the infamous ‘who wants a stylus?’ line—the accessory has proven to be quite popular among Apple users. And if you’ve ever shopped around for one, you know the market is quite crowded.
But the folks at Cregle are hoping there’s room for one more: the iPen 2. That’s right, the team that brought you the original iPen for iPad are back with a much-improved stylus that works on a number of devices, including your iMac and Apple Display… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 24, 2013
Good news this morning for anyone who ordered a Pebble smartwatch, the companion iOS app is now available for download. The news comes just a day after the company announced that it had started shipping its first round of watches.
The app is needed to unlock much of the Pebble’s functionality, and as of yesterday, it wasn’t in the App Store. And there was some concern that customers would get their watches, after months of waiting, and not really be able use them… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2013
If you’re in the market for a wireless Bluetooth speaker, you won’t have to look far to see some good options. There’s the Jawbone Jambox and the Beats Pill, and countless other offerings from the likes of Logitech, JBL and Bose.
But what if you want something more elegant-looking? Like maybe perhaps with a vintage wooden enclosure? Then your options become a lot more limited. Luckily, we’re adding another one to that list today with the Petite Square… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2013
Here at iDB, most of us have adopted the “no-case” policy for our iPhones. Cases are typically bulky, ugly, and although they are made to protect our handsets, they cover up the beautiful design Apple has worked so hard to achieve.
But the folks at the design firm ‘m’ think they have a cure for the common case. Their new AL13 is an ultra-thin bumper for the iPhone 4/5 that protects the device with lightweight aerospace aluminum without altering its look… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2013
Thanks to the introduction of the App Store, we’ve had the ability to turn our iPhones into computer mice for quite some time now. Off the top of my head I can think of several apps that do this, including Mobile Mouse and Touch Mouse by Logitech.
But none of them can do what the team at Spicebox is claiming their new MAUZ accessory can do. The peripheral connects to your iPhone via the dock connector, and gives you motion and gesture-based control over computers and other gadgets… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2013
Pebble, the company behind the upcoming smart watch of the same name, is telling its Kickstarter backers that “it’s time” for some “big news” as the company promises to livestream its CES news event January 9 at at 12pm ET. For those unaware, their Pebble E-Paper Watch has been long in the making and last April became the most highly funded Kickstarter project to date, which tells you there’s certainly some demand for such a product.
Should the company finally releases its iOS and Android smart watch, it could breathe new life into the product category that cries for a sprinkle of Apple magic. Or perhaps Pebble Technology figured it better release its gizmo ahead of a rumored iWatch Apple’s reportedly been collaborating on with Intel? Either way, looks like 2013 will be the year of smart watches… Read More