By Jake Smith on Feb 21, 2012
Nothing makes a long car ride go by faster than listening to your favorite music, which is obviously played through your iOS device. There are many stereos and FM transmitters that will allow you to play music from your iOS device to your car’s stereo, but nothing that quite lets you integrate it into the dash.
We’re huge fans of Kickstarter and have shown you many projects from there before, and today we’re here to show you a concept called ‘Dash‘ that lets you easily integrate your iOS device into your car’s dashboard… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 13, 2012
Kickstarter is a wonderful platform where anyone with an idea can pitch it to earn funding, and then put the idea in development. We’ve shown you many cool projects out of Kickstarter before. Today, we have a new wireless speaker that sure deserves your funding.
Patrick Triato has created a new wireless speaker concept called the Zooka. The Zooka uses Bluetooth to allow you to stream your iPhone or iPad’s audio directly to it… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2012
If the current batch of iPhone gaming accessories just aren’t doing it for you, perhaps this one will. This two-piece iPhone attachment essentially morphs your handset into a game controller that’ll remind you of the good old days.
But there’s more than nostalgia here. The NES-inspired controller actually looks like it could be the gaming add-on we’ve been waiting for. And although it’s still in the concept stage, the creator is working on bringing this thing to life… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 5, 2012
Smart Covers are awesome! If you own an iPad 2 then you just absolutely, positively must own a Smart Cover. It’s a stand. It’s a cover. It’s smart. What’s not to like?
We’re not really sure why Apple hasn’t made a similar accessory for the iPhone, but there is a new Kickstarter project that’s proposing an iPhone-optimized Smart Cover with a unique twist.
In fact, the TidyTilt even has one or two tricks up its sleeve. Tricks that mean the project has already met its modest $10,000 goal, raising $47,000 to date. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 28, 2011
The humble stylus is something of a polarising accessory for iPad fans. With Steve Jobs famously being very anti-stylus, many Apple devotees look down on the pen-like writing device. But should they?
With the iPad proving so popular in many business situations, being able to write – and draw – precisely is a feature that many of us would love. Yes, there are styluses (or is it styli?) already out for for iPad owners, but if you’ve ever used one you will know that they have two major drawbacks: an unusually large nib, and their inability to work when your hand is resting on the screen.
Now a Kickstarter project is aiming to fix both problems, and if the videos are anything to go by, Cregle’s iPen may well be the solution we have been looking for… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 23, 2011
Multi-functional iPhone cases seem to be all the rage these days. Just look at the iPhone wallet. We’ve seen more than a few case-makers churn out iPhone case/money-holders in an effort to ride the trend.
Now we’ve come across a different kind of multi-purpose iPhone case. The Opena Case not only protects your precious handset from nasty falls, but it can also help you pop the top off of your favorite beverage. Read More
By Sebastien Page on Dec 13, 2011
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re big fans of Kickstarter here at iDB. And it seems that Kickstarter project creators like us, too. Apparently, thanks to iDB, a few thousand dollars have been raised for various Kickstarter projects, and we’re pretty proud of that.
Today, we sit down with Keith White and talk to him about Trak, a mobile credit card reader for iPhone and iPad he intends to launch with a little help from Kickstarter. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 11, 2011
Steve Jobs and Apple famously said that if you needed a stylus to operate a tablet then you had already failed, and while we would agree with that sentiment, sometimes you still need a stylus for the iPad. Those that annotate documents or draw on their Apple tablets can tend to prefer a more tactile experience.
A Kickstarter project by the name of Estylo 1.1 from Plai wants to offer a stylus experience for iPad users. While we have seen plenty of similar products pop up over the years, this one has two particularly interesting traits: it’s made of wood, and it’s magnetic. Read More
By Alex Heath on Dec 2, 2011
We’ve shown you a number of Kickstarter projects on iDB as of late, including the CASELLET case + wallet for the iPhone. We interviewed the maker of the CASELLET and told you how to pledge to receive your own iPhone wallet when it comes off the production line.
This time around, the iLLDmk-1 is calling itself the “world’s thinnest iPhone wallet.” The slim, polycarbonate case can hold your credit cards, cash, and even a key. It also serves as an iPhone case and kickstand. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 29, 2011
Those with good memories, or at least those that can remember back to January of 2010, will probably remember the intense debate that raged around the original iPad. While many decided that it was purely a content consumption device, others argued that the on-screen keyboard’s generous size would make it a device that could be used to create content, too.
Fast forward to today, halfway through the iPad 2′s life cycle, and we’re not really any wiser as to how useful the iPad is as a content creation device. Most of our misgivings come down to that software keyboard and its inability to offer any long term writing usefulness.
Part of the problem is the complete lack of haptic feedback, and as if by magic, one Kickstarter project is aiming to put that problem right. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2011
We’ve seen multiple iOS-controlled helicopters and other robotic accessories over the last few months. Apparently, using your iDevice to remotely control a bite-sized vehicle is becoming quite popular.
But even though the RC market is getting crowded, there is still tons of room for innovative products. Romotive proves that with Romo, the first iPhone/iPod touch-powered (and controlled) robot… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Nov 21, 2011
What I really like about Kickstarter is that anyone can come up with an idea, get funding, and turn a concept into a prototype that will eventually become an actual product.
With that in mind, it’s amazing to see that product development is not only for big companies anymore, but for people like you and me to create something awesome. This is exactly what Eddie Hsieh is trying to do.
When he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he decided to create it. This is when the CASELLET (case/wallet) concept was born. Eddie now needs to raise $22,000 to bring his product to life, so we sat down with him and asked him about his project… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Nov 13, 2011
A couple weeks ago, we told you about a new Kickstarter project called “MobileMount,” an accessory that can serve as both a kickstand and a suction cup mount for iPhones, iPads, or pretty much anything else that has a flat surface.
Jose Sanchez, the guy behind the MobileMount, needed to raise $20,000 to start his project. Thanks to Kickstarter, some 1,300+ backers have already pledged close to $60,000 for the project, which goes far beyond Sanchez’s wildest expectations and there are still two more weeks to go, as anyone can still pledge until November 29th.
We sat down with Sanchez and asked him a few questions about his project. It’s actually quite an interesting story to see how someone like you and me can turn a simple idea into a real product… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Nov 6, 2011
We’re big fans of Kickstarter here at iDB. If there’s a great iPhone, iPad, or iPod accessory to be had, the chances are it has originated from one of the numerous extremely clever guys and gals who are looking for a way to get a project underway on Kickstarter.
One of those projects is the i+Case, an aluminum bumper turned case that we think adds a touch of class to any iPhone 4 or 4S. Hey, it’s got to be better than one of Apple’s rubber band bumpers, right? Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 27, 2011
We’ve covered a few KickStarter projects in the past, mainly because we think some of the best iPhone and iPad accessories come from the little guy, rather than the big companies knocking out forty different iPhone stands in ten different colors. We also like to help those same little guys get off the ground, as long as their project is good enough.
The latest to come across our radar is MobileMount, which can serve as both a kickstand and a suction cup mount for iPhones, iPads, or pretty much anything else that has a flat surface… Read More
By Zech TesfaYohannes on Aug 19, 2011
There are a lot of unique iPad stands out there, and ELASTICK is definitely one of them. The ELASTICK Stand can be used with the iPad, along with other tablets, clipboards, etc.
What separares this stand from the pack is that it can be held on a microphone stand. This functionality can come in handy for multiple circumstances, with the obvious use case being a music stand… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Aug 16, 2011
We just love Kickstarter projects here at iDownloadBlog. Not long ago we told you about The Infinite Loop, an iDevice stand with a “difference.” Today, RazorianFly drew our attention to another stand on good ol’ Kickstarter, and we just love it. Judging by the fact the project has already smashed its target funding, it seems we’re not the only one!
Put together by a Mechanical Engineering and Design student called Daniel Haarburger, The WINGStand is an ingenious little stand that offers a way to keep an iPhone, iPad or pretty much any tablet in an upright position, perfect for reading recipes and the like.
But that’s not all. The WINGStand has a party trick, and it’s a trick that makes it stand out from the crowd, and the reason this writer has already offered up his hard earned (well, earned) money… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2011
Have you ever wanted a convenient way to access your iPhone while in your vehicle? While there’s no shortage of automobile accessories for Apple’s smartphone, none of the ones currently available seem to put your device in a place where it’s easily accessible.
I’m not talking about for texting and driving, but a car stand would be nice for things like answering phone calls or listening to music. Kickstarter project founder Sameer Desai hopes to capitalize on where others have missed the boat with his new product, the Steer Safe… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jun 25, 2011
Here at iDB, we love a good Kickstarter project. Created so independent designers and inventors can get the funding needed to progress, Kickstarter has been home to numerous much-loved tech in the past.
The latest iDevice to receive the Kickstarter treatment is a smartphone and tablet stand, dubbed “The Infinite Loop.”
Yeah, we loved the Mothership reference in there too….. Read More