"Before the 2012 edition of the expo wrapped yesterday, I had the opportunity to take one last pass on the exhibit hall floor to check out what the Saturday crowd was showing interest in. There was one product that grabbed my interest as a writer, especially considering how much I use my iPad for creating articles."
I don't like the idea of having to carry around a keyboard to use with my iPad, since if I'm going portable I don't want to carry a lot of stuff. But this device, since it attaches to your iPad and doesn't take up a lot of room if you use a case might be just the ticket. I don't usually have a problem using the on screen keyboard though, but if you do and want to give this a try, you can find the iKeyboard at Amazon.com for $35.00 USD.
"The folks at Adonit have been working hard on their new product, the Jot Touch, a pressure sensitive stylus with a built-in antenna and a free SDK kit for drawing app developers."
Too much as in it seems pretty complicated to me, but then again i'm used to just a regular old stylus or the tip of my finger. I suppose being able to have tight control over the end of the stylus would be useful for those doing intricate work on their iPad or tablet, but for the regular user like me, I don't see the value. What are your thoughts?
" I've been looking for a docking station for my 11-inch MacBook Air ever since I picked it up a few months back. Not only has there not been anything that has caught my eye, but there haven't been many available to even look at."
That is until he saw this little gem. What really sets this one apart from other docking stations, such as the Henge Dock, or even the Twelve South BookArc is that you can actually secure your MacBook Air with this one. In fact, until I saw this article about the Landing Zone, I was all set to buy a Henge Dock, but am now rethinking my choice. The advantage of the Henge Dock is the ease of use and minimal footprint. Slide in your MBA and you are ready to go, and since it sits vertical instead of flat on a desk, it has the minimalist in me wanting it. However, if I was in a situation where my work space was public or semi-public, I'm thinking I would go for the Landing Zone for the security aspect. Price being another consideration, Henge Dock certainly wins here since the Landing Zone, when it is in production (it's a Kickstarter project), will be roughly $200.00 USD while the Henge Dock will be available in February 2012 and retails for between $55.00 and $80.00, depending on the size you purchase. What are your thoughts on docking your MacBook Air, or do you prefer just using the regular cable hookups? For those of you with MacBook Pros you might be interested in this one.
"Watershed is a company based in North Carolina that makes a variety of waterproof bags, including a range of military backpacks."
And not only your iPad, but a variety of other things too since they have a wide range of products on their website. We just had a meeting about disaster preparedness at our agency and these bags would be perfect for that as well. I mean, if it's good enough for the Navy SEALs then why not me right?
"The iFixit Thirsty Bag can be a life-saver when it comes to salvaging water-damaged iPhones and iPads... if you happen to have one around when an accident happens."
I think that is the key, you have to have it around when you need it. At $6.95 USD a pop they aren't too bad so you could get a couple and keep around the house or wherever else you think you might need one stored. If the worst happens and you wash your iPhone, wipe it down and get it in the bag. Overnight it will suck up all the moisture it can, hopefully saving your device. No idea if it really works, but I'm not going to be a test case, that's for sure! Check out the video here.
"iPad stands are nearly as numerous as iPhone cases, but the PadDock 10 is more than just a stand. In addition to making your iPad look like a smaller version of an iMac, it adds speaker and connector features too."
It certainly, on first glance, makes you think it's an iMac but in reality it is just an iPad stand that can charge, sync, tilt and also has height adjustment. Looks like it would fit right in on anyone's desktop, and wouldn't look bad on a shelf if you used your iPad for photo viewing. It's available now from SMK-Link Electronics for $99.00 USD [link].
"I've been writing about apps that benefit from use of a tripod recently, such as GroupShot and Average Camera Pro. As it happens, the Kungl Tripod Adapter came across my desk, and I thought some of our users might be interested in such a product."
The nice feature about this is it also acts as an iPhone case. All you do is screw it onto the tripod when you need to use it. Another option is the Glif or Glif+. I have used the Glif since purchasing it via Kickstarter, and found it to be very useful as well. They also have a kit you can purchase that gives it additional security when using it on a tripod. The Kungl is $19.95 USD and available here, while the Glif+ is $30.00 USD and available here.
"So you're walking with your iPhone in one hand, and a Starbucks latte in the other, and granted it is possible to use the iPhone in one hand, it could prove to be "fatal" since one hand tends to offer less support compared to two, and we all know that heart wrenching feeling when your brand new gadget slips out of your hand and onto the hard pavement."
Basically very simple, as all this does is attach to the iPhone case or the iPhone itself and you slide your fingers in and can start using your iPhone one handed without fear of dropping it. I can also be attached to the back of your iPad, or any other tablet for that matter. As you can see from the photos, it doesn't have to be an Apple product to work. Three sizes (small, medium and large) depending on the finger size and you can get them for $29.95 USD each from the Flygrip store located here. That seems a bit spendy to me, and I think I would rather just spend that on a better case. What are your thoughts?
"The Magnus iPad stand works with magnets designed for the iPad 2 to create an almost gravity-defying minimalistic design."
I really like the clean look of this, as it almost makes the iPad appear to be floating in air when in use. It is a bit pricey at $50.00 USD, but not outlandish. Besides, it sure goes well with the form factor of Apple products doesn't it?
Summary: The Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag is a great camera bag for photographers on the go or who travel frequently. It is stylish and has an easy access top zipper that lets you get to all your gear in a hurry. That same zipper makes it easy to grab your laptop out for airport security checkpoints and, yes, the whole bag is carry-on friendly for both domestic and international flights.
The ability to carry a pro body with a battery pack attached and a 17 inch laptop along with other lenses and equipment without weighing a ton or requiring you to stop and find a place to sit your bag down in order to access your equipment is a lifesaver. The messenger bag style makes it easy to carry around all day and doesn't scream "I have an expensive camera in here!". The price point on this can't be beat - at $50 - $100, it easily compares to bags twice the price. Read more...
"Just Mobile has launched Just Mobile Highway, an US$34.95 in-car charger for the iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices."
I have a couple similar devices, but this one really looks slick. But for $34.95 USD, compared to the $10.00 USD or so I spent on mine, it better look good right? The bonus here is that it also comes with an Apple certified charging cable, something that didn't come with my chargers. You can find out more at Just Mobile.
"I have had an iPad since day one and up and until last week I had never once attached a keyboard to either of my iPads. I simply never saw the point and wasn't the least bit curious."
That was until Ben Brooks saw the guide on Macworld about keyboard options for the iPad. Still, he found that while it might be great to be able to work with the iPad, for his needs it wasn't quite up to par. This is similar to my conclusion doing work here on Apple Thoughts. I really do need to use my Macbook Air for the image posting problem that Ben also outlines. Once that problem is solved, I could easily use my iPad but until then, its Macbook Air. Have you put down that laptop or desktop and used an iPad in it's place? If so, what are your thoughts?
"It's official! DODOcase, the San Francisco-based company that started the entire "iPad case that looks like a book" craze shortly after the release of the first iPad, was voted the best iPad case of 2011 by TUAW readers."
Ok so it might or might not be the best, but it is the best one according to the readers of TUAW. And it is a nice case, make no mistake about that. However, it really isn't my cup of tea when it comes to cases. I prefer more industrial design looking rather than a book looking type case. But to each his own, what are your thoughts?
"Winter is finally in full effect here in Toronto, with a couple very cold days in the past week that gave me the perfect opportunity to test out a pair of Mujjo touchscreen gloves."
These would come in handy in my neck of the woods this time of year. It is kind of a pain if walking or driving and need to check something and have to remove gloves. From the sounds of the review, these gloves from Mujjo work quite well since they use conductive threads instead of the more common fingertip pads. They aren't cheap at $32.00 USD a pair though are they? You can find out more at the Mujjo site.
"You were probably born too late to have purchased one of the first computers out of Apple -- the original Apple I. This machine came as a set of completed circuit boards that you had to build your own case for. Many early owners of the US$666.66 computer used wood for the case, since it was cheap and easy to work with."
So if you like wood and wan't a sort of cheap dock for your iPad, then the iStation Dock might be right up your alley. It retails for $85.90 USD from M.I.C. Gadget and comes with speakers and a Bluetooth keyboard. You can also get a white version if you don't like the wood look.
"Scosche has rolled out its new fitRail Exercise Mount for the iPad and iPad 2. Constructed from aluminum, steel, and plastic, the fitRail is designed to attach to most types of workout equipment, holding the iPad in place with a mounting tray, stickGrip material, and a clip-on neoprene strap that attaches to the top of the iPad."
And it double as a countertop stand for your iPad. $50.00 USD available now from Scosche.
"After too many nights experiencing tingling fingers and pains in my neck and shoulders, I decided that I wanted to create something new that would hold my tablet for me as I browsed, read, or watched a movie- particularly while I was on a couch, chair, or even better- my bed. It had to be cool looking so it didn't detract from the experience, and it had to be simple and hassle-free to adjust."
And what he came up with is called the Flote. A recent Kickstarter project, this one does project a certain coolness but I'm not sure how much use I would get out of it. I think it certainly would be a neat way to hold your iPad if you were using it as a photo frame or weather station, or something similar. Then again, now that I think about it, this would actually be perfect if I wanted to watch a movie in bed or in a recliner and didn't want to hold the iPad. What are your thoughts? You can find out more about this project by checking out the kickstarter site.
"A couple of recall notices went out earlier today for Mophie and Rocketfish battery cases."
So Mophie and Rocketfish have cases on the recall list, both with overheating problems. If you have one of the Mophie cases (determined by the serial numbers with the first 5 digits between TR113 and TR120) then go here to get the recall form, or call 877-308-4581.
If you have one of the Rocketfish cases, which have the model number of RF-KL12 for the iPhone 3G or 3GS, you can go here to see the recall site they have set up, or you can call Best Buy at 800.917.5737.