Okay, you scored an iPhone but what are you going to put it in? Hoping to capitilize on the frenzy, companies geared up to provide cases, power charges and other accessories.
Even before the iPhone was available there was a scramble to be first to the market with iPhone cases. First up is the Bikini from Incipio, which is available in 14, count 'em, 14, different colors ranging from "Randy Red" to Argyle. Classy. That's the "Army Ranger" version pictured up top. They're all leather and cost a mere $19.99.
Calling all citizen journalists, bloggers, and video enthusiasts! Slim, sleek, and priced around $120, the Flip camcorder is a simple way to shoot and edit video. Forget fumbling with all your camera and video gear and no worries about installing software with this baby. Flip is fun right out of the box, fits in the palm of your hand, and its savvy-sassy software program launches directly from the camcorder itself.
Flip comes in both 30 minute (512 MB) and 60 minute (1 GB) versions, plays well with PCs and Macs, and features a 1.5 inch color screen for instant viewing. Flip's video software allows you to easily edit, e-mail, and capture still photos from all your footage. Sure, the buttons are on the smallish side and you may want to purchase a USB extension cord, but this nimble user-friendly device will become one of your favorite tech toys the first time you use it. In fact, we suggest buying two and spreading the love.
Small as batteries get, there are some devices that are just too small or sensitive to be fitted with them. That's where the tiny vibration-powered generator developed by the University of Southampton might be able to do the trick. The device generates electrical energy from vibrations and movements present in the environment surrounding it. So unlike a battery, it doesn't have to be replaced or recharged periodically.
Less than 1 cubic centimeter in size, the generator was developed to power wireless sensors that monitor manufacturing plants. But the development team already envisions that it could be used to power pacemakers, for instance, simply by relying on the vibrations of a beating heart.
Donna Howe's new collection of tech-inspired jewelry catches the IT professional's eye. Made from sterling silver and resembling a mouse, power button, and Help key, each piece is a little chic and a little geek.
Pair them with faded jeans and a tank, or use them to add an element of sophistication to your favorite black dress. Better yet, give them to your best geek girlfriend who's always there to catch you when you crash. Handmade and sold separately at Uncommon Goods.
If you regret spending a significant chunk of your paycheck on an iPhone, why not unburden some of your unhappiness and buyer's remorse directly onto the device?
No, don't be ridiculous and take it to the shed. Get one of these $24.99 Jam Jackets by DLO instead. Despite being made of high-quality, grippable silicone and featuring a handy "Headphone Management System" on the back, they are one color away from being downright hideous.
Teach that fashion-conscious iPhone a lesson it'll never forget!
With all the talk about the iPhone, it's easy to count all the other handset makers as has beens. However, Nokia has just released a nifty update to their N800 Internet Tablet. It now comes with Skype client support, Adobe Flash 9, and 8GB single memory card support.
In general, I'm very excited about these developments, because all the developments are moving us closer to my personal holy grail of a UMPC. One soon, we'll have one handset that will contain a phone, video/ music player, camera, internet browser, email reader, and GPS. We're not quite there yet, and it can't come soon enough.
The N800 lists for $399.99US.
Go-green with high tech energy-efficient lighting! This traditional Mason jar jewel gives off the appearance of holding sunlight. It's built with clear solar panels that conceal warm colored LED lights. There's no on/off switch, so to charge, you'll need to leave it on your windowsill during the day, but come night the clever light sensor knows to turn itself on.
The best part? It's water-repellent, so you can enjoy it inside your home on a coffee table or outside on your patio.
Never mind if you can't afford the real iPhone, here's one that's even better. And better still, you will never face technical snags with this one.
This awesome hand-knitted iPhone was made by a mom who wanted to help thousands of other parents trying to child-proof their iPhone. Well, that's an exaggeration, but to say that this is the cutest "gadget" that I've seen in a long time wouldn't be. For me, to know that she created one in just 4-5 hours is even more amazing because personally, I really suck at craft work. Too bad it isn't for sale or I would have picked one up right away.
Check out the DIY details on the site and rustle up one yourself.
Sigh. Don't you hate it when you have an extra $7500 laying around and you don't know what to do with it?
If so, then I can't relate to you at all. But what I can do is suggest an outrageous way to spend what could otherwise help finance a child's future education: KickBars, sparkling adornments for your shoelaces. They can be custom designed and purchased with two carats of rubies, emeralds, or other stones, but the original ones are made of 54 round-cut diamonds (VS1 clarity, G color) set into 14K white gold.
Now, I'm not sure if the $7500 market price is for a single KickBar or a pair, but really, the more important question to ask here is this: What the heck are your shoelaces made of? Because if the answer isn't "crushed diamonds spun into thread," then diamond-studded shoelace clips are pretty silly.
We switched ordinary drumsticks for these LED ones from Germany to see if the average musicians would notice. This is what they reported:
First,they remarked on the color. "Very cool!" "And they have a good grip, and weight." (Apparently, they are a standard size 5A, for you drummers out there.)
While they found them a little bottom-weighted, they still found them comfortable but because of the tips, they felt like there was a slight delay so they wouldn't be good for "heavy hitting." One drummer, Buster, felt the tips might fall off, and that affected his rhythm.
For a real test, we switched them at a block party and the crowd loved the flashing lights, though the drummer had to remember not to toss them out to the crowd after the encore.