There's been a rise in the number of portable iPhone speakers recently that don't need any power and instead use clever shapes to amplify sound without the use of electricity.
So, if you don't like to use too much power AND like natural looking products, then you'll love the iBamboo speaker for your iPhone. It's been featured on Like Cool and crafted by Etsy seller Anatoliy Omelchenko out of a single piece of bamboo.
Just slot your iPhone 4 or 4S into the top of the speaker, start playing your favourite tunes and they'll fill the room naturally. What a clever idea!
[Via Like Cool]
These handy little headphone splitters from Kikkerland Design let you share your music with up to three people. They each come with a keyring so you can carry the splitter with you at all times, making it a perfect addition to travel or just a lazy afternoon on the beach.
The splitter comes in blue, white or brown and is available from Kikkerland Design for $10.
If your computer or laptop only has one USB port but you need a fair few more, then the answer is usually a standard, boring USB hub that might be a little shiny if you're lucky.
However, now you can ditch the boring alternatives and get yourself a cute little pet-themed alternative.
It's hard to power your gadgets when you're at the beach or by the pool, which is one of the many reasons this solar powered bikini designed by Andrew Schneider is a fantastic concept.
The solar powered bikini is part of Scheider's iDrink line and powers electrical devices with the USB cable attached to the garment.
It's not ready to be launched yet and to be honest the design probably could do with a little tweaking from an aesthetic point of view as it still looks very sci-fi. But, it's good to see an inventor take advantage of the public's love for sunbathing and turn it into valuable energy.
Via Inventor Spot.
Lugging around a heavy keyboard to go with a lightweight mobile device may be too much of a contradiction for some people, but how about this laser keyboard? All you have to carry around is this little cube. You can preorder from Celluon for May delivery, for about two hundred bucks. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, tablet PC, and most other devices.
We can't afford to buy solar panels for our house but felt we could do our eco bit by adding teeny, tiny solar panels to our computer keyboard. Ok, we're just kidding about that but we do like the idea of saving on all those batteries. Logitech was way ahead of us with their wireless solar keyboard k750 with its small solar panels, in a sleek, low profile (only 1/3 of an inch thick) design.
But solar panels in our dark cubby hole that passes for an office? Turns out the Solar K750 sucks energy from a simple desk lamp and can stay charged for at least three months in total darkness.
And since it's the advanced 2.4 GHz wireless model, you can work from virtually anywhere and the long-range wirless connection doesn't drop out.
When you need to check to see how much solar power you've got left, the Solar App easily lets you know if you're almost running on empty.
As with all of of their keyboards, the solar model features the concave key cap design, which makes typing for hours more comfortable.
For $79.99 you can feel righteous without the big price tag.
Me: I sure wish the iPad had a real keyboard. Maybe I need a real keyboard attachment.
Other Me: But the iPad is an entertainment device, not meant to replace your laptop. This is what you always say to iPad naysayers.
Me: But if I had a real keyboard, then I could, in a pinch, do some work on it and send long, rambling emails without all those typos.
Other Me: What you're describing is a laptop, and you have one.
Me: How about one of those iPad cases with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard?
Other Me: Heavy to carry around. I thought you liked the sleekness of the iPad, the fact that you can carry it in your handbag.
Me: True. Sigh. The iPad itself is heavy enough as it is, even with no case. But I tried this one case with a real keyboard and it works great as a stand for watching movies. And in a pinch, I can . . .
Other Me: Hmm, right.
Though I'm normally partial to in-ear headphones, I decided to give the Urbanears Plattan headphones a whirl and was very impressed.
I admit to being a sound snob. I usually go toting around in $600 professional headphone gear, so I was skeptical about anything with a $60 price tag. I'm pleased to report, however, that these stylish, full-sized headphones delivered great sound that was music [pun intended] to these audiophile ears. I plugged into my iPhone and cranked some thumping dance tunes. Clear, rich sound with no bass breakdown or muddiness. Their adjustability even made them start off comfortably on my fat head and their light weight made them stay comfortable.
The Plattans feature an in-line microphone and remote compatible with the iPhone and Nokia, HTC and Blackberry phones along with two extra cable extensions making the headphones compatible with a majority of all devices. Also featured is the “zound plug” which allows you to daisy-chain another set of headphones to let a friend listen in. This set also folds up to a neat, compact size for convenient transport. And, finally, the best part… 14 fashionable colors to choose from, with everything from basic black to ocean blue and salad green.
Great listening at a great price.
Computer peripheral manufacturer, S&J Co., Ltd, proves that sometimes to get great sound you have to break a few eggs. Their new line of ultra portable speakers are egg-shaped and awesome hence their name, Eggy.
The little speakers pack decent sound thanks to their 2W output and digital amps. They're USB-powered so there's no need to worry about batteries. The coolest thing about these speakers is that the magnetically lock. Once you're done using them, just put them together and you've got a shiny egg that can be easily slipped into a bag or pocket. These speakers would be an awesome peripheral for all those netbooks and laptops out there.
No word yet on price or availability, but they will be showing at this year's CES, so hopefully there will be more information in January.
Via Coolest Gadgets
Good-looking, minimalist speakers made exclusively from glass and aluminium, and carrying versatile placement options - summarizes the latest Serio speakers released by Waterfall Audio.
Waterfall quotes a 150Watt peak power, with 30-80Watts recommended amplifier for the 2.25 Lbs (each) Serio speakers which can apparently deliver exceptional sound quality thanks to their patented "Acoustic Damping Tube" system.The speakers are compatible with both Hi-Fi and AV applications and use a patented heat dissipation technique which can effectively withstand and handle high power levels - thereby giving the option to place the speakers even within the frugal space granted on your bookshelf. But ofcourse, other placement options are available too - hang them on a wall, or just place them on a convenient stand and they are good to go.
All said, figure if you can really afford the £179 (around $300) price tag that each unit carries. Then, take your pick from plain black, white and silver or the fashionistas in orange and green (all with matching grills).
Via Shiny Shiny.