Posts Tagged ‘iphone’
Don’t buy a GoPro camera – instead, get more value out of your over priced iPhone by transforming it into a HD POV (point-of-view) action camera. Miveu-X is a chest mounted case for your iPhone 4 or 4s. The chest mount includes an adjustable mounting plate that supports iPhone rotation and angle adjustment. The case is also equipped with an optical (and replaceable) wide-angle lens. An integrated shutter button allows you to start and stop recording without removing the iPhone from the clip. At $99 it’s about 1/3 the price of a GoPro camera, and you’re likely carrying the iPhone with you anyway, so why not make use of that HD video camera.
London Cyclist reviewed the Tough Waterproof Case and Bicycle Handlebar Mount for Apple iPhone 4. The review doesn’t compare the mount against others London Cyclist has reviewed, but based on the review, I’d say the Tiagra mount (also reviewed on London Cyclist) is the better choice. Oops, just realized this is a review from last year. Oh… well, this is a good read if you’re interested in mounting your iPhone to your bike’s handlebar. London Cyclist on other iPhone bike mounts.
Soon you’ll be unlocking your iPhone or Android powered smartphone using your voice and Nuance’s Dragon ID. You won’t find the App in the iTunes App store or Google Play, but hardware vendors will be integrating it into their devices at the factory level soon. For example, you might be able to unlock you iPhone by speaking your password into your Bluetooth connected headset. Personally, I’m looking forward to this, my iPhone screen has four dimples.
The Smart Dot from Tangram Design Lab (@tangram_design) is a laser pointer you can control with your iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPod Touch or iPad - and a bit more. The laser connects to the 3.5mm jack on your iOS device, and it’s powered by the same. The free Smart Dot App activates and deactivates the laser, but it can also connect with the machine hosting your presentation via wi-fi and act as a controller for your presentation as well. The App also includes a trackpad feature you can use to control the mouse pointer on the machine hosting your presentation. Smart Dot will do all of this for a mere $79.90. A pretty cool little gadget for the road warriors out there.
Squeeze a little more value out of your iPhone by turning it into a featured packed bike computer! The Wahoo Bike Pack wirelessly connects your iPhone to any ANT+ bike sensor so you can get all of your favorite cycling data on your iPhone, including speed/cadence, power (wattage), and heart rate.
The Wahoo Bike Pack includes a bar-mounted, waterproof case for your iPhone. Linked up with the Wahoo Fitness App, it tracks all your fitness data: power, bike speed, heart rate, etc., plus it connects wirelessly to any other ANT+ devices you’re already using.
Kickstarter, the crowd-source funding platform for creative projects, is moving into the mainstream. Last week, two projects – Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure, and Casey Hopkins’ Elevation Dock: The Best Dock for iPhone raised over a million dollars each in just one day.
Kickstarter is democratizing the product development process by putting the decision of whether or not a product should be funded in the hands of the consumer, and consumers are coming out to vote. A new generation of makers (prefer makers over inventors) is responding to the opportunity.
Jon Atherton (t: @tunes) is a maker that recognized the Kickstarter opportunity early. He successfully used Kickstarter to fund jaja, a pressure sensitive stylus for iPad, and he’s at it again with AppTag – Laser Blaster for iPhone.
AppTag brings first person shooter console gameplay to smartphones in the real world by combining the smartphone with a laser tag like system. You can use AppTag with the included pistol grip or attach it to any blaster (a Nerf gun for example) that has an accessory rail. You can read all about AppTag on Kickstarter; Jon does a better job of describing his product than I can – and because it’s a great product, I’m sure the project will be funded. In a post on his blog, Jon talks about how Kickstarter is changing the way he does business.
Kickstarter is going to disrupt a lot of businesses! Previously an inventor like me would pitch inventions, then the toy company has a bunch of committee meetings, they then decide to evaluate it with an option, if they then proceed they offer a small prepayment and an eventual 5% royalty on wholesale. They cover all marketing and manufacture. Inventors can do really well with the right toy!
So for example with the jaja pressure sensitive stylus (which we pitched as a kids coloring in toy) we have now had over 1000 backers, and raised enough to do the tooling and final development work ourselves – we own the IP, and we can sell direct online for a cheaper price with a greater margin.
Now with Kickstarter, I can develop an idea and do the same work as I pitch to the toy companies (create a movie and do a presentation). I then upload it to Kickstarter – where thousands of people evaluate the product! Real customers put there money down if it is good! – Jon Atherton / AppTag 38% Funded – LOVE @Kickstarter
AppTag is the first Kickstarter project I’ve backed – probably because it caught my ten year old son’s attention and he can be pretty convincing. I’m not sure why I haven’t backed a project before. I’ve definitely benefited from the platform – I love my olloclip: iPhone Lens System.
Good luck Jon, and thanks for inspiring me to back my first Kickstarter project. Keep making.
The Cdock, designed by James Aloysius of Portland Oregon’s Hatchet Goods, is a horizontal docking station for your iPhone 4 or 4s that transforms your iPhone into a handsom clock or a miniature retro TV. Pair Cdock with an App like Alarm Clock Pro to replace your bedside nemesis, or the clock on your desk at work. It looks great, and you’re charging the whole time.
The Cdock is available in three faceplate options: glossy black resin, white ohh la la resin, brushed aluminum, or walnut. The resin models go for $55, brushed aluminum $65, and walnut will set you back $70. The Cdock ships with a 6′ USB charging cable (U.S. plug), and it’s handmade in beautiful Portland Oregon.
It’s a little on the spendy side, but considering it’s handmade here in the U.S., and that an Apple Dock Connector will cost you $19 – it’s a fair price. everythingicafe.com posted a nice video review of the Cdock, if you need more convincing. The Cdock, another successful KickStarter project.
My friend Pat McCarthy, cofounder and CEO of Fantuition, posted his thoughts on the new Batch photosharing App the other day. I haven’t had a chance to check Batch out yet, but based on his review, it sounds like a great tool for sharing photos with friends and family.
You can see the future potential if batches from one event or location are grouped automatically and viewable together. It could nicely fulfill the promise of Color that never came to be.
- Pat McCarthy / ConversionRater.com
Batch is available for download now from the iTunes App Store. Thanks for bringing it to my attention Pat!
Attach the VooMote Zapper to the 30-pin port on the bottom of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (iOS 5 required) to transform it into a universal remote control. After installing the free VooMote Zapper App, and running through a quick set up process (learning function supported) you’ll be set to control all of your devices from your iDevice. The VooMote supports: multiple room configurations, macros, custom remotes, and multi-remote views.
The VooMote Zapper dongle is available in a variety of colors and costs $70. A matching cover for the iPhone will cost an extra $10, and a cover for your iPad will cost an extra $20.
I ordered an iBamboo iPhone Speaker today – the black limited edition – from New York area Etsy member and maker Anatoliy Omelchenko (@anatoliyart). It was an impulse buy, instigated by Adam Flaherty’s MAKE blog post iBamboo Passive Acoustic Amplifier. Like Adam, I fell in love with the simplicity of the design and the black lacquer finish that’s unique to the limited edition version of the iBamboo Speaker. All of that said, I don’t think I would have clicked the “Add to Cart” button if Anatoliy hadn’t put the time into making sure his product had equally cool packaging.
“The speaker consists of a piece of bamboo, open on both ends and machined in a way that allows you to place it on a flat surface and insert your iPhone 4/4S at the top. The natural resonance of the hollow bamboo speaker body amplifies sound. This unique property makes bamboo an ideal material for making an all-natural, no-power-needed iPhone amplifier.”
Looking forward to pushing a playlist or two through the iBamboo. Keep making Anatoliy.
UPDATE: There’s one major flaw with the iBamboo iPhone Speaker. If you look at the bottom of your iPhone, you’ll find what look like two speakers. Unfortunately, only one is a speaker, the other is a microphone. The iBamboo Speaker works pretty well, but the little bit of bamboo the iPhone sits on gets in the way of the acoustics. If sound actually came out of both sides of the bottom of the iPhone, the iBamboo would really rock it. Hard to go wrong for $25+ shipping, but still, I was a little disappointed with this design flaw – I really wanted sound to come out of both sides of the iBamboo Speaker at the same intensity.
Kogeto’s Dot for the iPhone 4 and 4s works with your iPhone’s HD camera to capture full 360° video. You can watch the video right on your phone by swiping your screen to virtually spin around, or watch in panoramic widescreen mode. Dot comes with Kogeto’s Looker App.
Kogeto’s compact and durable iCONIC lens captures video all at once without stitching frames together. The catadioptric optical system is fully AR-coated for excellent color fidelity.
Records in eight minute bursts. Videos can be uploaded to Kogeto’s servers, from there, you can share your videos with friends.
At $80, it’s more expensive than most iPhone lens accessories, but it’s well worth the price for people looking for the functionality.
Interested? Check out this sample Dot video – don’t forget to use your cursor to pan around.
IK Multimedia introduced the iRig Mic Cast ultra-compact voice recording microphone at CES this week. The iRig Mic Cast was designed for iDevice slingers that conduct interviews, podcast, and need to capture the occasional voice memo. Connects to your iPod, iPhone touch, or iPad headphone port. A stand is included (pictured) – nice touch – and it even has a mini-jack you can use with headphones to monitor what you’re recording in real-time. Suggested retail price is $39.99 – available later this month. A great little accessory, at the right price-point.
I’ve been an Instagram user for a long time and it’s still one of my favorite iPhone photography Apps. The App is hugely popular, and it has inspired all kinds of photographers and artists. It’s easy to get lost in time browsing the work of the most followed Instagram photographers.
I was in a pinch this year to get our annual family photo done before the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square, so on the 31st I combined Instagram with a new service from CanvasPop to get it done. In November, CanvasPop launched a service that allows you to print your Instagram photos on two large-format canvas sizes: 12″ x 12″ (for $29.95) and 20″ x 20″ (for $59.95). Proprietary CavasPop filters, and the inherently imperfect canvas surface, make up for the shortfall in pixels that are typically required to print at this size.
I haven’t received the print yet, but I’m expecting great things. One way or the other, I was glad to put my iPhone camera and Instragram to use for this year’s photo – it’s appropriate considering the number of pictures I took with my iPhone in 2011 – the Canon 7d spent most of the year in the bag.
Sitting at your desk thinking you might need a passive ceramic amplifier for your iPhone? Me too.
The Megaphone, for iPhone, amplifies the speaker sound coming out of your iPhone – a lot like the amplifiers on the old phonographs of yesteryear.
Designed by Isabella Lovero and Enrico Bosa, the MegaPhone isn’t hard to look at. It sits on a beautifully designed wood stand, that both floats it off the surface it sits on, and optimizes sound performance.
MegaPhone is available in white, black, and a special gold edition. The white and black version can be had for 399 Euros, but the gold version will cost you 600 Euros. Ready to bite? Click Buy Now. Want to know more? Visit the MegaPhone product page.
Megaphone is compatible with your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. Is it compatible with Siri? No idea.
Is this the bezel for the iPhone 5 digitizer panel? The thinner bezel on all sides matches up with the WSJ’s report that the iPhone 5 will feature an edge-to-edge 4-inch display.
I think it’s likely the iPhone 5 will sport a larger display. Android devices with 4-inch displays, like the new Samsung Galaxy S , will be popular this year and anything less than a 4-inch display will leave iPhone fans and technofiles clamoring for more. Bigger is better for most in the mobile display world, just like it is in the HD TV world. I’m not saying everyone wants an iPad in their pocket, but they do want the biggest, most beautiful mobile display possible. The good news is that an edge-to-edge display will get us to 4-inches without needing to increase the size of the phone, it might even be smaller. Bigger and lighter is going to be something we hear over and over again this year. I know I’m hoping for a 4-inch display.
Good news for iOS developers that want to add augmented reality features to their Apps – Layar, the company behind the Layar Reality Browser for the iPhone, just released the Layar Player. The Layar Player is a tool designed to make it easy for developers to add augmented reality features into their own Apps.
The Layar Player requires iOS 4.o or higher, and a 3GS iPhone or higher. More good news, Layar is giving the tool away for free and there isn’t a licensing fee.
Layar writes about the new tool over on their blog:
The Layar Player is a free and easy tool allowing you to offer AR experiences directly within your own iPhone App. It is a unique piece of code that can be embedded in your App like a YouTube video on a website.
Whether you have an advanced knowledge of Xcode or you are just beginning to explore the iPhone development environment, with the Layar Player it is easy to add engaging Augmented Reality elements to your App.
More information on Layar Player 1.0 after the jump.
Bubble Ball, an iPhone app developed by a 14-year-old, bumped Angry Birds from the top spot on the Top 10 Free Apps downloaded list in the iTunes App Store. The physics stimulating app has taken the globe by storm with over 2 million downloads worldwide. It’s a huge succes in the iPhone App Store, and is also available in the Android Marketplace.
Bubble Ball was developed by Robert Nay, a youngster who apparently has a passion, and a gift for programming. Nay used Ansca Mobile’s Corona software development kit (SDK) to develop Bubble Ball.
“I’m pretty surprised by how well it’s doing,” 14-year old Robert Nay told AllThingsD, via MSNBC, about the app-store topping hit “Bubble Ball”.
Well, it’s doing great Robert! Love the humility and congratulations.
Engadget does a great job of summarizing the new multi-touch gestures available in iOS 4.3 in this short video. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps.