While there is much to be admired about the portability of the iPad, and especially the iPad Air, it is a device that requires two hands. There are also many iDevice accessories that add important features to the user’s experience. But most of these accessories commit to only one really specific task.
The Gripster Wrap for the iPad (including Mini & Air) is a multi-functional grip, stand, and screen protector. And it’s described as multi-functional because there seem to be about 100 different things you can do with The Gripster. Continue reading →
Apple has built their central design scheme around visions of the future. MacBook Pros and Airs are all made of cold aluminum, and the iPhone and iPad are of a similar design with tough glass and stoical frames. But I don’t think I’m the only one who appreciates a little bit of old-world material. The L09 Leather Arc Cover for the iPad 3 is an example of mature design that uses tactile materials like wool and leather, especially leather. Continue reading →
Cables are my nightmare, but I understand for my various devices to be charged, some hard connection to a power source will need to be made. But there is every opportunity to cut back on cables. So I am very pleased that the Kii Key Sync and Charge Connector exists. Continue reading →
There are portable keyboards for such devices like the iPad and other tablets, and then there is the Celluon Epic. I’m not sure how to classify the Epic, and it stands that it’s a keyboard. But in action, I’m just not sure what it is.
By mechanics alone, the Celluon Epic is a laser-projected keyboard that will work on any flat and opaque surface—basically, just don’t use it on a glass table. The Epic even includes a mouse function that will track the movement of your fingers. With your index finger on the table, tap with your middle finger as you would with any mouse, and you’ll see the Celluon responds. Continue reading →
There seems to be no better material for beautiful designs than a simple piece of wood molded to the perfect form. If stained well to accent the natural color of the material, wood can stand as a solo element that doesn’t need any complexity to catch your eye. It might be that in combination with the equally eye-catching single-material design of the iPad, the bent plywood form of the Ciseal Tablet Stand is the perfect combination. Continue reading →
Perhaps there’s one thing we haven’t been quick to remove in our digital world. There’s still far too much paper, and most of it comes in the form of exhaustingly boring details like receipts, legal documents, and forms. But before it’s altogether eradicated, there’s a tool that will archive your paper clutter so you can banish it from your life without hesitation. Continue reading →
There is something amazing about the iPad, but quality of sound is not it. But that’s excusable; I’m sure it’s a great agony of industrial designers to sacrifice certain features to emphasize others. So perhaps it was the Retina display that got all the attention of Jonathan Ive, the lead designer at Apple. But leave it to the third-party designers to pickup where Apple had to leave something behind. Continue reading →
With all the emphasis on brushed aluminum, glass, and plastic as the standard materials for design these days, a product that uses a more tactile material is a relief. Although a little strange to think about at first, the Oree Board, a wooden Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad available in maple or walnut is a pretty merger of old-world materials and new-world technology. Continue reading →
If ever you needed to make your stylish iPad better looking, here is the opportunity. The Mark 2 from Miniot is a magnetic wooden cover for your iPad that combines a natural texture with the futuristic, metallic tablet. Maybe you’d imagine a wooden iPad cover to be rather stiff, but it is divided with hinged spaces that allow the cover to curve. But while it is malleable, because of its wooden durability, the Mark 2 can be rolled up behind the iPad and act as a stand. Continue reading →
Internal tablet speakers fall more than short of an impressive sonic experience. Out of an iPad, Netflix film audio tends to sound like it’s struggling to even present character dialog let alone translate impressive explosions or emotive soundtracks. Inevitably, you end up jabbing the volume-up button as if you were scaring the device into pushing out louder, more definitive sound.
To sooth this impatient tendency, and to transform the tablet into a professional audio-visual device, Belkin created the Thunderstorm, a so-called home theater system that fits around your iPad, delivering the much-needed sonic boost. Continue reading →