The Week in iOS Accessories: Foosball!
This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes products for your eyes, ears, and hands. Here’s what caught our eye this week.
Eskuché: The $60 Eskuché v2 Collection of headphones is exclusively available from the Apple Store through the holidays. The on-ear headphones come in three colors—Café Brown, Burnt Orange, and Baby Blue—and come with an Apple-style three-button inline remote/mic module to control media playback and volume.
HiLo Lens: The HiLo Lens, which began life as a Kickstarter project and is now going into production, is a right-angle lens attachment for your iPhone or iPad. The lens lets you keep your iPhone flat while shooting pictures and video of the scene in front of you; it can also be used to more-easily capture high- and low-angle shots. Kickstarter pre-orders have ended, but the rest of us will be able to pay $80 for the accessory when general availability begins next year.
Newer Technology: The $9 NuTouch Gloves keep your hands warm while letting your fingertips work with your iOS device’s touchscreen—even in the coldest winter conditions.
New Potato Technologies: The $100 Class Match Foosball table lets you convert your iPad into the classic game from 1970s arcades (or from Chandler and Joey’s apartment on Friends, depending on your age and perspective). It works in conjunction with an as-yet-unreleased foosball-game iPad app, but the promise is that you’ll be able to score goals and gloat over your friends’ losses just like you would in a real game.
Padacs: A few weeks ago, we told you about the $40 Rubata Mini, one of the first keyboard cases for the iPad mini. Well, now it’s actually available for sale. Padacs is also now shipping two other iPad mini accessories: the $60 Enduro Mini, a battery case designed to add extra life to your miniature tablet between charges, and the $20 Allegra, a simple synthetic-leather case.
PadTab: This maker of iPad mounts has broadened its product lineup to accommodate the full range of iOS product sizes. The new $15 TriMount is a stand that lets you mount your iOS device on the windshield or dash of your car; the Tri-Mount can also be used on desktops and tables. The $15 HeadRest Mount lets you attach your tablet to the back of your car’s front seat, letting kids (or adults) in the back seat watch movies and otherwise stay occupied during long trips. The $15 VentMount lets you hang your iPhone from your car’s air-conditioning vents. All three mounts use the company’s PadTab mounting plate for attaching your iOS device.
USBFever: As with all USBFever products, the $25 Charging & Sync Dock Cradle for Apple iPhone 5 is exactly as its (very precise) name explains. In this case, it’s a charging and syncing dock cradle. Because the iPhone 5’s headphone jack is on the bottom, and thus blocked by the cradle when docked, the dock offers a 3.5mm audio-out jack. No cables are included; you’ll need to use your iPhone’s original Lightning-connector-to-USB cable. The company also recently launched its $28 Waterproof Bicycle Mount for iPhone 5 .