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The Week in iOS Accessories: Cool crowdsourcing

This week's roundup brings three new accessories raising money through Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Do they have what it takes to reach full production?

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Kickstarter up

This week’s roundup brings three new accessories raising money through Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Do they have what it takes to reach full production? Read on!

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BiteMyApple

Kiyojo is an iPhone mount styled as the “command center” for your Apple HomeKit devices. Fasten your iPhone mount to any magnetized surface, then turn off your lights, lock your doors, and lower your thermostat all in one place. Once it ships, it will retail for $100, but you can get it with a $59 pledge during its Kickstarter campaign.

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FLI Charge

Now in its crowdsourcing stage, the Fli Charge consists of a family of wireless charging items: The Fli Way 40, the charging tray that you can place your iPhone upon to recharge; the Fli Case, the compatible iPhone charging case; and the Fli Cube and the Fli Coin, which you can plug into other electronic devices for wirelessly charging. A $99 pledge gets you an “early bird pack” featuring all four devices. The product is expected to ship in October. 

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Hobie

The Hobie ($37 MSRP) is an iPhone mount designed to let you create magnificent timelapse videos: It can either record from a static view, or rotate slowly 360 degrees to give you a wide view of what you’re filming.

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iOgrapher

The Filmmaking Case for iPhone 6/6s Plus ($60 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) is a rig to help you get the best-possible video visuals for your latest-model iPhone; it has attachments so you can film in the traditional landscape mode, or vertically for a live Periscope audience. There’s also a 37mm lens thread to add iOgrapher lenses, as well as attachment points for lights and microphones.

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Mpow

Mpow’s Bluetooth Receiver ($22 MSRP, available for $12 on Amazon) is a wireless adapter; plug it into your home or car stereo and you can send tunes or make hands-free phone calls from your iPhone or iPad.

jump cable

Native Union

The JUMP Cable ($50 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) is an “Apple MFi Certified 2-in-1 charging cable and compact portable battery booster”—plug it into any USB power outlet for a direct recharge of your iOS device, or use it in backup battery mode to add another 30 percent to your device’s battery life.

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Python

Python is a Kevlar-reinforced Lightning cable—it might not take a bullet, but the makers say it’s “strongest, fastest, most durable, most reliable and lasting charging cable ever.” It’s expected to ship in September; a $19 pledge plus $7 shipping will get you one cable. 

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Trackr

TrackR bravo ($30 MSRP, available for $28 on Amazon) is a coin-sized device you can use to attach and track your most-valued items. And it works two ways—push a button on the Trackr and your phone will ring, helping you find it; if you can’t find your Trackr, an app on your iPhone should help you locate it.

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Zagg

The Slim book for 9.7-inch iPad Pro ($130 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) has four modes: Keyboard, case, video, and book. (See this video for a demonstration.) Like a laptop, it offers 135 degrees of viewing, and its battery offers up to two years of regular use between charges.