One of the benefits of being the Macworld editor in charge of iPod and iPhone accessories is that I get to play with lots of gadgets. On the other hand, too often that means seeing the same basic product over and over...and over. So it’s refreshing to see interesting (and useful) products from vendors who are making an effort to think outside the box. In this video, I show you seven recent products that have stood out from the steady flow of me-too add-ons.

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In the video, I demonstrate the following products:

  • New Potato Technologies’ $80 FLPR, an infrared dock-connector dongle that, together with the free FLPR iPhone app, turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control.
  • CableJive’s $8 iStubz, compact dock-connector cables for travel (or to just reduce cable clutter at home), and $26 DuaLlink, a dock-connector cables that lets you sync and charge two devices at the same time.
  • Incipio’s $20 1337 for iPhone and 1337 for iPod touch, silicone cases that offer a better grip for iPhone-app gaming.
  • Belkin’s $50 Bluetooth Music Receiver, which lets you stream audio from your iPhone 3G or 3GS or second-generation iPod touch to your home stereo or computer speakers. (It also works with Bluetooth-equipped Macs running Leopard or Snow Leopard.)
  • DLO’s $25 WallDock, a charging dock that lets you stick your iPhone or iPod directly on an AC outlet with no cables.
  • Newer Technology’s $40 NuPower Charge & Sync+, a combination AC charger and battery pack for iPhones, iPods, and any accessory that charges using mini- and micro-USB cables.

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