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This week's roundup of iOS accessories contains new ways to touch, see, and hear your iPhone or iPad. Click through to see what gear caught our eye this week.
The $25 Amplifiear is an ingenious little device: It's a small, cup-shaped doodad that fits over the corner of your iPad to redirect sound from the rear-facing speakers around the front towards you, passively amplifying the audio along the way. It actually looks like your iPad is holding a hand to its ear saying, “Eh? EH? I can’t hear you! Speak up!”
The Amplifiear started as a Kickstarter project, but the vendor has announced that the project was successful and says that retail production will begin soon.
This accessory maker has a new line of USB-to-Lightning-connector cables designed for your iPhone 5, new iPad, or iPad mini. The cables range from 2 to 10 feet long, and cost between $17 and $30. Each allows both charging and syncing.
The $30 Glass windshield mount for iPhone is designed to keep your eyes on the road, instead of on your smartphone. Just mount the device on the interior of your car’s windshield, and you’ll have easy access to your phone’s maps and music, all without having to look away from where you’re driving.
The €130 Leather Touchscreen Gloves are fancier versions of the iOS-touchscreen gloves that Mujjo helped perfect. The new gloves are made of Ethiopian lambskin, and they’re embedded with “nanotechnology” that lets your entire hand be involved in using a touchscreen, instead of being limited to just the fingertips.
The $80 iPad Mini Security Display Base is made for business users who want to show off their new gadget—or at least use it for business purposes—and don’t want anybody to run away with it. The Base secures your iPad mini in a clear-acrylic frame that attaches to a table or desk. People can still access the iPad’s touchscreen, but they can’t steal your favorite new toy.
The $25 Satechi Universal Remote (website not yet updated) is a dongle that slides into the headphone jack of your iPhone or iPad. When used in conjunction with the free RemoteBean app from the App Store, your iOS device becomes a remote control for thousands of household electronic devices. And if your device isn’t in the remote’s database, you can teach the remote using a function adapter.
The $180 iNotebook lets you take notes with all the tactile comfort pen and paper provide—while letting you save the actual information to your iPad. How? By letting you actually write your notes using paper and a pen. A Bluetooth sensor in the notepad transfers your notes directly to an app on the tablet; if you’re AirPlay-ready, you can also take notes live on a screen, developing a presentation as you make it.
The $10 iPic is pretty much what it says it is: A guitar pick-slash-stylus that lets you do precision work while plucking and poking on your iOS screen. Of course, the digital guitars you use on your iPad don’t have real wires—you’re never going to cut your fingers on them—but some people prefer old-school feel with new-school gadgets.
The $119 Tinké uses your iPhone to help measure your cardioresperatory health and stress levels. The device plugs into the 30-pin dock-connector port on older iPhones—a Lightning adapter will be needed for the iPhone 5. Put your fingertips on the Tinké’s sensors, and it relays vital health information to an app on your phone. The accessory is also stylish, coming in gray, blue, pink, or white.