Power and light
This week's roundup of the latest iOS accessories features ways to power your phone, ways to use it as a spotlight, and, of course, new ways to make sweet, sweet music.
Aspiring DJs will want to check out the new Spin 2 DJ Controller, which lets you remix both songs and music videos in your iTunes library. This is top-shelf equipment: The Spin 2 can be purchased from the Apple Store for $350.
The $199 AliveCor Heart Monitor is a nicely simple device: It’s a case for your iPhone with two sensors on the backside for you to rest your fingers on. Launch a free heart-monitoring app on your phone, and the sensors beging transmitting and recording data. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to make the purchase, however.
This week’s iOS remote toy is Bee-Wi’s Bluetooth Mini Robot, which is apparently best purchased in multiples in order to have games of soccer between iPhone-wielding robot masters. There is no word yet on pricing or availability.
The $15 GripGo Hands-Free Phone Mount lets you mount your iPhone on your car’s dash or interior windshield, allowing for hands-free use and an unobstructed view of the phone, even while driving.
The Universal Table Mount (all iPad models; $205) is designed to fit the needs of professionals who must have in-vehicle access to their tablets at all times. It’s compatible with a wide variety of VESA mounting adaptors, features a secure locking mechanism designed for active use, and even includes a lock and key to keep your iPad safe from sticky fingers.
Big companies and schools might have use for Parat’s new InSync iPad Mini Case, which comes in two versions—one with 16 slots, the other with 30—to securely store, sync, and charge a fleet of iPad minis. The case has wheels to make it easy to roll from room to room. You’ll have to contact Parat for pricing information.
The $30 Pocket Spotlight plugs into your iPhone’s headphone jack to provide a few moments of extra-intense light in dark photo-shooting situations, or if you merely need to find your way through the woods after sunset.
The $80 PoP’n isn’t exactly a battery case for your iPhone—it’s more a battery that attaches to your existing case or bare phone, adding up to 70 percent more talk time than you’d get out of your phone’s own battery. The PoP’n is lightweight and offers what PowerSkin says is a “comfortable grip” made especially for extended gaming use.
The $300 Cameramator is the rare photo-focused accessory that doesn’t turn your iPhone or iPad into a better camera. Instead, it links your DSLR camera to your iOS device wirelessly, letting you use iOS as a remote control to get pictures with the higher-quality camera. You can see, on your phone, through the DSLR’s viewfinder and save pics directly to your iOS device, creating a photo process that’s more efficient than ever before.