This week's roundup of iOS accessories features not one, but two ways to elegantly convert your iPad into a cash register. But the iPad and iPhone aren't all business, as there's fun to be had, too!
The $199 AliveCor monitor for iPhone 5 snaps onto your phone like a case. Press the case’s sensors, located on the underside, against your skin, and the device begins transmitting information about your heart’s performance to the AliveECG app on your phone.
This famous British audio company’s Minx Air—available only in the UK prior to this week—is a wireless music-streaming system available in two flavors: the $449 Minx 100 and the $599 Minx 200. Both feature Apple’s AirPlay technology and Bluetooth for streaming music, letting you crank your tunes from pretty much any device without ever having to plug in.
Both units also feature Internet-radio presets (configurable using the Minx Air app), making it easy to listen to your favorite station with a button press. The 100 is 14 inches wide and offers 100W of power; the 200 is a bit larger, at 18 inches wide, includes a built-in woofer, and pumps out 200W.
The $50 ET-NP056K-OR is a portable external battery that can add hours of life to your phone or tablet; it also includes an LED flashlight for finding your way in the dark. The battery features two USB ports, allowing it to charge two devices at once.
The $150 Aud 5 is a speaker dock designed specifically for the iPhone 5, thanks to its Lightning-connector dock. The black speaker system charges your phone while docked.
Happy Owl Studio
First seen by our friends at TUAW, Happy Owl Studio’s Cashbox is an elegant (and eco-friendly) way to transform your iPad into the cash register of your business’s dreams (or of your dreams’ business). You can even anchor it securely to a desk or tabletop, so no one will run off with your iPad—or cash register. Pricing varies according to the equipment you buy and the service providing the cash-register application to your iPad.
The $89 Justand lets you use your iPad in several different configurations. The device can function as a regular desktop stand; as a floor-mounted stand for small kids; or as a kind of “projector mount” for using the tablet’s camera for live presentations. It should be especially useful in business settings and classroom situations.
Here's something different in an age of wireless connections: The $60 Wired Keyboard for iPad, shipping this fall, will be available in both 30-pin and Lightning-connector models. Logitech says the keyboard is designed for the classroom environment, where plug-and-play simplicity trumps the potential hassles of Bluetooth convenience; it’s also easier to swap the keyboard between iPads. The full-size keyboard is also designed to be durable and is spill resistant, according to the company.
The $120 Juice Pack Plus is Mophie’s third battery case for the iPhone 5, this one the biggest yet. It comes in three colors and the company claims it more than doubles the battery life of your phone. A rubberized, shock-resistant band provides additional protection from drops and other accidents.
Moshi’s $20 Lightning to USB cable ensures you’re ready to charge and sync your late-generation iPhone or iPad wherever you go. The one-meter cable comes in black or white.
The $299 Square Stand makes it easy for small businesses to convert iPads into cash registers. The stand connects an iPad to a secure card-swiping machine; it can also be used as a hub for connecting external accessories, including a receipt printer, a cash drawer, and a barcode scanner. The company says the Stand is currently compatible only with the iPad 2 or third-generation iPad.