Bending over backwards
This week's roundup of iOS gear includes a camera that can bend around itself to peer into deep, dark places, along with the usual array of batteries, speakers, and chargers.
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The $45 Vaavud is a wind meter that plugs into your iPhone’s headphone jack and lets you take “precise and reliable” wind measurements with your phone. There are no electronic parts within the device itself, which is made of “high-performing plastics.”
The $23 DockBoss5 is a converter that lets you connect your Lightning-equipped iPhone 5 to older, 30-pin speaker docks. You can also plug in your power cord and charge your device.
The $30 Grablet is a clip-on tablet accessory that lets you hold the iPad, securely, with one hand. Originally only for the full-size iPad, it’s now available for the iPad mini.
The latest acrylic base from Macgadgets is the Signature Series, an engraved, crystal-clear stand that’s available for $150 for full-sized iPads or $140 for the iPad mini. These stands aren’t really designed for the home—rather, they’re intended for use as displays in businesses and at trade shows, letting entrepreneurs show off their wares digitally without worrying that an iPad will run off.
The $70 Rose Stone is a 6,000mAh battery that provides up to four emergency charges for your iPhone. You’ll want to order the iOS-compatible “MFI” version of the battery, which comes with an iPhone cable and water-resistant pouch.
The $69 SurfSound-Play is a waterproof speaker: Plug in your iPhone behind the shield of clear, touchscreen-friendly plastic, and control your tunes without worrying about your phone getting wet getting wet while poolside.
The $25 BoltBox is a retractable sync-and-charge cable made for Lightning-connector-equipped iOS devices. It’s stylish—available in six colors—and the cable extends up to three feet in tangle-free fashion.
The $35 HiRise is a tabletop pedestal for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Made of brushed metal, you can adjust the height of the Lightning-connector plug to best fit whatever case you use with your device.
The $200 Wireless Snake Scope features a flexible video probe “ideal for making high-quality video inspections of hard-to-reach or hard-to-see areas or equipment.” It transfers the live video back to your iOS device, letting you see where others can’t.
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