The heartbeat of America
This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes a device that will record your heartbeat, another that makes your iPhone movies look more professional, and, of course, a number of Bluetooth speaker systems.
The $199 AliveCor heart monitor records and displays a single-channel ECG measurement on your iPhone. It’s not a toy, though: You’ll need a prescription from your doctor just to purchase the device.
This venerable audio company is back with the $99 SoundBlade, a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that can stream your music for up to six hours on a single charge. It’s also usable as a speakerphone in conjunction with your iOS device. Most notably, the SoundBlade eliminates confusion about whether your device is paired with the speaker by audibly telling you it is “powered on,” “in pairing mode,” and “powered down.”
The $149 MC100 Blue is a wireless Bluetooth speaker system that feature two high-performance, 3.5-inch, full-range drivers. It measures 6 by 15.8 by 5.3 inches—and weighs in a 4.5 pounds—so it’s designed more for semi-permanent shelf use rather than as a mobile system. The speaker comes with a wireless remote control.
This company has introduced its new line of Justin Power series of battery-powered cases that fit (and recharge) both the regular iPad and the iPad mini. (The case can also recharge an iPhone at the same time it’s accommodating the tablet.) Prices start at $70.
The $45 Revolt Duo is a dual USB car charger that, befitting it’s two-pronged status, can charge two iOS devices at once while you’re on the road. It comes with a Lightning-connector USB cable that extends up to six feet, meaning you can have the use of your phone while it charges during your road trip.
The $95 Mobyslider is a portable cinema track for your iPhone—a smaller version of the track that pro cinematographers use to create gliding camera movements for the movies. The Mobyslider also includes a ball joint on the phone mount, making it possible to shoot action from nearly any angle.
The $25 Contort Power is an AC power adapter that plugs into a wall electrical outlet and provides two USB ports for charging your iOS devices. What makes it special is that it features angled construction to keep the second plug the wall outlet unobstructed for other devices to use. The Contort comes with built-in cord management, making it easy to store between uses.
The $40 Wave Jammer turns your older 30-pin-dock-connector speaker dock into a Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker system. Just connect the Wave Jammer to the speaker’s dock—or connect it via any Aux-In port—and you can stream audio from any iOS device within 50 feet.
The $130 GolfSense sensor attaches to your golf glove and analyzes your swing; it transmits that data to the GolfSense app on your iPhone. Similar products—one each for golf, tennis, and baseball—are expected to be released in November.