Everything old is new again
Much of what we used to do in real life now happens in the digital realm. Sometimes the digital realm returns the favor. This week's roundup of accessories includes speakers, chargers, and more, including an old-school projector for your modern-day media.
This company offers a line of Bluetooth-enabled pedal boards that let you flip through pages displayed on your iPad screen without ever using your hands—you just tap with your toes. In addition to the $120 two-pedal version, AirTurn offers the $160 four-pedal version that lets you navigate not only pages, but entire setlists—or use the extra pedals to trigger stomp boxes and other sound effects. These are made, obviously, with musicians in mind.
The $50 Wireless Speaker Band is like a Pebble Watch, only instead of a screen, you get a wireless Bluetooth speaker on your wrist. The Band offers up to six hours of playback before needing a charge, and it's available in six colors for the fashion-conscious. Pre-orders are being taken now, but the Band won’t ship until April.
The $300 SoundLink III is a Bluetooth speaker that improves on its predecessor by letting you play music louder while maintaining clarity. The III is also easy to carry around: It weighs just 3 pounds, and measures only 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and 2 inches deep. The battery offers 14 hours of playback time between charges.
This company has launched its Audio+ Set line, ranging from $40 to $50. Each model allows you “to wirelessly play music in an instant merely by placing your mobile device on the speaker to connect and removing it to disconnect.” The portable devices take just 1.5 hours to charge, offering up to six hours of playback time.
Via Boing Boing, the $250 Grain speaker system is a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker with an attractive walnut shell. The Grain offers up to eight hours of playback on a single charge, weighs 2.5 pounds, and comes with a 3.5mm cable, so you can plug in, if you like, rather than stream music wirelessly.
The $40 TogoPower Boost Keychain offers an additional 90 minutes of phone time by plugging it right into your iPhone 5/5S's Lightning-connector port. And it’ll always be handy, since it also functions as a keychain, making it functional even when it’s not functioning.
Many things we used to do in real life now happens in the digital realm. But sometimes the digital realm returns the favor. The $35 Projecteo Gift Set is a mini projector that shows slides from your Instagram account. Projecteo prints nine shots of your choosing onto 35mm film and then cuts that film down to fit into a tiny slide wheel. You can buy additional wheels separately.
The $34 Power Tap is a total joke—and that’s exactly how it's intended. It's a charger for your iOS device that looks very much like a water tap. “The tap can be turned off and on as you would expect, changing the LED light from red to blue to indicate the phone is charging.” It’s available in U.S., E.U., and U.K. versions.