Is Phorm a breakthrough in iPad keyboards?
This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes the usual batteries, cables, and more; it also includes Phorm, which offers a cool new option for touch-typing on your iPad’s on-screen keyboard.
The $30 Mamba Cable is a fabric-braided, 10-foot-long charge-and-sync cable for iOS. Basically, it’s extra-long and made for extra-durable use.
The 40-watt Energy Tower 3 is a speaker system that features “Bluetooth, FM Radio and MP3 playback, directly from USB devices and SD/SDHC cards.” The Energy Tower 5 bumps the power up to 60 watts. They’re available for pre-order for €60 and€90 (roughly $68 and $103, as of this writing), respectively.
The $60 Hue Pro 10,000-mAh battery charger includes a digital LCD screen so you can tell precisely how much power it contains; it also features a flashlight and aluminum casing, making a durable device to power up your iOS devices on the go.
The $49 Sidekick360 Plus lets you clamp your iPhone to a tripod or a monopod to get the best camera use possible out of your phone. A 360-degree rotating ball joint allows for quick switching of the phone from landscape to portrait mode and back again. It comes in 12 colors.
The $99 Phorm turns your iPad screen into a tactile keyboard with just the touch of a button. BGR explains: “The device is actually a screen protector that contains a special liquid allowing it to morph into an on-screen keyboard with a simple switch of a button. The liquid-filled buttons disappear from the screen once the keyboard isn’t needed anymore.”
The $39 Super Charged Bag Divider is a slim 3000-mAh battery that fits inside your camera bag and offers ready-to-go backup power for your iPhone. It has expandable Velcro edges to become a divider in your bag and helps keep the rest of your gear organized and snug.
The $7 Collapsible Handheld Monopod might be the cheapest selfie stick we’ve seen that doesn’t involve a broom handle and duct tape.
The $30 5-in-1 Lens Combo Set for the iPhone 6 includes an 8x zoom lens, a 2x zoom lens, a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro. The kit also includes a tripod and a carrying case, so you’re always ready to get the most out of your iPhone camera.