This week's roundup includes two new beautiful Apple Watch stands crafted from fine woods. We also feature several new options for keeping your iPhone and iPad powered up at all times.
The $79 Charging Stand for Apple Watch is a pretty little thing, made of “Calfornia American Walnut,” with a weighted steel base for sturdy placement. It has a carved hidden compartment to keep the charging wire hidden, and a “travel mode” lets you keep the cable and charger together in one package.
Here’s another beautiful stand for the Apple Watch. The Timber Catchall comes in either mahogany, cherry, or walnut, and features not just the obligatory watch stand, but also spots for your keys and billfold, letting you keep your clutter together.
The $25 PB-N28 external battery is billed as the “smallest 12000mah power bank in the world,” and capable of “simultaneously charging your iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Motorola and other device at high speed.” Just two devices at a time, but still pretty handy; it’s just six inches long and two inches wide, sliding easily into your bag.
This prolific accessory maker has gone the crowdfunding route with its latest product. The $200 Cove is designed as a charging station for up to five iPhones, iPads, and e-readers at a time — it’s also crafted with a “contemporary design and neutral color palette” to complement your decor, while minimizing the mess that can come with a multi-device charger. You can close the door to Cove to hide the mess, or use the device as a stand for your tablet.
The $99 Jorno is both adorable and useful. It’s a tri-folding Bluetooth keyboard that folds out into a full standard keyboard for use with iPhones and iPads. So compact it can slide into your pocket, it unfolds so you type anywhere you desire.
Niper is actually two products, being funded together right now on Indiegogo. The $25 Mini-Star and the $39 Bracelet (pictured) both do one simple thing: Let an Android phone and an iPhone share power. Some purists may think the device an unholy alliance of two brands that are their own thing, but it’s easy to see how it could come in handy. Use your iPhone to charge a friend’s iPhone, a friend’s Android to power up your Android, or even share power across brands. Whether Niper can achieve its goal of creating a “social mobile charging community” remains to be seen, though — some folks might find it easier to buy a backup battery rather than borrow power from a friend.
The $80 Osmo looks pretty cool: You fit a reflector over the camera on your iPad, that lets the camera see your hands for touch-style games you can play without ever actually touching the tablet’s screen. (This video demonstrates one use.) We loved it, saying in our review, "You can feel good that if kids are using Osmo, they’re using their brains." A new app is out since that review, called Masterpiece, that helps kids improve their drawing skills.
The $130 Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer is pretty simple: It lets you print pictures directly from your iPone. The basic model lets you print up to 10 photos; upgrade to the 110-print model for $180. Photo paper comes in packs of 50 for $25.