The Week in iOS Accessories: iTarget lets you practice shooting... with a real gun

This week's roundup includes an accessory-and-app combination that helps you be a more accurate shooter.

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Target practice

This week’s roundup includes an accessory-and-app combination that helps you be a more accurate shooter. Read on!

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Holding Cell

The $20 Holding Cell holds your phone—get it?—in a holster by the side of the bed, letting you wake up, peek over the side, check your messages, then go back to sleep without somehow dropping your iPhone under the bed in the process. 

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The $40 Mercury Box is a Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker; it has a 1,800-mAh battery that offers 15 hours of music playback. It’s water-resistant, for use around pools, showers, and more.



Does your Apple Watch need more doo-dads attached? iPops offers all kinds of charms and pendants that can be affixed to your wrist; single packs start at $7.



This Indiegogo project is bound to be one of the more controversial accessories we’ve ever seen: The iTarget lets gun owners practice their marksmanship using a custom app—not yet released—and a “laser bullet” that fits into a real gun: When the firearm’s trigger is pulled, the firing pin strikes the fake bullet, which fires the laser beam at the target, letting the iPhone register your accuracy. The maker is aiming to raise $75,000 to begin production on this product.



The $65 a-Jays Earphones boast of improved design “to match the ear’s complex geometry.” It includes a microphone and a three-button in-cable remote, as well as a flat, tangle-free cable design the makers say matches Apple’s aesthetics.



The $16 Stromr is a short cable that lets you siphon power from one smartphone to another. It comes with either two micro-USB tips, or one micro-USB tip matched to a Lightning tip on the other end.

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Weather Station measures your home’s temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels and even ambient sound, then relays the information to an app on your phone to let you know if you’re living in a healthy environment. The basic model costs $179.



Pantelligent “works by connecting a compatible countertop electric burner and power switch accessory that the Pantelligent pan and app can control.” The pan is controlled remotely from your iPhone: The app tells you when to put in ingredients and when to flip—otherwise the device has full control of cooking time and temperature.

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The Zentree uses a soft silicone-rubber 3D Tree Array to firmly hold a variety of smart devices in place while they charge, but without scratching them. It has four USB power ports and has a maximum power output of 48 watts.

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