Power to the people
This week’s roundup includes a number of new ways to ensure you’ve always got power available for your iPhone and iPad.
bKey ($25 MSRP) is a tiny emergency backup battery for your phone—“no bigger than a car key and designed to look like one.” It holds 350mAh in reserve, which should give you 45 minutes of talk time.
Gamevice ($100 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) attaches Bluetooth gaming controls to your iOS device, giving you a tactile feel for the games you play. Versions are available for the iPad Air, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 6/6s, and iPad mini; a version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is coming soon.
Podo ($99 MSRP) is a “stickable” camera that eliminates the need for a selfie stick—just attach the camera to any flat surface, then pose away. It wirelessly connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth to take photos, videos, and timelapse images.
RabbitCharger has a retractable charging cable, along with swappable charging tips for Android and iOS devices. The result? A device that can charge multiple devices at once with minimal clutter. It’s still in the Kickstarter funding phase; a pledge of $29 can get you in line to claim a RabbitCharger when production begins.
Izon Stem ($64.59 on Amazon) is a live home security cam you can operate via an app on your iOS device; in addition to video surveillance, the device provides noise and motion alerts—letting you maintain situational awareness even if your concentration is on something else.