JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black)
This week's roundup includes a new Bluetooth-enabled watch from Casio, plus cool new earbuds that can translate 40 languages, as well some snazzy new cases for your iPhone and iPad.
Looking for an alternative to the Apple Watch? Casio’s new self-charging GravityMaster GPW2000-1A ($800) pairs via Bluetooth with the company’s G-Shock+ app to track your travels—it keeps a flight log, “providing a detailed graph of the user’s movement history, as well as the ability to log and store previous travels.” Its sturdy construction can survive bumps and water pressures down to 200 meters in depth.
The Dash Pro ($329) is a set of Bluetooth earphones with a unique twist: You control the device via your head gestures. It has in-ear biometric sensors that measure your steps and cadence if you’re walking, pool lengths and breaths if you’re swimming. The Dash Pro also offers iTranslate integration, letting you communicate in up to 40 language. Want them custom-fitted to your ears? That’ll cost $499.
JBL’s Flip 4 ($100) is a portable Bluetooth speaker. It is waterproof and offers up to 12 hours of audio playback on a single charge. It’s available in black, blue, camo, silver, red, aqua green, and white.
Here’s a backup battery you can’t lose. Powerpack ($120) features Tile technology, making it easy to locate should you ever misplace it. And you won’t want to lose it—the battery offers 9,000 mAh of reserve power, giving your iPhone or iPad a quick boost when they reach the end of the day.
This Kickstarter project caught our attention: Poqit (a $130 pledge) is a leather wallet that includes a wireless 2,500-mAh battery inside. (iPhones don’t come with wireless charging capability on their own, but they’re easy to accessorize so that it’s possible.) The wallet keeps its slim profile, but you’ve got power to get through the day.
The MV88 Digital Microphone ($149) is an Apple-certified accessory that plugs into your iPhone or iPad to create “best in class” stereo sound, wherever you happen to be. It’s great for making music, or for podcasting on the go.
Here’s an accessory designed pretty much for business events: You plug SwarmBox into a projector, then let meeting attendees log in via their iPhone or iPad. After that, use the device to get instant feedback from attendees in the form of polling, opinion surveys or even quizzes, with results instantly available. Other features include a “picture wall” to allow the display of idea sketches, and a live blog to allow participants to comment on or ask questions of the presenter. Contact SwarmWorks to get a quote on the system price.
The Cafele Case ($33.91) is “ultra-thin”: “The coolest thing here is that this case won't increase the weight of your iPhone 7 too much. It will still keep your iPhone 7 light but sturdy enough to bear any impact it might face during everyday use.” It comes in black, white, gray, and Rose Gold.
From Kickstarter, Omni Case (a $39 pledge) is an iPhone battery case that includes a functional Lightning socket—it claims to be the first battery case to support Lightning earpods—but also offers wireless charging capability. The case supplies more than 2,800 mAh of power, more than doubling the battery life of your phone.
The LuMee Two case ($55) is built for selfies: “the LuMee Two case lights up a user's face with the simple push of a button. When the case is put in action, the light fills in the shadows, enhancing the photo and making the subject bright, beautiful and 'picture perfect'.” It’s built for the iPhone 6 and 7 generations.
The VersaVu iPad case ($39) gives you a professorial look while toting your tablet about town. It’s made with an exterior premium fabric and faux leather exterior with metallic accents. Open it up and you can rotate the tablet 360 degrees to create the best viewing and typing angles. It also features a holder for the Apple Pencil or stylus of your choice.
Dux ($60) allows for easy folding into typing or viewing modes and includes a transparent back panel that accommodates barcode scanning or your other personalization. It’s durable, too, with a polyurethane cover to repel occasional drips or spills.