LifeProof Cases and Accessories

LifeProof LifeProof showed off its cases at CES 2013. Life Proof makes cases for iOs devices including iPhone 4, 4s and iPhone 5, the iPod Touch (4th generation) and the iPad (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation). What makes the LifeProof cases special is although they are thin they are also extremely durable. They have been tested to meet military specs. LifeProof cases are shock proof, dirt proof and water proof. They are certified to be water proof up to 6.6 feet and has been tested up to ten feet. With these cases you can bring your iPhone or iPod into the shower, while swimming and boating without having to worry about it getting wet. The cases are intelligently designed so there is material only where it is need. Bumpers are placed only where they make sense and the rest of the case is sculptured, to make it thin and light as possible. The case has real glass over the location where the camera lens is so there is no distortion when taking a picture. There are removable covers for the speakers, and headphone jack so they are protected when not in use, but easily available when needed. The iPad cover offer similar protection, however because to use the iPad properly requires touch there is no coating or screen over the front as there is with the iPhone or iPod Touch.

To complement their cases, Lifeproof also offers many ways to easily carry and secure your devices. There is the arm band so you can secure your iPhone or iPod to your arm while walking or running. They have the LifeProof bike and bar mount. There is a clip for your belt. For the photographer or podcaster LifeProof offer the iStabilizer line of accessories including the iStabilizer Flex, the iStabilizer Dolly and the iStabilizer monopod. There is even an accessory called the Lifejacket which the iPhone or iPod Touch with the LifeProof case on it fits inside and it floats.

More information about the LifeProof case and accessories is available at the LifeProof website. You can buy LifeProof products on the website, through Amazon and various retail locations

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Pelican Pro-Gear Urban and Sports Backpacks

PelicanPelican began in the 1970s making equipment for the scuba market. They quickly expanded into making equipment cases for police, fire, rescue and the military. Pelican has recently gone into the consumer market. Their newest product line is the Pro-Gear Urban and Sports backpacks. These backpacks each have a copolymer blend plastic compartment that will hold up to a 17 inch Macbook. There is also one on the front for a tablet. The front compartment also has plenty of room for accessories. Both compartment have an O ring seal and are well padded and crush proof. There is also normal backpack compartments for your cloths and necessities.

The Pro-Gear Urban Backpack start at $250.00 and come in green, orange and black. They are well ventilated and the straps have extra padding on them for comfort. They weight about 6–7 lb. empty. If you travel a lot and are looking for a backpack that can take the abuse then you may want to take the look at the Pro-Gear Urban Backpack line at Pelican

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LifeProof Cases

LifeProof Jamie Davies talked to Gary the CEO of  LifeProof.  LifeProof makes cases that are built to be used in a medical environment, such as a hospital or ambulance. There are cases for iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and some Android devices. They are waterproof, dirt proof, and shock proof up to military specifications.  Unlike some waterproof cases, the LifeProof cases are not bulky. If you get fluids on it, you can wash it with disinfectant or detergent. There is a strap on the back so you can handle it with just one hand. You can connect a cord to it so if you need both hands you can just let it hang down. There are optional mounts and stands that you can lock the case into perfect for use in an ambulance.

You can buy the case at various retail stores including Best Buy, Target and on the LifeProof website. The iPad case is $99.00. They also work with large orders from institutions like hospitals or clinics.

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Cord On Board by Caselnity

Cord on Board I have several extra iOS cords because when I travel I tend to forget them, or I leave them in a hotel room or they get lost somewhere in my luggage. So I have to go out and buy a new one. Cord on Board by Caselnity is trying to solve that problem. Their case for the iPhone 4 or 4s has a place where you can store a custom sized cord right in the case. So it is always there and doesn’t get tangled up with other cords. To fit the cord the case has to be curved, which makes it more ergonomic and nice to hold in your hand. It is also doesn’t slip as much as many other iPhone cases. The case is made of shock-resistant thermo-plastic and comes in black or white. They hope to have other colors available at a future date.

Cord on Board started out as a Kickstarter project, although that ends on February 22. All cases come with the custom sized cord included. At this point in time pricing is not available. Although if you pledge $25.00 or more on Kickstarter they will reserve a case for you. They hope to have cases available in March and are looking for retail partners. If I still had my iPhone 4 I would take a good look at the Cord on Board. I hope they still make it even if the Kickstarter support doesn’t come through.

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Griffin’s Spring Case Collection

Griffin CasesYou have gotten a new iPhone, iPad or an Android device over the holidays. You love it and it’s looking good, no scratches or scuff and you want to keep it that way. You want to protect it, however you also want to look good doing it.  No, not good you want to look fierce. That is where the Griffin Technology Inc Spring Collection comes in. Griffin Technology Inc was founded at the kitchen table of Paul Griffin in 1992. They are now the leaders in the creation of accessories for the home, mobile and personal technology. They created and developed the iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM® just to name a few. Breaking new ground on how products are conceived, designed and developed creating fans worldwide. They do all this work in-house and continue to push the boundaries of the industry they helped to create.

This year at CES 2012 Griffin is introducing its news Spring line of cases for the iPhone, iPad, eReaders and more. They have designed their colors and texture from cues they’ve gotten from fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Givenchy and others. George Campbell, Griffin’s Director of Industrial Design said “With a diverse array of contemporary textures and fashion-forward designs, we’ve created Spring collections that allow consumers to make their own personal fashion statement.” Griffin will be showing off one line that emphasizes muted colors, simple shapes, cracked paint, worn leather and worn rattan. Another line will emphasize the mixing of stripes, layers, dots, plaids, floral and strong blocks of colors. Griffin is also going to show off new colors including peacock, pool, leaf and blazing yellow. So what ever your personal style is, Griffin will have a case that matches it. You can check of the new Spring case collection at Griffin’s booth at CES, located in the North Hall, Booth 5212.

Urban Tool – Designer Gear for your Gadgets

Jeffrey talks to Urban Tool, Austrian designers of holsters, cases and bags for gadget-lovers. From running to golf, from iPhones to laptops, these guys have something to put your gear in whatever you’re doing.

On show in the video is a hip holster for golfers that holds tees and balls. There’s also the business holster for storing your wallet, smartphone and security pass under your coat.

Everything comes in a range of (often bright) colours and it’s all very fashionable. Prices from $10 upwards to around $160.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Targus Introduces A New Line Of Bags

Targus, the premier computer bag maker, was at CES 2011 showing off their new line of products.  To nobody’s surprise they are going heavy on the tablet cases this year – as PC makers scramble to go heavy on the tablets.  They have been producing iPad cases for several months, but they give us a look here at the Samsung Galaxy Tab cases as well.  But, beyond cases they also have a stylus, which can be used with any touch device, including those running iOS (we know Steve Jobs LOVES the stylus).  They are also now producing a bluetooth keyboard as well.

Availability on these products is immediate and price points are mentioned during the interview.

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Qmadix Portfolio with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Just before Christmas, Qmadix launched this very neat portfolio case for the Apple iPad that includes a slim bluetooth keyboard. The case doubles as a stand and the keyboard can be removed from the portfolio if it’s not going to be used. Comes in a range of colours, too. Available now from Fry’s for a penny under $130.

Also on the video are Qmadix’s Qi-Wear by iHarmonix, stereo bluetooth sunglasses. Not cheap at $279, but look cool.

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CES 2011 iPad Accessories

Apple did not attend CES 2011, it never does. However its presences was certainly felt throughout the event, especially the popularity of the iPad. One way this was shown is by the number of third-party vendors selling various iPad related products. Out of the hundreds that were shown, there were a few that caught my eye and I thought were interesting.

The first was the Zaggmate which is an iPad case. The Zaggmate won the CES 2011 Innovation and Engineering Award in its category. It comes in two models, one which is just a case and the second is a case and keyboard. The case is made of aircraft-grade aluminium, that matches the iPad. It has high density padding which provides great drop protection. You can use the case as a stand, you can set the iPad at 10 different angles within the case, in both portrait and landscape mode (non-keyboard version only) , If you have the key board model the key board sits right inside the case and connects to the iPad through blue tooth. It has a flat base and only adds an 1/8 of inch to the iPad

The second iPad accessory is really for kids, but I still think it is cool, the Color Studio HD along with the Imarker. This accessory makes your iPad a special coloring book. The Crayola Color Studio can tell the difference the Imarker and the child’s finger. The Imarker interacts with the Color Studio HD live animated coloring book that moves and reacts as the child colors. It produces pictures, animations, music and sound effects. You can produce an unlimited number of coloring book pages. You can color them within the iPad or print them out from the iPad to color with a regular Crayola crayon. You can even share them through Facebook. The software can be updated at anytime allowing endless possibilities.

The final accessory that caught my eye was the iCad which started as an April fools joke on Thinkgeek It is an old-time arcade cabinet created using Mame which the iPad is slid into and connects to the system using Bluetooth. Thinkpad has partner with ION and Atari bring in a whole list of classic arcade games including Asteriod. It has a friendly API which allows any IOS developer to create an iCade compatible game. When I saw it being shown at CES I said I want that, it looks like fun.