The Week in iOS Accessories
It's time for our third (and final) roundup of CES-discovered accessories for your iOS gear. This one includes new ways to charge your iOS devices, wirelessly play your music from them, or even adapt them into battle tanks.
The $90 Jot Touch is a pressure stylus with Bluetooth connectivity to enable precision in the creation of art, calligraphy, or other fine-brush-work activity on your iPad. Pre-orders are available now, but there's no word on when the product itself will be available.
The new $169 ClamCase Pro bills itself as the world's thinnest Bluetooth-enabled keyboard case for your iPad. It works equally well as a laptop keyboard, a tablet stand, or simply as a case for protecting your tablet.
This company claims that when you connect your iPad to your computer's USB port via the ChargeDr USB Charge Booster, the iPad will charge four times as quickly as it would using a normal connection, and an iPhone twice as fast. There is no word, however, on pricing or availability.
The $60 app-enabled Proximo Starter KIt lets you attach an electronic fob to your most-valued possessions, and then use your iPhone to track them if they go missing. If you buy the starter kit, you can later buy additional fobs to track up to five items at one time.
This audio company has unveiled its WFS 3.70 Wireless Speakers, which will stream music wirelessly from any iOS device (or Mac) using Apple's AirPlay technology. Peavey hasn't yet offered word on pricing or availability.
You want these iPhone battle tank chargers, don't you? We get it. But sorry. The designs appear to be concepts worked out by Singaphore-based Phu--we've looked around the web for pricing and availability and found nothing. But we're keeping our fingers crossed.
The $40 12X Telescope with Hard Case for iPad Mini offers everything in the name: a telescope that mounts to your iPad mini via a hard case. It magnifies far-off objects up to 12 times what you'd otherwise see. Also new from USBFever is the 3D Telescope for iPhone 4 and later.
Here's a Kickstarter project that has met its goals and is going into production: The XFlex Tablet and iPad Stand has a weighted base and a gooseneck arm, letting you adjust your tablet in whichever height, angle, and orientation gives you the best view. The base is supposedly heavy and wide enough to use even on soft surfaces--such as on your bed for evening reading.