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They Could Be Real One Day: Air Bags for Your Smartphone

Smartphone Airbag

The first time I dropped my phone, it had nary a scratch on it. The second time I dropped it, the screen cracked and it was time for a new phone. The thing is, people drop their phones every day, and protective cases don’t really do much protecting, since they usually break along with the phone.

So to deal with this, the smart, creative, and kooky folks at Honda’s concept lab came up with air bags for smartphones. It hooks up with the phone’s accelerometer, which can detect when the phone has been dropped. Once it does, the air bags are deployed for a (hopefully) safe landing with nothing breaking upon impact.

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Cordli iPhone Case Keeps Your Headphone Cord Out of the Way

Cordli

Things can get pretty messy with your earphone cord if you don’t have one of those holders or wire clips to keep them in place while you’re using them. The clips do a decent job of keeping the wires neat, but then there’s the hassle of where to put them when you want to use the entire length of your earphones. I’ve lost my fair share of these clips because they’re often so tiny that you don’t really notice when they slip out of your pocket or purse.

An alternative is the Cordli iPhone case. It has snakelike grooves on the back where you’re supposed to push the wire into. It promises to get rid of the “cord bulge” and allows you to adjust the cord to a length that you’re comfortable with by holding the excess in its grooves.

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This iPhone Case Gets Your Gears Turning

Gear iPhone Case

This iPhone case designed by Danny Tasmakis is truly something else. It features a thick frame with a bunch of gears covering the back. The coolest part? The gears are actually movable. They also function as an analog calculator of sorts, as the gears are embossed with the number of teeth on each, so you can work out ratios and the like.

There are even and odd number of teeth gears just to make it that bit more challenging, it’s a great visual to see what direction what gear is going in a gear train. You won’t even have to turn on your phone and it still works. 

You can print the case out yourself if you have access to a 3D printer by downloading the model here. If you don’t, you can also just buy it, although there’s still some minimal assembly required from you to put the case together.

The case is priced at $19.29.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

iPhone Carbon Monoxide Detector Case: This Case Could Save Your Life

iPhone Carbon Monoxide Detector Case

Carbon monoxide kills. You won’t know you’re being exposed to it though, because the gas is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, unless you have a detector that will alert you to its presence. It could happen at home, at your office, and even in your car, but most people don’t have detectors installed in all of these places.

Taking this into consideration and the fact that most people don’t go anywhere without their smartphones, David Tyers designed the iPhone Case with a built-in carbon monoxide detector.

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Smart Cargo Lets You Take Your iPad Gear On the Go

Smart Cargo

So you’re always carrying accessories and chargers for your iPad around in your bag and you’ve lost a couple of them already because you left them lying around wherever after using them and forgot to keep it when it’s time to leave and head home. You could try to be less forgetful, or you could just get something like the Smart Cargo case to provide you with some extra space that’s dedicated for all your iPad-related stuff. That way, you’re less likely to leave them lying around or stuff them in your bag (that’s already got loads of other stuff crammed into it).

The Smart Cargo is meant to be used in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover. It is attached to the Smart Cover with the use of 14 magnets. The Smart Cargo is made from durable plastic, but it’s lined with felt on the inside to protect your iPad gear and essentials on the inside.

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Shibaful iPhone Case Wraps Your Phone Around Yoyogi Park

Shibaful

Love the feeling of young grass on your feet? How would you like to experience the same sensation on your hands whenever you reach for your phone? That’s what you can expect when you get the Shibaful case for your iPhone.

It’s a lush case that’s modeled after the grass at the Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. The Shibaful might look like a novelty item, but it’s actually a functional piece of art of sorts. It’s made using electrostatic flocking, where five differently-colored fiber particles are dropped from above. This causes the formation of the distinct grassy texture of the Shibaful.

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Kickstart This: MirrorCase for iPad Lets You Take Photos and Shoot Videos Horizontally

MirrorCase

Most of the time, you can’t really have the best of both worlds. But with the right gizmo, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too.

While the iPad’s rear-facing camera lets you take photos and shoot videos, you’d have to hold the tablet up vertically in order to do so. That makes typing or taking notes virtually impossible. Add that to the fact that you’d still need an app that will let you do both simultaneously. And just when you thought you had to go back to recording stuff with a phone and taking notes with a laptop, along came the MirrorCase.

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Official TARDIS Computer Case Can Store a Gazillion Terabytes

TARDIS Tower

Okay, so I lied. These TARDIS computer cases obviously can’t store a gazillion terabytes of data (how big is a gazillion anyway?) But if it really were the Doctor’s, then I bet it could store as much data as he’d want to cram into it.

This TARDIS Computer Case is an officially-licensed product by retailer Scan. You can configure the systems based on your preferences, but the base starts at £936 (around $1,511) for an Intel Pentium 3.1GHz Dual Core processor with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

You could get more bang from your buck somewhere else, but it won’t look as good as this case right here. Check out it’s product page for more information and more options.

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The Spike Is A Case For The iPhone That Comes With A Foldaway Keyboard

By David Ponce

We’re not big fans of tactile keyboards simply because we learned to trust the iPhone’s autocorrect abilities early on and have become fairly proficient a typing fast on flat glass. But it’s undeniable that a large segment of the market still likes them; it’s kind of one of the only reasons Blackberries are still around. It’s also one of the most requested features on the iPhone, one which is very unlikely to ever make an appearance natively. The Spike case you see above is the best implementation of an add-on keyboard we’ve ever come across. It’s first a protective case for the phone, but there’s a hinge that lets you swivel a tiny keyboard with actual buttons and overlay it on the device’s screen when needed. As soon as you’re done typing, swivel it back and out of the way. You’ll get that tactile feedback you’ve gotten used to, as well as the ability to enjoy the full screen for other applications.

There’s actually three versions of the case. The Spike 1 is the least expensive, but the hinge for the keyboard doesn’t allow it to get tucked back, only flipped out of the way when not needed. To stow it permanently, you have to disassemble the case, turn the bottom part 180 degrees, and reassemble it. The Spike 2 is made with premium materials and a brushed metal accent band around the edge. The Spike 3 is a limited edition case made in Aluminum. Prices while on pre-order on Kickstarter are, respectively: $25, $40 or $150.

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