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If You Really, Absolutely, Positively, Just Don’t Want To Use A dSLR

By David Ponce

The above product looks like it could be cool, until you start thinking about things in detail. It’s called the Phocus iPhone Case and it’s a rather large and rugged case that can ultimately be used with Nikon or Canon EOS lenses. It’s got a standard tripod thread so you can stabilize your newly created camera and take somewhat decent pictures. But we’re iffy on this and we’ll tell you why. First off, the standard case comes with its own lenses: $99 for wide angle and macro lenses, and $139 if you add a telephoto lens. But if you want to use your own dSLR lenses, you have to buy special 35mm adaptors: $220 for Canon lenses and $245 for Nikon. They’ll come with spacers so you can maintain the proper focal length. At this point, you’re $320 deep in the best case scenario, and that’s not even including the fancy lens. You don’t have electronic control over that lens either, which means the shutter is the iPhone’s. And the sensor… It’s… a really convoluted way of taking pictures when you could toss in a couple hundred dollars more and just buy a real camera. But hey, if you really, absolutely…. You get the idea.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

This iPhone Case Doubles As A Stun Gun

By David Ponce

It’s sad to say that crime is pretty rampant worldwide, but it is especially so in the US. And while carrying a stun gun around with you may not do much if you’re faced with someone with an actual gun, there are many situations where it can tip the balance your way. The YellowJacket is an iPhone 4S case that also pulls double duty as a 650,000V stun gun. Simply activating it will generate a loud and visible spark across the two terminals and could serve as a deterrent to the casual assailant. Should they get closer to you, touching them with the tip of the case will incapacitate even a large male, giving you time to run away to safety. Yes, the case is pretty bulky, but on the bright side if you know you’re not going to be in any potentially dangerous situations, you can flip a switch and provide up to 20 additional hours of battery to your phone. There are safety features built in to prevent accidental discharges too, so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself with it.

It’s currently a project on IndieGogo, and a $100 pledge will get you yours. You should of course check not only your local laws for the legality of carrying something like this, but also inquire into specific places you visit, like airports or some venues, which might not allow them.

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Resin Based iPhone Skin Lets You Stick Your Phone To Things

By David Ponce

Mostly, the pictures make it look like you’ll be able to stick your phone to a window and take pictures. Which is kind of cool, we guess. But really if you think about it, when was the last time you wished you could just prop your phone up on a window and have it stay there? Yeah, us neither. But whatever, for $20 you can do just that with the Ugard Resing Skin, an iPhone case covered in a special material that makes it somewhat tacky and adhesive. Supposedly it leaves no residue, although we can imagine that it gathers dust pretty well and that it would make inserting and removing from pocket marginally more difficult. So we’re not altogether sold on the concept, cheap as it is at €15.50 (~$20 USD).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Would You Pay $1,600 For An 8-Bit Mushroom PC Case?

By David Ponce

We all love us some Mario, and vintage gaming, and 8-bit things and whatnot. And sure, that PC case you see in the picture is nice and would probably give your desktop some swagger… But it’s $1,600. Yeah, that’s just for the case. This guy on Etsy makes them. He then says he’ll work with you to select the PC components you want, and assemble it all for you, install the drivers, etc… while of course adding the price of those components to the already stratospheric $1,600.

Then, he’ll ship it to you… for an estimated $200!

Yeah, we’ll pass. But hey, money has been known to burn holes in some people’s pockets, so knock your socks off if this is your thing.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

Magnifi Case Lets You Use Your iPhone With Almost Any Optical Instrument

By David Ponce

We’re not going to launch into a sales pitch about the iPhone’s camera. It’s nice, ok, but whatever. It’s nice enough to carry around in your pocket and happens to have a smartphone attached to it. So it stands to reason that you’re going to start looking for ways to use it in more situations than it was originally intended for. The Magnifi case lets you position your phone right over the eyepiece of almost any optical instrument, and lock it in place for easy photographing/recording. It has a detachable eyepiece adapter that locks onto the rest of the case through a “bayonet mount”, meaning a twist-to-lock mechanism that not only secures it in place, but makes it simple to upgrade later to different types of adapters should you need to. It’s not a full case in the sense that you won’t be toting your phone around in it; it’s more of a slide-in affair, with a safety latch to prevent the iPhone from sliding out.

Magnifi was designed to work with eyepieces that are 1in – 1.5in in diameter (25mm – 38mm). If your eyepiece has large eye seals, they must be removable. In order to align you phone’s camera with the eyepiece, Magnifi must be able to slide down over the eyepiece at least 1in (25mm) without obstruction.

Currently a fully funded project on Kickstarter, Magnifi is $60 with an eventual retail price of $80.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Wired ]

Ozaki iCoat Finger Case Packs Tiny Stylus For Your iPhone

By David Ponce

Steve Jobs is rolling around in his grave, we’re sure. But the Ozaki iCoat Finger case for the iPhone 4/4S will certainly interest any of the millions of people now playing Draw Something. See, it packs a stylus, all the while protecting your precious mobile from damage. Some might argue that half the fun of the game is to see what kind of drawings you can achieve while limited by your finger’s awkwardness. Others however take the game pretty seriously and would consider it a boon to be able to produce anything more than barely recognizable squiggles.

The fact that the stylus docking area at the back protrudes like that does mean that you won’t be able to lay your phone flat on a surface anymore, although the tradeoff appears to be “better grip” while using the stylus. We’re unconvinced. But hey, screw Steve Jobs’ visions: a stylus on your iPhone!

It’s $41.

[ Amazon ] AND [ Product Website ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

This Case Lets You Etch-A-Sketch On Your iPhone, Just Don’t Call It That

By David Ponce

Well, we can’t say for sure that the above case is called iFoolish Magic Drawing Case because of trademark issues, but it sure as heck would make sense. Etch-A-Sketch is, after all, a registered trademark and their owners (presumably the Ohio Art Company, who manufacture the toys) would want to be compensated for every sale. So, the iFoolish case it is. What it does is pretty simple: you protect your iPhone from dings and scratches, and are able to casually draw things on the back.

For $25, there are far less useful cases on the market.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT Gets A Paint Job, Adds “Battle Edition” To Its Name

By David Ponce

Much has been said about Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT case since its release back in January of 2011. And now it’s gone and gotten itself a shiny new army-style paint job “to evoke the “battle” spirit of being a gamer and its true representation.” That was enough to justify a new-ish name: meet the Level 10 GT Battle Edition. It’s still the same case as before though, and if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a quick primer:

It’s a full tower SECC chassis with plenty of cooling fans, an integrated fan controller, eight drive bays, USB 3.0 support, various LED color light modes, PitsStop 5 (EasySwap HDD bays), internal Superspeed USB 3.0 ports, Quadfans, Triple Colorshift, Coolflux, S.S.S (Smart Security System), Cableclear and TripleMax.

No price has been announced for this edition, but the regular case costs around $290 so expect something in that range.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

New Mophie Juice Pack Is Thinner, Packs More Juice

By David Ponce

The only thing we hate more than bulky cases protecting our iPhones is running out of power hallway through the day. Which happens. A lot. Mophie has done a decent business by being aware of the issue and creating a protective case that includes a secondary battery which can be used to recharge your phone when it needs it. Of course it added some bulk to your phone, so it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The new version, which the company is calling the Juice Pack Air, still adds some heft, but less so than before. The new case is “10% thinner and 5% lighter than the previous generation, while providing 25% more power at 1500mAh.” This means that you could pretty much double your usage, although your mileage may vary.

It’s $80.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]