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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 ]

Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite iPhone Case

By David Ponce

It’s a recurring theme amongst geeks: Han Solo Frozen in carbonite will show up in a variety of products and will usually be a good seller. We suspect the above case will be no exception.

This ultra slim “barely there” style iphone case is designed to fit 4 and 4S models and simply snaps over your phone. My covers are designed and printed in my shop using a dye process which actually binds the ink with the surface, resulting in a durable, long-lasting imprint on your custom case! There are openings for your buttons and camera lens.

And even though it looks like it’s an embossed case, it’s not. That’s a flat image you’re looking at, albeit a pretty high resolution one.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Smartguard iPhone Case Packs Some Pepperspray

By David Ponce

Leaving the home with your keys, your wallet and your phone is usually all you need. But what if you worry about your own safety. Muggings happen, and they’re not usually as entertaining as when it happened to that girl in that TV show with the city and all the fashion and stuff. Packing some pepperspray is never a bad idea, and the SmartGuard case for the iPhone features a special compartment to do just that. A specially shaped can of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) fits right in there, and a special plastic tab prevents accidental discharge. As soon as you take the can out of the case, it’s ready to shoot 6 half second bursts of OC, at up to 5 feet away.

This unfortunately appears to be available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria only. It’s €37.50 for the case, and additional pepperspray bottles are €20.

[ Product Page ] VIA All Over Teh Intertubes

Would You Let Your Infant Near Your iPhone?

By David Ponce

If you’re going to consider doing something as potentially insane as handing your iPhone to your drooling, babbling, tantrum-having and object-tossing infant, you might want to consider some protection for it. Turns out Fisher-Price makes a special case for your phone called the Laugh And Learn Baby iPhone Case. It’s supposed to be super tough and comes in two versions: one that locks the home button and one that doesn’t. I’d suggest the one that locks it, but hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always see what’ll happen if your 1 year old gains access to your contact list.

There are also some Fisher-Price learning apps that you can download and have running while the phone is in the case. Oh, and might I suggest enabling Airplane Mode, unless you want baby answering a call from your boss and having one memorable conversation…

It’s $20.

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Video: Watch An iPad Freefall From 100,000 Feet

By David Ponce

I guess that G-Form, makers of the super tough Extreme Edge iPad case (among other things), are trying to recreate some of the marketing magic that Blendtec had going with its Will It Blend series. They’ve produced a series of videos putting the iPad through seemingly increasingly horrifying torture tests, from dropping a bowling ball onto it to tossing it out of a moving car. The latest such video has them tie the iPad with case to a weather balloon and letting it rise to the edge of space. 100,000 feet or so. Then the balloon pops and everything comes back down. Of course, since they’re releasing the video, the iPad survives.

I’m not sure this particular video is that compelling a case for the Extreme Edge’s toughness; the entire freefalling setup would hit terminal velocity way before the 100,000 had been exhausted. Also, the trailing shreds of balloon made it so that it landed screen facing up; the other way around would have produced very different results. Still, it’s entertaining to watch. The case itself is $45.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Tedchnabob ]