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Foaster is a Toaster-Inspired Dock for Your Smartphones

Foaster

Foaster looks like a miniature toaster, but you won’t be able to toast slices of bread using it. Instead, you’ll be able to charge two of Apple’s newer-generation devices, specifically the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, with this. Granted, it’s not something that you absolutely need to have, but if you’re looking for a new dock with a clean and minimalist design, then this might just be the dock for you.

Foaster’s toaster-like design looks great in your kitchen (beside your blender and actual toaster, even) and eliminates messy and tangled cords since you can charge two phones at once. It comes with two built-in MFI-certified Lightning connectors and USB cables, and comes in four neat color combinations: white or black body with silver or champagne gold aluminum trim).

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Sense+ iPhone Dock With Built-In Smoke Detector Might Just Save Your Life

Sense+

People have really begun giving more thought to how they make smartphone accessories. For example, the conceptual iPhone case with a built-in carbon monoxide detector could especially come in handy if you’re wary about carbon monoxide poisoning. Then there’s the Sense+ iPhone dock that does a one up on the case, because not only does it come with a gas detector, but it also has a built-in smoke detector and alarm.

The Sense+ isn’t just a concept though; it’s an actual product and it’s currently up for funding on Indiegogo. It’s a smart dock that comes with a companion app that provides you with custom personal protection options to safeguard the life of you and your family.

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RadioVault is an iPod Dock and Safe In One

Radiovault

Stuff like the RadioVault is really ingenious for keeping your valuable stuff safe and out of the prying eyes and hands of would-be burglars. It looks like your typical iPod dock on the outside, complete with a LED display that shows off the current time and what day of the week it is. But on the inside, it’s a stealthy safe that provides you with some secure storage space for your big ticket items.

Now you can just keep them in your regular safe, but if you wear or use these items regularly, then that option might not be so convenient. The fingerprint-activated safe is made to look like the dock’s speakers, so people who aren’t in the know won’t even think to look there.

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Ideal Timepiece Is A Neato iPhone Dock

By David Ponce

The ecosystem built around the iPhone never ceases to grow and that produces a lot of crap products. But every now and then one comes out that stands out for one reason or other. We’re not saying the Ideal Timepiece being discussed here is life altering, but it is one of the better looking and fully featured docks we’ve seen in a bit. For instance, it has a sound channel that lets you make phone calls and use Siri easily, routing your voice right to the iPhones mic. There’s also a resonance chamber that amplifies the sound coming out of the speakers so you can hear it from further away. And at the back there’s a wire management system for when you want your phone plugged in without cable clutter on your desktop. Finally, there’s a clock app which displays the time when you’re not using any other feature on the phone.

Now, this is all fine and dandy except you can’t buy it just yet. It’s going through its Kickstarter campaign and has raised practically no money at the moment. There are 50 early backer models pre-selling for $89. The price goes up somewhat after those are sold, with expected retail for the Classic model at $159, which is steep. So get in now if you’re interested.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures and links.

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Steampunk iPhone Amplifier Continues A Trend That Should Die Already

By David Ponce

So for some reason the Internet is in love with Victorian-era steam-powered science-fiction. We call it Steampunk and endless instruments have been made in the style. Some clearly still love it, others, like me, don’t. Depending on which side you fall, the above iPhone “Victrola” amplifier from Etsy seller Will Rockwell (will he really? lulz anyone?…. no?… ok…) may make you smile or cringe. It’s entirely passive but the fact that it’s essentially a brass instrument does mean that it imparts a particular tone to your sound. Better yet, a little handle lets you open a vent that changes this tone at will. It’s of course really hard to speak of these without hearing, so take a gander at the below video to see what we mean.

The opening for your phone is lined in leather so no worries about scratches. And the horn comes from an actual trumpet, so the horn section in your songs will sound particularly interesting.

This is all fine and dandy until you realize that his creation is $500. That’s almost the price of the phone itself, so we imagine that you have to really like steampunk for this to make any sort of sense.

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iLuv Mo’Beats Is Hands Down The Best Name For Bluetooth Speakers Ever

By David Ponce

I’d love to know what they were ingesting at the meeting where company iLuv decided they were going to call their new Bluetooth speakers “Mo’Beats”. Funky name aside, these speakers stand out somewhat from the rest for a couple reasons. First their design, very fitting with the overall Apple aesthetic, although we assume they’d work just as fine with any Bluetooth streaming product. That said, the second feature compels you even more to use an iDevice, since that lip is made specifically to dock a Cupertino gadget. Again, you can put anything there, but if you do that, you’ll look as silly as me: I’m rocking Apple keyboards and a barely usable trackpad on a few PCs here in the “office”. I say barely usable because that little bugger’s drivers were made for a Mac and it just acts all kinds of strange on a PC.

Anyway, the Mo’Beats come with a Li-I rechargeable battery and should set you back $100, available soon.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]

Retro Looking iPhone Cordless Handset

By David Ponce

Sure to rejoice countless hipster households across New York City, only to be shunned by them a few weeks later for making this product too popular, the iPhone Cordless Handset does an excellent job of making your iDevice significantly less convenient. For the sake of reviving bygone memories and asserting your individuality, this gadget docks your iPhone and lets you talk on a cordless barbell of yore.

An iPhone rests on a telephone base reminiscent of models from the 1930s, synchronizing with the base via Bluetooth while the cordless handset communicates with the base via DECT 6.0 wireless technology from up to 160′ indoors. The handset places and receives calls, displaying each on its LCD while providing buttons for redial and speakerphone. It can recall up to 30 received calls and record up to 50 phone numbers. An iPhone charges from the base; the headset is powered by an included rechargeable battery. Compatible with all iPhone models

It’s $159 and available now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]