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Give Your iPhone 5 The, Uh, Throne It Deserves


I like my iPhone as much as the next guy, but definitely not as much as Georg Dinkel. This dude spent 6 months building one of the most ornate iPhone docks we’ve come across. I mean, we usually don’t even cover iPhone docks because, well, yawn. But the iReliquary 1.0, as he calls it, is something else. It’s made from rhinestones, gold and silver powder, as well as polymer clay for the main structure. It does work as a 2.1 channel, Bluetooth enabled sound system, and a lightning connector presumably also charges your phone as it sits… in its throne. It’s really all a bit ridiculous but intriguing at the same time. We don’t think it’s for sale, and there’s definitely not another one like it.

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Here Is A Passive Gramophone Dock For The iPhone

There’s an entire industry dedicated to accessorizing the iDevices. Most of it is rubbish, but every now and then we come across a product that stands out for one reason or other. The iPhone Gramophone from Restoration Hardware is one such product, providing your household with a particular allure that traditional docks just don’t have. It’s a passive amplification device, meaning it uses no power to project the sound coming from the phone, but still manages a three to fourfold increase in volume. The base is made from solid walnut and walnut veneer, and the horn from iron and brass. It looks like it belongs in a pre-industrial setting and provided you’ve decorated your living space tastefully, will stand out a lot more than some futuristic looking dock from the likes of Bose or Altec Lansing.

It’s $249, and an iPad version costs $299.

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The iRock Is An iPad Dock With Rocking Chair Built Around It

This is a rocking chair. We think people who like rocking chairs will dig it. Unlike a regular such piece of furniture though, this one has a few tricks up its sleeve. For one, it has an extendable boom which features an iDevice dock. Clearly an iPad would be more adapted to the intended use here, but an iPhone of iPod will work too. Once connected, you can playback amplified sound through both of the 25W speakers located on either side of the backrest. And better yet, a connected generator will make electricity with every rocking motion, recharging up to 35% of an iPad’s battery in one hour.

Of course a fancy pants rocking chair that doubles as a recharging iDevice doesn’t come cheap: you’ll pay $1,300 for the privilege of owning it.

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Got A Family Full Of Devices To Charge? How’s A Super Charger Dock Grab Ya?

By David Ponce

There really aren’t many interesting things to say about the above item. It’s not an exciting one; it’s a useful one. It charges mobile devices. Up to 4 cellphones and a tablet. So you can have the kids come home from school, plug their phones in while they go off and get the house nice and dirty and come back later to a charged mobile. You can turn it into a little charging station, tucked away somewhere central. It’s got connectors for the iPhone as well as micro USB for a host of other devices.

It’s $99.

Not exciting. We know.

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Retro Gaming Is Alive And Well: GameDock Turns iDevice Into NES-like Console

By David Ponce

Retro gaming is an area that seems to be doing quite well right now and an entire ecosystem is being developed to support it. Many of you are probably familiar with the iCade, which takes an iPad and turns it into a small, old-school gaming arcade. Well the GameDock pictured above takes a different approach. It allows you to dock your iPhone and play iCade games on any television while using an NES-like controller. The creators felt that it bridged the gap between the too-small screen of the iPhone and the too-large-for-on-screen-controls of the iPad, while giving gamers that genuine old-timey feel of classic controllers. The dock also charges your phone as you play so you can keep going forever.

This is a Kickstarter project that is still well short of its funding goal, but if you want to help make it happen, it’ll cost you either $100 if you get in on the last 3 of the 75 early-bird units, or $150 for one GameDock and one controller. You can expect delivery in December.

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Jarre AeroPad Two Dock Just Looks Great

By David Ponce

iDevice docks are so common, it’s getting to be pretty annoying to write about. But every now and then we come across one that looks so darn good, we think it’s worth mentioning just for that. The Jarre AeroPad Two from designer John Michael Jarre is simply stunning. Sure, we realize that this is in the eye of the beholder, so we’re not going to get into an argument with anyone over this. And maybe the dock sounds great and has tons of features, but really, we only like the way it looks. If you must know, however, it works with any iDevice, has four 30W speakers and is made of stainless steel with chromium finishing, with bamboo accents.

Yeah, not the most exciting features. You’ll be paying $920 for looks and looks alone. But hey, for some people, that’s all that matters. It’s going to be shipping in September.

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JVC’s NX-BX3 iPhone Dock Is Surrounded By Furniture

By David Ponce

The market for iPhone docks is crowded, to say the least. Most of the ones we’ve come across simply show endless permutations of various features, but very few do anything other than being a dock. Well, if it’s going to be in the house, shouldn’t it be able to do more? Take JVC’s NX-BX3 for instance. It doubles as a little table. It’s got all the usual dock-y things, like SRS StudioSound HD and an FM tuner, but it can also be used to do a variety of other things like: putting a vase on it, putting a glass of milk on it, tossing your keys when you come home from work. The sky’s the limit, really.

We don’t know how much it’ll cost, but it will be available in Japan later this month.

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Turn Your iPad Into An Atari Arcade Rig

By David Ponce

Arcade machines were for a long time the only way that you could get any gaming done. Home consoles wouldn’t conquer the living room properly until the mid 80’s and for a good period from the mid 70’s onwards, Atari was pioneering the genre. Most of you don’t need the brief introduction to the company, but we’ve come across way too many teens lately who’ve shockingly never heard the name. Sadly, they won’t be able to appreciate the beauty in this docking station for the iPad, a collaboration between Discovery Bay Games and Atari. Just dock your generation 1 or 2 iPad and instantly get access to 99 games, among them classics like the original Pong, or Asteroids. Sadly, the games are not included in the $60 price. A 25 game pack is $1, while $15 gets you the whole library.

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