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CES 2014: The iSense is a 3D Scanner for the iPad

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Now you can do more with your iPad with the iSense. It’s a 3D scanner for the iPad by 3D Systems which will be launching later this year. It was designed with convenience in mind, as users simply have to snap the device onto their iPads and it’ll be good to go. The iSense will be compatible with apps that are made for Occipital’s Structure Sensor and is ideal for applications in physical photography.

Rajeev Kulkarni of Consumer Products explains: “iSense has the most diversity in its class for scan size and can capture everything from a delicious cupcake to a full body selfie, processing in seconds to a 3D printable, and comes with powerful, intuitive software that lets the user crop and enhance with easy and automated tools.”

On usage, he adds: “Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, and they can literally walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a photorealistic copy of the real thing. iSense is powered by the same software as 3DS’ popular Sense scanner.”

The 3D Systems iSense will be priced at $500.

VIA [ Engadget ]

The iPad Charging Floor Stand Will Help You Use Your Tablet Without Holding It In Your Hands

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This creative iPad Charging Floor Stand will make sure you don’t have to hold your tablet, and still get it in a position where you can comfortably use the tablet, especially when you are in bed reading, following recipes in the kitchen, or for any other reason. Interestingly, it’s not just the iPad, the charging stand supports any tablet between 7-10 inches. All you need to do is place the tablet in the tension brackets holder, adjust the mounting arm to a comfortable position and you’re good to go. The stand does not only hold your iPad, it keeps it charged as well. There’s a USB port at the base of the stand, which can charge your tablet with the device’s power cable. Do note that you have to use your owner charging cable as it doesn’t come with the stand. If this is something you want, you have to shell out $99.95 for this iPad Charging Floor Stand.

[Product Page] via [TheGreenHead]

Baby Seat With iPad Stand: Genius Idea Or Worst Baby Brainwashing Garbage Evar?

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This is a baby seat by Fisher-Price called iPad Apptivity Seat. It features an articulated arm with a 7 inch mirror at the end, which can be removed and replaced with an iPad. Genius, right? The iPad will then hover right in front of your baby’s face, which apparently is enough of a bad idea to have some people’s heads explode. At least the people in the review section on Amazon. See, even though it states in the product description that the associated application (which you download off the App store and run on the iPad) limits the viewing time to 12-15 minutes, angry parents are screaming bloody murder anyway because it’s apparently super bad to have your baby stare at a screen for extended periods of time. But… it says right there on the description that the application was developed with child development experts, and it times out after a short while, so we’re not sure what the hubbub is about.

Once your toddler gets older, you can then introduce other age appropriate applications, with letters and numbers and sing-alongs and stuff that kids that age enjoy. So we’re thinking the iPad Apptivity Seat is just fine as long as you use it in the way it was designed. Should it be banned (as some reviewers suggest!) because it might encourage some parents to be irresponsible and just play Spongebob on repeat all day? We’re not sure, but if you’re mature enough to handle it, the seat is $75.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

iSketchnote: From Your Pen and Paper to Your iPad

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Stylus pens make it easier for you to scribble notes or doodle on your iPad, but what if you wanted a physical copy of it, too? The last time I did this, I had to take screenshots of my work, transfer the files to my laptop, and arrange everything on a Word processor before I could print it. It took up a lot of time and I didn’t really end up with the kind of printed notes that I wanted.

If you do this a lot, then you might want to check out the iSketchnote. It’s smarter than your average smart iPad cover as it integrates a new digitizing technology called ISKN technology.

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The Future Will Be 3D Printed

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I’m getting tired of everything 3D, but mostly because I’m an old curmudgeon, aggravated by the sudden wave of 3D related tech. Most of it is actually quite good; it’s really only 3D movies and TV I don’t like. So I’m kind of intrigued by the Structure Sensor, a stereoscopic sensor that attaches to mobile devices and captures structures in 3D. It has two lenses (hence the ‘stereoscopic’) and allows you to model anything from objects to rooms, and import them into a CAD program for manipulation. In other words, a scenario where you scan your coffee table vase by walking around it with your iPad, then make a copy of it in your 3D printer is now possible. If you want your own, it’s going to cost you a $379 pledge on the fully funded Kickstarter campaign.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Kii is One of the Smallest iDevice Chargers You’ll Ever Use

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Nothing is more annoying than going on a trip out of town (or even just across the town) and having your phone or table die out on you. You could get one of those portable, external batteries for some instant extra juice, or you can get the Kii accessory charger instead.

The Kii is a teeny tiny accessory charger that connects and syncs your iDevice with your laptop or portable charger. There’s a Lightning connector version and one with the 30-pin connector that works with older iPhones. It’s especially convenient since its small size lets you attach it to your keychain so you can easily take it with you on your travels.

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Rumor Mill: Apple iPad 5 Might Be Launching In September

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So everything looks good for Apple’s iOS 7. Some of the features aren’t really as novel (especially for Apple users who also happen to own Android devices) but hey, at least Apple’s listening to their users. It’s expected to be released this September, along with the rumored iPad 5. It’s the much-awaited follow-up to the existing iPad, and staying true to Apple’s style, you can expect the latest and the yet-to-be-released version to look the same.

The iPad 5 will have an improved battery life, and this will be due to the fact that the LED light tubes used to backlight the device’s Retina display has been reduced from two to one. It is also expected to have an updated processor and more RAM, making it perfect for rental iPad units. The second-generation mini might be released along with the tablet, but this is all speculation so far.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Smart Cargo Lets You Take Your iPad Gear On the Go

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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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The Diary’s Gone Digital, But This Locking Pendant Is An Interesting Twist

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Say you’re a 12 year old girl and you want to keep a diary. Not that long ago, you might’ve put pen to paper and kept that little book under a pillow in your room, protected by nothing more than a ceremonial lock. In the iPad age however, it’s far more likely you’re going to go digital, but let’s face it, that tablet isn’t going to stay under your pillow. To keep your private diary private, the iHeart Locket uses a smart pendant as the locking mechanism for its iOS application. This pendant emits a unique audio chirp that both locks and unlocks the app. It’ll work with only one pendant, but if you lose it… you can always enter a 4 digit code to gain access again. Still, the notion that there’s a physical “key” that opens the diary could be appealing to the product’s target market.

The app itself allows you to add photos, illustrations, digital stickers and audio recordings, all scrapbook-style. There’s even “an automatic transcription function (powered by Nuance Communications) for those who are too young to type.” It’s altogether not a bad feature set for $25, and if someone’s birthday is coming up, could make for a decent present.

Or they’ll just think you’re cheesy, old and outdated and never use it. There’s no understanding kids.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]