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Tag Archives: iPad

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Or they’ll just think you’re cheesy, old and outdated and never use it.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 ]

Burj Al Arab In Dubai Provides Its Guests With Gold iPads

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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai claims to be the world’s most luxurious hotel, and despite its own protests, has had the questionable moniker of the “world’s only 7-star hotel” attached to it since its opening. Regardless of the validity of that star rating, there’s no question that its guests stay in utmost comfort and extravagance, showered with perks like being chauffeured in a Roll-Royce to and from the airport, to being tended to by personal maids and chefs, to now being able to use a 24-karat Gold iPad for the duration of their stay. “The iPads, meant to act as “virtual concierges,” are loaded with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) software that gives guests information on services such as dining options at the landmark property.” And guests that like their device enough can get one for themselves at the hotel’s boutique for the modest sum of $10,200.

[ CNet News ] VIA [ LuxuryLaunches ]

Kickstart This: MirrorCase for iPad Lets You Take Photos and Shoot Videos Horizontally

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Most of the time, you can’t really have the best of both worlds. But with the right gizmo, sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too.

While the iPad’s rear-facing camera lets you take photos and shoot videos, you’d have to hold the tablet up vertically in order to do so. That makes typing or taking notes virtually impossible. Add that to the fact that you’d still need an app that will let you do both simultaneously. And just when you thought you had to go back to recording stuff with a phone and taking notes with a laptop, along came the MirrorCase.

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You’re Enabling Them: iPad Attachment Brings 12X Zoom To Its Camera

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Going to a concert and holding your iPhone up in the air the whole time is bad enough for the people behind you that are trying to see. But it’s not half as bad as those that think it’s ok to whip out an iPad to do the same. Fellas: it looks stupid, and is inconsiderate to those behind you. We’re going to stop the sermon here, however, because we imagine there might be times where taking a shot with an iPad isn’t ridiculously inappropriate, and someone somewhere might be interested in an attachment that can confer some serious zooming abilities. The The iPad Telephoto Lens gives the iPad 3 & 4 a 10X zoom, and the iPad Mini a 12X factor. The lens also adds some vignetting and “a lo-fi look”, which we imagine will be appealing to hipsters worldwide. Better yet for thrift-store-chic, budget-minded hipsters, is the price: $25.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

A Match Made In Heaven: Toilet Paper Holder With iPad Stand

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Possibly the nicest thing about modern technology is the way it’s changed the way we do #2. No longer do we have to sit on the throne reading the list of ingredients on a bottle of shampoo. Or even reading a book… like a peasant. We have our smartphones instead! Looking at pictures of cats on the Interwebs while pooping is what smart devices are for. So let’s just drop any pretense of class, and embrace the Pedestal Stand with iPad Holder as a natural and long overdue household accessory. Because come on, guys, who wants to put down their iPad in the middle of watching a cool video, just because it’s time to wipe? Huh?

It’s $45.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Diary ]

Exploring The Underwater World While Sitting Comfortably In A Boat, iPad In Hand, Has Never Been Easier

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About 70% of this planet is underwater. As vast as the visible land is, the world that lives hidden from view, under our oceans and lakes, is vastly larger. Exploring it usually requires a pretty substantial amount of effort, but not if you have some money to throw at a remote controlled submersible craft equipped with a quasi-HD camera. The Submarine Camcorder is a 19″ L x 14 1/2″ W x 7″ H submersible craft in a marine-grade, hydrodynamic ABS housing. It has electric thrust and lift propellers, and is capable of forward/backward (5 kts forward; 1 kt reverse), left/right, and up/down movements. It is tethered to a surface boat by a 100ft. cable, though communication with the device is done through WiFi and an app installed on an iPad, or even a laptop. A 1280 x 720 feed is sent directly to the iPad, where you can take stills or record footage.

The virtual dashboard (an iPad’s motion sensors can also steer the sub) includes a joystick, camera controls, and displays depth, heading, battery level, and temperature data received from the sub’s built-in sensors.

The Submarine Camcorder is available from Hammacher Schlemmer, which tends to be more of an upscale/pricey sort of retailer. This time is no exception: the thing costs a whopping $6,300.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

The Ultimate Proposal: You Gotta Say ‘iDo’ to This

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I’d hate to be the recipient of something stuffed into a Prank Pack. You know, those gift boxes that advertise outrageous (but fake) products on the outside while containing something different (but hopefully better) on the inside. This gift right here by Reddit user rad_rob to his girlfriend is sort of like that, minus the prank part because he used an iPad box.

But what’s inside isn’t an iPad–although it’ll probably give his girlfriend the surprise (and shock) of her life. Hit the break to check out what he gave his girl.

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AppQuiz Turns Your iPad Into a Portable Game Show

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The iPad’s size is perfect for multi-player gaming. In fact, there are a lot of games out there that should be played by more than one player, like the quiz game that you can play with the AppQuiz iPad accessory.

It looks like half an octopus (minus the head), but it’s actually four buzzers that players are supposed to whack or press to take their turn. It comes with a free, game show-type app that features thousands of questions and a virtual host named Chuck Boldhart to keep things fun and entertaining. The AppQuiz dock itself is also compatible with the iPhone, but that would mean that all four players would have to squeeze a bit tighter together so they can see what’s being displayed on the screen.

Hit the jump to check out a video of the AppQuiz in action, along with links on where you can get it.

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Now You Can Charge 16 iPads at Once with the InSync Transport Case

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Why anyone would need a gadget that can charge and carry 16 (yes, that’s right, sixteen) iPads is beyond me. But hey, it probably still has its own place and target market in a world where some people would pay a thousand dollars to chew on a popsicle with gold flakes in it.

In all seriousness, the InSync Transport Case was probably designed and meant for use by sports team managers or executives who might need to handle or carry around over a dozen iPads at a time. Measuring 26 x 20 x 15-inches, the case is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at 39 pounds. It’s pretty tough too, since it’s made to withstand heavy impact and the harsh elements of the outside. (But then again, why would billionaires be trekking out in the great outdoors with 16 iPads in tow?!)

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