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A New Kind of SMS: Smoke Messaging Service?

iPhone Smoke Signals Case

 

Back in the day, our ancestors used to communicate to one another using nothing but smoke signals. Now you can do as what they did in the past (with slight modifications) with the SMS case, with SMS standing for “smoke messaging service.” It’s a case designed by Dennis de Bel which hides a chamber filled with lamp oil inside.

When the button on the side is pressed, the case heats the lamp oil up to produce wispy clouds of smoke. Of course, in order to respond via smoke as well, others will also have to have an SMS case or another contraption that can produce smoke.

Seems a little backward in this day and age of instant communication, so maybe that’s one point Dennis wanted to touch on with his project.

VIA [ LikeCool ]

iRecorder iPhone Speaker: Play New Beats With a Vintage Vibe

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Remember those vintage recorders that you used to carry around way back when they were the hottest gadgets around? Digital music players and smartphones have rendered them obsolete, but they’re about to make a comeback in a roundabout sort of way.

The iRecorder Speaker is a handy speaker that’s compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. It sports that vintage recorder look on the outside, but it won’t be able to play your old cassette tapes. However, it will be able to play the tunes on your phone. Just pop your mobile into the cassette slot and push down the orange play button.

The iRecorder comes with a pull-out carry handle and a USB charging cord. It can be powered by a micro USB or batteries, just like your old recorder. It’s available online for $50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ H&H ]

iLikey: PUSH iPhone Case is Also a Wallet–At the Touch of a Button!

Push iPhone Case

Back then, the one thing that most people grabbed before they headed out the door were their wallets. And now, decades later, people are forgetting their wallets more and more because it’s their phones that they’re grabbing at the last minute instead.

How many times have you had a truly D’oh! moment upon realizing that you left your wallet, cards, and license in lieu of your phone? It’s times like these that Push will be able to prevent completely, because it’s a phone case that also happens to be a wallet at the same time. It’s not the first case-and-wallet hybrid to hit the shelves, but it’s definitely one of the most discreet and well-put together cases of its kind.

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Morphie Space Pack Boosts iPhone 5/5S Battery Life and Provides Extra Storage

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The International Consumers Electronics Show 2014 kicked off, and many manufacturers already unveiled a bunch of their products. Morphie, a popular case maker, recently unveiled their latest Morphie Space Pack which does not only improves the battery life of iPhone 5/5S, but also provides users with extra storage space. The Morphie Space pack comes with a 1700 mAh battery, as well as an option to choose from 16GB or 32GB storage space. It works via lightning port on the iPhone 5/5S, and provides users with additional storage as well as doubles the battery life. The 16GB model costs $149.95 while the 32GB versions is going to set you back by $179.95. The new Space Pack is set to ship on March 14th.

[Morphie] Via [MacRumors]

Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

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Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

[Kickstarter] via [Geeky Gadgets]

iPhone Cases Light Up to Reveal Jolly Patterns Whenever You Get a Call

LED Phone Case

These bright and festive iPhone cases are just in time for the holiday season. The cases are clear and have special, holiday-themed patterns etched on the back. What makes them different are how they sort of magnify the effects of the LED flash for alerts feature that’s available on iOS devices.

Essentially the LED on the back of the phone flashes whenever the user has a call or message. When the case is on, it “distributes” that flash, for lack of a better word, illuminating the entire case in the process. I think it’s just right for the season.

The cases are available for $19.99 each.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

A Wireless Charger For The iPhone 5 For $25

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Love it or hate it, it’s no secret that the iPhone is trailing competitors in some areas. Specifically, there are some hardware changes that Apple fans have been clamouring for for years, and Cupertino seems to be ignoring. High among that list is wireless charging (alongside a bigger screen, NFC, etc.). The Qi wireless charging standard has been established for years, but there’s no word on when or even if it’ll ever be integrated into the iPhone. This means that the most common way to recharge the phone wirelessly is with the help of bulky, often expensive cases.

The iQi Mobile product, however, is neither bulky nor expensive, costing all of $25. It’s a paper thin inductive coil, connected to another really thin strip that plugs into the phone’s Lightning connector. That’s it. It’s slim enough to be sandwiched between your soft case and the phone, and as soon as it’s hooked up, you just have to drop your phone on a charging pad and watch the battery replenish. If you don’t have a charging pad, you can get one in the same order for an extra $40. This is on a fully funded IndieGogo campaign, so you should be expecting delivery around December 2013/ January 2014.

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[ Project page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Print You Own iPhone Keyboard On A Piece Of Paper

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Maybe you find the keyboard on the iPhone a tad too cramped? Your big meaty fingers make a mess of everything? Maybe you’d be better off giving this application a look, then. It’s called Paper Keyboard and involves you physically printing a special keyboard on a piece of paper. You know, like people did in 2006? Print stuff in 2D? Right, so once the keyboard is printed, you place your phone in the specially designated area and its front facing camera takes care of the rest. Its “sophisticated algorithms” track where your fingers are and register the key presses. You’re then free to use that text in other applications.

Now… we’re not sure about this one, cool as it sort of sounds at first. If you’re able to print something, there’s a good chance there’s a full computer nearby, no? So why not just use that? Like, this could be useful if you have to type a really long email and don’t want to stare at a tiny keyboard for the whole thing. But if there’s a computer nearby… what’s the point?

In any case, it’s free to download and try out, though they’ll ask for money if you want to use the in-app chat application.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Want an iPhone 5S? This Stock Finder App Will Let You Know When It’s Back In Stock

iPhone Stock Finder

Despite the lukewarm reception to the iPhone 5S, it seems like Apple has not lost their touch because the phone is consistently out of stock in a lot of stores. Either that, or Apple is taking their sweet time to manufacture the phone. If you’re one of the many who are waiting in line for an iPhone 5S (especially the gold edition, since that one sold like hotcakes), then you might find this web app by Mordy Tikotzky useful.

It’s an iPhone Availability Tracker that promises to send you an email alert when the iPhone 5S model that you want is in stock again at your local store. All you have to do is enter your zip code, email address, and the iPhone model and carrier you want, and you’re good to go.

The service is being offered for free and is only available for those in the US.

VIA [ C|NET ]