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HEX Announces A New Nike Plus Friendly iPod Nano Watch Band

HEX Sport Watch Band (Image courtesy HEX)
By Andrew Liszewski

It seems like there’s a new watch band accessory for the 6th generation iPod Nano popping up every week, and for the most part they rarely bring anything new or interesting to the table. However the new Sport Watch Band from HEX is the first one to accomodate the dongle required for the Nike Plus in-shoe pedometer.

I mean it’s not exactly the most ground-breaking innovation, but since the 6th gen Nano has become so popular for workouts, particularly when paired with a watch band, it’s a small improvement that’s sure to make the Sport Watch Band very popular among fitness types. And it will be available in April, probably comparably priced to their existing $29.95 Nano watch bands.

[ PR – HEX Announces Sport Watch Band Compatible with NIKE Plus ]

Octopus Backup Battery For Your iDevices

Octopus Backup Battery (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m an advocate for carrying the iPhone and iPod naked, sans-a-case. So when it comes to backup batteries, which I feel is a must-have accessory, I opt for solutions that aren’t built into a sleeve or a case. Like Duracell’s instant charger I reviewed last year. The downside to those though? They end up hanging off your device like a pair of wet mittens tethered to your winter coat. But here’s a nice compromise.

The Octopus, which features a 1500 mAH lithium-ion polymer battery good for an extra 4 hours of talk time, 5 hours of video or 18 hours of audio on the iPhone/iPod Touch, temporarily connects to the dock connector when needed but secures itself to the actual device via a set of suction cups on the back. Hence the name, the Octopus. Its battery takes about 3 hours to charge over USB, and roughly the same time to recharge a dead iPhone, but the best feature is the extremely reasonable price tag of around just $30 from Chinavasion.

[ Octopus Back Battery ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Elecom’s ‘Wireless’ iPod Shuffle Headphones

Elecom's Actrail Headphones (Image courtesy Elecom)
By Andrew Liszewski

My hats off to Elecom who’ve found a way to create a wireless pair of headphones without the need for clunky batteries or Bluetooth hardware. Their Actrail (derived from ‘Trail Access’ so far as I can tell) headphones feature a handy mount for the latest generation iPod Shuffle. For whatever reason they’re only compatible with the latest generation shuffle, which is fine, but to be honest for ~$48 (¥4,000) I wouldn’t mind having a removable cord so I could use these with other devices as well.

[ Elecom Actrail (Trail Access) Headphones ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Tactile+Plus Adhesives Kind Of Add A Gamepad To Your iPhone

Tactile+Plus (Image courtesy Nosho-An)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ll admit that I find myself gaming on my iPhone more and more these days, but they’re typically titles that take advantage of its gyro or touchscreen in an interesting way. So far I’ve yet to get into games that try and emulate the use of a traditional controller with on-screen directional pads or joysticks, because I find them difficult to play. But this unique accessory known as the Tactile+Plus could make gaming with on-screen controls a bit more doable.

It adheres to your iPhone or iPod Touch’s screen just like the plethora of screen protectors on the market do, making it easy to remove and/or reposition, but features little raised nubs allowing you to feel for where the on-screen buttons are located. The biggest problem with that kind of control scheme is when your fingers inevitably ‘wander’ off the buttons in the heat of combat or racing, but being able to physically find them without looking (like the nubs on your keyboard’s F & J keys) seems like an easy enough solution. From what I can tell, 2 sets of buttons which each include an 8-way and 4 individual buttons are ~$7.40 (¥600) so it’s a relatively cheap solution too.

[ Nosho-An – Tactile+Plus ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Incipio Linq iPod Nano 6G Watch Case – Here Comes The Flood

Incipio Linq (Images courtesy Incipio)
By Andrew Liszewski

My hats off to Apple for somehow managing to spawn yet another accessory line. This time around it’s watch strap cases designed to house the 6th generation iPod Nano, turning it into a wristworn timepiece. So far the options have been pretty sketchy in my opinion, but the Linq from Incipio features a full housing that will not only protect the Nano, but ensure it doesn’t get accidentally dislodged while worn. It will be available in 5 colors including a gray not pictured above, though when and for how much is unknown.

[ Incipio Linq ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Transform Your iPod Touch Into A Phone

By Chris Scott Barr

If you own an iPod Touch, I’m sure there’s been a time or two that you’ve wished it were an iPhone. Unfortunately transforming the device into one means finding a buyer for the iPod Touch, then signing up for a new 2-year agreement with AT&T. If only there were some sort of cheap Chinese gadget that could add phone functionality to it. Apparently there is.

A company called Yosion has crafted an iPod Touch case that, when combined with a regular SIM card, allows your device to operate as a normal phone. This includes placing/receiving calls and sending/receiving text messages. No, it won’t be exactly like having an iPhone, but it will still do the job. You’ll also get a secondary battery that’s going provide up to 4.5 hours of talk time. For between $45 and $75, it could be an interesting buy.

[ Yosion ] VIA [ Engadget ]

iLuv i1166 Looks Like The Perfect Travel Partner For Long Flights

iLuv i1166 (Images courtesy iLuv)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you haven’t caught iPad fever yet, and have a couple of long haul flights to deal with in the near future, you might want to give iLuv’s i1166 portable media player a shot. And even if you do have an iPad, the i1166 still has a few features you might enjoy if all of your movies don’t come from iTunes. At its core the i1166 is a portable DVD player featuring a generous 8.9 inch widescreen TFT LCD display (NTSC resolution I believe) but open it up to insert a disc and you’ll also find an iPhone/iPod Touch dock inside that allows you to control and enjoy content from those devices on the larger display.

On the bottom edge of the i1166 you’ll also find an SD card and a USB port for attaching flash drives, allowing you even more flexibility when it comes to how you access your videos, as well as 2 x 3.5mm headphone jacks for sharing with someone sitting next to you. It also comes with a remote if you have the player propped up on a desk far enough away to not have access to the controls. I’m going to assume/hope there’s a rechargeable battery stashed in there somewhere, otherwise the $299.99 price tag is a little steep.

[ iLuv i1166 ]

iPort Wall Mounts Integrate The iPod Touch & iPad Into Your Home Automation System

iPort CM-IW100T (Image courtesy iPort)
By Andrew Liszewski

It seems pointless to go out and buy a proprietary home automation system when Apple already sells what is essentially an ideal touchscreen interface with the iPod Touch and the iPad. So that’s why iPort has created these in-wall mounts that lets you use either device, via various apps, to control your home’s AV gear, lighting, home automation and even wirelessly stream audio to wherever they’re installed.

A built-in dock connector provides access to either device’s line level audio output and also provides constant power so they never need to recharged while docked. And in case you were wondering, once installed your iPod or iPad isn’t trapped forever since the front faceplate of the mount is held on magnetically providing easy access. The CM-IW100T pictured above sells for around $250 while the larger iPad-compatible ‘2000T’ is $499.

[ iPort CM-IW100T ] VIA [ Electronic House ]

LimbGear iHood Provides Slightly Easier Access To iPod Controls

LimbGear iHood Interactive Hoodie (Images courtesy LimbGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

If there were ever two companies that should consider a merger, it would be the makers of these LimbGear iHood hoodies which incorporate iPod playback controls into the sleeve, and the makers of the HoodieBuddie we brought you last week, which replaced the hood’s drawstring with a functional pair of earbuds. The result would be the ultimate iPod-friendly hoodie, though probably quite expensive. The HoodieBuddie sold for $44 which isn’t that bad, but the LimbGear hoodie is $69. And in order for it to actually work you also have to buy the company’s PANiQ controller which is an additional $24.95. It’s kind of odd that it’s not included with the iHood since the gimmick is unusable without it, so I’m assuming it’s just a lame attempt to lessen the sticker shock, which brings the hoodie’s price tag to almost $100.

[ LimbGear iHood Interactive Hoodie ] VIA [ ChipChick ]