Oh, Apple: never one to add silly things like dedicated camera buttons to your phone. Luckily, someone's gone and done it for them. The iPhone Shutter Grip ($40) attaches to your phone via the dock connector, giving you dedicated shutter and video buttons right where you'd expect them. The downside? It only works with Belkin's LiveAction camera app — good thing Instagram imports photos.
We've seen plenty of awesome painting apps for the iPad, but let's face it: no matter how good the app, you're probably still just finger painting. Unless you're using the Sensu Brush ($30). This smart tool combines a rubber-tipped digital stylus with a capacitive paintbrush in a single, sleek, silver package that gives you all the feeling and responsiveness of a real brush without the mess. Available in May. [Scouted by Rick]
We've seen lots of camera lens add-ons for the iPhone, but never one like this. Built to work with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the Kogeto Dot Panoramic iPhone Lens ($50) lets you take full 360 degree photos and video using nothing but your phone. Thanks to a dedicated app, you simply hold your phone face-down and let the iConic lens capture your surroundings, which can then be uploaded for viewing on Kogeto's website, or via the Looker app. [Scouted by Erik]
If the last few years have been marked by the release of ever more advanced games for iOS and Android, then perhaps 2012 will be the year that the controls catch up to the games. The Drone Controller ($65 and up) is a good start. This sleek, open-source controller will link up with your iOS, Android, or PC device via Bluetooth, and will offer dual analog joysticks, a digital G-pad, six face buttons, two shoulder buttons, a rechargeable battery, and an open source SDK for developers to take advantage of the advanced controls. [Scouted by Matthew]
Take the iPhone as camera metaphor to its near conclusion with the Gizmon iCA iPhone Case ($70). Inspired by classic rangefinders, this crazy case adds an optical viewfinder, a top mounted physical shutter button, a detachable tripod mount, and a conversion lens mount with your choice of fisheye, wide angle, or macro lenses. Also available in silver.