We've seen our fair share of non-electronic sound amplifiers, but never one this... grand. The iVictrola ($985) merges an antique Magnavox phonograph horn with two pieces of American walnut along with your iPad to create what's basically a giant megaphone for its normally not-that-loud speaker, filling your space with sound without using a drop of electricity. Available this November in limited numbers.
Looking to expand the music creation capabilities of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch? The StompBox ($100) is a good place to start. This pro-quality foot controller gives you four configurable foot-activated switches to let you switch up your sound in mid-riff, while the included GuitarConnect cable ensures you can keep your guitar, headphones and iOS device in perfect connected harmony.
We're no strangers to indoor helicopters, but beyond our challenges in keeping them off the ceiling, we're not big fans of their typically chintzy controllers. The Griffin Helo TC ($50; Available this Fall) overcomes this limitation by bundling a headphone port-connecting infrared module with the metal and polycarbonate 'copter, letting you use your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad as the controller — using on-screen or Tilt-to-Fly controls — running for up to 6 to 8 minutes per charge with the ability to charge from any USB power source, and saving up to three flight plans in memory.
Let's see: your iPhone is always with you, and you never know when you might need a bottle opener, so why not keep them together? That's the idea behind the Opena iPhone Case ($40). Made from protective polycarbonate and ABS plastic, the Opena's unique design hides a slide-out bottle opener on its back, offers compatibility with both GSM and CDMA iPhones, and gives you open access to all your ports, buttons, controls, and cameras.
Are you the type of guy that can't help but flail away at the air when your favorite solo comes bursting out of nearby speakers in face-melting fashion? The Air Guitar Move ($50) lets you put that imaginary talent to real-world use. This pick-shaped iPhone/iPod touch add-on connects to your device's dock connector and uses motion sensing technology along with an accompanying app — or apps — to turn your air shredding into actual music.