Looking to start your own ghost-busting business? You're going to want a Mr. Ghost iPhone EMF Detector ($20). This nifty gadget plugs into the headphone port of your iPhone or iPod touch, and lets you check for potentially spooky electromagnetic radiation via a companion app. When you're not looking for stray souls, you can use it to check the levels of electromagnetic radiation sources in your home or office — things like your TV, clock, gaming system, or small child who just ate one of his "smart" toys.
If you're using Square to run the cash register at your small business, odds are you might already have an iPad mount — but odds are it isn't as sleek and functional as the Square Stand ($300). This modern white stand connects to your iPad 2 or 3 (no Lighting support yet), providing power and securing it to the counter. It also features an accessories hub that makes it quick and easy to connect a cash drawer, receipt printer, and barcode scanner, with a wireless connection to a kitchen printer, giving you a complete POS system in just minutes. Shipping in July.
It can be great to have a stylus around when using your tablet or smartphone, but finding space for one in your pocket — or trying to find one in a bag — can be more hassle than it's worth. With a diminutive size and included tether, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Mini ($15) should alleviate both problems. It features a small solid brass body wrapped in soft-touch rubber, a smooth rubber nib, and a built-in tether that attaches to your device's headphone jack. All you have to figure out is which of the six colors you like best.
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. The Adobe Mighty & Napoleon Projects ($TBA) seek to change all that. The Mighty is a pressure sensitive digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors. It's joined by Napoleon, a digital ruler that can create a digitally-projected edge used to draw shapes and lines. The plan is to use Adobe's cloud to share drawings and assets between devices, but as this is all in the experimental stage, it's hard telling what all might be included by the time they're ready for you to buy.
Keep track of the conditions both inside and outdoors with the Netatmo Weather Station ($180). Designed exclusively for use with smartphones and tablets, this system includes sleek, separate cylindrical aluminum and white modules for outside and inside, which work together to measure the temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and CO2 concentration, and communicate with a dedicated app over Wi-Fi. It's like having your own personal Weather Channel, only without the dorky hosts and elevator music.
You knew it was just a matter of time. So far, your smartphone has been able to do pretty much anything you ask of it — except tell you when you've had one too many to get behind the wheel. Thanks to the Breathometer ($20 and up), now you can. This keychain-friendly device plugs into the headphone port of your iPhone or Android device, and interacts with an app to give you an accurate measurement of your BAC. Shipments start this July.
Don't worry if your car didn't come with a fancy on-board computer — just plug in Automatic ($70) and go. This smart gadget plugs into the same port that mechanics use to service your car, then links with your smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 to provide data to a dedicated app. With the app running, you'll be able to see an overall score of how you're driving and how you could save more money, details about how much you drive, where, and your actual MPGs, and notifications when your check engine light comes on — along with a description of what's actually causing the problem. It'll even automatically notify 911 with your location in a crash, making it not just a potential money-saver, but a potential life-saver. [via]
You could carry around a huge array of stomp pedals from show to show, or you could carry one iStomp ($150). This simple box works just like a traditional stompbox, only the effects it provides come from your iPhone or iPad. Simply download and select the pedal you want from the Stomp Shop, then load it onto the iStomp — since you actually load it onto the pedal, you don't need to keep your device hooked up, and with true stereo inputs and outputs and four control knobs, you can get just the sound you're looking for. Use one by itself or string multiple boxes together for truly crazy effects.
Say hello to your iPhone's new best friend. The Mophie Juice Pack Helium ($80) doesn't just protect your iPhone 5 — it helps keep it charged, too. Thanks to an advanced 1500mAh, the Helium is the thinnest Juice Pack yet, coming in at 13% thinner than even prior Air models. Standard features like LED battery level indicators and a micro-USB charging port are carried over, as are battery pack benefits like up to six additional hours of talk time, six additional hours of browsing via LTE, and up to 30 extra hours of audio playback. Available in dark metallic and silver colorways.
Of all the features your iPhone 5 offers, there's one it doesn't: NFC compatibility. Fix this oversight by protecting it in a CalypsoCase with CalypsoKey ($120-$130). This add-on for the stylish CalypsoCase Loop and CalypsoCase Ring adds a dual-band RFID antenna with 1k memory to the luxury leather cases, letting you keep all your RFID-enabled identification cards with you, virtually, without having to load up your wallet.
Keep track of your phone, your belongings, or even your kids with the HipKey ($90). This aluminum and plastic disc pairs with your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, alerting you at your chosen distance when the two drift too far apart. Keep it in your pocket to make sure you don't forget your phone, keep it in a bag to make sure no one tries to take it, or clip it to your kid's belt loop to ensure they don't wander off. There's even a motion mode that will trigger the alarm if anyone so much as moves the key — but in any case, it'll typically give you one less thing to worry about.
"Toughest case ever built", eh? That's quite a claim — but the new Otterbox Armor Series Cases ($100) appears to back it up. Coming soon for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S III, this new line of cases is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in over 6 feet of water, drop proof up to 10 feet, dust proof, and crush proof in that they're capable of withstanding over two tons of force. Despite the beast-like protection, all ports are easily accessed via integrated covers, and the built-in screen protector allows for hassle-free use of the screen while protecting it from scratches, cracking, or worse.