There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of freshly-cooked bacon. Now you can enjoy that experience every morning with Oscar Mayer Wake Up & Smell The Bacon. This simple device plugs into the bottom of your iPhone, and works in parallel with a specially-designed app to release the unmistakable scent of premium bacon at the selected time, making everyday — whether it's a work day or the weekend — a little bit easier to face.
Ever since the iPhone debuted in 2007, people have been looking for a good way to integrate it into their cars. Some used dash mounts, some rely on Bluetooth, but nearly every option relied on you using the iPhone itself. But no more. Arriving on select models this year, Apple CarPlay integrates your iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S with your car's existing controls and infotainment screen, letting you use Siri, the car's touchscreen, or even various knobs and controls to do things like get directions, make and answer calls, send and receive texts, and play music, all while enjoying an Apple-designed, iOS-like interface that's worlds better than the built-in mess you're used to.
Let's face it: even the best smartphone flashes are no match for a dedicated light source. Now you can add one to your iPhone with the Ember Night Photography Tool. Sporting an array of 56 LEDs with a built-in diffuser and multiple available color filters, this handy light/case will let you take much improved nighttime photos with your 5 or 5S. A removable top piece lets you use any add-on lenses you might have, and don't worry about draining your battery, either — thanks to a built-in power source, you can take pictures for hours without a problem.
These days dedicated GPS devices are a bit of an outdated concept, with turn-by-turn directions, maps apps, and more as features on just about every smartphone available. But when it comes to exploring off the beaten path, relying on the maps on your smartphone (and its somewhat limited battery life) can be a scary concept. With the TopoCharger you get the latest topographical maps, and a built-in battery charger for a device you're already used to carrying everywhere. It doubles your battery life, while still working off the grid, thanks to your phone's own GPS capability. And with a powerful included app, you can set waypoints, take photos, save routes, and much more.
Keeping a multitool in your pocket isn't that big of a deal, but there are times when it's nice to be as unencumbered as possible. That typically means leaving behind everything but your ID, cards, and phone at home. With the In1Case, you can retain some of the multitool utility without having anything extra in your pocket. Hidden in slots built into the polycarbonate case are blue and red pens, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a nail file, tweezers, scissors, and a toothpick, as well as a kickstand for viewing video. All that's missing is a
flashlight camera radio — on other hand, that pretty much covers everything.
Decide the extra 130 bones for the LTE iPad wasn't worth it? We can't blame you — but that also means you're out of luck when you need some GPS action. Unless, of course, you've got Bad Elf GPS. This tiny accessory provides high performance 66-channel WAAS to give you GPS latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and tracking, all without built-in hardware. It draws power from your Lightning connector, so there's no extra battery to charge — and if you do need to charge your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while in-use, it features a pass-through Micro-USB port.
Not everyone can get by with only 16GB of iPad storage. Or 32, 64, or even 128GB, for that matter. For those people, there's Lacie Fuel. This highly portable, battery-powered media storage vessel offers a full terabyte (1TB) of storage, giving you room for up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs, or 190,000 photos, all of which are accessible directly from your iPad thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi connection and companion app. You can manage what's on the Fuel by plugging it into a USB 3.0 port on your computer, or if you're lazy like us, just use the Dropbox integration to sync everything over automatically.
As proud owners of Apple TVs, we can attest to the fact that should you not pay attention to where you set it, the sleek little aluminum remote is one of the most easily lost pieces of technology we've ever seen. The Apple TV Tray aims to keep the remote handy by holding both the unit and the remote snugly in a piece of sustainably sourced American Walnut or Maple. Apart from looking great, the tray also protects your remote by lining its slot with 100% Merino wool. Is it necessary? Certainly not. But it looks great, is made in the USA, and, most importantly, will keep you from hunting for the remote.
We love our smartphone cameras. And while we sometimes wish they were a little more versatile, there's nearly always been some issue with the available add-on lenses — either requiring a bulky case, or requiring no case at all, or otherwise using some shady adhesive that we wouldn't trust on the outside of a lunch pail. Moment Lenses are different. Designed for iPhones 4 and up and Galaxy S2s and up, they use a thin, case-friendly adhesive metal strip for an attachment point, a bayonet-style mount, and quality optics to give your device both wide-angle and telephoto powers.
We don't have to tell you that a good case for your iPhone can preserve its life — saving it from accidental drops and other wear and tear. But the Mophie Space Pack ($150-$180) will do you one better. In addition to providing some extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s, the Space Pack will also give you some much needed storage, with either 16GB or 32GB of capacity available. An easy-to-use file management system, Airplay and Airdrop integration, as well as the ability to easily access any kind of file at any time let you stop worrying about hitting your storage limit on your phone.
Some shots with your DSLR are just easier to achieve with a remote — and some are downright impossible without one — whether you're shooting long exposures with a tripod, time-lapse photography, or video. And while there are plenty of simple remotes out there that pair with your camera using an IR signal, nothing compares to the ease of use of your phone with the MaxStone Camera Remote ($40). It combines a small IR- and Bluetooth-equipped pebble-like device that hangs on your camera using its attached dongle, and an iOS app, letting you have full control of your shutter up to 80 feet away on your iPhone. With time-lapse, automatic bulb, manual bulb, and video functionality, there's no limit to the kind of photos you can take.
You know by now that your phone is way more than just a phone — in fact that may be the thing you use it for the least — whether you're using it to keep up with Fantasy, message friends, manage your schedule, or pass the time playing games. But when it comes to the latter, it could always be better, and with the Logitech Powershell Controller ($100), it can be. It takes your phone, which is already a pretty good gaming device in its own right, and upgrades it, adding a directional pad, button cluster, and shoulder triggers so you don't have to sit there poking at a multitouch screen. And with a built-in battery, it also charges your phone while you play, so you won't have to worry about it dying in case you need to actually take a call.