Sure, it's likely to be replaced in the next few months, but if you plan on hanging on to your touchscreen nano and need a way to slap it on your wrist, the Loop Nano Watch Band ($20) is a good choice. Available in a variety of colors and made from comfortable silicone, if offers full access to all ports and controls, a sleek, low-profile design, and a stainless steel buckle.
Based on the classic MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket, the Meshmedium MA-1 Bomber iPad Sleeve ($50) is ready to swathe your tablet in military-inspired style. The sleeve is made from high-quality nylon fabric, and features neoprene padding, a utility/pen pocket on the outside, International Orange inner lining, and reflective trim. Available in black, green, or navy blue.
Yes, the various components that make up the Lapka Personal Environment Monitor ($TBA) are useful — they can individually test for radiation, whether food is organic or not, electromagnetic fields, and climate — otherwise known as temperature and humidity. And yes, they connect to your iPhone using nothing but a simple headphone cable. But what's really impressive is how they manage to be so stylish while being so unbelievably small. Coming later this year.
Ever wish there was a way to easily, seamlessly digitize everything you've poured into your trusted notebook? Now there is. The Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook ($25-$30) has been specially designed to let you quickly and easily snap a photo of each page using the Evernote app, making all your words and notes instantly searchable and sortable. Included Smart Stickers let you automatically tag pages and passages, and Skitch arrows to draw attention to important things on the page. It's as close as you can come to writing on your iPhone with an actual pen and paper.
For a lot of people, the iPhone is now their most-used, if not full-time camera. But no matter how good Apple makes the optics inside, it's still limited to the built-in lens. Unless, of course, you have an Olloclip ($70). Recently updated for the iPhone 5, this ingenious 3-in-1 lens system slides overtop of your iPhone's camera, giving you fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lenses, all in a single little package. It comes with a carrying bag and caps, but odds are you're going to end up leaving it on your phone a lot of the time.
So you want to link up your entire house with your iPhone? SmartThings ($150 and up) can help make it happen. This new system promises to let you control and/or receive notifications from a variety of devices — such as power outlets, open/shut, motion, and presence sensors — with many more on the way. Need to know if you shut your front door, turn out a light, or find out if your kitty has gotten out of the bathroom? Fire up the app and you'll be able to do all that and more, from where ever you are.
Hardcore waterproof protection is necessary for some, but most iPhone users just want a case that will keep their glass baby from shattering when it takes an inevitable tumble. Systm iPhone Cases ($25-$50) can handle the latter situation with aplomb, using raised side bumpers, reinforced corners, and, in the more advanced models, Poron XRD foam to protect your device from damage. Oh, and they seem to have a thing for orange. No problems there.
Finally, a way to be in two places at once — kind of. The Double Robot ($2,000) is a unique robot that mounts an iPad atop a motorized stand, letting you see, hear, and move about far-away environments using nothing but an iPad on the other end. A touch-based interface makes controlling the Double a breeze, while an accelerometer and gyroscope work to keep the 10"-wide robot stable until you're done moving it, at which point dual kickstands pop out to let the battery take a rest. Welcome to the future. [Scouted by Frederik]
Apple tries hard, but battery life isn't exactly at the top of the feature list for iPhones and iPads — which makes chargers a necessary and not exactly good-looking evil. Dress them up a bit with Eastern Collective Textile iCables ($14). These handsome accessories feature a standard USB plug on one end and an Apple 30-pin connector on the other, with stylish woven designs in between, letting you charge up your iGadgets without succumbing to the tangled white cable monster.
There no doubt that the iPhone can be an amazing photographic tool. What's not so amazing? The built-in flash. The Paparazzo iPhone Light ($50) is designed to give your photos a boost by replacing it with a 300 lumen LED light that connects to your iPhone's dock connector, adding a dedicated shutter button and handy grip in the process. Want to shoot video instead of a still? Simply flip the switch to video mode, hit the trigger, and watch as your previously grainy scene becomes something that's actually worth looking at.
Thinking about picking up a GoPro? Already have an iPhone? Then do yourself a favor and pick up a Mophie Outride ($130-$150). This ruggedized, waterproof mount for the iPhone 4/4S keeps your phone protected inside a polycarbonate housing, while a wide angle lens ensures you get the whole picture, and a modular mounting system ensures you'll be able to use it no matter what sport you're in to.
DJ apps simply not cutting it for you? If you've got a couple of iPhones or iPod touches laying around, you can get a more tactile experience from the Philips Mini DJ System (£300; roughly $470). This shiny, oversized boombox features dual rotating docks for Apple's smaller devices, with a channel fader for mixing the two sources together. Other features include 300W of total power, a 3.5mm input for other audio sources, two 5.25-inch woofers and two 2-inch tweeters, an integrated dynamic lighting system, an FM radio, dual microphone inputs with volume and echo controls, an LCD display, a remote control, compatibility with the optional djay app, and integrated handles. Or you could just use djay, an iPad, and an Apple TV — totally up to you. [via]