I know a number of folks using iPads exclusively for business purposes, namely around areas like client presentation, sales, emailing, presentation creation/display, and as photography and design portfolios. TSA travel rules do not require it to be placed through x-ray machines separately, either – frequent fliers can get away without carrying laptops, especially for short jaunts. I know one guy who uses it exclusively, even using the LogMeIn iPad app to remotely log into his desktop Windows machine when it comes time to do anything particular. Their only problem is the lack of truly presentable cases, since great appearances can be kinda helpful when you’re trying to win someone’s money. Options are somewhat limited to either the default Apple folding case, and from there it drops to lots of faux vinyl and plasticized or rubberized too-casual cases. The solution: Vaja Cases. Full grain Argentinian cowhide, unaltered, natural looking. Hard to find in the US, but there are some options to buy at Amazon.
Though most smartphones incorporate the same features, sometimes I still prefer to carry a separate, small video device that can be passed around and isn’t filled with all kinds of personal info. If you’re looking for something flipcam-like, the Sanyo PD2 (preorder) looks pretty nice. Full HD at 1080p, and the ability to take 10-megapixel photos with flash through a decent sized lens. Stereo mic, mini-HDMI out, built-in USB connector, and removable SD storage.
If music exists in an ethereal digital form, how do you commemorate it physically? Matthew Dear’s Black City will be accompanied with the MDBC Totem. A limited edition of 100 pieces, hand-cast in aluminum, has been created by product designers Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners in New York.
“More than a mere limited edition, the totem is a proposal, an entreaty to listeners everywhere to reconsider our relationship to music in the digital era. In producing an object as the embodiment of Black City, Matthew Dear and Ghostly International suggest a new path through which one’s physical relationship to an album is again explored.”
S.N.A.P. is a free iPhone/iOS app that gives you a quick glance at your facebook privacy settings and grades it in a much more intuitive and understandable manner than even the social network itself does. Hopefully facebook takes a tip from this app and at least incorporates the simpler grading view. Via engadget.
The Enablist’s post about personal servant robots, and the current lack thereof, got me thinking about the direction they actually took in the last few decades. As far as mainstream consumers, there is quite advanced tech involved in the Tomy i-Sobot – but at only about 6 inches tall, it’s not going to be able to fetch a beer for you any time soon, and qualifies mostly as a fun toy. On the other end of the spectrum, there are attempts like the interactive Star Wars R2-D2 – also too small for real use as a servant. Photos after the jump.
Samsung just upped their game a bit on their LED-powered 3D tv line and came out with the 65″ UN65C8000. It’s got all the prerequisites: 1080p, 240hz, four HDMI inputs… and it even has Skype built-in. If that’s too big either size or pricewise, there’s always the 55″ UN55C8000.
The Energizer XP8000 rechargeable power pack gives you extra juice when you don’t have anywhere to plug in. It’s device agnostic, and comes with connectors for multiple types of cell phones, multiple types of netbooks, and an iPod/iPhone connection. Plug it into the wall to fill it before you head out, then charge up to three devices at once.
Portable water purification helps people in underdeveloped nations all over the world, protecting them from disease and infections caused by cysts, protozoa, microbial waterborne bacteria and viruses like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Humanitarian organizations are striving to lower the general cost of these devices in order to provide them to many members of the population of third-world countries. In the meantime, the pricing on these is much more in reach for those of us in developed countries, even though we already benefit from cleaner water sources and more advanced water filtration systems. The catch? You can’t take your city or town’s water source with you, so you might not be so lucky while out enjoying mother nature, and trying to keep hydrated during your adventure… or in a country with questionable water cleanliness, and would prefer to not be running to the bathroom for your whole trip. Here are some portable options for you.
The pocketable personal version: SteriPEN Traveler Handheld UV Water Purifier is a small device that you dip into an existing cup or glass of water, and then simply stir until it notifies you the purification cycle is complete. A bit 007-ish but probably the easiest one to pack.
The Katadyn Exstream Purifier Bottle is ingenious – it’s a purifier that sits inside a familiar sports-bottle shape. Fill it from a stream or other water source, and let it purify as you continue your journey. For the adventurer.
On the higher end sits the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. It’s more like a heavy duty pump which can supply filtered water at the rate of 1 quart per minute – that means it can handle 1 to 4 people while remaining quite portable. For black-ops and campers alike.
More photos after the jump.
Hammacher Schlemmer never disappoints with their selection of water goodies.
A few months back, before the iPad’s release, I had posted the TrendyDigital WaterGuard waterproof iPad cover as a joke. Now, not only does it feel totally applicable for Wet Water Week, but it also looks to be the type of thing that would work well by the hot tub, poolside, bathside, or even if you use your iPad near the kitchen sink or around little ones with grubby hands. Doesn’t look pretty, but I’ll eat my words since according to reviews it apparently does its job well. I get the feeling you wouldn’t want to submerge it.
What kind of summer citizens would we be if we didn’t kick you an idea to play out your ultimate evil henchman pool fantasy? A mere 15 bucks gets you some floatage, sun protection, and an infinite-capacity water cannon, all wrapped in a giant shark head. Get the Banzai Battle Blast Shark Attack Floatie while you still have a month of summer left.
Capture your Wet Water Week memories with the Canon Powershot D10. While it claims to be “waterproof” we all know that is quite a big thing to say – so reading deeper in the specs it’s actually waterproof down to 10 meters. A nice touch- it’s also dust resistant, which might work out in a carpentry or sculpture environment… or maybe if you’re Indiana Jones. OK, back to the camera specs – it’s got lots of goodies you expect from a Canon point-n-shoot these days: 12.1 megapixels running through Digic 4 image processing, face detection, high ISO (3200), image stabilization, 16:9 widescreen photo mode, and two video modes (though not HD). Get it.
Back of the camera and controls view after the jump – buttons look big and bumpy enough to handle underwater.
The Impossible Project has gotten some more notice now that they’ve finally mastered the reverse-engineering of color instant Polaroid film, and will start selling it August 2nd. This is great news, but hidden in their online shop is some fun stuff they developed along the way: Check out their silver shade, multi-color, and sepia film packs.
From healthy gadget land: Keep that figure of yours nice and svelte with the Perfect Portions Digital Scale. It contains a library of 1999 foods plus 99 customizable entries (couldn’t they just round up 1?). Or maybe, take all the joy out of eating. Aside from showing you the weight of the food portion, it also displays the percentage of daily value guidelines for calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and protein – all in the same format you’re already used to seeing on food packaging. Perfect for the data hound in you who is trying to eat healthily and thoughtfully, though it’s probably very useful for a variety of medical conditions too.
I’ve got one of these on preorder: the heat-, cold-, water-, pressure- and drop-resistant LaCie XtremKey (August 2010 release). Kind of ridiculous concept to have something like this be so ruggedized, but this goes along with my throw-it-in-the-bag mentality… and it seems like a good defense against these pop-up summer rainstorms as of late. It’s also actually made of metal, so there is some crush protection, and comes in a variety of sizes, 8GB through 64GB. Video after the jump, which you might want to mute…