Inspected gadget: Step up your iPad protection with Vaja

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.

Inspected Gadget: Party in your pocket

The iBottleopener iPhone case. Yeah, buddy! Not much more to be said, is there?

Via Crunchgear

The Looftlighter

The BBQ game has changed. By utilizing hot air, the Swedish-designed Looftlighter reaches temperatures in excess of 1000º Fahrenheit, and can start a fire in as little as 15 seconds. If this thing can go wireless, it will make matches and lighter fluid obsolete while also simultaneously becoming the weapon of choice for pyros.

Available through Thinkgeek for $79.99

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The Best use for an iPad yet, live TV

Verizon recently announced plans for an iPad application that will give Fios subscribers the ability to watch live television on their iPads. I don’t know about you but, I think that is by far one of the best app ideas yet.


Neuvo Watches Try it Before You Buy it iPhone App

Neuvo Watches simplifies the ordering of watches online by offering a ‘Try it before you buy it’ iPhone App. Nice work guys.
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Inspected Gadget: Sanyo PD2 pocketcam

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.

Via Crunchgear.

Prop up your iphone or ipad anywhere

Very cool accessory from MoviePeg. This little prop lets you stand your device up just about anywhere, and it works in both portrait and landscape. They have a smaller version for the iphone as well.

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Inspected Gadget: Inspect your (facebook) privacy

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.

Omnibot, your high-tech humble servant

After looking at everything the Omnibot and Omnibot 2000 could do back in the 80s, I’m very confused as to why we haven’t developed the ultimate programmable servant robot yet? I mean, all it really has to do is fetch drinks and play some tunes.
Here are some of the features:
“The Omnibot had a cassette tape player built into the chest area of the robot, which slid out like a drawer to reveal the cassette and could record and playback sequences of commands, as well as regular audio recordings. The built in digital clock with timers and alarms allowed the playback of movement recordings at specified times. It was able to broadcast speech from the remote control handset through a speaker on the robot, and was shipped with a cardboard “home” base which was suggested to be taped to the floor and used as a reference point for programming. The Omnibot carried a specially made tray which slotted into its claws, and could carry objects.”

Sounds ideal, right? Swap out the tape with an mp3 and a hard drive, make the flashlight eyes into a video projector, and maybe put an extendable spine in it so it can achieve different hegihts.

The video after the jump is even more convincing.

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Dazed & Confused on your iphone and ipad

Dazed & Confused just released their iPhone and iPad app. The app is free, searchable, and can be downloaded for offline reading. It contains the full issue, however it’s a little hard to navigate on the phone.

Download it here

30 year old iPhone users have more sex than other 30 year old smart phone users

via, gawker

Inspected Gadget: iPad WaterGuard Case

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.

Inspected Gadget: Waterproof Canon Powershot D10

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.

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Morning Dose of Awesome

Apple’s Magic Trackpad

Both an expensive mouse trying to train you for the iPad ($69), and another reason to buy Apple’s battery charger ($29).

Inspected Gadget: Limited Edition “Halo: Reach” XBOX 360

Well this is pretty fancy. There’s a collector’s version of the new XBOX 360 that’s done up in “Halo: Reach” style. I might be inclined to say the matte grey-silver case looks a little nicer than that of the glossy black on the standard version.

Preorder now for the September 14th release – it’s a pretty good bundle. It comes with the new “Halo: Reach” game, 2 wireless controllers, built in Wi-Fi, and a 250 GB hard drive. Via engadget.

Video of campaign gameplay (and the new space battle sequences) after the jump.

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For those of you who haven’t seen this yet…

Antennagate gets the Taiwanese CGI treatment. If you love Star Wars, and love/hate Apple, then this is your video.

Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard is a “social magazine” that feeds off of your facebook, and twitter, consistently updating content with what your peers like and link to.  If you’re not too much into social networking or have really lame friends, no worries, the app also let’s you pick from  Flipboard’s own selection of deemed important resources.

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Inspected Gadget: Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner

The Pandigital One-Touch Personal Photo Scanner sucks in photos or print documents up to 8.5 x 11 inches, scans them at 600dpi, and drops the files right on to an SD card. No wires, no mess – throw it in a drawer when you’re done. Ideally you can scan old photo prints and dump them right into a digital photo frame. Also comes with a 5-in-1 card reader if you need conversion. Get it.

Via Engadget

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