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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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