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Stop those pesky aliens with the appBlaster gun

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There’s aliens trying to attack Earth and there’s only one person who can stop them…. you!  Use your appBlaster gun and your iPhone to fend off the aliens, by stopping them in their tracks.

Combining augmented reality and a fun game from the appstore, the appBlaster lets you track down and shoot aliens who appear to be invading your home and the entire planet  - don’t let us down!

The appBlaster gun is lightweight and comes with a shoulder stock, meaning you can comfortably play for hours and make sure every one of those aliens is sent back to there home planet.  There’s two triggers on the gun too, a rear trigger which fires lasers and a front trigger which fires missiles, so there’s no excuses for missing the aliens.

appBlaster gun

Here’s the clever augmented reality bit: the appBlaster app uses the rear facing camera of your iPhone to overlay the game against your environment – transforming your iPhone into a high-tech sight complete with cross hairs and game data.  This makes the game completely feel like it’s happening all around you, bringing the invasion closer to home.  This is definitely one of the best iPhone accessories for gaming fans.

The augmentation is teamed with your iPhone’s accelerometer, making the game play at the same speed as you – if you turn fast, so will the aliens, but if you move slower, the game will slow down too.  Even re-loading your gun is incorporated into the game, as you have to point your gun to the sky then bring it back down to re-load; all before those pesky aliens attack even more.

Playing with the appBlaster can lead to hours of fun and you can even play to the Mission Impossible theme like in this video

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Just your type – an iPad 2 case with in-built Bluetooth keyboard

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The KeyCase Folio Deluxe with Bluetooth Keyboard was one of our most popular iPad cases of all last year, so we’re very pleased to announce that the manufacturers have now brought out an iPad 2 version!

iPad 2 keyboard case

For many of you, the idea of an iPad 2 having a physical keyboard may seem somewhat redundant – after all, there’s already a virtual one right there on the screen!  Others, on the other hand, will be wondering why no one thought of it sooner – there’s just something about the tactile feel of buttons under your fingers that you can’t get from a smooth capacitive screen, not to mention the fact that typing’s simply faster on a physical keyboard.  It also helps to cut down on those annoying smudges and greasy fingerprints that inevitably build up on the surface of your tablet display!

At first glance, the KeyCase looks like any other iPad 2 case, albeit a rather stylish one.  It’s made of hardwearing leather, to protect the tablet from bumps and scratches, and a magnetic clasp gives it that extra bit of security as well as finishing off the professional look.  There are specially-designed cut-outs in the case to allow access to all of the iPad’s buttons and functions, ensuring that the case doesn’t impair usability.

iPad 2 keyboard case

Inside, though, there’s a secret – a full QWERTY iPad 2 keyboard, just ready to pair with your iPad 2 via Bluetooth and let you type away to your heart’s content.  The keyboard features quiet keypress technology, pairs automatically with your device and has a 10-minute auto-sleep function to help preserve battery.  The battery of the Bluetooth keyboard will last for up to 45 hours off one single charge – probably longer than the iPad itself – so you don’t have to faff around charging it up too often.

iPad 2 keyboard case

All in all this is a gorgeous piece of kit, especially suited to commuters who need to do a lot of typing on the hoof, and people who prefer a more tactile experience.  It’s one of our favourite iPad 2 accessories so far.

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Weekly Round-Up

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

So, there’s only a week to go until the UK launch of the iPad 2!  Who’s planning to be in the queue? I’ve put together a blog post on how to prepare for the arrival of the newest member of your family (aaawwww) which goes through what sort of iPad 2 accessories are available to get the best out of the tablet.

For those who are planning to grab an iPad 2 but already own an original iPad, we’ve got some really cute children’s iPad covers for people who have decided to pass on their iPads on to their kids (we just didn’t get hand-me-downs like this when I was little!).  There’s an Elmo iPad case and a Cookie Monster iPad case available.

For big kids as well as small:

The Angry Birds iPad 2 case has been announced and is coming soon!  Mega-fans can kill two birds with one stone (or two pigs with one bird!) and pick up the Angry Birds iPhone 4 case at the same time as the iPad 2 case over on the main site.

And I also really like this Pinball Case for iPhone/iPod, which brings a spot of retro-chic to your iDevice and lets you turn it into a real-life tiny pinball machine, complete with flippers.  Of course there are no actual balls involved; this is a completely modern version of the game which works by downloading a (totally free) dedicated pinball app.

For Kindle:

The M-Edge Executive Jacket with e-Luminator Light for Amazon Kindle is a nice bundle which combines a stylish faux-leather executive Kindle case with a handy Kindle light, to keep the e-reader illuminated on dimmer days or at night-time. The light attaches easily to the case itself.

Until next week,
MF Nat

iPhone Bike Holder Wirelessly Connects to Sensor

Monday, March 14th, 2011

This is an iPhone bike mount that does more than just hold the phone in place on the handlebars. The LiveRider has two killer advantages that make it stand out from the crowd, for not only does it protect the phone, whilst making the screen accessible to the rider it also records the riders performance like a bike computer, and it also does this without the faff of connecting the sensor to the handlebar with wires.

iPhone Bike Mount

The iPhone app comes included and turns the phone into a bike 'computer'

The wireless connectivity part is cool as it makes it so much simpler to install, rather than having to route the wires from the rear wheel and securing it along the tubes of the bike. It works on 2.4 GHz radio frequency, (as do cordless phones) and the sensor is a self-contained battery powered unit that connects wirelessly to the iPhone bike holder, which connects to the iPhone through the 30 pin charging port.

iPhone Wireless Bike Sensor

This unit sends the wheel speed and pedal cadence to the iPhone handlebar mount

As the package includes the mount, sensor and an app. there are many possibilities for improving your performance or just recording your rides. One I particularly liked is the ability to see how you are doing compared to previous occasions on the same route. You can tell whether you are behind or ahead of schedule as your progress is therefore monitored.

While the holder protects the phone you would need to remove it from an existing iPhone 4 case, but I notice that the receiving unit is separate from the holder so in theory you could attach the receiver to your your phone and just pop it in your pocket while riding. You wouldn’t be able to read the speedo etc. but you would be recording your route.

iPad 2 launches today – iPad 2 cases available on site

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Tonight’s the night! The iPad 2 launch has been confirmed by Apple and is taking place at 6pm GMT, with simultaneous events in London and San Francisco, and rumours of Steve Jobs himself making an appearance.

Speculation has been rife across the blogosphere for months, and the main question now is whether the iPad 2 will be an entirely new and transformed device – a major game-changer – or whether it will be more of an “iPad 1.5”, with just enough improvements included to keep ahead of the curve.

Here are a few of the main rumours:

  • A front-facing camera with FaceTime support. Practically a definite, this one.  But will they go for dual cameras?
  • Physical changes – probably something lighter (the original iPad had quite a heft) and perhaps thinner too, to give the iPad the edge over the MacBook Air (which is not exactly what you’d call fat in itself!)
  • Some folks have been banding about theories that the iPad 2 will include a retina display, which would certainly blow other competition right out of the water – however, it doesn’t seem too likely that this will be included just yet because of the obvious difficulties in engineering such a thing.
  • Better internal specs. Almost definitely more memory; at least 512 MB, if not 1GB, of RAM.  Opinion’s divided on whether Apple will go all-out with a dual-core processor, but as almost every other major tablet coming in 2011 will be dual-core, we wouldn’t be surprised.
  • Gyroscope. We’d expect the 3-axis gyro first introduced with the iPhone 4 to be included here, to bring the iPad into line with other iOS products.
  • USB drive support. A screenshot from iPhoneHelp shows a USB drive app icon, so this would certainly point this way.  However, conflicting earlier reports say that the iPad 2 doesn’t have room for a USB drive – we’ll have to wait and see on this one.

Either way, the iPad 2 is sure to be a huge hit, with rumours that Apple are expecting 6m ipad 2 sales a month, up from 4m for the original iPad.  We’ve been busy getting our iPad 2 accessories page up and running, ready for an influx of gorgeous new gadgets and gizmos, and there are already a few compatible covers and cases available over on the main site.

and here is a sneak pic. of an iPad 2 case take in Barcelona last week.

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A colleague sneaked a pic of this iPad 2 case

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