Gadgets for the Guru – all things Smartphone
TaskOne iPhone Case
The TaskOne iPhone case contains 22 different tools while maintaining a thin appearance. TaskOne case features a removable 2.5” knife for flying or small cutting tasks, a small flathead screwdriver, a medium Phillips screwdriver, pliers, a wire cutter, six metric Allen wrenches, a 120mm ruler, a bottler opener, a kickstand and more. The tools are secured in the case via custom spring assemblies and comes in a variety of cools, such as slate grey, cherry red, jet black and flame orange.
Watch how it works here.
The AppTag Laser Blaster by Hex3 allows for kids to play laser tag in their home by attaching your iPhone or Android phone to the laser-shooting device. The free AppTag application that can be downloaded onto the iPhone keeps score and allows for picking up health kits, body armor and ammunition packs.
This R2L Radiation Buster device is a paper-thin microprocessor that reduces cell phone and smartphone radiation by 70 percent and converts it into harmless light so you can see it working. The device was tested in accordance with FCC-approved Specific Absorption of Radiation (SAR) testing methods. By using R2L’s phone placement guide online, users can easily place the device on the back of most cell phones and smartphones.
Watch their demo video here.
Stick it, lose it, track it, find it. The StickNFind is a Bluetooth tracker about the size of a quarter that can be placed on any device or item you want to track up to 100 feet. The item will show up on the Radar Screen app on your iOS or Android device. It also has a “vitual leash” component for your pet-by rigging the tracker onto the collar, an alarm will sound if the pet wanders out of range. The Radar Screen can track up to 20 StickNFind stickers.
$49.99 for a 2-pack sticknfind.com
These colorful CableKeeps provide added personality and utility to your white 5W and 10W Apple power adaptors used for the iPads, iPhones and iPods. Not only do they keep your charging cables tangle-free when placed into a bag or purse, but some designs provide a charging pedestal for iPods and iPhones.
The BT1 auto diagnostic device provides on-the-go auto diagnostic checks for your vehicle. By plugging the device into your vehicle’s OBD-II data port and downloading the BT1 app on your iOS device, you can identify the efficiency of your vehicle in between maintenance visits. The BT1 will even diagnose stored trouble codes before indicators light up on your dash so you can fix problems early and determine if the repair is a DIY or requires a mechanic. The BT1 device also checks your vehicle’s engine temperature, fuel pressure, engine coolant temperature, fuel injection system status, mass airflow rate and much more.
This unique tripod system, SOLOSHOT, automatically rotates your camera to follow you or your subject up to 2000 feet away using a small waterproof sensor attached to an armband. The SOLOSHOT allows those filming to create high-quality video footage without the need for a camera operator. A great accessory to film outdoor sports or an active lifestyle.
The SwingTIP is a 3D Bluetooth interactive device that attaches to any golf club and sends your swing data to an application on your smart phone. The application shows a video-like animation of your swing, highlights where improvements can be made and provides tips from golf professionals. Practice your swing at the office, home or on your favorite course — you can SwingTIP anywhere.
The Jackery Bar is a small, lightweight rechargeable mobile battery that aids in keeping smartphones and tablets charged from 50 minutes to 220 hours of extra operation time when you are on the go. The Jackery Bar comes in three sizes: the Mini (50 min.), Bar (120 hours), Giant (220 hours).
$29.95 – $59.95 jackeryusa.com
No more worries about managing your smartphone if you have to wear gloves, ThumbDogs with touchscreen technology was designed for skiers, snowboarders, hunters, motorcyclists, construction workers and military men and women who often wear gloves. This gadget is made from stretchable nylon and special conductive fabric, and fits over almost any style of glove, allowing you to use your smartphone with ease.
$14.99 Set of 2 thumbdogs.com
The iLumi is an energy-efficient LED light bulb with a lifespan of up to 20 years and is controlled wirelessly through your Android or IOS mobile app. Users are able to change their lighting from a variation of bright white to an array of rich colors through your phone. Currently, iLumi can only be purchased by pledging money to support their Indiegogo startup campaign through Startup America.
Packages start at $69 indiegogo.com
The UCO Arka is a collapsible, rechargeable lantern and flashlight with a built-in USB charging port designed for the adventurer. The light features a 4AH lithium-ion battery and burns on high for 6 to 8 hours and on low for up to 50 hours. The Arka has five lighting modes: high, low, tactical night vision, strobe and S.O.S. emergency strobe. It can also recharge your mobile device. The light displays battery level and charging status with a built-in LED indicator light.
This isn’t your ordinary spider, this versatile, portable dock and podium has flexible legs to allow for positioning your mobile device or camera at any angle and location. Made of British steel and coated with a ‘SoftTouch’ rubber, the Spiderpodium safely supports a variety of devices and items. The stand comes in seven colors: pink, purple, white green, graphite, blue and black. AZTB used the Spiderpodium to film a video on our smartphone. It worked well, didn’t scratch the glass, and held up to the product features. Thumbs up from AZTB!
$20 – $30
Look at all the different ways to use the Spiderpodium and order one here.
The Everpurse is a fashionable clutch or handbag that charges your smartphone wirelessly on-the-go. The user activates the purse’s charging feature by slipping their phone into the designated pocket and onto the dock connector at the bottom. To fully charge the purse, simply lay the purse on the inductive charging mat and it will be ready to go in a few hours. Everpurse comes in a multitude of styles and colors.
$189 – $319 everpurse.com
The Phogo is an iPhone 5 case designed for the photographer in you. Equipped with a universal tripod mount, your phone can be placed on most standard tripods. The case features a custom opening for connecting wide, macro and fisheye lenses and has the ability to clip to a lanyard, belt loop, camera bag and more. The case comes in 10 different colors and styles: purple, burgundy red, blue, brown, black, leather, steel, palladium, tweed and ostrich.
For any student that has some time on their hands or want to learn a new skill, gTar provides them with a great pastime. gTar is an app-enabled smart guitar equipped with a multi-touch LED fret board that indicates where to place your fingers and smart strings that have sensors that detect notes by using a regular pick, the SmartPick or your fingers. Users dock their iPhone into the gTar’s body and using the gTar app, or numerous other compatible apps, the guitar teaches the user their favorite songs using three modes of difficulty. All sounds made by the gTar play through your iPhone, including backup instruments and effects. The gTar tracks how well you are learning each song in real-time and also has the ability to be set to “FreePlay” played like a regular guitar.
Pre-orders only, $399
Watch how it works and to order here.
Tinké is a small, compact fitness and wellness monitor powered by iOS devices. This device allows you to track and measure your heart rate, blood oxygen level, respiratory rate and heart rate variability. Tinké creates personalized fitness scores and levels of relaxation from the data it collects and it monitors your progress. All data can be read on the screen of your iOS device and can be shared via social media.
Check out the demo here
Calling all photography enthusiasts, the Triggertrap turns your smartphone into a remote control for your SLR camera. By hooking up the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle and camera connection cable to your camera, one can use their free iOS or Android smartphone app to control a variety of camera features, such as TimeLapse, TimeWarp, DistanceLapse and more. Additionally, Triggertrap can trigger your camera via sound sensor, shock sensor and vibration sensor. This device supports the following cameras: Canon, Contax, FujiFilm, Hasselblad, Kodak, Leica, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma and Sony.
To learn more about the Triggertrip, CLICK HERE!
TGIF! This gadget is one that can help prevent people from getting behind the wheel after a few. FLOOME is a smartphone breathalyzer that works with iOS, Android or Windows smartphones. By blowing into the device, while it is connected to the smartphone’s audio jack, the user’s BAC is measured and sent to the compatible app. The user can then view their blood alcohol content, get an estimate of when they will reach the legal limit to drive, set an alarm to take a new test, view a graph of previous results, or just call for a ride home. FLOOME features technology that uses the same fuel cell ethanol sensor that is widely used in law enforcement breathalyzers. FLOOME is available for reservation today.
*don’t drink and drive
The Upwrite is a stylus and kickstand hybrid designed for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Equipped with the ability to attach to any set of keys, the Upwrite provides users with the option to prop their smart phone upright for viewing on the go. Then, as the need arises, users can flip the Upwrite and they have a stylus at their fingertips for pinpoint precision while using the touch screen. The AZTB gadget review team put this to the test and found that though it did hold up the smartphone the stylus was a bit awkward in size to work with for a phone, but better for a tablet.
How many times have you been woken up by a wrong number? The Dreamer by Hale is an app-powered alarm dock designed for Android phones that can manage those middle of the night calls by filtering out the important calls from the wrong ones. The dock has an automatic call-screening feature called SmartSilence that allows users to selectively choose which calls will come through on your phone while sleeping. Users can choose contacts that will always come through, others could receive an auto-text when they call and some could be blocked entirely.
Additionally, the Dreamer also functions as a charging and speaker dock. Hale is currently running a Kickstarter for the Dreamer through mid-October.
To learn more about the Dreamer, CLICK HERE.
According to a study by Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, “Cellphones are 10 times as dirty as a toilet seat.” So now that you are grossed out and want to clean your phone, what do you use?
One option is the PhoneSoap Charger, a safe, effective way to clean and sanitize your phone without soap or water. The dual sanitizer and charger is equipped with two UV-C lamps that produce a wavelength of light that passes through the cell walls of bacteria and virus to compromise their DNA. The PhoneSoap Charger only take four minutes to complete sanitation and designed to fit any phone and features a standard USB port for your phone’s charging cable. Get to cleaning!
To see how the PhoneSoap Charger works, CLICK HERE
The BioLite CampStove allows campers to feed themselves while staying green and keeping connected. Campers can cook their meals by placing renewable biomass, such as the twigs and pinecones that can be collected near the campsite, into the BioLite stove to create a fire. Additionally, the 8.25-inch by 5-inch stove converts the heat from the fire into usable electricity and features a USB cord for charging your devices.
How the BioLite works watch the demo here.
KeyProp is a smartphone stand that can be used for video chat, self-timer photography, video viewing, hands free reading and more. The KeyProp plugs into the headphone jack and tilts the phone up. The stand is made of polycarbonate and rubberized TPE creating a grippy exterior. The KeyProp comes in six colors: lime green, red, blue, light blue, grey and black.