Japanese gadget giant Thanko has joined the likes of the iLuv
by offering a dual USB in car charger that lets you juice your mobile devices while on the go. Selling for US$19.99, iLuv charger certainly fills a need. Thanko's iPad compatible unit fills a need as well, at a significantly lower price point: 680 yen or about $8.
Japanese company PhotoFast Co.,Ltd. is set to release the iPADock at the end of September, and if these first pictures (released this week) are any indication, it's quite possibly the most bad-ass iPad/iPhone charging dock we've seen to date. This docking station
can accommodate various combinations of devices – you can connect two iPads at once, four iPhones at once, or you can mix it up with one iPad and two iPhones. You can also use iPADock to charge up your iPods, as it's compatible with the Touch, Nano, and Classic models as well.
owners may have had some difficulties charging their device via USB on non-Apple PCs with even some older Apple computers having problems in this area as well. Apple is reportedly working with third party PC manufacturers to address the problem and several PC motherboard manufacturers have released new drivers that will allow iPad charging from a PC. If you’re still having problems though, there’s now a cheap and compact solution in the form of the iXP1-500 iPad adapter.
Computers have already conquered the study and the lounge room and have been making steady inroads in their assault on the kitchen with devices such as Internet capable fridges
and digital recipe readers
. As soon as the iPad
was released, more than a few people were pondering its potential as a kitchen computer to provide the functionality of these devices and more. Heck, a few creative types even mounted iPads into their cupboard doors. For those of you who like the idea of a kitchen iPad but perhaps aren't that handy with a jigsaw, you might try the FridgePad.
Following on from success with the iPhone, IK Multimedia has now released an AmpliTube app for the iPad
. Using an iRig interface adapter, the app offers guitar and bass players real-time, mobile tone-modeling and multi-effects solutions on the bigger multi-touch screen of the iPad. It is available in both free and paid-for versions, the latter giving players 11 effects, five amps and cabinets, plus two microphones to play around with.
The Sanho Corporation has announced a new iPad
-specific addition to its HyperMac battery solutions. Apple's tablet computer can be placed into one of two angled slots on top of the HyperMac Stand which create the perfect angle for movie viewing or for eBook reading. The stand also serves to extend iPad enjoyment by adding another 16 hours to its battery life.
So infatuated with your new iPad that you can’t bear to be apart from it for the briefest of moments – not even in the shower? Then this transparent, waterproof casing from Tokyo-based company, Tunewear, could be the perfect apparel for your digital pride and joy. Dubbed the Waterwear for iPAD/Tablet PC the clear plastic housing allows full multi-touch operation while your device is protected from dust and water.
iLuv, one of a number of manufacturers of Apple accessories, has added three small and portable speaker options that provide high quality sound while eliminating cable clutter. The three speaker options include a mini clip speaker, a portable speaker bar and a pair of newly designed cube speakers, all powered by USB to reduce cable clutter on the desktop. All three speaker designs work with Mac or PC.
One of the early complaints about the iPad
(yes, some people have complaints!) is that it's surprisingly heavy and sometimes difficult to hold. In an effort to remedy that problem, LUXA2 (a division of Taiwanese company Thermaltake) has created one of the more clever iPad holders that we've seen to date.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you might have heard that Apple has released its iPad
. But what’s an iPad without accessories and, you’ve guessed it, they’ve already started hitting the shops to make the most of the hype surrounding the iPad's release. So far, there’s a nice keyboard dock, a camera connection kit, conventional docks, power adapters and chargers, and roughly as many different styles of carry bags and cases as there were units sold on the first day. We’ll give you a look at a few must-haves