The Drive+Play from Harman/Kardon is the most convienient iPod accesory I’ve seen in a while. Consisting of three parts, it makes listening to your favorite songs while driving a breeze. The first piece slightly resembles a joystick, but it actually has a clickwheel-like control on the top which allows you to control your iPod without ever having to touch it. Just place it anywhere in your car that’s easy for you to get to. The next piece of the Drive+Play is a small, 5 line LCD that you can place anywhere on your dash, which allows you to see what song is playing, or what menu screen you’re at. The last piece is what you might consider the “brains” of the whole operation. It has a connecting port for your iPod, and serves as an information processor. Inside, there’s a wireless FM modulator with five set frequencies and you even have the ability to add one in if you’d like. A 3.5mm output jack allows you to connect the Drive+Play to any vehicle with an auxiliary input, and there’s even and input jack if you ever have the need to connect any other audio signals into your car’s audio system. It even features automatic shut-off and will charge your iPod when docked. Harman/Kardon’s Drive+Play hits stores in September and is expeced to retail for around $200.
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Oh yes, there’s swag. I scored a bunch of pens (my favorite is my shiny brushed aluminum M Audio pen!) and saw a ton of awesome stuff. I might even check out of the convention early and go back to the hotel to do my writeup, after nabbing a bunch of business cards to remind me of what’s new and cool. But first, a quick list of what’s hot:
Mac-cessories for Girls
Ladies, ever get tired of having to ditch your girly handbag or swanky purse because there wasn’t somewhere for your iPod or laptop? Well, fear not. There’s a slew of products out that not only feature pod-storage, but pod windows! That’s right, you can show off your iPod, or just get quick access to it, without digging through your bag. And Toscano has a whole line of feminine laptop cases that won’t cramp your style or look like a backpack or briefcase, while still allowing you to tote around your PowerBook or iBook.
Best shirt design of the day goes to the “Mac to the Future!” shirt - yes, it looks like the “Back to the Future” logo. Hilarious. I think I’m going to get one for my boyfriend, the biggest Mac geek on the planet.
Custom iPod, PowerBook, and Macintosh decor
Need your iPod engraved? How about a custom etching on the case of your PowerBook? I found a place that will do it for you, and does a damn good job of it too. These designs are totally sweet and they do custom work. More when I get back to the hotel and do my big writeup, but if you want a custom look for your Mac, Etch a Mac does great work.
So. Many. iPod Accessories.
Over and out!
Having purchased a PowerBook recently, I’m always looking out for accessories that will compliment this sexy machine and protect it at the same time. That is why I love Portectorz. This great little invention helps protect the very sensitive ports on your PowerBook or iBook from debris or liquids that may try to damage your precious computer. Made out of a high-polymer silicone, these port protectors can be cut so as to customize which ports you want to be able to access without leaving the rest of the ports unprotected. Expect to drop $19.95 to $23.95 plus shipping and handling for some protection.
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Tad Grglewiecz was on one of the buses hit by the bombings a few days ago, and his doctors say that his earbuds saved his hearing:
Doctors told him his hearing was saved by his iPod earphones. He was treated at the scene by a female doctor from the British Medical Association, whose headquarters were next to the bus blast. “I was bleeding heavily, so without her help it could have been very serious for me. Last night I went into theatre to have my wounds cleaned. There were bits of bus in me. It was a miracle I was not more badly injured considering how close I was to the explosion. The help I received from people was extraordinary.”
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Tom Bihn constructs some very unique and functional bags. We recently got the opportunity to try out a couple of them, and the results are in. The first bag we are going to talk about it the Brain Cell laptop bag. If you have a notebook, it is essential that you have a way to carry it while keeping it protected. How does the Brain Cell meet the challenge? Find out after the jump.
Someone has finally announced a product that manages to both remove the tangle of cords that can occur with an iPod Shuffle used with the lanyard accessory and make the wearer not look completely ridiculous. morphie is proud to present the Song Sling - a strap that goes around the back of your neck, with included color coordinated earbuds that connect to the back of the unit. This means that the headphone cords can’t get tangled in the lanyard or each other. The strap then goes down where it can hold the iPod Shuffle draped across your chest. The Song Sling is priced at only $39.95 and you can get a 10% discount if you pre-order them now. I’m somewhat curious at how the earbuds are going to sound.
I recently found myself on the market for a pair for my computer at work and thought I would share my experiences. After doing significant amounts of research I decided to settle on the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC Speaker System as they got positive ratings and seemed to have a good bass response even given their lack of an actual subwoofer. I just received them and am quite impressed so far. They are ideal for people short on desk space who are looking for a great sounding set of speakers with no large subwoofer, or listen to music where excessive bass is not needed. Check out after the jump for my full initial impressions.
Called the iVault, Griffin’s new case for the iPod Shuffle certainly looks nice. The aluminum exterior encases the iPod Shuffle while still allowing access to the dial, headphone jack and switch. The iVault will set you back about $20 and comes not only in aluminum but also in four anodized aluminum colours: Red, Blue, Green and Purple.
When I first saw this, I thought it was by far one of the strangest gadgets I’ve seen in a while, but after it sunk in I can actually see it’s usefulness. How many times have been on your way somewhere and stopped at McDonald’s or Burger King for a meal to go, but as soon as the aroma of french fries filled the car you could no longer wait to arrive at your destination? You find your self rummaging through your bag for fries and sucking ketchup out of the little packet all the while trying to keep your eyes on the road and not cause an accident or get the ketchup on your car seat. If you’re like me, you’ve been in this position more times then you’d like to admit, but with this french fry holder that fits into most car cup holders, situations like this can be a thing of the past. Simply put your container of fries in the holder, along with a packet or two of ketchup in the clip-on ketchup cup and you’re ready for the road. You can get yourself one of these for only $9.99.
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In case you ever wanted to turn your iPod into an inanimate little person that looks strangely like a white Gumby, iGuy is for you. It’ll run you 34.99 USD and most of your dignity. By all means, send us pictures of you interacting with your iGuy - we could use a laugh.