Brazil’s Meninos Design Studio were making custom USB hard drive cases for their friends and they were so popular that they decided to go public. Each one is hand-assembled in acrylic with a vinyl wrapper. You also have the option of uploading your own design with their custom template. Expect designer prices of $250.00 for only a case, or $400.00 to $620.00 for those with drives. We bet they could expand to make flash drives and clean up.
Specks are back, this time in lots of colors for your iPhone 3G. Available in 6 colors, their PixelSkins are lightweight, rubberized cases with textured matte finishes for gripping and offer port, control, and sensors access. “The introduction of the elegant iPhone 3G has caused an explosion of creativity from our design team,” said Irene Baran, Speck Products’ CEO.
We just thought that maybe the idea came from wanting to share the iPhone 3G love and bucks. Look for the $24.95 PixelSkins to make their debut this July.
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First came the Wifi shirt. If that’s in the laundry, you might consider Soyntec’s University Backpack, Executive Bag, 200 Urban bag, or 500 Trolley suitcase that can do the same thing. The Wiffinders are made of nylon, will house most laptops, and will seek out WiFi signals wherever they are lurking. They all feature plenty of compartments for your other electronic necessities and quilted straps. Look for prices between $50.00 and $100.00, and contact Soyntec for availability.
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Case Logic showed off a series of bags at CES this year. Their cases range from protecting the smallest of iPod Nano’s to the largest of Laptops. In this video, we give you a look at bags designed for customization by the user, which included pens and Sharpie markers, as well as stencils to help you…well…make it you. Could you technically write on any bag that you purchase? Sure, but would it be as fun? We’d like to think so, but we are some stencil-needing fools. In any event, check the video out to learn more about these stylish totes.
Wow, who knew the mild-mannered circuit board would become so trendy? We just told you about the Circuit Board Photo Album, now we’ve stumbled upon this, the Circuit Board Cigar Case. Holds 2 cigars, and according to the website, can also store Nintendo DS cartridges (yeah!) and for ultimate geekiness, USB thumb drives. Available in green (natch), red and blue. Available for $25 USD. Not into cigars? Check out the Cigarette Case or the Money Clip instead.
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Surrounding the release of Apple‘s iPhone there was a flurry excitement surrounding various cases to protect and showcase a consumer’s shiny new obsession. A number of cases including simple cloth slipcovers, protective rubber enclosures, and elaborate leather constructions flooded onto the market, each with different plusses and minuses.
Gear Live has previously reviewed several of the high-end leather cases by Argentinean case manufacturer Vaja, and given our extremely positive experiences in the past, we jumped at the opportunity to check out their new iVolution line of iPhone cases. The iVolution line has a number of different styles of cases and holsters, and we selected the fully-enclosed protection offered by the iVolution Top SP Holster. Click through the jump for the full in-depth review.
Whether you’re bored with your current iPod case (you do have one, right?), want to liven up a party, or just in dire need of attention, we bring you the oddly-named Disko Case from Griffin. It’s polycarbonate shell protects your player, while colored LED lights surround the click wheel—and blink, flash and chase each other in any of five lighting sequences. Plus, the case is motion-sensitive, so it turns on automatically with movement. Available for the 5G and nano iPods, and also for the Sansa. Available in clear or black for $30 USD.
Yes, there are myriad iPod cases out there with all kinds of bells and whistles, but if you’re as vain as we are, boy have we got a case for you. It’s the Griffin Reflect, a polycarbonate shell with a mirrored chrome finish. The cool part? When the backlight shuts off, the display disappears so only the wheel shows—and the case is now a handy mirror! Fortunately, the Reflect also has a matte rubberized back to prevent slippage. Available for 2G nano, 5G and SanDisk Sansa for $24.99 USD. Apparently we’re not the only ones diggin’ ourselves, as the Reflect is currently on backorder.
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