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will.i.am to release 14 megapixel iPhone camera attachment

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cameras

will.i.am i.am+

Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame apparently doesn't think his iPhone is smart enough, so he's planning to do something about it. He's even received a development license from Apple to produce and sell what he claims will turn the iPhone into a "genius phone" under his new i.am+ brand.

We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock your phone into our device and it turns your smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera...

"I was just hanging out [after a photo shoot], and one of the models took an iPhone picture, which circulated the planet before the shoot was even over... I took one of the photographer's lenses and held it up on my [phone] and said "imagine this one day". Then I said: "I'm going to do this"."

The camera attachment will clips onto the iPhone, bumping the 8 megapixel camera to 14 megapixels. A website is currently being produced (www.i.am) where users will be able to create profiles and assumedly share pictures and other content created with Will.i.am's app.

I.am+ is scheduled to make it's debut in London later this week, where pricing will also be announced.

Read More | The Telegraph

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Twelve South PlugBug

Twelve South PlugBug

The next featured gadget in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide is the Twelve South PlugBug. It's a device that's so simple that it's hard to believe no one has come up with this until now. The PlugBug snaps onto your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air wall charger, giving you a powered USB port in the process. The results? You can then charge both your Apple notebook, and a USB device (like an iPhone or iPad) at the same time, using just one outlet. Genuis! This means that when you're on the go, you can carry one less charger, and you'll have one less outlet to try and find. You can get the PlugBug on Amazon for $34.

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Jawbone UP wristband aims to get you exercising, eating, and sleeping better

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple

Jawbone Up

Jawbone, a company best known for making fashionable Bluetooth earpieces, announced today that it will sell an all-in-one smart fitness gadget that aims to help people totally improve their personal health and fitness.

The $99 device, called Jawbone UP, is a simple-looking wristband capable of collecting data about a person's activity throughout the day as well as sleep patterns at night.

Paired with Jawbone apps on Apple mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, Jawbone UP also collects and analyzes the data to help you make better sense of your habits and lifestyles, identifying, for example, the effects of exercise on your ability to sleep deeply. While there are some existing personal health and fitness devices that already track and analyze activity and sleep—one example is Fitbit Ultra ($99.95)—Jawbone UP adds intelligent feedback. It can remind you to move more during the day if it notices long periods of motionlessness, or gently vibrate to wake you at the optimal point in your sleep cycle.

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Zomm Bluetooth smartphone leash

Zomm Bluetooth wireless leash

We've spent some time with the Zomm "wireless leash" and have come away impressed by the simplicity of the device, as it's one of those things that make you wonder why a product like it hasn't been available until now. With that, we thought it would be a good inclusion in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. The Zomm can be attached to your keychain, and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Once paired, it becomes your wireless alarm system for your phone. For example, if you walk away from your phone, Zomm will sound a notification alarm and start vibrating, letting you know that you've left your device more than 30 feet away. This way, you don't leave a restaurant without your phone, or spend forever looking for it because you left it in the car (or, that you are in your car driving and left your phone at home!) Cool enough, but it does more.

Zomm also has an integrated speaker and microphone, so it also acts as a hands-free calling device. If your phone rings, Zomm will ring as well, and you just press the Z button to take the call without having to fish around for your phone while driving. Zomm also has a built-in panic alarm. Hold down the Z button and the alarm will go off. Continue holding it, and the Zomm will use the Bluetooth connection to your phone to dial 911, and it will let you speak with the authorities right from the Zomm device. This is seriously a cool piece of technology that is a must-have for those people who constantly leave their smartphones behind in cabs and restaurants, or just anyone who wants an extra layer of security with them at all times. You can get a Zomm from Amazon for $76.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Zomm wireless smartphone leash

Zomm Bluetooth wireless leash

We've spent some time with the Zomm "wireless leash" and have come away impressed by the simplicity of the device, as it's one of those things that make you wonder why a product like it hasn't been available until now. With that, we thought it would be a good inclusion in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. The Zomm can be attached to your keychain, and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Once paired, it becomes your wireless alarm system for your phone. For example, if you walk away from your phone, Zomm will sound a notification alarm and start vibrating, letting you know that you've left your device more than 30 feet away. This way, you don't leave a restaurant without your phone, or spend forever looking for it because you left it in the car (or, that you are in your car driving and left your phone at home!) Cool enough, but it does more.

Zomm also has an integrated speaker and microphone, so it also acts as a hands-free calling device. If your phone rings, Zomm will ring as well, and you just press the Z button to take the call without having to fish around for your phone while driving. Zomm also has a built-in panic alarm. Hold down the Z button and the alarm will go off. Continue holding it, and the Zomm will use the Bluetooth connection to your phone to dial 911, and it will let you speak with the authorities right from the Zomm device. This is seriously a cool piece of technology that is a must-have for those people who constantly leave their smartphones behind in cabs and restaurants, or just anyone who wants an extra layer of security with them at all times. You can get a Zomm from Newegg for $79.99.

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Keyboard Buddy brings QWERTY keyboard to iPhone 4

keyboard buddy iphone 4

Tired of seeing all of those Droid owners whipping out their hardware QWERTY keyboards and typing right in your face? If your're suffering from a sever case of keyboard envy, then Keyboard Buddy is here to remedy what ails you. The Keyboard Buddy is a case integrated with a slide-out Bluetooth keyboard meant to give some real keys to users of the iPhone 4. If that wasn't cool enough, it has its own power switch, and can last up to 45 days on a single charge. The Keyboard Buddy is available now for $70. 

Read More | Boxwave

Table Connect multi-touch iPhone desk is awesome

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Accessories, Apple, Videos

Ever wanted to play beer pong on an iPhone? No, we mean literally, on an iPhone? Apparently, the folks down at TableConnect did, and imagined their vision to life by using a dedicated app on a jailbroken iPhone and a 58-inch multi-touch table. The end result is a table that replicates the iPhone display. The table works surprisingly fast and allows for all the typical hand gestures to work, such as swiping and pinching. Hit that play button above for a look at it.

Read More | Table Connect

iRetrofone: A classic phone dock for iPhone

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cell Phones

iRetrophone

Who says that we have to sacrifice tradition with technology? All versions of the will dock to the iRetrofone base, turning your smartphone into a traditional corded phone like the one in your grandma’s kitchen. In addition to being a functioning phone in its own right, the iRetrofone also syncs and charges your iPhone in retro style. The iRetrofone comes in a variety of different styles and colors, such as pink, red, green, purple, and clear.

Read More | Etsy

Bleeding Edge TV 334: Dexim P-Flip iPhone and BlackBerry external batteries

We were able to chat with Dexim, makers of the P-Flip docking stations and external batteries for the and , at CES 2010, where they gave us a look at their latest iPhone battery models. If you are familiar with the Juice Pack, you’ll be familiar with these. Except that the P-Flip line is a little cheaper, and a bit more feature-rich. In fact, they even have a solar model that’ll charge your iPhone using the power of the sun. All details in the video.

A big thank you to Bing for sponsoring Gear Live’s CES 2010 coverage.


Mophie Juice Pack 3G contest winner

Mophie Juice Pack 3GJust a quick update on our Mophie Juice Pack 3G giveaway that ended last night. We’ve got a winner. Matthew, who left the first comment, in our contest thread, walks away with the prize. Enjoy the fact that your battery life will actually be decent now, dude.

Keep an eye out on our other contests. We are giving away five $70 ProFlowers gift certificates, and will be starting a Slacker Radio Plus giveaway later today. Oh, and we will be giving away an HDTV soon as well. As always, we are your hookup.


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