While we knew that Lightning accessories packed in an embedded Texas Instruments chip to handle its adaptive 8-pin interface, a new teardown of the $50 Lightning Digital AV Adapter shows that the complexity in some of these accessories is far more than we’ve imagined.
During CES hipKey made its debut with word that it would appear exclusively in Apple Stores—online for sure, physical, not so sure—and that day has come…the hipKey has arrived. While at first you might think that the $90 app-ccessory is a bit much, if you think about how it could be used to help protect your devices and loved ones, it doesn’t seem so out there at all.
When you push the limits, boundaries, and conventional wisdom with a device, you’re bound to hit a few snags—even if the idea is really awesome. FreedomPop’s iPhone case/data device they have been showing off at CES is stuck in the FCC approval process because nothing like it has ever been done before.
TetherBoard founders–Trey Madhyastha and Kellan O’Connor–two aerospace engineers who have designed mechanical and fluid systems for the Falcon 9 rocket at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have re-imagined the everyday battery.
They’re looking for funding on crowd-funding site Indiegogo to make Tethercell a reality.
Lots of us have had our iDevices get dunked. From the simple to the stupid, it happens. Here in Vancouver, since it rains so much of the year (most of the fall, winter, and spring), it’s a little risky to take your phone out when you’re walking around. It doesn’t take long for the device to get pretty wet. Liquipel launched last year with their service to completely waterproof your iPhone with their nano process. At CES Liquipel 2.0 is out and it isn’t just better…it’s coming to a mall near you.
There have been a lot of Bluetooth “finding” gadgets at CES. From the release of the Stick-n-find for anything and the Kensington fob for other things, Bluetooth 4.0 has made location based devices easier to make and power. Hipkey is like these other two options, but is designed to make sure you and your iPhone don’t get too far away from each other.
One of the things that kept me in the world of Blackberry for so long was the physical keyboard. I might not have been the fastest typist on it, but I was sure that it was better than what I would get from the iPhone. A few years now with the iPhone keyboard, I’ve gotten the hang of it—pretty much—and while I don’t long for a physical keyboard for my iPhone, a Kickstarter project called Spike would let me have it.
Kickstarter sensation Pebble raised over $10 million in pledges for its smart watch that paired with iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth, receiving 85,000 pre-orders from backers. The huge number, though, introduced a lot of delays into the manufacturing of the watch, with the initial September release date pushed back indefinitely.