Gizmos and Gadgets Aplenty
The year 2010 has been hailed as the one in which we would see flying cars and we’re still holding our breath. We may not be able to fly just yet, however, there are some remarkable innovations when it comes to gadgets and accessories associated with your fave mobile, gaming, and musical devices. Check out our Cliq tested, totally recommended list of faves.
Welcome to the solBAT. No, it’s not a sun powered flying critter, but "sol" does speak to its sun powering abilities. Scosche Industries, an award-winning innovator of iPod and iPhone accessories, announces the availability of its solBAT II, a solar powered charger and battery backup. The solBAT II works with almost any handheld device that can be charged via a USB cable and features a simple two light indicator that lets users know when the solBAT II it is charging from the sun or a USB cable, and when it is passing that stored energy to a handheld like a Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, or PSP. It’s just as fast as a wall charger and with its windshield mount and a universal carabineer mount, it makes it easy to soak up the sun’s clean energy. At $29.99 it’s a bit more expensive than your normal charger, but think about the possibilities when you are out and about. Visit www.scosche.com to read more and purchase online.
Tired of crappy little ear buds that don’t fit right? Perhaps you should leap into iFrogz. (Get it?) iFrogz CS40’s headphones offer terrific sound quality and the lightweight rubber caps offer all the comfort one needs to get through a study session or simply drift off to sleep. The sleek, slightly retro looking CS40’s are available in five colors and are a bargain at less than $40. Visit www.iFrogz.com to get a hold of a pair or to check out other fun iPod accessories.
The idox Traveler Series is brilliantly simple. Its goal? To keep your iPod Nano, iPod Touch, or iPhone stationary and upright to more easily enjoy videos, websites, photos, podcasts and more. Perfect in any environment, idox is tiny and clings on tightly to your device, offering to keep your hands free while you view the screen while in a comfortable position. Naked in its simplicity, there is no cord to get in the way and no extra weight from a battery or other electronic components. Even without its use as an optimum viewing component, the idox can be snapped shut for full protection of your device so you can toss it and go. Ranging from $25-$35 buckaroos a little protection and a whole lotta viewing is worth it. Visit www.idox360.com for more info and to purchase online.
Like the idox, MusicSkins are simple, but they are one small step in the direction of style and protection for your device. Fully removable, the vinyl skins apply like a sticker to your iPod, cell phone, laptop, gaming device, and more. Choose from their rock, rap, pop, R&B, reggae, country, fashion, models, art, charity, and even Obama categories and wrap your device in something that represents you. Laminate makes sure that the MusicSkin of your choice not only stays put for years but protects your device too. Best, if you’ve purchased a skin from another company in the past and are unsatisfied, they will offer 50% off of your MusicSkins purchase. For around $15 at regular price, it pays to discard your old skin and replace it with a MusicSkin. Visit www.music-skin.com for more info and to purchase online.
Enter the Mix boombox. Boasting "enviable style and epic sound," the Mix for iPhone and iPod is the ultimate way to play tunes. The Mix rocks specially engineered tweeters and mid-range drivers with a XdB bass-enhanced 5.25" side-firing subwoofer. Together this means thunderous bass with ultimate clarity. Three different sound sources make sure you have ultimate song selection. Interference free, you won’t get that crazy annoying buzzing from mobile phones; The Mix is simply immune. And with a dock for iPods and iPhones, it charges while it plays. Its small remote is also great when surfing about the party. The one downside is the price. At just less than $300 big ones, this is an investment. However, the return is in the look on that hottie’s face when she starts shaking to her favorite song courtesy of your supreme speakers. Visit
www.alteclansing.comfor more info and to purchase online.