Fuz Designs has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the EverDock Go, a universal car dock to complement their existing Everdock products. What I like about the EverDock line is that they really are universal. There's no cable hardwired in, so you don't have to forsake your lovely dock if you get a different phone, just wire up a different cable and move on with your day. I really like that this is a trend, because right now my house is half 30-pin and half Lightning and it is a giant pain in the neck. Fuz Designs was founded by two former ZAGG employees, a company that knows a little about mobile accessories. The project is already fully funded with 38 days to go. For $39 at Kickstarter you can get a perk of an EverDock Go in silver or black.
Have questions about Office for iPad? Microsoft's developers are ready with answers. More accurately, they'll be ready on Tuesday, April 8 when they host a Reddit AMA, or Ask Me Anything, session at 9AM pacific time. The great thing about AMAs is that you really can ask anything, and the sessions are open to anyone. Just point your favorite Web browser to Reddit, and feel free to ask your questions and offer feedback. The Office for iPad team will be listening.
Grovemade has announced bumpers for the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, available now for a $39 US introductory price. They are made from your choice of Oregon black Walnut or Eastern Hardrock Maple. Grovemade's offices and manufacturing are all based in Portland, Oregon (like me!) and have been making Apple accessories for the last five years. I've had the chance to tour their facilities and see virtually all of their products, and everything from Grovemade is really well made. Plus all the wood gets this coat of oil, so it looks good and it smells wonderful besides. I adore everything they make, especially these brand new bumpers. If you are in the market for a bumper-style case and you want your phone to stand out, this is a high quality option at a good price. See one installed in the video below.
TOO MANY AWESOME PROJECTS ON KICKSTARTER! First world problems, right? I found another awesome one today called Pi-Bot that will let you get your nerd totally on. This is a kit that lets you build a robot powered by a technology called Arduino (not related to the Raspberry Pi that is also popular with robotics). The robot is aimed at education, but, you know, it's a robot. The project is being resented by Melissa Jawaharlal, and she's already passed her goal of US$70,000 with six days to go. There are multiple funding options that include various kits, but the Pi-Bot itself is $75. That's a super cool price for a super cool kit to make a learning robot. A frakking robot! Check it out.
Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!
If you're planning on dealing with Klingons and surviving, you better speak their language. Luckily, interplanetary travelers who think today isn't a good day to die can bone up on the warrior race's native tongue with Rosetta Stone's software-based Klingon language lessons. It's only US$269.99, and available exclusively through Think Geek on April 1. Qapla!
OK, Pokémon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a Pokémon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced Pokémon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the Pokémon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 Pokémon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.
Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It's even TSA compliant! It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below. It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.
Check out this video of Steve Wozniak once again demonstrating how cool he is. Mr. Wozniak is hand-delivering an iMac that Peter Fraser bought for his daughter Emma, only Emma didn't know it was happening. And despite being a teenager, she thought Woz was the bee's knees, which is cool in and of itself. In any event, according to Gizmodo, Woz and Mr. Fraser only knew each other through email, but Woz thought it would be a great prank. And we all know how Woz loves his pranks. According to Mr. Fraser, "It was like Thomas Edison delivering your light bulbs."
SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot.
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