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Armortech drops hammers on iPhones at CES 2013

Armortech is here at CES 2013 demonstrating their new screen protection technology. To us, that means lots of cool demonstrations including hitting iPhones with hammers and shooting at them. If you are the type that tends to have mishaps with your iPhone, Armortech might be worth checking out.

Armortech isn't available just yet but will be in the first quarter of this year. Depending on what product you choose, price will range from $39 to $69 for complete coverage. If you aren't a fan of wet application, you'll also be glad to know that Armortech products are dry applications.

Anyone think this will actually save your iPhone from drops?

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Vaja at CES 2012 gallery: High-end meets high-color

Vaja was at CES 2013 showing off their high-end, high-color leather line-up and once again Derek Kessler caught them in-camera.

In a world dominated by the little black case, what do you think of Vaja's 2013 palette?

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Case-Mate at CES 2013 gallery

Case-Mate really is undergoing a renaissance at at CES 2013. We already showed you the video of their new crafted collection, so here it is now, captured by Derek Kessler, in fine photographic form. The manufacturing is incredible, the materials beyond premium, the accents perfectly matched, and the overall look takes the product from something meant to protect your iPhone to something with an intrinsic value all it's own.

Take a look and let us know your favorites.

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BodyGuardz Pure offers strong protection, great glass feel

Plastic screen protectors are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, and just like how BodyGuardz went from wet to dry application on their traditional line of film-based products, they've gone from plastic to glass on their new line of Pure protectors.

With an H8+ hardness, ultra-clear, smudge-resistant finish, the coolest part is putting it on. Just line it up, pull off the covering, and then tap the middle and the adhesive spreads out like a nano-tech army, lightly but securely bonding the BodyGuardz Pure to your iPhone.

Check out the easy installation in the video above and let me know what you think, is glass the future for everyone?

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Case-Mate Crafted Collection brings high-end wood, mother-of-pearl, gemstone, and more to the iPhone

Case-Mate is undergoing something of a renaissance, aspiring to a whole new level of timelessness and elegance with their new Crafted Collections line of iPhone cases. From sumptuous woods to radiant mother-of-pearl to exotic gemstones to finishes that will hit all your nostalgia buttons.

We got to see the full line at CES 2013. The cases themselves are all the same design, it's the inlays and matching accents that vary. And because Case-Mate is using real, natural materials, each case ends up being as unique as the tree, oyster, or rock it comes from.

It's definitely something different from Case-Mate, so let me know what you think.

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Lego MINDSTORMS EV3 brings robot might to iPhone, iPad

Lego MINDSTORMS have long been the subject of big geek love, giving us the ability to build and control our own robots. With EV3, they get even better for iOS users, since the control part can now be done with -- wait for it! -- our iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

There will be 17 models offered initially. The only bad news? It doesn't ship until later this year. We'll keep you updated, of course, and in the meantime Mobile Nations's own Ashley Esqueda braved snake bites and robot roulette at CES 2013 to capture the video proof above, so check it out.

Then let me know what kind of robot army... I mean, peaceful robot companions... you're going to build.

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Griffin draws at a distance with Crayola Light Marker for iPad

iPads are great for kids -- intuitive, interactive, and engaging -- and Griffin continues to expand the possibilities, and the fun, with peripherals like the Crayola Light Marker. With a large crayon stylus that's easy to grip and easy to use, you pair with Griffin's free app and then paint and play to your heart's content with a variety of modes and tools.

It's meant to use in the dark and at a distance, almost like a pointer driven light show. The crayon sends light to your iPad camera, and the camera interprets that and makes it into magic. Check out their CES 2013, and if you have kids, or just like drawing in the dark, let me know what you think.

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Ten One Design shows off the Pogo Connect Bluetooth 4.0 pressure-sensitive stylus

Ten One Design released their Pogo Connect Bluetooth 4.0 pressure sensitive stylus before CES 2013 -- and we have a full review on the way -- but they still showed up to show it off at the show. (Isn't English fun?)

Thanks to BT 4.0's low energy requirement and fast connection ability, the Pogo Connect gets found and setup by apps that support it nearly instantly, and a single battery can power it through weeks and weeks of stylus fun.

So, rather than build in a digitizer like Samsung did with the Galaxy Note series or Wacom does with their device, Apple has left the iPhone minimal for those who don't need more, and let smart people make smart accessories for those that do. Pressure sensitivity gets offloaded from the tablet to the stylus.

As an artist, and someone who used Wacom for a long time in the design world, I'm all over this. Anyone else?

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Griffin MicConnect lets your XLR microphone make sweet music on your iPhone or iPad

Let's say you have an amazing XLR mic on your big, beefy studio or home recording rig, but you also have an iPad or iPhone and you really want to get that same XLR quality on your way more mobile recording rig, what do you do? Griffin's answer, shown off at CES 2013, is the XLR MicConnect.

The MicConnect supplies phantom power, thanks to AA batteries, and connects via the 3.5mm headphone jack on your iPad or iPad.

I really like the idea of these kinds of accessories, and being able to get the quality on the go that I'm used to at home. If you use an XLR mic, let me know if you're also interested in trying this out.

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Incipio shows off the ultra-protective Atlas case for iPhone

Live from CES 2013, Derek Kessler and I caught up with Incipio and learned all about their new Atlas case for iPhone. It's pretty much a hostile environment suit for your iPhone.

Is that a level of protection you're interested in?

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