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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
HAPIfork from HAPILABS is part of the next generation of connected devices, and if it looks and sounds a lot like a smart fork, that's because that's exactly what it is. Powered by USB, connected via Bluetooth, and reporting online or via an iOS app, HAPIfork aims to make you more aware of what you're eating. Namely, how much and how fast.