This week's best iPhone and iPad gadgets: iRig Mic Studio, Pebble Time, FLIR One, and more!

What will these gadgets be? Well, they'll range from peripherals to cases, photography to security, at home to on the road, and anything and everything in between. Check out what we've got for you this week and, more importantly, let us know about any great new gadgets you got, so we can share them with everyone as well!

iRig Mic Studio

iRig microphone for iPhone

IK Multimedia has added a new condenser microphone to their already extensive lineup of smartphone-friendly audio equipment. On-board level indicator, gain control, and headphone control provide all the basics you need to handle recording, and the threaded mount will let you easily prop the mic onto the included tripod. Once you plug into your phone directly over USB, you can monitor recording as it happens, add filters, save, and share the final result through a custom-built app. If you're a musician or podcaster on the go, this microphone will help you out plenty.

Buy now - $179.99

Kenwood Excelon Car Dash Receiver

Kenwood Excelon car receiver

Kenwood started shipping a new batch of dash receivers this week that play nice with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The DDX9702S has a 7-inch touchscreen, enables a Bluetooth connection with your car speakers for music and calls, plus a motorized faceplate that folds down for full access. The disc reader can handle CDs, DVDs, and MP3s, if for whatever reason your whole music collection isn't already on your phone.

Pebble Time

Pebble's next generation smartwatch is now available for preorder. It continues to excel in battery life in a world where many high-octane wearables need regular charging. The Pebble Time can go a full week with the color e-ink display on. You'll get the usual gamut of sleep tracking, water resistant design, phone notifications, music controls, and more. Red, black, and white versions are available, though you may want to hold off until the Steel version is available next month for the proper premium feel. It's not an Apple Watch by any means, but it is a fair bit cheaper. Dig into our full review of the Kickstarter model for a closer look.

Optrix Action Camera Case for iPhone 6

No need for a GoPro when your iPhone can do just fine when covered with this thing. The Optrix Action Camera Case by Body Glove offers a fully waterproof case for your iPhone 6 with a selection of custom lenses. On top of being waterproof up to 10 m, the rail on the back allows you to mount your iPhone 6 thanks to a variety of accessories. The base kit includes a wide-angle and normal lens, or you can go all-out with the kit that also includes a telephoto lens and macro lens.


FLIR launched a new infrared sensor for any iOS device with a Lightning connector. Its two cameras superimpose heat data on top of the visible landscape. Temperatures between -20°C and 35°C can be detected. The dedicated FLIR app lets you take thermal panoramas and timelapses, plus a dedicated power supply means there's no additional draw from your iPhone 6 battery. Although it's a bit of a niche product, there are certainly some professions that could make use of this kind of data, especially if developers leverage the framework available.

Your favorite new gadgets?

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Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.