Electronics development company Philips recently announced the upcoming launch of four new lightning connector-compatible speaker systems. Thank goodness. We may not have to buy that 30-pin adaptor after all.
Tech blog 9to5Mac had the opportunity for a hands-on review of all four speakers and “can confirm they sound every bit as good as they look.”
- Philips Lifestyle Music System (DCM2067) – an elegant and slim design that looks good in any modern interior. As well as charging and playing music from Lightning enabled devices through its retractable Lightning dock; the system also includes a CD player and FM radio. Even with its slender footprint, the system delivers 20W RMS power to provide a great sound performance.
- Philips Portable Docking Speaker (DS7580) – slim and compact enough to fit in your bag, it features Philips’ wOOx technology that provides a rich and deep bass. Precise tuning between the speaker drivers ensures a smooth transition between low- to mid- and high-frequencies. With a built-in battery that lasts for approximately eight hours you can enjoy your music anywhere.
- Philips Bedroom Docking Speaker (DS1155) – has a 360-degree design, providing rich omnidirectional sound to fill your bedroom. The clock display of the docking speaker automatically synchronizes with the clock of your Apple device, and the speaker also includes a USB port at the back of the speaker allowing users to easily charge a second mobile device.
These speakers are so new that they are not even listed on the company’s website. In fact, the only place you can see images of the upcoming Lightning connector compatible sound systems is from Philips’ flickr page.
Are you tired of looking around the office and seeing co-workers with the same case as yours? Do you find yourself feeling “mortified” whenever you walk into a meeting to see that someone else has the same iPad cover as you? If you consider yourself a trendsetter, not a trend follower, you may need to build yourself a customized iPad cover with DODOcase’s new Build-a-DODO process.
The DODOcase is a classic book-like flip-open cover for the iPad. It is similar to a Moleskin notebook with a basic, classic design. The company has recently expanded its line of products to include a customizable case that allows you to choose the material, color, pattern, and style of case. You’ll never show up at the party wearing the same dress again.
The first thing you do is choose between single and two-tone. Then, you can decide which colors you want. There are about 20 different colors and six different patterns. There are also six different leather colors, but those aren’t nearly as fun.
You will get to pick the exterior colors and patterns, and the interior colors and patterns. Plus, pick a different color for the elastic band that holds to case closed.
Prices range from as low as $79.95 for the cheapest custom-made cover, up to approximately $143.75 for all the bells and whistles, including a camera port and monogramming in three different spots.
The Build-a-DODO customizable case is available for the second and third-generation iPad (which also means the fourth-generation since they are the exact same size) and can be purchased directly from the company’s website.
If you often find yourself in arguments with your friends over which type of gaming is better- console or mobile- next time, remind them that you can’t use an AR Drone to play video games on the Xbox and see how they take that.
The Parrot AR.Drone is a flying gadget that is controlled exclusively by iOS and Android devices. Users connect the AR.Drone to their device using Wi-Fi to control movement. There are two cameras on the flying machine that can be viewed on the iPad’s screen.
It features a 720p HD camera with a wide-angle lens that streams video and snaps JPEG shots. The on-board technology give users “extreme precision control” and automatic stabilization features. The gadget is made from carbon fiber tubes and nylon plastic parts. The motors are strong enough to send the quad-copter high into the sky.
The AR.Drone Academy is an app that lets users track flight data including altitude, speed and duration for each time you take off. All flights are geo-located and the Academy app lets you share hotspots, including areas to stay away from while you are flying.
Parrot also makes Augmented reality games that integrated the AR.Drone’s movement. For example, you could be in the backyard, attacking virtual aliens using your real life four-rotor helicopter.
AR.Rescue is a first-person piloting game using Augmented Reality. Players place the AR.Drone target on the ground and open the app. When the game starts, use the iPad or iPhone to control the physical drone as you watch the screen to see it collecting blocks and shooting down enemies.
I’ll bet your PlayStation 3 can’t do that.
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 can be purchased from Apple’s online store for $299.95. The AR.Rescue app is free and is available in the App Store today.
Check out the video below to see the AR.Drone being used along with the Augmented Reality game AR.Rescue.