Leather Nano Watch Strap, $26I dig the candy-colored plastic Nano watch straps, but I am an eight year-old boy with ADHD trapped in a woman’s body. For you rougher and more adult customers, Elecom makes these leather wrist straps in black and brown. Feel free to order directly from them in you can read Japanese characters, or else get them through the link below from this English speaker living in Japan. I’ve never ordered from this dude, though, and can’t vouch for him, so don’t get mad at me if he absconds with your PayPal funds and leaves your wrist naked and less trusting in the future.
Customizable Engraved Bamboo Cases, $69-$99Wood isn’t only good for sweet acoustics, it’s good for looking awesome. I’m loving these engraved bamboo cases from Grove. You can pick a design from the artists’ series (I especially like this 2 Guys 1 Beard case and another, not pictured, minimalist take on whales and bears), or submit one of your own and Grove will engrave it on a case for $99. All you have to do is upload your artwork (provided it doesn’t violate any copyright laws) at checkout.
HDMI Adapter, $72FINALLY, someone brought an HDMI output to the iPhone. Those someones are predictably Japanese, so you must pay a mite extra as well as find a friend to translate the store’s website for you, but I’m still thoroughly excited. It’s only a matter of time before some company makes this available in the U.S. So what does this means for you? It means you can finally connect your iPhone via HDMI cable to your HDTV for movies, pictures, or mecha Keynote.
Dancing Cat Speaker, $40
I don’t think you understand the gravity of this situation: not only does this upright feline amplify your music, it will dance to it. Anything: Wagner, Celtic Woman, Sisqo. If you’re interested, the kittens do a bit of a modified cabbage patch. Just insert two AA’s, plug the included cable into your iPod or iPhone, and let the soothing gyrations wash away your troubles. Other sites sell a dog version as well, but that’s really not important.
Darth Vader USB Hub, $65Do you find yourself constantly removing USB cables to make room to charge your iPod? Well, don’t! This is America, not commie China where Chairman Mao oversees computer and fortune cookie production from his sewer fortress. Darth Vader here will sit on your desk, functioning as both a handsome work-time accessory and three extra USB ports. When he’s plugged into stuff he does that breathing thing, which will either be obnoxious after five minutes or become some kind of white noise you can’t quite seem to function without. Impressive. Most impressive.
Real Cow Hide Pouch, $89.89No one will be upset with the fact that this iPhone pouch is made of actual cattle hide once they learn that the company sells them under the decidedly un-PC, and frankly quite confusing, name of Eskimo Pouch. With sheep leather lining, carbon fiber composite, and actual furry cattle hide exterior (I’m serious, you can brush these), you should certainly get your money’s worth if you like to dress like an extra from Midnight Cowboy.
Hairspray Case, $35Griffin and Threadless have been joining forces since the iPhone 2G to bring you fine-looking cases. This time around, I especially dig this graffiti design from artist Jasmiini Ottelin, which adds less than a millimeter of thickness to your iPhone. Check out the site for other 4G designs like Electric Jellyfish and Everyday Life Would Be Cooler With Sound Effects, as well as some 2G and 3G cases still available for my stone age brothers out there.
iGrill, $100This Christmas, I relied on a meat thermometer the grocery store gave away for free to cook steaks. Consequently, I caused a grease fire with five foot flames that raged on for twenty minutes inside the oven while I, after screaming and slamming the oven door shut, watched on helplessly and a bit pyro-hypnotized. I won’t make the same mistake next year. I’m either going to order Chinese or invest in something like the iGrill, a fancy meat thermometer that can communicate with your iPod. Set it for a specific temperature (the app will tell you which meats need which temperatures) and walk away. Your iPhone will keep you abreast of time, temp, and more through multiple meat probes.
Pulsear Heartrate Monitor Headphones, TBD
Is all that metal making you super aggro? These will tell you when it’s time to take a chill break. Switzerland’s CSEM just finalized the prototype for the Pulsear, headphones that monitor your heartrate via a small infrared sensor. Your iPhone can then take the signals, process them, and plot visually. If you’re the athletic type, this could take separate heartrate monitors completely out of the equation from your run, leaving you with nothing to carry but your iPhone on your arm. That and plenty of Jujubes!
Michael Kors iPhone Wristlet, $80Hey there, classy lady. I know you’ve got the cheddar to afford an iPhone, but it’s like everybody’s got one now that Radioshack’s trading them for food stamps. Show the working class you also have the money to spend nearly one hundred dollars to give your phone its own purse, which you will then have to put into another purse. Crafted from the finest of full grain Napa leathers, this case from the MICHAEL by Michael Kors collection can also be purchased in tandem with a matching iPad case, should you at times desire a slightly larger screen display.
Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker, $60
Movie Peg, $8MoviePeg isn’t the only solution around for making your iThings stand up on their own, but it may have the best combination of elegance and cheapness. The simple notch, available in enough colors to make you grapple with the nature of capitalism, is available in iPhone 4 and iPhone 3 versions. It’s perfect for traveling, as a tripod for taking pictures, and keeping sticky child sausage fingers at bay while they watch some stupid video about Shrek or something that makes them shut up for five minutes so you can think.
Famicom Controller Case, $47
Pinball Magic Cabinet, $40Face it: pinball’s just not the same without the cabinet. As much as I like playing digital pinball games, they can only get better with the Pinball Magic iPhone/iPod cabinet. Just slide your device inside, and you’ve got side mounted flipper buttons, an actual plunger to launch balls, and tilt detection (rats). So far it only works with their pinball game, but they promise support for other third party pinball games is coming soon.
Touchscreen Glove Pins, $14There are plenty of gloves on the market with built-in conductors that allow you to manipulate your iPod’s touchscreen. But what if you already have a pair that’s kept you warm through many blizzards, which you won’t soon abandon for flash-in-the-pan techno-mittens? These conductive pins will make any pair of hand clothes touchscreen ready. They come in packs of four and you really only need one per set of gloves, so hand some out to a buddy or spread them out throughout your extensive and certainly dapper glove connection.
Universal Remote Control, $60Put this thing in that thing and look, your iPod’s a universal remote control! I’ve got no fewer than six remotes, and it would be nice to use my end table for things other than remotes and game controllers. Compatible with most iPods, iPhones, and the iPad, it can be used in multiple rooms across your house and set up for a bunch of preprogrammed devices. Unfortunately, this means I would now have a near 100% chance of losing my iPhone.
Robot Headphone Splitter, $14Sharing headphones with your high school beau is romantic. Awkwardly crowding together with somebody you just met at a party is not, especially when they return their bud covered in yellow-brown wax clumps. There’s really no cleaning that. Won’t you let Splitbot help keep your ears disease free? Simply pop his head off, stick it in your iPhone, and insert two headphones into his empty sockets. He also finds professional fulfillment as an adorable keychain.
iPhone Boxers, $20You’ve gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, and know when to keep your iPhone in a snug pocket on the inside of your boxers. They’re specially treated with an anti-microbial odor buster so your phone won’t stank, so don’t worry about that. They should prevent robbers from trying to swipe your iPhone, but honestly, if they go through the trouble of going inside the front of your pants to try and get at it, you should just let them have it, man.
Cinemin Slice, $430IPod, why you got such a little screen? I’ll fix you with the Cinemin Slice, an object of spelling confusion and an iPhone/iPod projector. The little device will give you up to a 60 inch image anywhere from the wall to the ceiling with the 90 degree swivel. It supports games, movies and photos and can also hook up to an iPad or laptop via the VGA port. It’s got speakers, too, should your device’s be inadequate.
Hello Kitty Solar Charger Charm, $29Spending all day in the sun is rarely a problem for me, as my condo in Freelance Towers is regularly and thoughtfully stocked by Goody Robots. For those of you that do experience regular Vitamin D intake, consider these solar iPhone chargers. Available in Hello Kitty, teddy bear (this is from Japan, after all), and regular ol’ black versions, these solar batteries charge up to give your phone extra hours of juice. Quite handy when you’re away from a computer, car, or source of electrical charging power. Use it up, and the sun will have it ready to go again in a lickety jiff.
iRetrofone Steampunk Version, $350Hurrhurr, making your iPhone look like an old phone that was clearly made way before iPhones existed, hurrhurr. Okay those things are dumb and it’s not funny anymore, but that would not stop me from buying this beautiful piece from Freeland Studios that leaves played-out anachronism-based ironies behind for pure style. Scott Freeland hand-sculpted and hand-painted this base that allows for USB charge and sync connectivity as well as, clearly, routing phone conversations through the handset. Take that, brain radiation!
Steve In-Sane Tee, $24I can’t get enough of this t-shirt design, which combines David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane look with the young hipster Steve Jobs and the classic Apple color splash. This is definitely what I will be rocking in line for the iPad 2—if it comes out at a price point under $100. Check out the rest of this company’s shirts too, including one that asks What Would Geordi La Forge Do? (his visor can see directly through moral fog) and another that sports a charming Ascii tribute to Pedobear.
iPhone GPS Adapter, $80Yeah, you can get a decent GPS for under $100 now, but I’m not going to tarnish this for you like Keanu Reeves’ performance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula tarnished Gary Oldman’s. Besides, wouldn’t you rather have the iPhone up there on your windshield to make hands-free calls, listen to your fave playlist, watch movies when traffic’s at a standstill, or impress extremely susceptible children? And there’s the GPS part too: the holster has a chip that boosts the iPhone’s otherwise spotty GPS navigation. Thanks to the adapter plate in this new version, it can work with the 4G as well as earlier versions.
Walkman Sticker, $6Remember the Sony Walkmans/men/mens? Weren’t they funny? Guess what: that’s where your iPhone is headed someday. Celebrate the inescapable onset of obsoleteness with knowing snark and this cheap and awesome vinyl laminate for your iPhone 4. Dude sells plenty of other cool stickers, including ones that make your iPhone look like Han Solo frozen in carbonite and the R2-D2 Droid 2. The stickers themselves won’t ever let you down: they are made of material that’s been rated for 5-7 years of outdoor life, while your phone is probably rated for ten minutes of moist sweatpant exposure.
iPod Shower Speaker, $60
I don’t know how people take five minute showers. I stay in there a full twenty minutes, mostly just standing there and trying to wake up. I know it’s probably not good for the environment, but I’m just so sleepy. I could have something to do while I’m in there, though. Keep your gross comments to yourself, I’m talking about bringing my iPod in there, not making some kind of wet romance. Now, I know they are only waterproof 70% of the time, so I’m fixing to look into this waterproof shower speaker for iPods n’ Pads. Just put your iPod into the separate dock (it can be up to 150 feet away from the shower), hang the speaker unit by the shower head, and get to stepping on those non-slip bath stickers. Just make sure you have a decent playlist lined up, and don’t get smart with the “Singin’ in the Rain” and whatnot.