I just had to try out the iCade by Ion. What started out as an April Fool’s joke by ThinkGeek has become a reality. The arcade case is set up with bluetooth controls and a joystick. Ion has partnered with Atari and has an app out for Asteroids. They are researching having switchable control panels like a rollerball or other retro controllers. What’s really cool is they are making the mapping available to devs so new games can be fitted for it, or retro classics from companies could be used, as well as other emulators like MAME. The case sells for $99 and can be pre-ordered at ThinkGeek.
Enter the iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet! To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the cradle. The iCADE uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad so there’s nothing else you need to do. You’re ready to “insert coin” and game on!
To bring the iCADE to life, ThinkGeek has partnered with ION. Atari, the first name in classic arcade games, also signed up to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids® to market with iCADE support built right in. When released, a friendly API will be made available to developers to add iCADE support to almost any game.
Tunewear Game Handle
Tunewear is showcasing their game grip, Game Handle. It gives an ergonomic grip so hours spent playing your favorite game won’t cramp your hands. It sells for $20 on Amazon. It is compatible with the iPod Touch 2-4G, iPhone 3G/3GS and 4.
Kapok iPhone Case
The Kapok iPhone case by Canopy adds camera functionality to the iPhone. The case has standard tripod openings for mounting to any tripod in landscape or profile with a free app that includes a timer and extended exposure time for light painting. The button mapping is also open to devs so the case could be used as a gaming device. The case is two pieces and easily slides on and off. There is a 30 pin connector within the case to communicate with the buttons. The case retails for $59 MSRP and also comes with a stand.
IvySkin has a case system for the 3G/3GS, which has a swapout system with a standard back, a backup battery pack that supplies one full charge, and a card carrying case. All three come together for $69. The iPhone 4 version does not have the card back, and retails for $80. A swappable iPad extended battery case is $100. Available at Amazon and Buy.com.
Show your iLove for all things i with iStyle t-shirts and accessories. The shirts retail for $19.99, but they also sell shirts for kids and pets, as well as netbook sleeves, iPad covers, etc. Their website is istyleoriginals.com.
The iChair case and stand allows for portrait, landscape and keyboard positions. It is a slider case with a microfiber liner, screen protector, cloth and squeegee. The iPad case retails for $49, free shipping. The iPhone 4, 3G/3GS and iPod Touch are $39. The iPhone 4 case comes with a back and front screen protector. The cases are brand new at CES and can be purchased at goichair.com.
Innovelis, makers of BudFits, are introducing their cord winder product CordShrink at CES. The product snaps on the back of the Nano 6G and eliminates the dangling cord, especially good for runners. The CordShrink sells for $13-$15. The BudFits sells for $8-10. Available at Amazon and other retailers.
Brenthaven 5 in 1 case
The Brenthaven 5 in 1 case is a landscape stand, keyboard stand, front cover, hand strap and comes with a strap to attach to a car head rest. Good value for $59 and even fits over the Invisibleshield. Available on Amazon and Apple stores.
Radtech Dock Extender
Burned by dock extenders in the past? The Radtech dock extender comes to the rescue. Guaranteed to work with the Apple bumper, Speck CandyShell, Otterbox Defender and Commuter, Vapor and all Apple A/V cables and accessories. It retails for $19.95 and can be purchased at Radtech.com.
Lingo Radio Case
Nano users can to listen to FM radio, so why not iPhone users? This case by Lingo comes with a free app to operate its built-in FM antennae. By the end of the month, it will also be able to access Internet radio over wifi. Bonus: it also is a back up battery with one full charge. The free app allows you to toggle the battery on and off.