Screen protectors are almost as old as screens themselves; who would want tons of scratches on the screen of their shiny new device? Gorilla Glass was the first layer of defense from this issue, as this technology surpassed plastic screens of the past that were prone to scratches. But even having a glass screen isn’t enough for most, because unlike the plastic screens, Gorilla Glass is especially prone to shattering from drops and bumps.
The Invisibleshield was, and continues to be, a popular solution for protecting the glass screen on your iOS device. That company may, however, need be worried about the new kid on the block — Rhino Shield. You’ll have to watch their Kickstarter video above to understand the product fully, but its multiple layers claim to provide much more than just scratch protection. This technology might even help save your device when it’s dropped!
Saturdays with Stephen is an interesting and equally opinionated weekly series that provides a closer analysis of news related to both Apple and the wider technology industry. So turn off the weekend cartoon marathon and join Stephen each Saturday for detailed insight on a trending topic. Be sure to leave your own opinion in the comments and get involved in the open, healthy discussion. Kickstarter Watch is a monthly feature covering trending Apple-related projects.
I don’t think that Kickstarter projects get enough coverage in the tech world. There could be some really exciting things being created, and it seems to me that their campaigns are usually over by the time I read about them. Therefore, I took some time out of my week to search through Kickstarter looking for upcoming Apple related projects — ones that you might want to get involved in.
Today, we’re going to look at an iPod touch adapter claiming to offer free 4G internet, a multiple-use clip designed for holding your iPhone, and a oddly-named, beautiful, and sturdy iPad laptop case. (more…)
The iPhone camera has always been unbelievably handy for snapping shots quickly, but have you ever considered using it as a scanner? Phil Bosua and his team — collectively named Limemouse — wanted a desktop scanner that wasn’t “big, expensive and cumbersome.”
After a few months of hard work, they were left with Scanbox and a dedicated app to go with it, called “Cam Scanner+”. It looks like a few pieces of paper, but what exactly is Scanbox? According to the Kickstarter page:
Scanbox is an easy to use, affordable and unbelievably portable scanning box that uses your smartphone’s camera to take amazing high quality scans. It’s easy to set up and packs down flat to easily fit into your bag or brief case.
The product definitely is a creative use of the iPhone 4S’ 8-megapixel camera, however Limemouse states that the box works with all iPhones as well as most smartphones with a camera on the back. To get the most basic model you have to contribute $15 to the project, while $25 will get you the “plus” version.
The campaign has already been wildly popular, passing the group’s original fundraising goal by more than ten times. Check out the video at the source link for more details. You’ll have to act quick if you want one, since the campaign ends in less than 24 hours.
Kickstarter is a website founded in April 2009 that allows everyday people to fund creative projects. There’s all sorts of potential start-ups on the website ranging from indie bands to technological inventions. By making a pledge, you’re not only supporting a project, but there’s usually perks involved too—free pins, t-shirts, and sometimes even a free lunch—as a way for the person who started the project to show his or her gratitude towards your donation. The website is a great funding platform for everyday people that want to pursue their innovative ideas but need some financial assistance in the process.
Among the projects found on Kickstarter are a number of noteworthy concepts for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For starters, there is the Red Pop physical camera button for the iPhone 4. The button, designed by Beep Industries, is part of an attachment that slides onto the end of the iPhone and connects via the 30-pin dock connector. When it is connected, the Red Pop application, which will be free on the App Store, will open automatically to allow for quick snapping of photos. The shots that you take will automatically save to your iPhone’s camera roll. The company is anticipating the release of a next-generation iPhone and will adjust its Red Pop button accordingly if necessary. The project has been highly successful, bringing in nearly double its goal of $20,000 in pledges. The retail price of the Red Pop has yet to be announced, but you can secure yourself a pre-order with a $75 pledge.
Another interesting and equally successful project is The Paradox, a premium stainless steel watch kit for your sixth-generation iPod nano. The watch, designed by the 21-year-old founder of All Geek Everything, is engineered from high-grade stainless steel that completely encloses the iPod nano in industrial-design fashion. It is embedded with external buttons that are very functional, features interchangeable straps, and comes in either a stainless steel or black stainless steel finish. The kit will retail for $79 with custom engraving available.
A few more awesome ideas can be found after the break!