if you're a guitarist and you have an iPhone, you need to check out this new product from Paul Reed Smith Cables called the Guitarbud. Simply put, it's a six foot cable that allows you to plug your guitar into your iPhone and record your riffs using virtually any recording app you have installed. PRS recommends you grab their Jam App for use with the Guitarbud, but you can even use the Voice Memo app that comes with the phone, allowing you to quickly send your latest creation to anyone in the world.
The Guitarbud also has a built-in headphone jack allowing you to keep your noise, or music, to yourself. Guitarbud is available now at most musician's stores for $29.95.
It's March and all that cool stuff you saw at CES and Macworld Expo is finally beginning to hit the shelves. Specifically, a new product from Case-Mate, which we previewed back in January, is now shipping. For those who don't remember, Hug is a wireless induction charger that allows you to attach a case to your iPhone 3G or 3GS, then place the handset on a charging platter. You can grab it now from Case-Mate's website for $99.99.
They've included a video, so take a gander:
Albeit Square's credit card reader has garnered some attention, Verifone's competing credit card reader may be given the green light by Apple itself, as Apple has set aside space for it on its retail store shelves. Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Verifone will be selling its PAYware Mobile units from Apple Store locations come the end of March.
For users adopting the PAYware service, there's both an activation fee as well as a monthly fee on top of a per-payment charge, the reader itself taking up the iPhone's dock port.
Remember that awesome retractable iPhone cable that hooks onto your keychain? Scosche initially announced the FlipSYNC iPod and mini/micro USB models at CES, although ship dates for both were TBA. Fear not, though as the company has recently announced that both FlipSYNC models will begin shipping in early spring for the slightly more than reasonable price of $19.99 each.
On Thursday, New Potato Technologies introduced the FLPR, a dongle that allows the iPhone and iPod touch to function as a universal remote control capable of controlling devices such as televisions, cable and satellite boxes, stereo systems, lights, ceiling fans and almost anything that requires an infrared remote control.
The device, which connects to the dock connector, functions with the free FLPR app from the App Store. Once the app is launched, users can choose the device “type,” select “brand,” “name it” and “use it.” It’s that easy. FLPR comes pre?programmed with over 14,000 remote control codes, including all major electronics brands.
We finally have some new news about iControlPad, the hardware gaming controller that attaches to your jailbroken iPhone to let you play games in a more ergonomic and tactile way. The wait for it to be released is coming to a close. The company has announced that the iControlPad has finally entered mass production.
At Macworld last week, FastMac announced one of the coolest home improvement products we've seen in a while. It's an AC power outlet that includes two USB charging ports in addition to two standard AC outlets. It's called the TruePower U-Socket, and it'll begin shipping in the first quarter of 2010. When it ships, it'll cost $29.95, but you can pre-order one right now for just $19.95. It requires a bit of expertise with the fuse box and a screwdriver, but for most geeks, this should be one hot product!
The guys behind the Notepod have recently announced a new version for the iPad, the Notepod+. In case you don't already know, the Notepod is a pad of paper that's designed to look like an iPhone screen, perfect for sketching out iPhone app ideas.
The iPad Notepod (also known as the Notepod+) will run you $19.95 and the classic Notepod is just $17.95 for a pack of three.
With all the buzz about iPhone-based credit card payment systems, we made sure to stop by Mophie's booth to get a look at the Mophie Marketplace. It's essentially an iPhone case with a built in credit card reader that works with a third-party app to provide the functionality. The coolest thing about the Marketplace demo was that they were actually using it to sell Juice Pack Airs at the booth. We thought the system was so cool that we got a personal demo of how it all works:
We just stopped by the FastMac booth here at Macworld and they're showing off several new products, the coolest of which is the iV Plus. The iV Plus is an iPhone case with an integrated battery — similar to the popular Mophie Juice Pack Air — with a few tricks up its sleeves. Most notably, the iV doubles as a universal remote, thanks to a built-in infrared transmitter. It also includes a super-bright LED light which can be used as a flashlight or as an actual camera flash as long as you have an app that supports it.
FastMac also claims that the new iV packs more battery life than the Mophie Juice Pack air, all in a slightly smaller package which is really exciting. Think about it; if you're already using it for extra juice, you'll always have a flashlight and a universal remote with you! Check out the video below: