The iPhone's brilliant screen makes it fun to look at and watch, but for those of us without eyesight, the iPhone's apps can still offer it functionality not found in most mobiles. But how do you navigate a phone with no buttons if you can't see? Simple. Make buttons. That's exactly what the Invisual case from Critica does.
Today Apple began shipping the recently announced In-Ear Headphones complete with volume control, microphone, and play/pause controls. When they were unveiled during the iPod nano event, they were announced as an accessory to current iPods. For reasons unknown to us (and many others), the headset's slick in-line volume control buttons don't function on the iPhone. Although it's possible a software update may introduce this functionality for iPhone owners, it may be a hardware limitation. According to Apple, the headphones' mic and center button will still work with the iPhone.
UK battery and charger maker Battech recently unveiled a cool new charger for the iPhone 3G. It's the iPower SX, and it's a solar-powered charger that includes a large 2,200mAh battery. It uses a 5.5V, 80mA crystalline solar panel that has a 5.3V, 500mA output to convert sunlight into power, but can also be charged by USB when sun isn't available. You can grab one for £40 in the UK, or roughly $62 at their site. [via Pocket-Lint.co.uk]
As cold weather approaches in some parts of the world, we are reminded once again of the endless frustration of how useless our gloves are on the iPhone's capitative touch screen. You could go the stylus route, but if a stylus isn't what you're looking for, you might consider a set of technology-friendly gloves like the new Etre Touchy gloves.
Texas Instruments has announced the release of their DLP Pico projector. The device, described as the "world's smallest / lightest" projector, will go on sale in Japan on December 1st in Apple Stores for use with the iPhone and iPod for around ¥50,000 ($511). It comes with a dock connector, and offers 2 hours of battery life, an integrated 0.5 watt speaker, and is lit by a white LED that can project a 60-inch 480x320 pixel image up to 8.5 feet away. Video after the break.
Here's an iPhone accessory for the true narcissist. It's a personalized bobblehead iPhone holder. Just send them three photographs of the person's face from different angles and chose the color of the hair, eyes and skin. The service costs $89; you can add a painted name for $5 and a voice recorder for $15. You can get one at Custom Bobble.com. [via Gizmodo]
We've already heard why the iPhone's camera is pretty darn great for what it is, but that's not to say it couldn't still do with some help. Since it lacks the ability to focus, taking pictures of things that are too close up can be difficult. To fill the void left by the camera's shortcomings, Griffin has released their own solution in the iClarifi case.
When the iPhone was first announced, one of the main concerns was over the virtual keyboard. However, after having a chance to use it, it was discovered to be useful and intuitive. Of course, with anything in the tech world, there are always some complainers. One user decided to take matters into his own hands and hack his iPhone to work with an external keyboard. The keyboard attaches via the iPhone's dock connector and works just as well as any other keyboard. Check out the video after the break!
Those of you who play a lot of iPhone games might be interested in the new product Marware announced last week built for playing games on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G. It's called the Game Grip for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G, and it sports two silicone-covered handles to provide a more ergonomic gaming experience.
Speck today has introduced their brand new case, dubbed "Fitted." The new case is marketed as a fashion statement more than just another iPhone case, and it has the looks to prove it. Fitted will initially be available in tan houndstooth check, black-and-white plaid, and black herringbone with pinstripes with more fabrics coming each season.