Posts tagged "The Mentalist"

Things We Like: Phone-O-Scope Adapter Lets You Use SLR Lenses on an iPhone

Ever taken a look at your digital SLR and wondered if your iPhone might be a tiny bit jealous of its ability to swap lenses? If so, photography hack extraordinaire Bhautik Joshi has exactly what you need. He's essentially taken an iPhone case and added an SLR lens coupler to it. From there you just slip your iPhone into the case, attach your favorite lens, and bingo — wacky iPhone photography can commence.

The resulting photos are a little more lomographic than a regular iPhone picture would be, but it's pretty cool. Just imagine attaching a big-ass lens to this thing. Cool; yes. Practical; who cares. Check it out!

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CNBC to Premiere “Planet of the Apps” Special on January 7th

If you ever wondered just how much of an impact the iPhone may have had on the world around it, CNBC might have the answer. The network will apparently be airing a special called "Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution!" that looks at how the release of the iPhone gave birth to a revolution in mobile technology.

The show will feature a piece from "Heroes" actor Greg Grunberg, who describes his "second job" as an app developer (he helped write the Yowza! Mobile Coupons [App Store, free] application), look at the popularity and profitability of apps, interview app developers and examine how big a business apps truly are.

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Things We Like: Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Can Pick Up From Best Buy

It's Christmas Eve Eve, have you gotten something for everyone on your list? Chances are you've got some last-minute shopping to do, and if you're reading iPA, you probably know someone with an iPhone. So to help out with that last little rush, we've gathered a list of some of our favorite iPhone accessories you can grab from your local Best Buy. Most Best Buys are open until 11PM on the 23rd and until 5PM on the 24th, so there's still time!

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Tips For Designing An Awesome Site For Your iPhone Apps

In the past year or so we've seen hundreds (probably more) of iPhone app sites, and we've gotten really good at spotting classy developers. The general feeling we've picked up is that if the developer hasn't put much work into their app's site, they probably haven't put enough work into the app either. So the key here is to have a spiffy site that entices customers to give your app a chance. To help those who may not be aesthetically inclined, Web Designer Wall has posted a great list of tips and examples for creating top-notch app sites.

If you're a developer, or even a designer looking for some inspiration, it's a great piece to check out.

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Things We Like: 4iThumbs

Ok, this could be interesting.

Given that people either love or hate the iPhone's virtual keyboard, the 4iThumbs accessory functions as a screen overlay that adds minuscule bumps on your iPhone display -- bumps that correspond to where the keys are when using the vertical keyboard.

You'll either love it or hate it, but the video is worth a gander.

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iPhone-Controlled Robot Turns Finger Movements Into Footsteps

Everybody loves robots, and judging by the fact you're reading this, you probably love iPhones, too. Combined, they are a magical combination that brings a smile to our faces. The latest of these is Walky, the product of Yuta Sugiura the Digital Life Project at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University in Japan. It's a bipedal robot that translates finger movements into robotic footsteps (and a few dance moves, to boot). It's certainly one of the coolest and most intuitive iPhone-to-robot interfaces we've seen. Video after the break.

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Things We Like: Waterloo Labs Builds iPhone-Controlled Car

Right, the cats at Waterloo Labs have built a car that can be controlled with an iPhone and decided to surf on it a la the original "Teen Wolf." Since a picture's worth a thousand words, click below and see how it was built, what materials were used and the appropriate warnings and disclaimers before you try something similar on your end:

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Concept: Display Made Of Wall Of iPod Touches

Want to see something cool? Japanese design firm PROTOTYPE has networked 20 iPod touches to create one interactive display that creats chain reactions between devices, making for some very cool visual effects. Possibly coolest of all about the project is that it's highly scaleable, making it possible to create a 16x9 wall of iPod touches, all reacting and being awesome. Video after the break.

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Dude Makes Rock Band Playing Robot Because He can

So you think you're pretty great at Rock Band [App Store, $9.99] on your iPhone or iPod touch because you can beat your friends, eh? How about a machine? That's right, tough guy. Joe Bowers has created a machine with no purpose other than mastering Rock Band and putting us humans to shame doing so. It consists of a robotic "hand" that can detect changes in light, and it can play the game's highest level of difficulty without the help of us fleshy types.

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Things We Like: App Of The Day

I recently got a call from friend of the site Jordan Satok who wanted to tell me about his new project, App of the Day. AotD does one truly awesome thing; it recommends one iPhone app based on user submitted nominations. The app that receives the most nominations becomes the app of the day. Anyone can nominate an app, all you have to do is register. There's a one nomination per day limit to keep things fair, but nominations are carried over each day and no app will appear twice.

If you're addicted to apps (and we know you are), you should definitely check out App of the Day.

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