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Native Union expands charging dock range with DOCK

When it comes to rolling out some rather unique accessories for mobile devices these days, Native Union has certainly done its bit in alleviating the standard of industrial design. Case in point would be the DOCK for Apple Watch, but now here we are with award-winning design studio Native Union introducing DOCK for smartphone and tablet as part of its ever growing charging dock range. The DOCK will be able to sit elegantly on your desk, nightstand, or any flat surface, as it boasts of a sleek and stable base that will let you juice up your mobile device. This is definitely a work of art no matter which angle you look at it front, as it is made from a striking slice of aircraft grade aluminum and weighted silicone base in order to offer support for your smartphone or tablet so that you can use it comfortably as it recharges.

DOCK has been paired with premium weighted silicone alongside precision cut aluminum to offer a sleek, stable and understated finish. Regardless of your furnishings or taste in decor, you can be sure that DOCK has the job down pat. DOCK provides the user with an optimal viewing angle when one charges it up, so that you can view messages, calls or emails at a glance. Not only that, this solid slice of aluminum will also arrive equipped with not one, but a pair of adaptors, so that you can securely connect your device whether it’s wearing a case or not.

The Native Union DOCK will arrive in a couple of flavors – DOCK Lightning (for iPhone and iPad) as well as DOCK Micro-USB (for Android or tablet), with the latter boasting of the NATIVE UNION Micro-USB braided BELT Cable, hence being more expensive at $64.99 a pop as opposed to $49.99 for iOS-powered hardware.

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The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad isn’t a one-trick pony

We all have our preferences for platforms, and within that we have specific brands and types of peripherals or controllers that we like using over others. Long ago Mad Catz was at the opposing end of being our favorite, but with time comes change, and they’ve certainly come out swinging. If you’re looking for a multiplatform device that can be as mobile as your life demands it to be, they might just have the controller for you.

The C.T.R.L.R. Mobile Gamepad isn’t all about smartphone games, though you can certainly use this to play them. This gives you an analog stick, D-pad, ABXY buttons, bumpers, and will let you switch between gamesmart mode for playing and controlling Android devices, PC mode for computer games, and mouse mode for navigating Bluetooth devices. There are also multimedia buttons for controlling music, movies, and more.

This comes with software that you can customize and assign for game-specific profiles, and if you get a mount that can attach to the controller, you’ll be able to use it as if it was the Shield. You can also use this on M.O.J.O. with friends, on Amazon Fire TV, and more. This does need AAA batteries to work, and will go for up to 40 hours at a time with fresh batteries. This is going to cost you around $46 or more with shipping, and while the premise is nice, anything that isn’t rechargeable seems like a pain, even though we’re fully capable of recharging the batteries.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The InkCase I6 for iPhone 6 will make your expensive phone even fancier

We spend a lot of money on smartphones, because the nicer, newer ones can do far more exciting things than the old ones can. The iPhone made waves when it first came out, and now we’re one the…well, they call it the 6s, but there’s more than 6 different types in existence. If your new phone with pressure-sensitive technology isn’t fancy enough for you, then you’re going to need accessories to up your game.

The InkCase I6 for iPhone 6 is a minimal protection case that adds an E-ink display to the back of your iPhone 6. This connects wirelessly to your phone through Bluetooth, and will give you the time, show battery usage, if you have messages, your to-do list, and much more. You can even have a personalized wallpaper for when you don’t need up-to-the-minute reports of what’s happening on the other side of your phone. Thanks to it being an E-ink display, you won’t have to worry about it sucking up much of the battery.

The display is anti-glare, and it’s always on so you won’t miss out on anything. If you also have a smartwatch, it would be impossible for you to avoid seeing a single notification. The display is 4.3”, and has a resolution of 480

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The Skull Charger – get into the spirit for the month of Halloween

Do you love Halloween more than Thanksgiving and Christmas combined? Every year we hit October and the Halloween decorations begin. We basically have to start the fun at the beginning of the month since as soon as Halloween is over it’s Christmas time since no one cares about Thanksgiving unless they’re eating turkey. People start putting up Christmas lights and keep them there well into the winter for aesthetics, but why fight it when you can join in with your own fun?

If you secretly enjoy holiday lights but want it in a spoopy theme, then this Skull Charger will be a must-have. This is a 46” long charging cable that is riddled with red skulls that light up while your phone is powering up. It is a lightning connector, so it will only work with iPhone 5+, iPad 4+, iPod Touch, etc. Basically, if you’re not a current Apple fan, you’re out of luck.

This has 8 LEDs in red skulls, which means it should keep lighting up for years to come so long as you don’t needlessly leave this plugged in at all hours of the day. This is only going to cost you $14.99, and will let anyone near you know that you have holiday spirit. Whether or not they pay attention to the fact that it’s for Halloween or not will be based on how far into your personal space bubble they’re willing to tread.

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The Monoshot helps you take professional-grade photos on your phone

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With the rise of the selfie stick, we know that people are wanting better ways to take photos. The framing of your picture is decided by the length and steadiness of your arm, which isn’t always the greatest. Not only that, but getting exactly the shot you want if you’re aiming to shoot video or snap a decent shot with specific lighting isn’t easily accomplished with your arm alone.

If you wish you had a tripod for your phone like you would have for a DSLR camera, then you’re going to need a rather specific piece of equipment. There are a million and one ways to do this, but how many of them use mechanisms you’re already familiar with, are sturdy, and small enough to be tossed in your bag for filming on the go? The Monoshot appears to have all the professional aspects that you would find with a tripod for a DSLR, but comes in a very compact package.

The MonoShot uses a barrel style locking mechanism, is made of aluminum, has tripod feet, and can fold down to 16 inches long. It was made by a golf enthusiast who wanted to improve his form by watching footage of himself, but all of the equipment to make it possible was too expensive or shoddy, so he made his own instead and decided to share it with the world. This is only going to cost you around $49, or you can splurge on a complete set with a GoPro mount which will cost you $55. This would be great for improving your form with working out or sports, taking videos for the Internet, or snapping family photos on your phone.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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The Titanium Falcon Smart Ring Game Controller is coming to a store near you…someday

We want to be as close to our gaming worlds as possible, so it makes sense that we’re striving to make exceedingly real virtual reality experiences. We’ve already got things like the Occulus, Omni, wireless controllers that act as weapons and much more. However, the more we put on, the harder it is to make the experience seem real. There have been innovations to expand your visual field in your living room, but they only do so much as you’re not really moving with the environment.

If you like geeky accessories that are also functional, then the Talon from Titanium Falcon will be a hot new item to keep your eye on. We’ve seen a gaming ring before, but as it is with all tech items, the newest one is generally trying to outdo the older version of itself. This is less than 3.8mm thick and won’t cost more than $100, but its aim is to be as multi-platform as possible.

Rather than forcing you to get an expensive piece of hardware that you don’t already have, this will work with any smart device. This means your phone, tablet, smart TV, smart watch, PC, Mac, or VR headset. Your hand gestures will control aspects of games or applications, making it a more seamless experience. It uses Bluetooth low energy, a 32-bite CPU, two action buttons, 9-axis motion control sensor, a gyroscope, and a compass. While we won’t know precisely how useful this is until it has hit the shelves as it is going to be a crowdfunding campaign first, it looks pretty promising at the moment.

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Spivo is a Selfie Stick for adventure seekers

We really, really love to document anything and everything. We take pictures of our faces every day, our food, and the cool things that we’re up to. If you love living fast and crazy, then there’s a decent chance you have a GoPro camera so you can record your biking trips, skateboarding shenanigans, scenic runs, and more. Of course, if you have it strapped on your body, you can only film in one direction.

If you don’t mind showing off your face and giving a different perspective now and again, then you might like the Spivo Stick. We just recently looked at the SoloCam for budding journalists, but the Spivo is aimed at thrill-seekers who want to capture all of their sweet moves from different angles. This is a rotating camera mount that can switch the field of view by 180 degrees, and all you need do is press a button. Of course, you will also need to hold the stick the entire time, but if you want to capture the moment, a little extra focus on balancing with your arm out isn’t going to do much harm.

This is meant for action sport cameras that are capable of getting a full field of view facing you or what lies ahead. This uses a universal tripod mount to keep your camera secure, and comes with a wrist strap so you don’t fling it off flying down a hillside. You can try putting your smartphone on there, but it’s likely better to use something that is less likely to shatter. There are different fixed sizes depending on what you plan to use this for, measuring from 12-26” long. This is going to cost you around $49 or more depending on how many extra gizmos you want.

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The Induction Duo Speaker is all about sound, no cables

As life moves at an ever-increasing rate, we want nothing more than to have everything as streamlined as possible. Time is money, and we usually don’t have enough of either to make things seem fair. That’s why the little things like listening to music and playing games are so important to us. They have the power to change how you feel about a day.

If you’re on the hunt for a new speaker, then why not choose something that will be almost completely hassle-free? This Induction Duo Speaker uses, you guessed it, induction, to crank up your phone’s volume. It has a six hour battery life, and two 5-watt drivers that don’t need to pair or plug into your phone to pump up the jams. You only need to set your device on top for it to start cranking out music at a louder decibel.

This works with any device that has an external speaker, and will still turn up the sound even if you have a case on your smartphone (the device most are going to use). It has a soft, rubberized feel to it, and the only cable you’ll need is for charging. If you’re interested in this sort of convenience, then you’ll be looking at paying around $39 for this speaker. It does have a rather short battery life, compared to ones that can go for 10 or more hours, but whether or not that matters is up to your situation.

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The iPhone 6 Plus Bluetooth Keyboard makes quick work of texts and emails

If you’re the type of person who never stops moving and shaking, then you always need a way to get your work done. This usually means constantly having access to a laptop, tablet, or having the right accessories to turn your phone into an all-out workstation. If you like to travel light, then the last option is likely the most appealing one.

If you are the proud owner of the phablet known as the iPhone 6 Plus and need to make it into a mini workstation at a moment’s notice, then you’re going to love this Ultra Thin Bluetooth Keyboard. This has a rechargeable battery, built-in stand for viewing your phone in landscape mode, and comes with a crystal case, in case you don’t want the extra bulk on your phone all the time, but don’t want your phone to go naked.

This charges via MicroUSB and only comes in white, which fits the theme for most of the devices in the Apple family. While this can work up to 32 feet away, there’s a good chance you won’t be trying to use this more than 5 or 6 feet away. The only downside to this keyboard is that it’s really no bigger than the one on your phone, which means those with sausage fingers are still going to have difficulty typing. There is the plus side of getting the tactile feedback whenever you’re typing, which means not having to look at they keys. While that aspect is nice to have, it may not be $48 worth of nice.

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The Artiphon will let you play every instrument through one device

Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, but were afraid that it would be too difficult? You know that you can keep a beat, but if someone put an instrument in your hands, you wouldn’t know where to start. Even if you can play some pretty awesome air guitar, it doesn’t really make a sound on its own. If you could pick an instrument and immediately start playing it without having to take any formal training, what sort of music would you make?

We love LEGOs because they don’t limit our ability to create by providing us with simple tools to make amazing creations. The Artiphon is a single device that will connect to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and can be any instrument you want, but won’t require you to know what you’re doing. You don’t have to know how to use a pick to hear guitar, where to put your fingers for piano, or how to hold a bow to play violin. All you need is the gesture of strumming, tapping, bowing, sliding, and more.

The device looks like the neck of a guitar, slightly resembling the more complex Rockband guitars. This will work with any MIDI-compatible software, and can be played however feels best to you. This will make music-making as effortless as building a castle in Minecraft. This works with hundreds of pre-existing apps, and can make any sound imaginable. There are built-in speakers so you don’t have to worry about plugging into an amp, but you can plug in headphones when you don’t want to disturb others. You can change the tuning, assign different instruments to each string, play multiple notes per string, and every note will be as loud or soft as the pressure you put on it. This will cost you $350-400 depending on whether you want a case and strap or not.

More information and crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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