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This is a discussion on iPhone Accessories within the iPhone forums, part of the iPod, iPhone, iPad Forum category; This spinning, five-lens-bayonet case for the iPhone 5 looks fantastic, but it’s hard to get past both a) the price ($140, or HK$1,080) and b) ...

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    ‘Five’-Lens Turret Case Turns iPhone 5 Into A Photo-Shooting Tank


    This spinning, five-lens-bayonet case for the iPhone 5 looks fantastic, but it’s hard to get past both a) the price ($140, or HK$1,080) and b) the name (TurtleJacket PentaEye!)

    Still, it’s billed as a tool for the “serious iPhoneographer,” so let’s take a look.

    The aluminum case has two sets of strap mounts and a pair of tripod mounts, but clearly the main draw id the five-lens dial. Except it appears to be little more than a four-lens dial with an extra hole for letting you shoot through the iPhone’s naked lens.

    The lenses are a wideangle, a fisheye, a macro and a telephoto. As the Olloclip has three of these already, all you’re getting is the telephoto which – at a pedestrian 1.5x magnification – might not be worth the extra.

    Still, it looks cool, and will certainly protect the iPhone within. But more and more I wonder about the utility of these things – after all, if you;re going to go to the trouble of schlepping this extra gear, why not just grab your camera instead?

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    GoPano Micro Is Coming To iPhone 5, Pre-Order Yours Today For $60



    The GoPano Micro is a Kickstarter project that’s really taken off, becoming a huge success on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. So it’s no surprise to see that it’s soon coming to iPhone 5. It’s available to pre-order now from the GoPano store, priced at $60, with shipping expected to begin later this month.

    The GoPano Micro is a terrific iPhone accessory that attaches to your handset just like a case. Over the camera, there’s a clever device that allows you to capture 360° panoramic videos, which you can move around during playback. Just slap it on your phone, hit record, and create cool 360° videos in an instant.

    Of course, you’ll want to show your videos off to your friends, which is where the free GoPano app comes in. That allows you to upload directly to Facebook, or the GoPano website.

    Check out the GoPano Micro’s promo video below.


    With the iPhone 5 package, not only do you get the iPhone 5 case, but also one for an iPhone 4/4S as well. The package is $60, and that includes shipping. It’s expected to arrive in late December, which means you won’t get it in time for Christmas, unfortunately.

    The GoPano Micro raised a whopping $170,000 on Kickstarter, exceeding its goal by more than 8 times.

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    iPhone Covers Fashioned From Fire Hoses


    What could be tougher than a fire hose? Nothing, that’s what – not even a dragon’s hide can beat out these woven polymer wonders. And it turns out that they are also pretty damn useful: when not being used to quench fires or give civil-rights protesters a jocular nudge, a firehose can be used to protect your iPhone.

    These covers, from Station Supply Co., are cut from gen-you-wine ex-service firehoses, for even a water-spraying tube has to retire some time. The covers protect the least vulnerable part of the iPhone 5 (and the most vulnerable part of the iPhone 4/S) – the back panel. Cut to fit exactly, the 2mm thick panels are secured using a 3M adhesive.

    You can pick a color, and you can say whether you want letters on there or not, but that’s it – due to the nature of the chopping-up-old-firehoses business, you get what you get.

    I used to have a wallet made from an old German firehose, and it was indeed as tough as old, uh, Lederhosen (see what I did there?). But it was also extremely fat and heavy, so I ditched it. These cases, though, look ideal. Until you drop your iPhone on its edge or its screen I guess.

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    G-Form takes iPhone case drop testing to a new height: over 100,000 feet



    In the past we've seen some videos from G-Form showing their iPhone and iPad cases taking some incredible falls and surviving, but nothing beats this test. The company took one of their new XTREME cases for iPhone ($39.99) that will be introduced at CES next week, popped an iPod touch (5th generation) into it, and attached it to a weather balloon which also carried a GPS tracking device and a sports action camera. The iPod touch in the iPhone 5 case is dangling below a yellow G-Form case carrying the "instrument package" in the image above.

    When the G-Form XTREME case and iPod touch reached an altitude of above 100,000 feet, the electronics package was released. Two of the cameras used during the drop shut down due to extremely low temperatures, estimated at -60°F. The devices were picked up unharmed about 41 miles from their launch site, fittingly near Area 51 in the Nevada desert.

    The cool thing about the new case is that it's much thinner than many competing cases. Like previous G-Form XTREME cases, the new line uses the company's Reactive Protection Technology as an inner core, adds a polycarbonate external shell, and features a third layer of TPE to absorb shocks. The new case is available for order on the G-Form site at this time.




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    Wilson’s Slim 4G Will Give You 5 Bars Of Signal, No Matter What Flavor Your 4G


    LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Unless you’ve got a bizarre predilection for robophilia, there’s nothing exotic about cellular antenna boosters, but we stopped by Wilson Electronic’s booth at CES Unveiled last night to take a look at their latest booster anyway: a cradle for your car that can amp any 4G signal up to five bar status, even when you’re zooming down the causeway.

    The way antenna boosters that you would install in a location like a home or an office work is a combination of line-of-sight and good old “turn it up to 11’ amplification. Essentially, you tether a rebroadcast staton in your own home with a small antenna you put high up in your office, like a roof. The antenna gets better line-of-sight to the nearest tower, allowing your signal to get to you without being thrown off track by nearby buildings, while the station bounces the signal around in its innards a few dozen times to refine it, then squirts it back out to your smartphone.

    Easy. The problem with antenna boosters in cars, though, is they aren’t any higher off the ground than your smartphone is. That means that the hardware needs to work overtime to amp up the signal’s potency.

    The Sleek 4G by Wilson Electronics is like a weapons-grade plutonium refinery for your car, except it refines 4G signals instead. You place an antenna on your roof, plug the station into your cigarette lighter, and you’re off to the races, pulling in significantly more powerful 4G signals no matter where you are, and regardless of your network: LTE, WiMax or fake 4G, otherwise known as HSPA+.

    The Wilson representatives I spoke to said that the Sleek 4G would be available in the next couple of weeks.

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    CES 2013: Canopy Sensus Case Adds Touch Controls to the iPhone's Back



    Canopy's Sensus iPhone case (via Engadget) is touch-enabled, with 10 different touch input points across the back and the right side of the case. The touch input allows for users to interact with apps without blocking the screen with a finger, a useful function for iOS gaming. It is similar in design to the rear trackpad of Sony's PlayStation Vita.

    The Sensus, which resembles a slightly thicker than average iPhone case, has integrated apps that are designed for the visually impaired, along with Braille entry on its touch panels. The company is working on additional apps and has released a software development kit for developers.

    It is constructed from durable polycarbonate with rubber corners to protect the iPhone from bumps and falls. It comes equipped with a built-in processor that monitors touch input, and it is powered through the charging port of the iPhone.

    At this point in time there is only a version for the iPhone 4/4S on display at CES, but the company is working on a version for Apple's iPhone 5.

    Canopy's Sensus case will be available during the Summer of 2013, at a cost between $59 and $99.




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    Parrot's Flower Power: Monitors plants using your iPhone



    Don't have a green thumb? Parrot, perhaps best known for its AR.Drone quadricopter, has a new product on the way called Flower Power that could help you keep yours plants happy and helping by means of your iPhone or other iOS device.

    Announced at CES, the stake-style sensor gets inserted into the soil next to a plant and monitors things like moisture, sunlight, temperature and fertilizer content. This information is sent over Bluetooth Smart to a cloud-based server, then piped to your device so you're informed when the plant needs water, food or moving so as to achieve the appropriate lighting conditions. The recommendations are pulled from a database after you tell the app what type of plant you have it monitoring. The app is capable of tracking multiple plants and sensors in the same environment, indoors or out.

    Parrot hasn't said how much the Flower Power sensors will cost, but intends to ship the horticulture hardware sometime in 2013.

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    Fitbit Flex Brings Health Tracking to Your Wrist



    Las Vegas -- Health and fitness tracking company Fitbit added to its wearable device lineup with the introduction of its new Flex wristband at CES on Monday. Like the company's Fitbit One and Fitbit Ultra, it tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep patterns, plus it syncs to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0.

    Fitbit said the Flex is the first health and activity monitoring wristband to sync via Bluetooth 4.0 and includes a Bluetooth dongle for users with computers that don't have built-in support. It is water resistant, so the Flex can be worn in the shower, and it includes a built-in silent alarm.

    The Flex's sensor unit is removable and the company offers writstbands in black, slate, teal, tangerine and navy so users can choose which color they want to wear. Like other Fitbit products, the Flex's data is viewable through the Fitbit Web-based dashboard or the free Fitbit app for iOS.

    Fitbit isn't planning on shipping the Flex until spring 2013, but is offering pre-order sales now for US$99.95.

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    CES 2013: Fitbug launches the Orb, for tracking sleep and activity via iOS



    Whatever you do, don't confuse the Fitbug with its similarly-titled competitor, the Fitbit -- we accidentally did so at this week's CES Unveiled event, and the company's rep gave us a stern correction. In our defense, it's easy to mix the two up: They obviously sound similar, and they perform similar tasks, both tracking health and calorie consumption via a Bluetooth app. But Fitbug's new Orb unit hopes to do even more than the popular Fitbit -- not only will it track calories burned through the pedometer, but it will also measure sleep (presumably by noting when you're laying down and going inactive).

    The Fitbug will hook up with any iOS device, and can deliver data through a continuous stream, set data to be kicked out at certain times, or follow your directions through a Push mode. The unit can be worn around the wrist, clipped on, or there's a necklace attachment as well. The Orb is available now from Fitbug directly, for a price of £45 (or US $73).

    The company has also introduced a line of Bluetooth enabled scales this week called the Fitbug Wow, that will also track your progress and share it across to a series of iPhone apps. That information can also be browsed through on the website, to mingle up with whatever data you've collected from the Orb. The scales will be out in March, and can be bought for either £70 or £100 ($114, or $163), depending on whether you buy the packaged Air activity tracker as well.

    There are already a number of solutions out there for activity tracking like this, but Fitbug is throwing its hat into the arena with a passion. We'll have to wait and see, as the year goes on, if one of these solutions can fight its way up to the top.




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    Your iPhone Can Now Fix Your Crappy Golf Swing [CES 2013]


    LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 - Don’t leave sports out of CES. There’s lots of fitness accessories here that want to turn nerds into phenomenal athletes. If you’re in the camp that believes golfing is a sport, then the SwingTIP is best new accessory here.

    SwingTIP is a bluetooth-enabled 3D motion sensor that attaches to your golf club to capture the motion of your golf swing, analyze it, and then tell you how to fix your game.

    All of the data that SwingTIP collects is sent to your iPhone as soon as a swing is over and displays tons of information for you in an iOS app, such as swing speed, swing path, club face angle, impact zone, and swing tempo. The app even gives you a visualization of your swing so you can see how janky it is.

    With a battery that lasts about 10days, you don’t have worry about whether the accessory will die while you’re out on the links, and if it does, you can charge it really quickly via USB. The SwingTIP attachment retails for $129 and the iOS app is free.

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