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This is a discussion on iPhone Accessories within the iPhone forums, part of the iPod, iPhone, iPad Forum category; Amid a flurry of CES 2013 product announcements this week, iPhone5Mod decided to join the crowd and launch a Translucent Mod Kit for iPhone 5. ...

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    iPhone5Mod launches $40 Translucent Mod Kit for iPhone 5 (Video)



    Amid a flurry of CES 2013 product announcements this week, iPhone5Mod decided to join the crowd and launch a Translucent Mod Kit for iPhone 5.

    The $39.90 kit comes in one of seven colors and includes the nine parts needed to transform the iPhone 5 into a translucent smartphone on the rear and sides, with even the SIM card slot, mute switch button, power button, and Lightning port slot made transparent too, but it does not change the front of the device.

    iPhone5Mod said the entire setup is “scratch-proof and anti-fingerprint with highly visible see-through panels which made everything inside the powerful Apple iPhone 5 visible from the outside.”

    Customers can further purchase every color variation of detachable top and bottom panels in a bundle for $169, but those who order in the first 48 hours will get them all as part of the basic $40 kit. After the promotion ends, folks will need to buy each color separately or as a bundle.


    China-based iPhone5Mod offers many unique iOS accessories and some of the first Lightning docks to hit the market. Just last week, it announced a $50 hybrid controller/keyboard, dubbed “the lightest and thinnest keyboard for iPhone ever-made,” that attaches to an iPhone 5.

    Watch the promo video above for more details on the new Translucent Mod Kit.

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    The Spike Slaps A Physical Keyboard Right Across Your iPhone’s Face [CES 2013]


    If you’re a former BlackBerry user who’s just bought your first iPhone, and you’re struggling to adapt to its virtual on-screen keyboard, then check out the Spike SmartType from SoloMatrix. On show at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, and coming to iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5, the Spike is a new case that slaps a physical QWERTY keyboard right across your handset’s display. You can fold it away when it’s not in use, and you never need to worry about charging it.

    That’s because unlike all the other iPhone keyboards we’ve seen, this one doesn’t connect via Bluetooth. Instead, it takes advantage of your iPhone’s capacitive touch display. When you press a key, it mimics your finger and hits the same key on the virtual keyboard behind it. So it never runs out of battery, it never needs charging, and it doesn’t require any special apps.

    Spike attaches to your iPhone as easily as any other case, and when its keyboard isn’t in use, you can swivel it out of the way. It also offers a special key that allows you to switch between the iPhone’s virtual keyboards, providing you with access to numbers and special characters.

    It appears, however, that the Spike may take a bit of getting used to. CNET’s Tim Hornyak put it through its paces at CES and found that “certain keys didn’t register and words were missing letters.” Hornyak also found that it’s nowhere near as easy to use as a real BlackBerry keyboard:

    I have a BlackBerry Curve, and there’s really no comparison between the ease of use of its keyboard and Spike. The former wins hands down.

    What Hornyak doesn’t mention is just how ugly this thing is. Who wants to slap this big bulky keyboard onto their shiny new iPhone 5? I appreciate that not everyone can use a virtual keyboard at first, but do yourself a favor and get used to it. It’s worth it in the long run, and it’ll save you some cash.

    The Spike for iPhone 4/4S launches in February for $49.95, with the iPhone 5 version following later. That price may drop, however, if the Spike gets enough orders.

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    Kogeto Dot Makes Interactive Panoramic Videos on iPhone



    LAS VEGAS - One of the more interesting products this reporter saw at CES was Kogeto's Dot, a lens for your iPhone that allows you to make interactive panoramic videos. That might even be innovative enough to leave you scratching your head, so let us show it to you.

    First, there's Dot itself, the lens. It attaches to your iPhone with an included holder that you can see in the image below. Notice that the top of the lens is covered by a black top. That's because Dot actually films all around the lens, which is where the panoramic part comes in.

    Using the free app, called Looker, you can the use your Dot-equipped iPhone to make a video. The software then processes that video into something viewable, turning it into this interactive panoramic thing we mentioned above.

    We chose the example below because it shows the process of the iPhone being set down, which in turn makes it clear how it works.

    One can view these movies through the Looker app, but videos can also be posted to Kogeto's Dotspots service for anyone with Flash and a browser to see. As the instructions embedded in the cover frame say, you click to start and then swipe from side to side see the full panoramic view. Once posted on Kogeto's service, videos can be shared with just about any social media network on the planet.

    Note, however, that Flash is required for non-Looker users to see the videos. There is no HTML 5 option, and what Kogeto is doing is not any kind of standard. It also requires users to think about videos differently.

    Dot has been out for more than a year, but the company was showing a new model for the iPhone 5 at CES. Pitch Black Dot for iPhone 5, 4S, and 4 is priced at US$49. Pitch Black Dot for iPhone 4/4S is still available and priced at $39.

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    Alt Photo, A Great Film-Emulator For iPhone, Goes Free


    Alien Skin makes the human-like disguises that the lizard creatures in “V” used to pass themselves off as humans, and… Kidding! Alien Skin makes high-end Photoshop plugins and Mac photo-processing software. It also makes an iPhone app called Alt Photo, which distills the features of its desktop app Exposure into an iPhone-sized package.

    And now it is free.

    There are far too many photo-processing apps for iOS, but Alt Photo is worth a look because it actually gives great results. In there you’ll find the usual cross-processing effects, frames and grungifying filters, but like the masterful Snapseed it uses gestures to tweak the effects, and the results really are great.

    The effects are based on the looks of actual film stock, and you can either swipe between them for instant previews or “zoom” out to a grid view showing smaller version of the effects, all applied to your current photo.

    You can also tweak the brightness, the strength of the effect and the border (the frames are actually pretty lame), and you can either shoot photos right in the app or edit pictures from your camera roll.

    The price reduction has been made to turn the app into a promo for the desktop Exposure software, but you don’t have to worry about that – just go grab it and fancy up your photos today.


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    The iSpy Tank Is Controlled By Your iPhone, Has A Built-In Spy Camera


    Although the iSpy Tank may not end up in James Bond’s gadget collection, it’s more than ideal for amateur espionage missions. The device is controlled by your iPhone and has a built-in camera relays real-time video directly to your iPhone’s display, so you can see exactly where it’s going even if you’re in another room.

    The name’s a little misleading; it looks more like a sports car than it does a tank. It’s also a little expensive at $99 — especially when you consider that it connects to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, so couldn’t be used outdoors. But like any remote control toy that works with your iPhone, it is damn cool.


    Here it is in action:



    The iSpy Tank promises to offer a “top notch gaming experience and adds a whole new level of functionality for those who want to get the most out of their iDevice.”

    It’s powered by six AA batteries, and has a 20-30 meter range. If you have $99 to drop on this thing, you can purchase it from iHelicopters using the source link below.

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    Bowblade is an actual archery bow for your iPhone



    There are a lot of accessories to be seen at Macworld 2013, but none caught our eye -- nay, shot an arrow into it -- like the Bowblade. After all, it's kind of hard to miss what looks like a hunting bow being brandished in the middle of a computing convention.

    Currently in prototype form, the 4-pound accessory holds an iPhone or iPod touch and uses a mechanism to tap your device's screen when you pull a string with a metal ring attached -- the equivalent of releasing the arrow on an actual bow. The catch is that the mechanism won't work unless the bow is pulled back into its full firing position, a feat that requires a bit of strength. Thus, the accessory's makers are also touting its use as a workout device.

    The Bowblade works with about 35 games currently available on the App Store, some of which allow you to aim using your device's gyroscope, providing an augmented reality aspect to the experience. Notable titles include Star Battalion from Gameloft, Sniper vs. Sniper from Com2us and Lazer Tag from Hasbro.

    In the event that a 4-pound plastic bow sounds like just the thing your iOS device has been missing, the Bowblade is available for pre-order now to ship in April. Oh, and the price... it's $185. But, hey, if you want to make the trek to Macworld, you can snag a pre-order for only $155.


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    3D Printed Adapter Puts iPhone 5 Into Apple’s Universal Dock


    Got a “Universal” iPhone dock? Yeah, me too, and it’s pretty useless now most of my iDevices are Lightning powered. But Shapeways user nginear can help. He’s come up with an iPhone 5 adapter which will plug straight into your dock, letting you keep on using it for at least another year or so,.



    The 3D-printed adapter clips into the Universal Dock and provides space for the Lightning-to-30-pin adapter you should already own. There’s a back plate to support the iPhone, and a scalloped cut-out to make pressing the home button easier.

    The rub is that it costs $40. Or $40.01, to be precise. That’s in addition to the $29 you’ll pay fopr the 30-pin adapter. At least you don’t have to buy the dock – if you don’t already have one, you should probably look for a proper Lightning dock.

    Then again, this setup does allow you to use the Apple IR remote with the iPhone (or iPad mini) and hook it up to a stereo. That’s pretty neat.


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    Sonos PLAYBAR, An iPhone-Controlled Soundbar For Your TV


    Sonos’ new PLAYBAR does two things: The first is to add a hefty, sound FX-pumping speaker bar to your underpowered HDTV. And the second is to provide a temporary respite for my otherwise vestigial CAPS LOCK key.

    I have no idea what you spent on your TV, nor do I care: My Retina iPad has more pixels, and when it’s set on a breakfast tray-stand in front of me on the bed, it easily fills my view as much as your 50-inch giant fills yours from all the way over on the wall opposite your sofa.

    But I know what the Sonos PLAYBAR costs: $700. For that you not only get a bagful of capital letters, but a slimline speaker containing six “mid woofers” and three tweeters, complete with nine Class-D amps to power them.

    Setup and operation are as simple as you’d expect from Sonos: plug it into power, run an optical cable from your TV and hook up to your Wi-Fi network. You’re done. Now you can use your iPhone or iPad to control the PLAYBAR with the newly updated Sonos app.

    And if you feel the need to expand later, you can add satellite speakers for proper surround sound, plus a subwoofer. The PLAYBAR will be available in March.

    Finally, a pop quiz: What’s the difference between PLAYBAR and PLAYBAR? Answer: I typed the first one with the shift key held down, and the second one with the CAPS LOCK engaged. Could you tell the difference?


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    This Solid Gold iPhone 5 Case Is The Most Expensive Way To Protect Your iPhone


    Over the last few years, we’ve seen a ton of really stupid and really expensive iPhone cases. The worst part about the expensive ones is that they’re not that great at protecting your iPhone, and this latest case for the 1% is no different.

    Meet the Haven case by Brikk. It’s not even a case really. It’s more like the bumpers Apple made for the iPhone 4. Except the Haven is made out of solid gold or platinum and will only cost you $11,610 for the cheapest model.

    The case wraps around the sides of your iPhone 5, leaving the front and back completely exposed. But if you’ve got enough money to blow on one of these cases, you’re probably not worried about shelling out an extra $600 to replace your iPhone from time to time.

    Each case is made from 75g of gold, retails for $11,610 and you can chose from Pink Gold, Yellow Gold, or Yellow Gold Satin. If you want to spend a few thousand dollars more, you can elect for the 100g Platinum model that runs $14,235. The company can also make you a case with diamonds and a custom finish, but you’ll have to call to find out the price tag.


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    Help The Cassette Tape Live On With This Cool Case For iPhone 5



    I have fond memories of the cassette tape. The first album I ever bought was on cassette — I won’t tell you what it was — and I used to spend hours taping songs off the radio so that I could listen to them on my cheap Bush walkman, which had just three buttons and a volume control.

    The cassette’s pretty much dead now, of course, but you can help it live on with this cool cassette case for iPhone 5 from Rocket Cases. Priced at just $14.99, it’s made from a sturdy TPU plastic that provides your device with all-over protection from drops and scratches.

    I’ve been testing it for a few weeks to find out whether it is worth its price tag, or whether it’s as useful as an actual cassette tape.

    Cassette Case by Rocket Cases
    Category: Cases
    Works With: iPhone 5
    Price: $14.99


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