"Yet another device that smartphones, like the iPhone, have made obsolete are alarm clocks."
Well get your alarm clock groove back with this snazzy dock for your iPhone. I usually just put my iPhone on the table and leave it at that, but if you need to have a dock for yours, or just want to spruce it up a bit, this is a pretty good way to do it I think. Clean design and you can use it portrait or landscape. But you can't get it until June. If you want to check out some other interesting designs, head over to the Bracketron site where you can also monitor the availability of this $34.95 USD dock.
"iPad stands are nearly as numerous as iPhone cases, but the PadDock 10 is more than just a stand. In addition to making your iPad look like a smaller version of an iMac, it adds speaker and connector features too."
It certainly, on first glance, makes you think it's an iMac but in reality it is just an iPad stand that can charge, sync, tilt and also has height adjustment. Looks like it would fit right in on anyone's desktop, and wouldn't look bad on a shelf if you used your iPad for photo viewing. It's available now from SMK-Link Electronics for $99.00 USD [link].
"You were probably born too late to have purchased one of the first computers out of Apple -- the original Apple I. This machine came as a set of completed circuit boards that you had to build your own case for. Many early owners of the US$666.66 computer used wood for the case, since it was cheap and easy to work with."
So if you like wood and wan't a sort of cheap dock for your iPad, then the iStation Dock might be right up your alley. It retails for $85.90 USD from M.I.C. Gadget and comes with speakers and a Bluetooth keyboard. You can also get a white version if you don't like the wood look.
"While you might be tempted to think the Wall of Sound is one of the biggest music player docks you've ever seen, it doesn't quite live up to the huge proportional potential of the iTree iPhone and iPod docking station from Austrian design house KMKG STUDIO."
This would be fantastic if you owned a log home, or had decor that was of similar look. Not sure where else you might want to use something like this though.
"When it comes to speaker docks for iOS devices, apart from a handful of really unique ones, they all pretty much look the same. iLuv's ArtStation Pro is looking to be one of those really unique ones as its design has made its pairing with the iPad truly something out of the ordinary."
If you want to make your iPad look like a desktop, this is the device for you. It has a iMac G4 look to it doesn't it? To me it is a novelty item so I don't think I will be spending the bucks on this, even though I don't have that info since release date and price haven't been announced.
"Hello, old people who can't see or hear your iPhone. This 100 percent analog sight-and-sound amplifying dock is for you! The Hive combines two classics of sensory augmentation-a horn and magnifying glass-into one as-seen-on-TV-worthy dock. And it's $45."
Since I recently got older, this might come in handy for me at some point down the road. But since it is a Kickstarter project, it has to reach it's goal of $150,000.00 USD before it can be made. Since they only have roughly $2,000.00 USD, I'd say it might be more like if than when it gets made.
"Whether or not you're happy about the iOS-centric changes coming with the release of Mac OS X Lion, you can still benefit from organizing your current OS X dock a little bit more like your homescreen."
I end up filling my Mac dock up pretty quickly and run into the same problem. I usually do what the author had been doing, which is putting the programs I use most often on the left side and the ones I use infrequently on the right. If I find I haven't been using a program or app all that much, it ends up being taken off the dock and I just access it via the finder if I need it again. This article however, will show you how to put your programs into folders just like on your iOS device, if you feel the need to really clean up your dock. I think that is taking it a bit far but whatever, life is full of options isn't it?
"Designed for the Harley rider with an iFetish, Hell's Foundry has introduced the Dashlink Docking Console for the iPhone and iPod touch."
I suppose if you had your bike all tricked out with an audio system this would be a cool addition. I don't own a motorcycle but I imagine that you could set it up to use blue tooth headsets that would fit under your helmet. I know I've seen several couples riding that use headsets to communicate with each other so I suppose it would be something along those lines. Anyway, if you are interested, this works on 1996 and newer FLHT, FLTR and FLHR models. Here is the link to Hell's Foundry.
"If you wish you had Windows' Aero Peek-like window previews in OS X's Dock, free app HyperDock brings them to OS X, along with other window management features."
I've been using this for a few days. It originally didn't work quite right with my 2 monitor setup (I have the dock on my secondary monitor and the preview windows kept showing up on my primary monitor). I emailed the developer, and he quickly found the bug and sent me a developer's version that fixed the problem. He has since updated the program to fix another bug related to iTunes. All in all, I am very pleased with the application and with the developer's responsiveness. Besides adding the ability to preview windows while hovering over application icons, Hyperdock adds special preview windows for iTunes and iCal. It also adds the ability to resize windows automatically, but I haven't tested that as of yet because I'm currently using Cinch to handle that particular duty. Hyperdock is currently free while it is in beta, but the developer has said that he'll charge a small amount when he releases the final version. As far as I'm concerned, it'll be worth every penny. It changed my workflow for the better almost immediately.
"The Wallee is both a hard case for iPad as well as a simple and efficient wall mounting solution. It allows you to use your iPad throughout your home. It's one of the best solutions out there, and delivers both on style and functionality. The Wallee is a gadget that is so well-engineered that I often forget about it. It has just blended its way into my everyday life - just like the iPad itself."
This is a very slick solution for mounting an iPad, consisting of an unobtrusive bracket and an x-shaped mounting dock. Simple and effective, well worth checking out at Wallee for $49.00 USD.
"'HOLLANDIA LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST BED DESIGNED TO WORK WITH IPAD' screams the press release. And much like Kanye's tweets or Mike from the Jersey Shore, I can't quite figure out if I'm laughing at them or with them."
This is about lifestyle choices. And I choose not to spend $20,000.00 USD on a bed like this. It is very cool looking, but not that cool. However, in the spirit of keeping our dear readers informed as to what is available to them, I posted it anyway.
"Every so often, there are products you come across that are just awesome. Nothing less. And so very unique too. Meet the dock-IN-case (desk) by made2dock."
If I was handy with power tools, I'd order this right now. Basically, you drill a 3 inch hole in your desk to hold the dock, and a 2 inch hole behind your computer to pass the usb cable through. You then have an iPod/iPhone dock built right into your desk. Click through to see more great pictures of the dock and the whole installation process. The dock is made of aluminum and comes in silver or black. You can find pricing information at made2dock's website. Is anyone planning on drilling some holes in their desk for this?
"Future portable devices from Apple, such as iPhones and iPads, could be docked in both horizontal and landscape positions, via an inductive connection on the back side of the device for charging and syncing."
I especially like the smiley face on the product, wonder if that helps get the patent process done quicker? Sorry, got off on a tangent there, I like this idea, reminds me of the wireless charging options currently out there such as Powerpad, but without the obligatory clunky case that is required. I'm all for something like this, and it appears to lend credence to wireless syncing stories that have been popping up recently.
"Yes, it's for Apple products, but I really admire the ingenuity of the approach - most docks are ugly, clumsy, and generally poorly designed. This is the first dock I've seen that has a real "Of course! That makes so much sense!" approach."
This is pretty slick, and it works on the unibody MacBook 13, 15 and 17-inch versions, as well as the white and black MacBooks. They start at $59.95 USD and you can find more about these at the Henge site.
"iLuv has announced they will debut the App Station-an app-driven rotational alarm clock dock for iPhone and iPod users-and showcase their award winning line of products at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week."
I really like this product, first one out of CES so far that I'd buy right now. Not sure yet of the price, but I really like the form factor and the fact you can listen to your music, watch your movies or just look at one of several customizable alarm clock displays via the iLuv application (which isn't available in iTunes when I checked).
"Dessine Moi Un Objet has a nice little howto on building an iPod touch or iPhone dock out of a piece of cardpaper."
Ever since the 2nd Generation, when they dropped the dock, hasn't everyone longed for a replacement? Well now you have one, and it comes in many different colors. In fact, the only limitation for color is the color palette of your card paper stock. This will go perfect with the case from the previous news story won't it? The sharpie is going to get plenty of use...
"Kensington becomes the latest company attempting to expand the boundary of traditional iPhone/iPod docks. To their credit, Kensington offers a mini battery back pack that can be recharged while your phone or digital music player refuels."
This is going to be available in October this year, and will retail for $69.99 USD. Interesting twist adding the battery pack in the package. I prefer the docks that have a little more functionality such as this combo dock or those with a CF card reader, but having a battery pack that will give you 3 hours of talk time for emergencies isn't a bad idea.
"Griffin Technology's Simplifi iPod dock is probably the most useful iPod dock I've ever seen. If you have both a digital camera and an iPod or iPhone, you may want to take a look at the Simplifi. The Simplifi dock is nicely designed, and it fits in with Apple products a lot better than Apple's own Universal Dock. Brushed aluminum with white inserts on the front and back. On the top is the dock connector, and in the box are inserts for several different iPods. The included inserts work with the iPod Classics, 2nd & 3rd gen Nanos, 5th Gen iPod with video, iPhones and iPod Touches."
This looks like a nice accessory from Griffin, especially since you can also plug in USB accessories such as keyboards, cameras and basically anything that is USB 2.0 compatible. They also ship it with an AC adapter in case one of your USB devices needs a powered port. Currently I use just a cable to sync/charge my iPhones at the desktop we use, so this would fit nicely into the mix. The best part is for a limited time the price is $34.99 USD, less than half the normal price of $69.99 USD (and still cheaper than the Apple dock which is priced at $49.00 USD). It is also cheaper than the price they have at Amazon.com at $43.53 USD, but of course Amazon.com offers free shipping. Unknown how long the sale will last, but it is available at the Griffin Technology website.