Solar-powered chargers are all the rage right now. The LilyPad has already doubled its needed funds on Kickstarter, and it still has 13 days to go. And now, we add the Electree to the mix.
Less portable than the LilyPad, the Electree is shaped like a bonsai tree (the branches can even be rearranged for more unique looks). You can plug in a USB or AC adapter-powered device, which gives you the ability to charge just about anything.
The only downside? It contains its own battery, so unlike the LilyPad which appears to charge the iPad directly through solar energy, the Electree must first solar-charge for 36 hours before you can plug in your phone. Of course, it is still an improvement over plugging in your phone to your wall outlet.
On presale through Ulule for €269 (around $370), you can order your Electree and get it by Christmas if it reaches the required sales. Can you think of anyone in your family or group of friends who would love to have this on their window sill? Of course, it’s ok to shop for your own Christmas presents . . . .
If you’re anything like me, the few times you get out a recipe, you pull it up on a computer. Except having a laptop in the kitchen is never the best idea. And then came along the iPad, but still you have to worry about getting flour or grease all over your precious tablet.
Belkin has come to the rescue! They just announced three different stands and mounts to help out every tech-loving chef.
The Fridge Mount for iPad 2 holds the iPad securely on your fridge. Not just for recipes, think about how easy it will be to keep track of grocery lists, new recipes, and messages for your family.
The Chef Stand + Stylus is made for recipes, and the stylus itself lets you protect your iPad from messy hands. I like that the magnetic tip wakes up the iPad, perfect for when you have longer tasks to complete.
Lastly, the Kitchen Cabinet Mount gives you the option to suspend your iPad from any cabinet or shelf. Use the mount to watch television, cooking shows, or to keep your recipe in view.
Each mount is reasonably priced for $39.99 or $49.99 for the Cabinet Mount. Not bad, especially because you get some piece of mind and easy recipe access.
Who doesn’t remember playing the classic Atari games? Missile Command, Pong, and Crystal Castles are all fondly nestled in our childhood reminiscences. Creator of some of the first video games, Atari has found a way to make a comeback in the digital age: the iPad. You can easily download 100 classic Atari games to your iPad through the Atari Greatest Hits app. But to make it all even better, you can play them all with the joystick.
iPad + Joystick = Classic games!
With the Atari® Arcade Duo™ Powered Joystick, you can set your iPad into the holder and relive those long summer afternoons in the local arcade. Even if you were spending your childhood years after the Atari games were in their prime, most of us remember the old games off in a corner of your favorite restaurant or movie theatre. The new iPad accessory will let you enjoy those games at home, without having to buy a used, giant machine.
Think Geek actually has their own version of the accessory, but since the Atari Arcade was built with Atari games in mind, it works seamlessly with their Greatest Hits app. While Think Geek’s iCade does have the enclosed look, it’s bound to be more expensive than the wide-release toy.
Since the Atari Arcade will be distributed by stores such as Target, Walmart, and ToysRUs, undoubtedly Atari is pushing for the younger generation’s attention. Sure, let the kids take the iPad for a while and play, but when you start getting jealous just remember – your bed time is later than theirs.