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Called SolarKindle, the case can provide you with months of reading time and over 50 hours of reading lamp use on a single charge. The battery in the cover can be charged using the solar panel, as well as USB – so if you’ve been cooped up indoors for a while you still have a charging option available. The case has a solar panel built into its front, that allows you to charge your Kindle (and the case) poolside, or while you’re involved in other outdoor activities. The built-in reading lamp in the case is expected to last for 50 continuous hours on a charge. In addition to powering your Kindle the case also has a built-in reading light that is powered entirely from the case’s battery rather than your Kindle. The SolarKindle was a 2012 International CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards Honoree, and will be available for US$79.99.
The 2.8-ounce (79-gram) Innergie PocketCell is a little larger than a car key, and allows for hours of extra use of Apple and Android devices, MP3 players, and a variety of other mobile devices. It comes bundled with the Magic Cable Trio 3-in-1 charging cable, which allows devices with Apple, mini USB or micro USB connections to plug into a standard USB port. The PocketCell incorporates a 2.1 Amp USB power port and a 3,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery bank. Once charged, it can power devices directly, or be used to recharge their batteries. It can be charged via USB from a laptop or desktop computer, or using a USB power adapter.
These are able to connect to the web bringing a new array of functions and possibilities. We are substituting our cell phones for PDA (personal digital assistant) devices. This is the way in which different functions become available in one device. The form of this PDA responds to the way in which we normally hold a phone and a camera. This has shifted the way in which we design products, now, more frequently, the shape of the object doesn’t respond to its function, becoming a black-box, that enables the interaction through its on-screen interface. This example demonstrates an alternative to the black-box that enriches the semiotic communication of the object. The form has a slight shift in its line that allows for a semiotic recognition of a phone, allowing us to hold it as a phone or as a camera.
The iM2 produces a stereo signal, via two condenser mics – each one can be independently swiveled 180 degrees. A USB input gives users the option of powering the phone/mic via a cable-attached computer, or using TASCAM’s optional power adapter. It plugs into the iDevice’s dock connector, taking its power from the device’s battery. Because the iM2 has its own preamp (instead of just relying on the iPhone’s), it can handle noise levels up to 125 decibels without distortion. Users can manually ride their audio input levels, via a side-mounted thumbwheel control. It also features an audio limiter, to keep from overmodulating when subjected to sudden loud sounds. The iM2 Stereo Microphone is available now, for US$79.
The device features two integrated high quality MEMS microphones that are designed to capture specific sounds like a fire alarm, or someone calling out from a distance, or the doorbell and transfer them into a visual pattern onto the display as blinking lights and pictograms. The Communicaid Visual Sound Station is a small portable device intended mainly for indoor use, allowing the hearing impaired to recognize sounds. The second concept from the series is a pair of glasses that can capture sounds and bring them to the wearer’s attention via blinking LEDs in a hair band style device. The device is intended for use during outdoor activates like jogging, commuting, shopping, etc. Intended for outdoor use, where a bulky sound station cannot be carried around, the Communicaid Glasses allow deaf people to become more aware of warning sounds and traffic on the street.
Tobi proposes a more rectangular device, most likely adopting that rumored edge to edge screen and possibly sporting a bigger diagonal. Another inspiration from the Apple tablet is drawn with the inclusion of the Smart Cover accessory that attaches to the device. Notice the elongated Home button area that fits in perfectly with the rumors we’ve heard, about that are being some sort of touchpad enabling gesture control that will help you browse in menus.
Designer: Emma Sandberg
The device comes with two swiveling cardioid condenser mics, which can be mounted in two of the three 3.5 mm stereo inputs – the idea is that both mics can be mounted on top if the phone is being held horizontally, or on either side if it’s vertical. A combined input level for both mics is indicated by a row of LEDs, and can be adjusted using a thumb wheel control. It can run off an external power source, via a USB connection. Giving the phone’s battery a break, the interface runs on two AAA batteries, which are said to provide up to 10 hours of operating time.
This case not only adds a layer of protection for the screen, but it also allows the user to still use his or her iPhone while the shield is down because of the crystal’s highly electrically transmissive properties. Used a silicone lining along the inside of the case, which is injected with pockets of argon gas, which would better store the heat generated by the phone‘s battery during use, and in turn would prolong the life of the battery in cold environments. The case is unique in that it not only incorporates the rugged materials used for its outer body (such as AL-203 Aluminum, Glass-Reinforced Nylon Fibre for corners, and silicone inner shell), but it also has a dense, yet not overwhelming, synthetic sapphire crystal impact shield.
Designer: Connor Benton