We’ve seen Apple products take a lot of damage. Most of the time it’s done intentionally like this Barrett M82 sniper rifle tearing an iPhone 4S to pieces. We’ve also seen damage done to iOS devices for a good cause, like the guys at iFixit taking apart the iPhone in order to teach us how to fix it. The good news is you might be able to avoid cracked screens like in this drop test if you pick up the new G-Form Extreme Sleeve protective case.
The guys from G-Form are at CES 2012 and they are dropping bowling balls on iPads to prove it. Keep Reading
This image of a Nintendo controller accessory for iPhone is unfortunately still only a concept. However, with a number of similar gadgets being released and Apple continuing to dominate in mobile gaming, Nintendo might want to consider it.
U.K.-based designer Fabio Basile created the concept that would attach to each side of your iPhone with a D-pad connecting via the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the A and B buttons via the 30-pin dock connector. The designer has flirted with the idea of creating a Kickstarter project to make it become a reality, but it’s unclear whether we’ll actually get the chance to buy this thing. Keep Reading
It’s easy to want to take home everything you lay your eyes on at the show, but a few products were definitely able to make our wish list for when they eventually get released in the coming months.
Below you’ll find an infrared keyboard built into an iPhone case, a TV that comes preloaded with OnLive, a mixer for iOS devices, a wireless HDMI solution, and dedicated gaming tablets that could one day replace PC rigs Keep Reading
The idea of waterproofing your iDevice is nothing new. A few months back we showed you The Proof waterproof watch kit for iPod nano. However, at CES 2012 a few companies are showing off some truly impressive waterproofing solutions that will allow you to full submerge your device with seemingly no consequences.
First up is Liquipel who has created a special coating that claims to protect your smartphone from water damage. Keep Reading
Bodymetrics– experts in 3D body scanning technology– are showing off their body-mapping applications at CES 2012 capable of allowing users to “virtually try on garments from partner retailers to determine whether a garment fits and flatters their body”.
The technology utilizes PrimeSense 3D sensors similar to Kinect that allow it to map “every contour and curve” of your exact body shape, which until recently required costly body-scanners. The company plans on bringing these types of augmented reality applications for trying on clothing to people’s homes and small businesses through Smart TVs in the near future. Keep Reading
Microsoft execs hit the stage last night for their pre-CES keynote address and CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Kinect will officially be coming to Windows PCs on February 1.
Ballmer mentioned they’ve partnered with 200 companies to develop Windows apps specifically for Kinect, but there were no details on how users might be able to control the operating system itself. Over on the Kinect for Windows Blog, the team announced that existing Kinect for Xbox 360 devices will not be compatible with Windows, requiring you to purchase a new unit for $249. Keep Reading
Up until now we’ve had no official word on a console version of Diablo 3, despite it having been rumored for years. Now Blizzard has confirmed the development of a console port with community manager Micah Whiple tweeting the following response when asked to confirm or deny the project:
“Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project.”
To fully embrace the spirit of CES this week, modder Ben Heck– who is mostly known for his Xbox 360 laptop, Atari, and Nintendo mods– has decided to create one of his small form factor controller mods for the iPhone.
To accomplish the task Ben took the popular iCade arcade cabinet accessory for iPad and used its circuitry to create a handheld version that cradles the iPhone and resembles a PSP. Here’s how he did it:
To successfully implement video gaming capabilities onto the smaller-footed iPhone, Ben first deconstructs an iCade®system that enables gaming on an Apple iPad® to integrate a scaled-down version of the circuitry. Then, by connecting a PodBreakout board to a simulated battery, Ben borrows voltage from the iPad to enable the Bluetooth required to power the iPhone for mobile gaming purposes.
Ben will be showing off the mod with GT.TV host Geoff Keighley on Spike at CES on Tuesday, Jan 10 at 2:15 pm PST. Keep Reading
Today at CES, 2012 OnLive made a couple of announcements (via SiliconFilter), one of which being a new iPad app capable of accessing a virtual Windows 7 desktop. The free app will essentially allow you to access Windows 7 stored on OnLive’s servers, giving you access to apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other Windows-only apps that haven’t made their way to iOS yet.
The best part is the app will be available completely free with up to 2GB of storage. However, OnLive will also launch a Keep Reading
The guys over at MBAOnline have put together this new infographic showing off just how the world’s biggest tech company (who has more cash than the U.S. government) compares to America’s favorite fruit of the same name.
Within the infograph we learn a few interesting stats. For instance, did you know that for the price of one iPhone 4S you could buy approximately 2000 apples? The study bases the number on the price of an unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S to apples at a rate of around $1 per pound.
We learn that in 2009 there were approximately 71,000,000 tons of apples produced Keep Reading
Call of Duty Elite, the subscription stat tracking service and community for Modern Warfare 3, will officially be getting an iPhone companion app. According to a report from MacRumors, the app is set to launch in the App Store tomorrow, with an iPad version landing “shortly thereafter”.
The app will essentially provide access to just about every feature included in the web and console versions including the ability to track game stats, access career summary, view recent matches & challenges, and edit custom classes.
This is what Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny had to say: Keep Reading
Up until now only Android users have had the pleasure of using the Gametel bluetooth controller from accessory maker Fructel. The device clips onto your smartphone and provides a classic D-pad/joystick hybrid on the left, “Select” and “Start” in the middle”, four game buttons on the right, and two shoulder buttons that sit behind the smartphone.
Fructel recently announced (via GSMArena) a couple days early that an iOS version of Gametel will indeed be launching at CES.
iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 4.0 Keep Reading
There isn’t a shortage of gaming accessories on the market for Xbox and PS3, but the U.S. Army is intent on cashing in on the success of games like Modern Warfare with a selection of official Army-branded gaming accessories.
The product page for the products describe them as for “modern gaming warfare”, which I guess is as close as you can get to marketing something as “Modern Warfare” without Activision suing you. Keep Reading
With CES 2012 set to kick off next week on January 10, the big talk of this year’s show is smart TVs, mostly due to Apple’s expected entrance into the HDTV market. Due to this, much of the media is picking up the story that 3D won’t be as big of a focus at the show as it was last year.
According to CNET, at least one TV vendor plans to grab some attention with its latest 3D technology– Toshiba is introducing a glasses-free 3D TV and plan to be first to the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2012. Keep Reading
It’s about time that the franchise’s next biggest character, the fat pigs (who are probably pretty angry themselves), get some love too. Cult of Mac points us to Misunderstood Pigs, a new iOS game that reverses the roles of Angry Birds’ main characters giving the pigs a chance to go on the offensive. Keep Reading
As VentureBeat first reported, developers of iOS games like Vector Tanks have received legal threats from Atari, and Apple seems to be complying with Atari’s requests to remove titles from the App Store without independent review.
If you’re unfamiliar with Vector Tanks, it resembles Atari’s Keep Reading
Ekso is the work of Berkeley, California company Ekso Bionics who evolved the product from their first exoskeleton invention, ExoHiker, designed to allow able-bodied individuals to lift 200 pounds with ease. According to a lengthy report from Spectrum profiling Ekso, the company is planning to be first to market to rehab facilities by the first half of the new year with the new walking suit. Keep Reading
Kanye West definitely isn’t known for holding back on Twitter. In fact, just yesterday, West went on a three-hour, 85 tweet, 8,806 word rant that National Post was kind enough to transcribe.
Rather than read the whole thing, we’ll save you the time and cut to the most interesting part — West is starting a new company known as DONDA and he’s hiring a team of tech industry heavyweights to help him.
Over several tweets, West described the company: Keep Reading
Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, makers of what is probably the most ambitious and praised iOS franchise to date, have announced their two Infinity Blade games have collectively brought in over $30 million in earnings. The number is quite impressive with the first title being released as a new IP in December 2010, and the second just last month.
Epic Games, Inc. and its award-winning Salt Lake City-based development studio Keep Reading
A new project/promotion available through online coding tutorial site Codecademy will let you learn how to code through interactive tutorials once a week throughout 2012. As Slate notes- the ones who turned us on to the site- “learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write”.
Founders of the Codecademy (pronounced Code Academy) startup Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims are urging beginner coders to sign up for a new course that provides one lesson a week over the next year as their New Year’s resolution. Each lesson takes about five hours to complete, so you can get each one done spending around an hour a day during the work week.