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The week in iOS accessories: wood you?

Joel Mathis | Aug. 10, 2012
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood to make iPhone accessories? We tackle those questions and more in this week’s roundup of new iOS accessories.

Mophie: The $130 Outride is a kit that transforms your iPhone into an action camera. The case is waterproof and impact resistant, and it features a wide-angle lens that captures action across 170 degrees of viewing. The kit can mount on your surfboard or other mode of extreme sports travel to capture video and photos of your tricks (and your wipeouts). The Outride will ship in September.

Parat Solutions: This companys Parasync for iPad Security Cart (PDF link) is aimed at businesses, schools, and other institutions that have a large number of tablets in circulation. The 16-gauge steel cabinet can hold up to 40 iPads at a time, each nestled into a docking station for overnight recharging and syncing to a common iTunes library. The cabinet is 177 pounds empty. Parasync doesnt publish pricing information, but you can contact the company for more information.

Velocomp: The $80 iBike Moto lets motorcycle mamas and daddies attach their iPhone to the handlebars of their Hog. The device is shock absorbant and weather resistant, which means that a little rain and a few potholes wont end up destroying your phone while riding on the open road. The device is designed to be used in conjunction with the free iBike Moto app, which lets users measure speed, distance, and other vital road-trip statistics on their rides. Vrrooooom!

Vers: Offered by another wood-based accessory maker, the $95 1Q is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that lets you play your music wirelessly from your iOS device. Its a small wood cube that delivers a large sound, with 30-foot wireless range and 10-hour battery life. The basic price gets you the 1Q in bamboo or walnut; drop an extra $30 and you get a limited-edition model in red beech. Vers has more than met its initial goal for funding the 1Q through Kickstarter; the company is now using the Kickstarter site to take pre-orders. (Each order funds the planting of a tree through the National Arbor Day Foundation.) The idea? To sound good, look good, and feel good.


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