You could call it a victim of it’s own success,: the iPhone has definitely attracted a ton of attention from accessory designers. Actually, whatever the model, from the first iPhone Edge to the latest iPhone 4S, more accessories are compatible with Apple phones than with any other phone. From medical tools to a glove for you touchscreen, to even dispensing toilet paper, here we give you our selection of the most unusual accessories for the iPhone.
We begin with a relatively useful app (sort of…): gloves that have been specially designed for using your touchscreen. Who hasn’t been frustrated when trying to text in the middle of winter cold because your freezing fingers won’t work? Well, thanks to this ingenious solution, your worries of frostbite are over: this glove created by Mujio is made of special material to let you multi-task at your best without ever taking off your gloves. They’re made out of nylon fibers covered in silver, a composite conductor that replaces the need for skin contact. And it’s only 24.95 Euros for the pair!
Discounting screw tops, it’s almost impossible to open a beer without a bottle opener. There isn’t an app for that, but there is an accessory. This shell is very basic in appearance, but it hides a very powerful bottle opener. Somber but efficient, it only costs $19.95.
After having downed a few beers, it’s difficult to know when it’s time to pass your keys over to someone else. Launched in 2008, the iBreath is a seriously useful accessory that tests your alcohol levels via your iPhone. All you have to do is attach the device to your phone and, after having breathed into the designated receptacle, it will measure your blood alcohol level. Some applications offer an approximate alcohol level calculator, but this accessory is lauded as being much more efficient and accurate. Plus, it has an FM transmitter so you can drunkenly listen to your car radio. Get it for only $39.
For those who are iPhone-film experts, the Mobislyder is a gadget to be reckoned with. It lets you capture movement in an easy and totally fluid way with the Apple phone thanks to a sliding system on a bar. It is also compatible with other smartphones, such as the HTC Samsung, and Blackberry. At 135 Euros, it is a bit pricey though. Fun fact: Because of the explosion of smartphone-shot movies, a festival dedicated to the discipline has been organized and is expected to debut this year. Check it out!
During MWC in Barcelona last February, Samsung presented the Beam, a peculiar smartphone that has an integrated videoprojector. The iPhone hasn’t quite accomplished this yet, but maybe they’re saving it for the iPhone 5? While we’re waiting though, accessory designer WowWee has created a dock that can project images from the Apple phone onto the wall. All you have to do is place your iPhone in the dock and the image from your screen will be projected diagonally up to 60 inches wide. On the resolution side of things, it has WVGA, or 854x480 pixels. Careful, however, it’s not for all budgets: this will set you back $299.99. It also functions just as well with the iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPad.
There are tons of applications made for editing photos after they’ve been taken: Instagram, Hipstamatic, and Luminance to name a few. But why not adjust them beforehand? That is exactly what PhotoJoJo proposes to do with their series of interchangeable lenses specifically designed for the iPhone. Easy to install (you just have to slip the desired lens over the camera), you can achieve one of three effects: Fish-Eye, Macro, or Telephoto. Each lens is sold separately, but a pack of 3 is available for $49 on the official site. The company has a bunch of other accessories too, but this is by far their greatest success.
Yes, it’s another dock, but this one offers an interesting “natural” technology. The AirCurve Play Acoustic Amplifier was designed in such as way as to amplify the sound capacity of the iPhone simply by its structure. Once the smartphone has been placed in the dock as shown, the phone can be amplified by 10 decibels without any supplementary electricity. A kind of small phonograph, it is made up of tubes that collect and amplify the sound emanating from the phone. Even better: it’s inexpensive: $19.99 from Griffin.