Compiled by Sandi Dennis from Decatur, Georgia
Note: Steve Dembo's DENSI2012 gadget presentation was recorded and can be viewed online. Link will be added to this post when available.
A tech conference wouldn't be complete without a gadgets and widgets session! So...here's the July, 2012 version.
Messy cord management-
Gear Ties- stiff wire covered in plastic -get them online or at Target.
big xl black binder clips work well and are super cheap
or a "recoil" cord holder
iPad Stylus Ideas-
A stylus might be too large-look for a smaller one the Jot stylus has a clear disk
Adonit Jot- great one. also comes in a "mini". http://www.amazon.com/Adonit-Stylus-iPhone-Screens-ADJPG/dp/B005GSNLBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343244257&sr=8-1&keywords=adonit+jot
-- Also a stylus with a mesh metal tip is great.
use it in notebook or a drawing program to see how it feels.
iPevo chopstick stylus - come in a pair, to use with music programs. http://www.amazon.com/Ipevo-METX-02IP-IPEVO-Chopstakes-Multitouch/dp/B005SAK18S/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343244307&sr=1-2&keywords=ipevo+chopstick
Exceptional Kids and an ipad Stylus-
Students who need a mouth stick to control ipad can use the chopstick stylus with e mouth accessory.
The Verge has constant updates on stylus info and reviews. http://www.theverge.com/
No reason to use a stylus now? Varying opinions on this.
Clam Case- great but adds some weight- can angle many ways - has build in keyboard that is great and larger, original clam case. (white is backordered currently). ipad can be popped out simply. approx. 150.00 but there is an educator discount. ( maybe 20%)http://clamcase.com/
Sticky Stuff attaches to any tripod- allows anything to attach. peels right off. Allows you to use cell phone or other as a camera on tripod UDS - get on Amazon approx 35.00http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/24/lightning-review-capta-thanks-to-some-awesome-alien-goo-tripod-ifying-your-phone-has-never-been-easier/
Small Mobile Tripod-
small UDS (Unique Design Solutions) bendy - Gorilla (available on Amazon) the one Dembo useshttp://www.amazon.com/Joby-GP1-A1EN-Gorillapod-Flexible-Tripod/dp/B000EVSLRO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343238805&sr=1-1&keywords=gorilla+tripod
A/B switch from Amazon with cords -
sound out is not includedso buy mini to mini cords and get a short audio splitter cord. Also http://www.amazon.com/Ports-VGA-Switch-Selector-Monitor/dp/B003DTZQFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343238740&sr=8-1&keywords=vga+switch
get an extension booster cord.
Monoprice.com is the cheapest and best
IKEA green shower curtain
is perfect green screen. Cannot get online- must go in to a store.
New IKEA catalog has authentic reality by the way. check it out!
Thunderbolt GB Ethernet adapter
- Huge bandwidth - for Macbook Air or retina
Have to have Thunderbolt port to use it- available now http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/
ipad Microscope- Hall's favorite cheap thing
Illuminated Ultra Violet 45x Mag Microscope- on Amazon - get a grommet and glue to ipad then attach microscope
Fitness and Weight Loss-
FitBit device- Measures miles and steps, friends- sleep feature that analyzes how many times a night you wake up - holds a charge an entire week. Ultra version also logs stairs-
LoseIt- automatically imports to Lose It. Fit Bit syncs w/ Lose It. http://www.amazon.com/FitNow-Inc-Lose-It/dp/B0061S5NNO/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1343237507&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=loseit
Presenting w ipad over VGA connection often loses power- a VGA connector is modified with a VGA port - 60.00 but very worth it. See the DENSI2012 Edmodo group for the contact info since he doesn't give out his personal info.
Cool iphone case-
BookBook iphone case wallet combo,
2 other great things :
PlugBug- piece that comes off mac charger but also has USB port to charge macbook and phone together http://twelvesouth.com/products/plugbug/
Dual Screen Mode Macbook + ipad-
Hoverbar- Arm that comes off imac that lets you attach ipad to imac dual screen mode- Hoverbar
- mac and ipad on at same time- need an adhoc network to have more an one device- create network
screen mirroring tips
from Kathy Schrock who was also in this discussion group-
Nano watch -- can change watch face- connect to store, ipod Nano w/ radio, photos, pedometer, etc. added to watch band from Apple store. http://www.bing.com/shopping/search?q=ipod+nano+watch&qpvt=ipod+nano+watch&FORM=HURE
Panoramic iphone Mount Robot-
Attach a camera and tripod, zoom camera in- robotic arm takes multiple photos and stitches them together.
Cheap way to do panoramic - 360pano App for ipad with grid (in app store)
Share your Stuff-
Bu.mp app- can use to bump info onto computer to transfer contacts https://bu.mp/
Moveit is also good- can use to move any file either way- choose item from photo stream or other file- flick it to next device
Get a Photo Transfer App- great for transferring photos from ipad
Battery Backup Cases-
UNU iphone case - unucase.com- a battery backup case for iphone. Lights up on back to indicate amount of charge left.
Duracell self contained power backup for iphone- also works on ipad in emergency situation
Hall likes to challenge airport security agents by carrying a Small, yet sharp tool thingy with him when he travels- contains a screwdriver, pliers, etc- at hardware store or Amazon. Hall got on an airplane with it everywhere except Malaysia
Last but certainly not least- File this under "Too much time on my hands"...
Bug A Salt - see video here