Accessories That Bend The Rules

A bunch of intriguing mobile accessories: with a twist in the tale.

You know the drill what gadget accessories – they’re usually fun little contraptions designed to make your devices look good, add protection and enhance functionality. They could range from a stand for your iPad to a portable battery pack to juice up gizmos on the move. Accessories like cables, adapters, cases, and vehicle mounts all help extend our devices to other locations and usage areas. But there are a rare few that bend the rules and go way beyond the ordinary – offering functionality that the original manufacturer never intended (or imagined?) in the first place. We dig deep into the burrows of the gadget world to being you some of these gems – each a masterpiece of innovation and tech wizardry.   PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD Rock an iPhone or an iPad but keep running out of storage space? Fed up of using iTunes to transfer data to your iDevice? Apple may not have given you the luxury of adding more storage, but you can’t really stop the wave of innovation. Enter the i-FlashDrive, an external storage solution for iOS devices that you can use as a regular USB drive to transfer stuff. At one end is a regular USB port that connects to your computer for cramming files – documents, images, videos and what have you. At the other end is the 30-pin connector that plugs straight into an iPhone or an iPad. There’s a free companion app to access the data stored on the drive. Variants with the new Lightning connector are also available if you happen to own the newer iPhone 5, an iPad mini or a fourth generation iPad. Available capacities vary depending upon the type of connector you require, and range between 4 GB for a 30-pin, going all the way up to 64 GB for the lightning connector.   Price: Rs 4,990 onwards Buy from:   Cygnett SpeakUp When was the last time you used a desk phone? True, those of us who’re chained to a desk all day long still have one, but we still end up using our smartphone most of the time. For those who miss the convenience of a full-fledged desk phone, or that unmatched functionality of being comfortably able to cradle the phone on our shoulders as we you both hands to thump away on a keyboard, the Cygnett SpeakUp is a godsend. It effectively converts your smartphone into a desk phone, complete with a retro-style receiver, and even doubles up as an audio system.   Price: Rs 2,499 Contact:   Amzer ShatterProof This one is no ordinary screen protector. As the moniker suggests, the Amzer ShatterProof Screen Protector makes your smartphone shatterproof and impervious to shock, scratches, and drops. Its innovative shock dissipative construction protects your pricey device, making it almost unbreakable. And the fact that it provides superlative protection without adding any bulk or hiding your gorgeous gadget under layers of rubber or plastic bodes well for the style savvy. Available for a range of devices, including the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, it’s simply a must have if you're looking for high-grade protection without sacrificing aesthetics.   Price: Rs 995 onwards Buy from:   Belkin WeMo Switch It may not be the most enticing thing you’ve ever laid your eyes on, but the Belkin WeMo Switch could be your very first step into the enticing world of home automation. Connect it to your Wi-Fi network and then plug any home appliance into it. Now you have the power of switching the appliance on or off using the WeMo app on your smartphone. For a truly automated experience, you can even use its free app on your iPhone and then define rules that specify when the appliance comes on. For instance, you could set the air-conditioner to turn on automatically if the temperature rises above 27 degrees. Cool? Damn right it is.   Price: Rs 5,021 onwards Buy from:   Portronics POR 316 Androview Portable pico projectors are hardly new. But how about one that runs Android? The Portronics POR 316 Androview is exactly that, and enables you to beam full-fledged Android goodness on to the wall or a screen, giving you that big-screen experience for movies, surfing the web, enjoying games – you name it. You can also use the built-in Wi-Fi and install apps from the Play Store, just like any Android device. Other notable specs include 8 GB of internal memory, USB ports to connect a keyboard, mouse and external storage devices, and a rechargeable battery for true portability.

Price: Rs 28,999 More info:

-Deepak Dhingra


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