Apple’s iOS devices are a huge success. With that success comes accessories, lots and lots of accessories. Manufacturers hoping to grab a chunk of the change that’s going into all those iPhone and iPad purchases try desperately to create something practical.
Some manage to do it quite well, while others…not so much.
Let’s take a look at some of the most ridiculous iPhone Accessories Available:
Tactile Plus Stickers
These are little stickers that go on your iPhone or iPod Touch to provide a tactile feel for those who enjoy gaming on touchscreen. They run ¬•630, which is just a little over $7. They don’t seem particularly useful, maybe hardcore iOS gamers will appreciate it, but we think simpler games tend to work best on iOS anyway.
The video above shows the Mobigrip with a standard cellphone. However, the company does market the grip as something iPhone and iPod Touch owners can use as well. While dropping your phone can become a problem, we don’t know that a leash for your iPhone is the most attractive, or efficient solution.
This is probably not a good idea. The last thing you need is to be at a bank with this holster when you decide to reach for your phone. It’s $40, and makes you look like a schmuck, just like the guy pictured above.
This Stupid Hat
This is the TV Hat. You can watch content on your iPod Touch, iPhone or even the iPod Classic glare-free. It even has a 2.5x magnification screen that “helps give you a movie theater experience.” It’s $30, and still in stock as of the time of this writing.
These Finger gloves are designed to let you use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad without getting fingerprints or smudges on the device (hey, her thumb is putting a big ol’ print right on her iPad!). Maybe these are your kind of thing, but our iOS devices get smudges regardless. We aren’t going to walk around with these silly things in hopes of preventing it.
Well, the truth is this one isn’t totally stupid. It’s actually quite handy for those who like to go out to bars. Still, we almost don’t know what to make of it. We just hope it doesn’t lead to people arguing with their iPhone, “What do you mean I’m beyond the legal limit?! I know how much I can Handle!”
It’s $49, and can probably make for a pretty cool party trick if anything.
Okay, we understand that some people don’t like touchscreen keyboards. That’s a valid complaint. Knowing that, chances are that those people didn’t choose an iPhone. If they did, there are much more elegant solutions than this beast. It’s like ten times the size of your iPhone. We haven’t seen one available for sale yet, but it was shown off at CES 2010 and is supposed to be priced at “slightly more than $100.”
Quiver Body Sling
Dew Motion showed off the Quiver, which is pretty much just a sling that holds your iDevice. It does have some buttons that you can use to control your iPhone, as well as a hole for the headphone cord. It’s $90, and very silly looking.
We’re a bit skeptical of its existence, but it’s just too horrible to pass up. The Cell-Mate looks like it may be a joke, so we won’t take it totally seriously as it may not even exist. That said, we wouldn’t doubt that someone out there would actually think that this is a good idea to manufacture. It’s definitely not the iPhone accessory on our wishlist this year.
According to the official website, they will even go so far as to add your logo to the gadget:
Not only is the Cell-Mate simple to use, but can be a great promotional piece. There is a 1.5″ round headset adapter that can be used as a place to put company logos and advertising information.
A sticker can be made to include your company logo and adhere to the headset adapter. Also depending on the quantities ordered, the molding can be adjusted to have it be incorporated onto the headset adapter itself, eliminating the need for a sticker.
Why would someone want to make these accessories? Do they hope that with the millions of iOS device owners that someone out there is willing to pay up? Do they even look at some of these accessories or do any sort of testing before releasing them? We have no idea, but by the looks of it, no.
All of these, (with the exception of the breathalyzer, which actually seems kind of neat) are silly add-ons made to capitalize on the success of the devices. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there are definitely more useful accessories on the market.