We have seen a lot of games on the iPad, and a lot of games including cars as well. We have had car races, and games in which you use cars to commute in a city, and stuffs like that. But have you ever used a car “on the iPad” to play a game? I’m not asking you to drive your actual car on your iPad, this game is not a crash test for the durability of your iPad. But I’m talking about using toy cars to drive around on the iPad.
If you are a fan of animated movies, you will for sure know about Cars, and Cars 2. Yes, those are two great movies, dont you think? If so, you will be happy to know that Disney has brought these movies to the Apple iPad in the form of a game, and its nothing like any other game you have seen on the iPad. I’m not talking about the graphics and stuff, those are great, but the game actually uses physical toy cars to play the game. You can use these cars on the screen of your iPad to play the game. There is no hassle of pairing those cars via Bluetooth, or hooking them to the home network Wi Fi to connect to the iPad. You just place them on the iPad and they get detected.
The best part is, the iPad detects which car you have placed on the iPad’s display and changes the environment in the game accordingly. So its not a multitouch capacitve wheels that the cars are using, there is some kind of actual communication between the cars and the iPad.
“The game is supposed to react precisely to a player’s movements, and during Decrem’s short demonstration it did, for the most part. For example, as he approached a mirror in the game, he was able to see the reflection of the car he was holding.”
If you want this game, you will have to wait till tomorrow and buy it on Apple Store or Disney Store.
There are a lot of cases and stands for the iPad which attract you because of their looks. Sometimes, stability and durability are also important than looks. But what if you get all the three in one package? It will be something like an iPad stand nirvana, if you know what I mean.
If you have ever shopped for an iPad stand, you’ll know how many varieties of these are available. I’m talking only stands, not docks. Some of them offer a very limited structure and are not always stable. You will not be completely willing to put your $500+ iPad on that stand even after you buy it.
Some of the stands are sturdy like rock, and also look like a rock. So you dont feel like keeping such an ugly thing on your desk. For this reason, most people just dont buy an iPad stand. If you are one such person, here is something you are sure to love. Just Mobile has come up with a new iPad stand called the UpStand.
The UpStand is made completely of aluminium, but has rubber padding wherever needed. For example, at the bottom of the stand, there is a rubber circle so that the stand does not slip off the table with your iPad on it. Also, the stand has rubber padding wherever it is needed to hold you iPad safe.
Also, I think the UpStand is one of the very few iPad stands which are really sleek and maintain the sleekness of the iPad. Even though it has minimal materials, it is awesome sturdy and safe. One more attractive thing about the UpStand is that it accounts for both the portrait and the landscape mode of the iPad. So you dont have to worry about getting one for each orientation.
If you are interested, you can check the official website for more details.
iPad is a great little gadget, well, not so little in fact. Its got a big 9.7 inch display which is just a pleasure to use. But sometimes, watching movies or playing games on it is not as good as on a big monitor computer, or on your HDTV. Then comes the obvious solution that you can connect your iPad to your Apple TV and stream all the content you need to the HDTV using Apple TV and AriPlay’s mirroring feature.
But what if you dont have a HDTV or an Apple TV? We are talking about the worst case scenario here. Or what if you have have both a HDTV and an Apple TV but you just dont want to use them as your iPad’s external display? Well, there is however a solution, if you are ready to get a dedicated iPad external display a bit more bigger than the HDTV in your living room.
This is not a joke, and now that you have read the title of this post, there is no much surprise about what we are talking here. So lets get started. We are talking about a giant 70 inch display for your iPad. This is just not another HDTV, but an actual interactive display. Yes, you read it right, interactive. So what? Does it have a speaker and a mic? Not really. Even though it doesn’t respond to sound, it sure responds to touch.
This means that this giant iPad display has a touch screen and it supports multi-touch. This means the old days of playing Angry Birds on the iPad’s display is over. Hook this PadZilla on to your wall, or place it on a big table, and get started with Angry Birds. Manufactured by Crunchy Logistics, the PadZilla is available in all sizes. If you think 70 inches is too small for your living room, you can order a bigger one, 150 inches max. Oh yeah, just be ready to space $35,000 for this.
Recently, we saw Atari release an iPad gaming console for its games. We also have the iCade for some time which is considered the best in the category as it uses Bluetooth to communicate with the iPad 2, hence making it more flexible. Another feature is that it supports landscape games, unlike the Atari console.
But now, it seems like there is a new contender for the category, and this time its from the far East. Japanese game development firm Taito is coming up with a new gaming console for the iPad 2 which is inspired by the classic hit Space Invaders. And yeah, if you are wondering, Space Invaders has been developed by Taito only.
The iNVADERCADE is so inspired by the game it supports only that game, I guess. Though I’m not sure on that one, I can argue for that as the console has only one button or controller. And tell me one game other than Space Invaders where you will you be able to play with just one controller.
There is one more uncertain thing. It is still not clear if the console uses Bluetooth or the 30-pin dock connector for the communication between the console and the iPad. There is no official info available on this. This leaves you thinking if the console will be able to support landscape games, if it is capable of supporting any other game than the Space Invaders.
But one good thing is that the console has a built in headphone jack a volume controller if you want to enjoy your game in silence (for others). Now, its time to talk about the important thing, the price of this console. You can have one of these iNVADERCADE for ￥15,800, which is $200, yeah, 200 bucks. This is like more than double of the popular iCade or the new Atari.
But if you are interested to buy this one, I guess you will have to order it from Japan, as there are no words again about the device being sold in the Western part of the world.
Atari had announced the new and awesome game controller for the iPad which is on its way. An official Atari controller for the iPad can mean just a lot many things. This could mean that you will be able to play a lot of old and classic games that Atari had produced and those that have not yet made available to any other platform. This potentially means the whole Atari game library.
I was so excited of being able to play all those classic arcade games, the original Atari ones. But before the controller has been released, there are a few things about the controller that will just bring down all the expectations and excitement you had for the device. Image playing an first person shooter (FPS) or a racing game in the landscape mode. You say that is the way it has to be played?
I agree, but with this new Atari iPad game controller, you cant play all these games, because landscape mode is not supported. But why you ask? Well, unlike most other gaming controllers, the Atari iPad game controller connects to the iPad using the dock connector and not wirelessly on Bluetooth. This means that your iPad has to be docked to the game controller whenever you want to play with it.
So, you can hook up a controller to the iPad and use it in the landscape mode. That is just not possible. You have to use it in the portrait mode itself. This is a bummer, I agree to this as well. But dont be sad, it not Atari’s iPad game controller, some other game controller.
Luckily, there is the iCade, another game controller for the iPad. And unlike Atari’s, this uses Bluetooth. So you can use it with just any game you want and in any orientation. But the iCade costs $40 more than the Atari’s controller. If you ask me, paying off an extra $40 is better than not being able to play any game you want with the portrait-only game controller. What do you say?
But in case you are interested about the Atari iPad game controller, below is some info:
“The Atari Arcade is scheduled to drop on October 2 at Target and then in November at Toys “R” Us and Walmart for $60. Take your pick, the iCade sells for a whopping $100. They’re both considerably expensive peripherals, but when has any decent “appcessory” made for the iPad been cheap?”
iPhone 4 has an awesome camera which takes great stills and the HD video recording on the smartphone has taken it to great extents. If you take Flickr’s words for it, iPhone 4 is the smartphone which is used to take the most pics in the world which are uploaded onto Flickr’s servers. That way, its used just more than any other camera in the world.
Apple definitely did a great job with the camera on the iPhone 4. But I dont know why, the company left the iPad 2, the iPhone’s bigger brother, without these capabilities. Its true that the iPad 2 has two cameras, one in the front and one in the back. But if you have an iPad 2, you will know how good these cameras are. The front camera is just enough for making video calls, and the rear camera can be used to take some good snaps here and there at times when you dont have your iPhone 4 near you. But other than than, you cant build great memories like you do with the iPhone 4.
But still, if you are just too much into iPad 2′s camera, then here is an accessory which I guess you will love for sure. Makayama, the iDevice accessory manufacturers and app makers, have come up with a new accessory for the iPad 2 called the Movie Mount. The Movie Mount, as the name says it, is a mount for the iPad 2 which will help you make movies on it.
The Movie Mount is kind of a tripod for the iPad 2 which when assembled gives more potential than you expect. You can then a range of other accessories for the iPad 2 to being shooting, like lenses, lights, and so on. You can definitely become an almost-pro film maker with the set.
“The Movie Mount is a unique piece of hardware which allows you to radically improve video capture with the iPad2. It turns your iPad into a complete studio. Use tele- and wide angle lenses, attach microphones and lights. Use a tripod for super stable shots and much more. Comes with a free app.”
If you are interested, you can pre-order your set now.
“Only $ 69.95 / EUR 49.95 EUR, including taxes and shipping worldwide. First deliveries will begin october 2011.”
During the iPad 2 keynote, Steve Jobs announced that the then new iPad 2 would give you an awesome battery back of 10 hours. In real life, even if you dont get this much, you are sure to get over 9 hours, or at least 8 hours, right? Now, if you have a smart cover for your iPad 2, then would you mind getting another 4 hours of battery backup?
Yes, Brando has come up with a new battery pack for your iPad 2′s smart cover which is promised to give you an extra 4 hours of battery backup, just like that. If you have no idea what smart cover is, its the same one which Steve Jobs announced in the iPad 2 keynote. It is a cover for your iPad 2 with magnets, which fits perfectly and covers the display. It is also capable of turning off and on the display just perfectly.
Now this battery pack from Brando is of the perfect size and shape to be fixed on the smart cover, because it has been made to do that. Now once you have done that, you have an extra 4 hours in your smart cover. But what amazes me is the price that the smart cover battery pack is being sold for, just $38! Dont you think its a bit too cheap for the technology?
This is what happens when a good technology is being sold for less money. But we cant be too sure to buy it anyway. The Brando battery pack for your iPad 2′s smart cover is available here, and you can also order it. But be sure, we are not asking you to buy this or not to buy this. This is your decision and we are not responsible it it doesn’t work or something bad happens.
Have you ever thought about transforming your iPad into a car DVD headrest, or headrest monitor, to keep your kids entertained in the backseat? Below are some popular mounts that have been rated highly by other users. These mounts will allow you to replace your CD and DVD players, you can play your favorite music you have already downloaded on your iPad to broadcast over the car speakers, and also watch movies you’ve downloaded on your iPad. Don’t have music or movies downloaded on your iPad? You can always get a [easyazon-link asin="B0029ZAJ0K"]Wireless MiFi Mobile Wi-Fi Modem[/easyazon-link] and start streaming music from Pandora or Rhapsody. For video streaming services, you can check out Netflix or Amazon video on demand. Some of these mounts cannot be connected the car speaker, so be sure to invest in [easyazon-link asin="B003053L3U"]Wireless Car Headphones For Kids[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin="B002BH3I9U"]iPad bluetooth headphone[/easyazon-link] for adults to make sure you the audio works.
Here are the Top 5 Bestselling iPad Car Mount:
|Top Selling iPad Car Mount
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004Z8JPRM" alt="iPad 2 Car Mount" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jXPHDtz1L._SL160_.jpg" align="none" width="160" height="160"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004Z8JPRM"]iPad 2 Car Mount[/easyazon-link]||Top selling iPad Headrest Mount|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B0041GKBXU" alt="Snugg iPad 2 Car Headrest Mount Holder - Combines with Snugg iPad 2 Leather Case" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413EK9U9PhL._SL160_.jpg" align="none" width="160" height="160"]||[easyazon-link asin="B0041GKBXU"]Snugg iPad 2 Car Headrest Mount Holder[/easyazon-link]||Headrest Mount with Leather Case|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B0042HJOOA" alt="iPad Car Windshield Mount" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41K-8pe6a2L._SL160_.jpg" align="none" width="155" height="160"]||[easyazon-link asin="B0042HJOOA"]iPad Car Windshield Mount[/easyazon-link]||Windshield Mount|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004V4N3NW" alt="RAM-B-166-TAB3U: RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount with Tab-Tite Cradle for the Apple iPad, iPad 2, HP Slate, Lenovo LePad & Motorola XOOM" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31javyZaaiL._SL160_.jpg" align="none" width="160" height="144"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004V4N3NW"]RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount for iPad, iPad 2[/easyazon-link]||Windshield suction cup mount|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004CRSLGW" alt="RAM Mounting Systems RAP-299-2-AP8U Flexible Arm Mount for the Apple iPad (Black)" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31DSQsXIWRL._SL160_.jpg" align="none" width="88" height="160"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004CRSLGW"]Flexible Arm Mount For iPad[/easyazon-link]||Gooseneck style iPad mount|
This time around Apple, along with the release of an amazing product has also released a nice piece of accessory for the product. Yes, we are talking about iPad 2 and the [easyazon-link asin="B004QKJU56"]Smart Cover[/easyazon-link]. Is it really as smart as Apple claims it to be? Here is a small review looking into it. Both the positive and the negative points will be talked about.
The smart cover comes in two kinds of material, polyurethane and leather. It also comes in a decent variety of colors as shown in the ads.
Here are some positive points.
The smart cover is very slim and light. This makes the iPad 2 retain it’s slim and sleek look when the smart cover is put on it.
The material used, especially the leather used is of good quality and has a nice feel to it.
The Smart cover also gives you a good grip on your iPad 2.
The magnets on both the smart cover and iPad 2 seem to be made for each other. The smart cover attaches itself to the iPad 2 as soon as they are brought close to each other.
Another amazing ability of the smart cover which is also one of the feature which makes it smart is it’s ability to lock or unlock the iPad as the cover is put on or taken off. This simple ability of the cover makes a lot of difference and is also my favorite feature.
The other nice feature of the smart cover is the many smart ways in which it folds itself. It can be folded half way around or it can be folded to become a nice stand for the iPad, keeping it standing at that perfect angle which makes typing on the iPad effortless.
And now, the negative points.
The negative points are indeed very few. The fact that Smart Cover is just a cover and not a case is in itself a minor let down. Also the smart cover is not much of a protection if your iPad falls down. It mostly protects the screen from scratches and spills and nothing much.
Overall, I still feel [easyazon-link asin="B004QKJU56"]Smart Cover[/easyazon-link] is something to have with your iPad 2.
Below are the top selling iPad 2 case. With such a large investment you’ve spent on the iPad 2, you should considering getting a cover to keep your iPad in pristine condition. A few of these have the perks of turning you iPad into a laptop workstation with a wireless keyboard built into the cover, and some include a stand so it’s easier to read or watch movies on top of a desk without the hassle of holding it with your hands.
These are the top 5 choices taking into consideration the aesthetics, price, and functionality. If you’re in the market for an iPad case, take a look at these 5 options.
|Top Selling iPad 2 Cases
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004Q7KTF4" alt="Genuine Leather Case for iPad 2" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oIutbnGwL._SL160_.jpg" align="center" width="160" height="151"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004Q7KTF4"]Bear Motion Leather Case for iPad 2[/easyazon-link]||With stand|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004WHI9L4" alt="Leather iPad 2 Case" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511Z619a2JL._SL160_.jpg" align="center" width="160" height="147"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004WHI9L4"]AYL Leather iPad 2 Case with Stand[/easyazon-link]||With Stand|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B0050M92CU" alt="ipad 2 keyboard case" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TTqCSX2sL._SL160_.jpg" align="center" width="160" height="160"]||[easyazon-link asin="B0050M92CU"]New Trent iPad 2 case with wireless keyboard[/easyazon-link]||With Keyboard|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B003CKAQ9U" alt="iPad sleeve case" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31LKDvCW1hL._SL160_.jpg" align="center" width="160" height="87"]||[easyazon-link asin="B003CKAQ9U"]Griffin Elan iPad Sleeve Case[/easyazon-link]||Sleeve|
|[easyazon-image-link asin="B004X355Y6" alt="ipad 2 keyboard case" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31mkEkDTwWL._SL160_.jpg" align="center" width="160" height="106"]||[easyazon-link asin="B004X355Y6"]Incase Workstation for iPad 2[/easyazon-link]||With Keyboard|