Cases & Peripherals

Scrub a dub, keyboard in a tub

Logitech Washable Keyboard

Keyboards are underrated and mistreated. Face it: the thing your fingers are resting next to right now is absolutely filthy — you disgusting pig, you. Luckily for you, the Logitech Washable Keyboard ($40) can be cleansed of its grime, just like a stack of dirty dishes. Using UV coating and laser-printed symbols for durability, the...

One small step for man…

Leap Motion 3D Sensor

Steve Jobs said touch screens would work “like magic” and revolutionize how we control computing devices. He was right, but a small start-up in San Francisco is taking that idea to the next level dimension. Leap Motion 3D Sensor ($70) is an iPod-sized USB device that creates an eight cubic foot 3D motion field to...

Data farm, on the fly

Drobo Mini Storage Drive

If you’re not backing up your data, you’ll regret it. Cloud storage solutions like Dropbox provide some piece of mind, but they’ve yet to fully keep pace with today’s ever-growing media libraries. The Drobo Mini ($649+) is a new personal and portable storage solution for mobile professionals that holds up to 3TB of data in...

Fixing the bad kind of flashy

MacFrames

The iMac’s design is unquestionably stunning, but it’s hard to marvel too long at a screen that’s burning your corneas with glare. The MacFrame ($49+) protects you from needing your grandma’s glaucoma shades while you surf the web. Luckily, glare is actually caused by the screen’s glass cover and not the glass LCD monitor screen...

Drive a wedge

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard & Mouse

Leaning into the October launch of tablet-ready Windows 8, Microsoft’s Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Mouse saves you from sacrificing screen real estate for data input. The two compact tools are both Bluetooth-enabled and designed to match smoothly with the company’s operating system. The keyboard comes with Hotkeys set to take full advantage of Windows 8...

Conceal and carry

TwelveSouth BackPack 2

Can a simple sliver of steel transform your desk organization? It just might. Harnessing the power of fulcrum and gravity, the TwelveSouth BackPack 2 ($35) transforms your otherwise inert iMac or Cinema Display arm into a convenient parking spot for your Apple devices or peripherals. With vertical support pegs, built-in cable management, and multiple mounting...

With great power comes great storage options

Kickstarter: Riseful RollPro III

People have filmed some insane stuff since the GoPro first came out. The indestructible camera that could can be used in seemingly limitless ways, which means a seemingly limitless collection of cases and accessories. Kind of difficult to shoot that video you planned of yourself parasailing into a gorge while on a flame-engulfed surfboard with...

Bandwidth Bandmaster

Western Digital My Net N900 HD Router

The days of needing a router just to catch up on captioned cat photos have long since gone the way of the beeper. Today, everything from video calling and media streaming, to automatic “cloud” backups and farming gold in mythical lands is funneled through home broadband — not just on desktops or laptops, but on...

Protection of the highest order

Kickstarter: TAKTIK iPhone Case

If you could roll all of RoboCop’s awesome features — immense protection, smarts, reliability, durability, prime directives — into an iPhone case, what you’d end up with is the TAKTIK ($75+). Designed by Chicago industrial designer Scott Wilson + Minimal, of LUNATIK Strap fame, the TAKTIK follows in its predecessors roots through a Kickstarter project...

Burrito ex machina

Burritob0t

The closure of El Bulli + the rise of 3D digital printing = Opportunity! Bereft foodies now have common cause with CAD manufacturers — to rejoice in the dementedly creative mind of one NYU grad student who has prototyped the Burritob0t, a 3D printer for making, yep, burritos. Inspired by a frustration over the paucity...

The Hulk to your Smartphone's Bruce Banner

Clamcase Clambook

If your penchant for gaming, music and web surfing through your smartphone is a 10/10, then you might want to put a tickler in your calendar for this holiday season in anticipation of the Clamcase Clambook. With nary a hint of Macbook Air (ahem), the Clambook is as thin as the day is long and...

Your SLR Sherpa

ONA Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack

Finding interesting ways to carry around our camera gear never gets old. ONA’s useful camera bag inserts are a great item for casual photographers looking for the best way to stash a camera in their luggage. The brand’s new Camps Bay ($430) backpack, however, is a full-service camera and laptop carrier geared toward the pros....

Get strapped

DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap

Dial down the touristy vibe on your next photo hunt, home or abroad, with a DSPTCH Camera Sling Strap ($48). Designed and made in San Francisco by a photographer — a man quite deft with the lens himself — is made using mil-spec commercial grade nylon webbing and outfitted with a uni-loop connector to ensure...

Click-ish

Logitech Cube

Traveling and giving presentations for work is stressful enough, which is why perennial mouse-maker Logitech has created the Cube. The palm-sized businessman’s friend is a combination mouse/presenter that lightens the load of even the most burdened road warrior. Thanks to touch surface scrolling, the Cube acts as a traditional mouse when placed on a flat...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Hard Drive

Wiebetech Drive eRazer Ultra

If you’re getting rid of an old computer, be very careful about the data that you leave behind on the hard drive. Having someone steal your social security and credit card numbers would be bad enough, but think of what would happen if someone got a look at something much worse — like a glance...

A different kind of iPad

Alugraphics Flexpad

From outcries that they’re paying too much for current technology to being badged as label-driven sheep, Apple fan boys take a lot of flack for their devotion. But regardless of whether or not you agree with any of the admonitions, one thing has never been in doubt –Apple products are gorgeous. For those of you...

Style Pick: Billykirk Hand-Stitched Leather Laptop Sleeves

Over the years, we’ve raved about Billykirk’s products and founders, and their latest laptop sleeves ($219+) reaffirms our love. It’s a classic Billykirk piece – blending chic with toughness, and elegance with durability. Featuring hand-stitched Horween leather, a Chicago asset since 1905, this sleeve exudes rugged class. In any boardroom or meeting it sends a...

The future is potentially in eight months

Google Project Glass

Technology moves fast, but for those of us that dream about time-traveling DeLoreans and holographic computer screens, it can’t move fast enough. That’s why our inner-LeVar Burton became giddy with excitement when Google shared some details of their long-rumored experiment, Project Glass. Whisperings among the Technorati have guessed at specs that seemed straight out of...

Be Billy the Kid with your DSLR

Capture Camera Clip

We all know photography gear can quickly become overwhelming. Lenses, bags, cameras, straps, cords, –- it eventually gets out of hand. Thankfully, Camera Clip by Peak Design ($80), is a cool and easy alternative to the traditional neck strap. Simply screw the quick-release plate to your camera’s tripod mount, attach the die cast aluminum main...

The paper trail stops here

Doxie Go Portable Scanner

You’re thinking, “What the hell is Gear Patrol doing writing about a scanner?” Next thing you know, they’ll be covering external CD burners and zip drives. Normally, we’d share those sentiments with you, but Doxie’s Go portable scanner ($199+) provides a wallop of convenience in a very portable, 10.5″ x 1.7″ x 2.2″, 14oz package....

Shoot in style

A7 Original Camera Strap II

Dress up your favorite shooter with the A7 Original Camera Strap II. Each strap is made in the U.S.A. by a family-owned NYC based leather manufacturer. Color options include black, brown, or a slightly pricier but reversible olive and gray edition. Whatever color your prefer, it’s guaranteed to look classier than advertising your camera model...

Networking for the iPhone generation

Securifi Almond Touch Screen Wireless Router

You can ask your smartphone to help you hide dead bodies, or swing an invisible lightsaber like a giddy 12 year-old on a Lucky Charms sugar high, but setting up a wireless router still requires logging on to a website and fiddling with complex settings. Securifi is a new startup that wants to bring critical...

All of your cards, all in one wallet

Holdfast Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet

One of our favorite camera accessory companies Holdfast, started by professional photographer and GP reader Matthew Swaggert, has just released the perfect piece of gear for managing your memory cards and money. The 4.35″ Indispensable Photographer’s Wallet ($45+) features a foldable design with three pockets. The exterior slide pocket holds IDs and the various other...

100% pure natural juice

Solar Joos Orange

We’ve seen the light. Solar power is not only awesome for outdoor, gadget powering duties, but it seems like every month we’re encountering a better, more innovative solution like the Joos Orange ($149). The Joos not only offers up durable, waterproof design that can withstand a bullet, but it does so without the special ops...

Her Majesty’s woolen

Rickshaw Bagworks Performance Tweed Laptop Sleeve

Now that the holidays are long over and Apple products are filling pockets and bags by the tree-full, it’s time to worry about protecting them. We particularly like the Rickshaw Bagworks Performance Tweed laptop sleeve ($50). As always, Rickshaw manufactures to-order and their products are customizable, but we are sold on the classic Performance Tweed....

Powering your lifeline

PowerSkin

One of the few knocks on the iPhone 4S has been its battery life. While our own iPhone doesn’t seem to be plagued with any battery-sucking gnomes, having a longer battery life, when you need it, is never a bad thing. PowerSkin makes a number of cases for major mobile phones (ahem, your iPhone) that...

Minimal Magnetism

Magnus iPad 2 Stand by Ten One Design

Simple, elegant, purposeful — those adjectives are just as applicable to the iPad 2, as they are to the Magnus iPad 2 stand ($50) by Ten One Design. The pure aluminum base is machine-crafted and equipped with customized magnets to hold Apple’s latest tablet firmly in place. While thicker cases won’t work with the stand,...

Keep your creature comforts

HiNation HiLight

Plenty of brands sell solar panels to help adventurers keep their gadgets charged no matter how far they wander off the trail. The HiLight (~$257) from Swedish company HiNation provides the same charging convenience for USB or Micro USB devices, while also serving as an LED lantern. Ten hours of sunlight charging can power the...

Cutting-edge indeed

Victorinox SSD Knives

So-called “cloud services” hope to make transferring digital data via physical devices akin to cave painting in the near future. That hasn’t stopped pocket-tool legend Victorinox from evolving the classic Swiss Army Knife to house the latest SSDs and transfer protocols. Their new solid state drive line features a special single connector that’s compatible with...

Gadget guardian angel

Liquipel Gadget Coating

The long standing feud between your precious gadgets and their arch-nemesis, water, may be officially called off thanks to Liquipel. What is Liquipel exactly? It’s a potent combination of witchcraft and voodoo, or at least that was our first reaction after watching the demo video, which we’ve convienently embedded for you after the break along...

Nimble Networker

D-Link DIR-505 All-In-One Mobile Companion

D-Link’s All-In-One Mobile Companion is a new travel accessory designed to take the headaches out of setting up a wireless network on the road. Packed inside the mouse-sized cube is a Wireless-N router, USB recharger, and an ethernet port for those in search of faster wired speeds. The small cube can just as easily be...

Style Pick: Vicarious by Nature x DODOcase

The DODOcase has been a favorite accessory for iPad users looking to add an old school literary feel to their cutting edge gadget. While this isn’t the first collaboration by DODO that we’ve seen, this iteration created in partnership with eco-conscious upstart Vicarious by Nature still deserves a mention since it does a fine job...

Closet Speed Freak

Cisco Linksys Dual-Band N900 Wireless Router

In the gadget food chain, routers rank right next to bottom feeders like printers in terms of consumer buzz. It’s just hard to get jittery over a small block of plastic and metal that passively blinks its way through life. Technophiles who really understand the router’s role as the pit boss of the digital home...

Shooter Insurance

Kickstarter: Cam Crate Weather Proof DSLR Case

The Cam Crate is the latest Kickstarter project to catch our eye, mainly because it’s dedicated to protecting something near and dear to our gear-loving hearts. Designer Matthew Geyster was inspired to create a waterproof, mudproof, crushproof, and shockproof case for his DSLR after his fear of damaging his camera caused him to miss more...

The virtual DJ your party's been waiting for

In-Depth: Pioneer Mixtrax

Services like Pandora and Apple’s Genius technology changed the way many of us consumed music, by intelligently mixing and matching songs to fit a particular theme or mood. These jukeboxes of the digital age, however, still fall well short of what professional DJs do best — the continuous mix. Pioneer’s newly launched Mixtrax music software...

Hot pocket

GORUCK Field Pockets

After a long wait and numerous teaser posts, GORUCK Field Pockets ($85-$110) are finally up for grabs. While there are plenty of excellent MOLLE pouch options out there, we’ve been holding out for GR’s option, and it’s been worth the wait. In the lineup are three pockets of varying sizes from 1.6L to 4.2L, each...

Roll up and roll out

Restoration Hardware Rollup Travel Charger

Highlighting electronics accessories from a company like Restoration Hardware will always be a little difficult for us, since making furniture that both Dr. Evil and Dr. Jones could feel comfortable decorating their offices with is clearly their main focus. Still, this tasteful roll up travel charger ($50) packs too much convenience in such a classic-looking...

Experience that shows

HoldFast Photography Equipment

HoldFast is a new brand born from the passion of professional photographer and long time Gear Patrol reader Matthew Swaggert. After years of being frustrated with the overly complex, uncomfortable, and militia-styled gear that flooded the photography market, he decided to channel his experience and love of American heritage to create something better. The HoldFast...

Got my eye on you

Swivl

It may look like another plastic iPhone dock, but the Swivl ($160) is anything but. Pairing a motorized base and wearable marker the Swivl can pivot, turn and tilt a cradled iOS device to follow a subject — keeping subjects within its field of view — using motion tracking technology. That means, video chats, sports,...

Double Duty

Twelve South PlugBug

The third rule of Roadgo Dynamics dictates that the more gadgets you own, the more power cables you’re saddled with when it’s time to travel. Upon your arrival, finding enough available wall outlets is then about as easy as telling your better half she’s gained weight. The fine mac accessory makers at Twelve South have...

Sound Footing

Woo Audio Aluminum Headphone Stands

Full-sized, over-the-ear headphones (known as Circumaural cans to you purists) typically provide a level of audio fidelity that measly earbuds can’t match. The trouble is they don’t exactly store nicely when not in use on your desk. These Woo Audio Aluminum Headphone stands ($60-$75) can help remove clutter from your workspace or listening station by...

Pop n' Lock

Satechi Lockdown Portable Hard Drive Enclosure

As life becomes increasingly more digital, securing your files is a must. You’re ahead of the game with password protection on your phone, tablet and computer. But what about that backup USB hard drive? Couldn’t someone just plug it into another computer, and copy every last bachelor party photo of you, “relaxing”, with just a...

Swipe On. Swipe Off.

Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Mac users shouldn’t get all the multi-touch fun (patents aside). Seems someone out there agrees. The Logitech Wireless Touchpad ($50) will bring multi-finger control with one, two, three, four, and ten figure scrolling for Minority Report like controlling (almost) of your PC. Sorry, no Macs. Spend more time plowing through Gmail, hauling through Facebook, and...

Traditional Wrap

Truman iPad Portfolio

Unlike your iPad, the Truman iPad Portfolio ($175) requires a bit more patience when it comes to acquiring one. Like your iPad, though, the portfolio is refreshingly simple example of hand hewn design. With a 3-5 week wait time the wholly hand hewn portfolio is made-to-order from single cut natural vegetable tanned leather that snugs...