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Gadgets for your iPad

 

Warning! If you don’t already own an iPad, these natty products will have you heading straight to your nearest Apple store.

Virtual keyboard
For those without nimble fingers, typing on the iPad (and iPhone, especially) can make you feel like a sixteen-year-old trying to unhook a bra for the first time. At the flick of a button, the Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad projects a full-size laser keyboard on to virtually any flat surface. The lighter-sized cube, which connects via Bluetooth comes complete with key clicks that sound like you’re typing on an actual keyboard. Available from Amazon, it costs US$154. 

iCADE
Playing your favourite childhood games like Battlezone or Tempest on the iPad just went up a notch. The portable desktop-sized arcade cabinet created by Think Geek comes with retro-style joystick and eight buttons – exactly how we remember it to be! In addition, Atari has developed an Atari Greatest Hits iPad app featuring over 100 classic games ready to use in conjunction with the iCADE.

iTypewriter 
Join the likes of Orwell, Miller and Christie without giving up on modern technology. Edinburgh-based designer Austin Yang has created a typewriter dock prototype for the iPad. When you hit the typewriter key, a corresponding lever gently rises to touch the keyboard on the iPad’s screen. It’s not in mass production yet, but drop Yang an email and you can get a custom-made version. 


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