FontBook App

If typography were a religion, FontBook would be the Bible. So, folks, no more excuses for boring typography: FontBook 3.0 is now a universal app and costs a mere $0.99. YES!

Amplifiear

Amplifiear is brilliant in its simplicity, a simple solution to the iPad’s rear facing (and weak) speakers.

The iPhone Cable Trigger

The iPhone Cable Trigger is a remote shutter release for iDevices. Handy for those times when you want to take a photo without touching your phone, and for starting and stopping video sans camera-shake.

Palm Top Theater

Palm Top Theater transforms your iPhone into your own personal 3D theater. Fun!

3D Printed Maille iPhone Case

I had the honor to sit next to Ping Fu at last night’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Gala and she handed me a an absolutely amazing 3D printed iPhone Case by Freshfiber. I put it on my iPhone and have been fiddling with it nonstop since. The interlinked rings create an incredibly fascinating texture. The rings move seperately from each other so you can jiggle them.

The case was designed by Janne Kyttanen and you can buy it and lots of other cool 3D printed designs over at Freshfiber.

Big Words

Thanks to this BrooklynBeta attendee I discovered the iphone app Big Words. It’s brilliant in its simplicity! Don’t we all have moments where we need to say something, with big words, on our screen?

The Bobine

Bobine is an iPhone cable that also acts as a flexible tripod. Brilliant.

Maily

Maily is an email app for little kids that let’s them draw/write a message and then send it to a selected group of family members and friends. Cute idea. And most of all, the name Maily makes me smile.

Pocket Solar Charger

Going somewhere where you won’t find any outlets? This pocket solar charger (site is in German) might come to the resque. Nifty.

The SlingShot

The SlingShot is a sweet looking stabilizing grip for your phone that also folds out into a tripod. No doubt, MacGyver would probably use it.

#wishlisted

Google Maps On iOS 6

I overheard a painful Studiomates conversation this morning about how bad the iOS 6 Maps app is and how everyone that upgraded to iOS 6 misses Google Maps. Apparently Google has promised to come to the rescue by releasing a standalone iPhone app. But until then there’s a work-around that will tie you over:

If you have iOS 6 on your phone, point your Safari browser to maps.google.com and click the export button in the middle of the menu bar to save the app to your homescreen. Once installed, you’ll now see “Google Maps” on your homescreen complete with its own appropriately designed app icon.

Thanks to ComplexTech for the tip!

(Thank you G)

Everpurse charges your iPhone Magically in your Bag

Ever notice that your smartphone dies JUST when you need it most? Everpurse is about to solve that problem, elegantly: To charge, all you have to do is slip your phone into the special charging pocket inside the purse! Whether you’re at work or out on the town, your Everpurse will keep your phone charged all day long. You can carry your Everpurse inside a bigger bag, or by itself. When you get home, simply drop your Everpurse on the white charging mat for wireless charging!

I am totally backing this Kickstarter. Congrats to the Everpurse folks for a wonderful idea and a beautifully designed execution!

(thanks Rusty)

Grip for iPad

I recently got myself the STM Grip iPad Case. It is fairly slim and comes with two kickstand settings for typing and viewing. My iPad feels well protected from my rambunctious 2 year old, so I’d say mission accomplished. Two swissmiss thumbs up.

(If you’re looking for an extra fun kids proof iPad case, there’s no better one than the iGuy)

Pixable

I am so happy to have discovered Pixable: It aggregates photos and videos shared by my friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Think of it as your unified photo inbox.

I admit, the only reason why I log into Facebook is to look at my friend’s photos, but I really don’t like the experience. Pixable fixes that for me. Their iPhone App is now part of my daily routine. No more login into Facebook. Yay!

(Thank you Oz)

Jessica Hische on your iPhone

If you’re a fan of Jessica Hische’s Drop Caps you might want to check out her iphone cases over on uncommon. #awesomegiftforanytypenerd

Romotive

Please meet Romo, a charming smartphone robot by Romotive.

If you’re into robots, and always dreamed of having one, Romo is for you. Romo uses your smartphone for his brain, is affordable, extensible, and a super fast learner.

You can let Romo wander about your home and dance to music or you can stream Romo’s video to a controller and control him across Wifi.

Romo communicates with your phone via the universal audio jack, allowing Romo to be compatible with any smartphone.

I can not wait to introduce one of these little fellows to my kids. Totally wishlisted!

(Thank you Steve)

TED Books

TED just launched TED Books, short original electronic books produced every two weeks by TED Conferences.

Like the best TEDTalks, they’re personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.

This is exciting! Download the free iOS app from the App Store here.

iPad Sleeve Deluxe

If my iPad wasn’t wrapped in the iGuy to protect it from my rambunctious two year old son, I would probably opt for a stylish leather sleeve like this one.

Wikiweb

Wikiweb is a reader for your iPhone and iPad that visualizes connections between articles. I had the pleasure to try it myself a few weeks back: It’s quite magical!

Hat tip to the Friends of the Web folks!

Gabi

Gabi claims to have reinvented the way we use Facebook. The iPhone app lets you visualize and interact with the social network giant. Gabi filters your content according to what’s popular, controversial, and relevant to you. Instead of displaying everything in your news feed, it only shows you what’s best: the best pictures, videos, statuses, groups, links, interests, etc. I’ll give it whirl, currently downloading.

(via @johnsonTBO)

Wthr

Wthr is a minimal iPhone app built on Dieter Rams’ 10 principles of design.

Stilla – a gyroscopic camera

I haven’t seen an app that made me go “wowwweee” in a long time. Stilla just did.

Stilla’s photo results resemble a crystal, a 3D object made of facets blending into each other as you turn it in your hand. You can share these fully interactive 3D objects with everyone online, in the browser, full screen. It works best with the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox. (Yes, in this order.)

Stilla is a modern interpretation of the photo you keep in your wallet. A moment to hold in your hand. See for yourself, go to stil.la and rotate the example photo.

DIY.org

DIY.org is a new project by Zach Klein that is trying to create a safe place on the web to foster kids’ creativity. As a mother of two, and creativity being a huge part of my work life, I couldn’t be more excited.

Here’s how it works: Let your kid sign up and create an account where they can safely publish what they make. They can upload videos and pictures of their projects using the DIY website or iphone/iPod Touch app. Kids’ projects are online for everone to see, and parents can add stickers to show support. Parents also have their own control panel to follow their activity and also to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.

Consider it a tool that lets kids collect everything they make as they grow up. I love this idea!

diy.org

LaLa Lunchbox

LaLa Lunchbox is a brandnew iphone app that lets your kids plan their own lunches and teaches them to make smarter food choices!

Kids get to personalize and design their lunchboxes with fun monsters and colors, and then plan their lunches for a whole week at a time. They simply swipe their choices into their lunchbox from a large selection of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and snacks. Along the way, they learn that a balanced lunch includes items from each category. Parents can easily personalize and edit the items available to their kids.

G and I have been trying to teach our 6 year old, Ella, about the importance of a balanced diet. I am pretty sure she’ll enjoy playing with this app and feeling in control over what goes in her lunchbox. I’ll give LaLa Lunchbox a try, hoping it will not overcomplicate things!

(Thanks Harley)