Here's something you never knew you needed in your life: an iPhone/Android phone dock that actually dances to the beat of the music it plays. Called Shimi, it's the sort of stupid silly fun that makes robots adorable.
Is Tron still cool? OK, that's a stupid question. Tron is forever. And this Monster Tron Light Disk Audio Dock looks like it was lifted straight from the the Grid. Just look at the lights on this thing. Oh, the lights! But what about the sound?
Harking back to the classic Dieter Rams design, Frog's wooden alarm clock would go perfectly with one of the flip clock apps for the iPhone. And oh, how the iPad looks in that mini-CRT...
Most docks just play music. That's so vanilla! Pair your iWhatever with the TimeCommand dock and the accompanying app and you can dim your f-ing lamp from your phone. And set lamp-assisted alarms with back-up battery insurance.
Carrying a boom box down the street on your shoulder? Old and busted. Docking your iPod on a teeny tiny boombox and carrying it around the house between your thumb and forefinger? New and... uh... tiny.
Wall-mounted iPod docks have been around for a while, but either they're from really cheap plastic-y companies, or covered in Swarvoski crystals and cost thousands of bucks. Pioneer's KODO XW-NAW1 slides in somewhere in between, at £199 (about $300).
Logitech's S715i is a simple rechargeable iPod speaker dock which will keep working for about eight hours on a single charge. No pricing information just yet, but there are a few specs. Updated: It'll cost $150.
Scott Freeland, the industrious artist behind the iRetrophone dock has returned with iRetrofone Steampunk Copper edition. The dock is powered entirely by gears and steam and curly mustaches, just like everything else in the mid-19th Century.
When it comes to iPhone/iPod docks, it's all about first impressions. If you're some boring vanilla box, you're probably not gonna get a second glance. But hey, Altec Lansing Octiv Mini, I will gladly look at you some more.
Until the glorious day when my whole desk is an induction charging slab, I'll take any help I can get in my daily battle with power strips, chargers, cables, and cords. The gadget-charging T'Light lamp looks like a powerful ally.
Remember the days of twirling a phone cord around your fingers as you giggled into the receiver or slammed the device down to hang up? You can finally relive those times with the Desk Phone iPhone dock.
You bought your iPhone to be able to tell the time, right? Knowing that one day The Sharper Image would create an iPhone dock complete with Roman numerals and free downloadable app just for you?