Kyle Buckner has come a long way from sketching fantasy Apple accoutrements for school projects, though even he admits he’s set “a fairly big price” on his latest work – an elegant iPhone docking station that’s part art piece and part kick-ass speaker system.
After making inquiries about getting his prototype design mass produced for more economical sale, Buckner has decided for now to let his one-of-a-kind item fetch what it will on eBay, with a starting bid just shy of $3K.
But making and selling pricey one-offs isn’t the talented designer’s idea of success. “I would love to design new products for companies,” he told us in an email exchange. “I love making prototypes for my ideas but with no way of easily mass producing them, I’ll never make it.”
So Bucker’s focused his attention on looking for work with manufacturers on product design, industrial design, furniture design….anything that would put his talents to more effective (and less risky) use.
About 30 years ago, Monster began to carve out a name for itself selling cables-on-steroids to musicians. Recently, they’ve decided to take on the likes of Bose and Audio-Technica with a line of hip-hop inspired headphones called Beats by Dr. Dre.
In between the series of massive, battery-operated over-ear models and in-ear buds sits the Solos, a folding, on-ear set that seems to hit all the key points for a stylish set of traveller’s headphones: Fly looks? Check. Portability? Yeah. Sublime, bass-infused sound? In spades. It even has a microphone. In fact, the only thing missing here — except for in one component — is Monster’s legendary build quality.
Man, I want one of these. It would look so good next to my pack of Pall Malls and Royal Portable Typewriter. Freeland Studio sure knows how to cast resin around my heart’s desires. Too bad it’s on back order for 3 weeks, priced at $195 and doesn’t let me talk on my iPhone with that gorgeous handset.
But it would be fun to Bluetooth it up and just pace back and forth holding that thing in a heated conversation about one of the Apollo missions.
The iRetrofone Base is available in clear, black, and pink. I wonder when this will come out in Commissioner Gordon Red?
Most (if not all) of the cases we’ve reviewed here at the Cult during the past three weeks of iPhone Case Week just lay around lazily like some muscle-bound Miami Beach sunbather, looking good and maybe keeping the pretty iPhone from getting beat up. But the Mophie Juice Pack Air is different; It doesn’t just sit around, man. It’s charging up and down the beach — and it wants to take the iPhone with it.
The iSkin Solo FX iPhone case has a special mirror film that allows you to gaze at yourself when your iPhone is off. It can be a bit frighting — especially in the morning. But used like a compact, it’s great for applying lipstick.
The Speck CandyShell iPhone Case is a brightly-colored protective case that not only provides first-class scratch protection, it really makes your iPhone pop.
The $34.95 CandyShell case combines a hard outer plastic shell with a soft silicone liner. Available in 13 different color combinations, you can almost taste the bright Jolly Rancher colors. I have been using the purple CandyShell and it makes me think of grape-flavored snacks like snow cones or popsicles, yum!
The icaseBelt from Austrian company Urban Tool is a modern version of the old-fashioned fanny pack, retooled for the iPhone/iPod age. It holds everything you might need for a day trip or jog, and includes built-in controls for your iPod.
Trouble is, the icaseBelt is way too cool for someone my age, but I like it anyway.
As noted in my last review, I’m not a big fan of iPhone cases (or any sort of cases, really. Or even clothes — when I was a kid, I ran around nak…uh, but back to the case). When I saw Incase’s Perforated Snap Case, and heard it was one of the lightest and leanest iPhone cases, I expected to find a case I would finally keep permanently attached to my 3GS. Well, not quite.