Give your iPhone the MagSafe adapter it’s always dreamed of

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Keep your iPhone safer with this MagSafe-like adapter.
Keep your iPhone safer with this MagSafe-like adapter.
Photo: Znaps

When Apple created the MagSafe adapter for its highly desirable line of MacBooks back in 2006, the world changed. Gone were the days of tripping over your power adapter cord and pulling your entire MacBook down onto a cold, uncaring floor.

These days, your iPhone and iPad have a similar problem, with a Lightning cable that connects so securely to the power port that if you happen to walk by and trip on the cable, you’re gonna fling that oh-so-precious device right to the ground, dashing its poor little silicon brains out.

This Kickstarter project, ZNAPS, aims to fix this design nightmare with a magnetic Lightning cable adapter that will transform the way you charge your Apple mobile devices, all for an excitingly low price of $9.

ilumi is a smart bulb that just got a little smarter

The second generation of ilumi smart bulbs has already won enough backing on Kickstarter to go into production.
The second generation of ilumi smart bulbs has already won enough backing on Kickstarter to go into production.
Photo: ilumi

It took a little while for investors to see the light, so to speak. Corey Egan and Swapril Bora developed a smartphone controlled LED light bulb, but needed two crowd-funding campaigns, prize money from winning new product contests they had socked away and a deal from Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban before the ilumi smart bulb could enter the market.

Tens of thousands of bulbs have sold in the year they’ve been in production. It won’t take quite so long for the second generation to begin lighting homes and commercial spaces.

With 20 days to go on Kickstarter, ilumi far exceeded its $50,000 goal with a newly designed bulb that includes new experiences – like turning it on and off the shake of your phone – and a new antenna that will pick up commands from 150 feet away.

Turn your iPhone into a Super 8 camera

The Luminati CS1 is a case for the iPhone 6 that brings the design practicality of a Super 8 movie camera to your filmmaking.
The Luminati CS1 is a case for the iPhone 6 that brings the design practicality of a Super 8 movie camera to your filmmaking.
Photo: Luminati

The iPhone is the gold standard for modern design – and that sometimes gets in the way of some of its amazing functions.

Take photo and video. Even the most serious photographers and filmmakers can create high art with an iPhone, but conventional cameras, no matter how clunky they seem today, were designed with grip and stability that is missing from an iPhone.

A startup company has created an iPhone 6 case that converts the iPhone into a retro-looking handheld movie camera, complete with cinematic lenses, a viewfinder, film trigger and a mount for mics and lights.

Bluetooth iPhone grip goes further than any selfie stick can

A Bluetooth-enabled button lets you shoot pictures or record video.
A Bluetooth-enabled button lets you shoot pictures or record video.
Photo: Grip Dat

Trying to hold your iPhone like you once did a camera can feel awkward. It’s not designed to fit the hands the same way. A selfie stick can free your hands, but can also get you thrown out of a lot of places.

A photographer has come up with a simple device to give you the grip you need with the shooting range of a selfie stick with no danger of impaling others around you.

Grip Dat is a handle with a tilting smartphone bracket. On the grip’s thumb rest is a Bluetooth-enabled shutter release. The gripper can take a quick selfie or detach the base from the grip to take in more of the scene to snap pictures or record video from as far away as 30 feet.

Underground park in NYC will bring the sun where it don’t shine

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Rendering shows what the Lowline park might look like in an underground space in New York City that used to be a trolley station.
Rendering shows what the Lowline park might look like in an underground space in New York City that used to be a trolley station.
Photo: Lowline

The world beneath the city is often portrayed in movies as a dark, sinister place with a criminal element and some marginalized segment of society in hiding and fighting to survive.

But one group believes it can bring sunlight and vibrance underground to a one-acre space below a busy neighborhood in New York City.

The Lowline is a proposed subterranean park that would occupy an old trolley station beneath Delancey Street on the city’s Lower East Side. It would use solar technology to not only light and power the park but create the necessary wavelengths that would allow plants and trees to grow.