Gadget Watch Apr 17 2014

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Each week we pull the best Apple-related gadgets from the Cult of Mac and collect them here for your perusing pleasure.

Beautiful Wooden Stand Elevates Your iMac

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. A pen and paper for writing shopping lists. A broom instead of a Roomba. An Aeropress instead of a crappy K-cup. And now, a Lifta iMac stand instead of, uh, more complicated iMac stands.

It’s a chunk of wood, and that’s it. But it raises your iMac to a more comfortable eye-level, and gives you space to stow a keyboard underneath. Not that storing a keyboard is that hard with a naked iMac – you just put it on top of the slimline foot.

Buy it $ 125

Grovemade’s Walnut Back Adds Small Walnut Rectangle To MacBook

Grovemade’s Walnut Back Adds Small Walnut Rectangle To MacBook
Grovemade’s neat iPhone bumper cases offer protection to your phone, and although they’re a bit bulky they’re light and they look great. This new MacBook Back, a self-adhesive walnut panel, offers no useful protection, but it only adds 1.8 or 2.5 ounces to the weight of the whole package.

Buy it $39

Hell Freezes Over: A Cool Fanny Pack Exists, And It Holds An iPad Mini

Hell Freezes Over: A Cool Fanny Pack Exists, And It Holds An iPad Mini
This is the Gallery Waist Pack. It’s the answer to the question, “What if we made a fanny pack for the iPad?”

That’s not quite as simple as it would seem. After all, the fanny pack is the preferred bag of the middle-aged and style-free. It’s the bag for somebody who values practicality over everything else.

And while the iPad is not completely the opposite of this, it is at least opposed to the beige pleated-pants crowd.

Buy it $50

Roll-Top Beckett Backpack Keeps Your Gear Dry, Even In Canada

Roll-Top Beckett Backpack Keeps Your Gear Dry, Even In Canada
I wonder why every backpack doesn’t use a roll-top. They’re waterproof, they’re mechanically simple (and therefore they never go wrong), they let you extend the size of the bag and they form a handy grippy handle.

They also look cool, and the Becket bag has one.

Buy it $140

Lomo Russar+ Lens For Retro-Fetishists

Lomo Russar+ Lens For Retro-Fetishists
There’s something totally perverse about putting a crappy Lomo lens on your Leica M-series camera. After all, the Leica might be a glorious box which makes it super easy to take great pictures, but it really is just a box for holding Leica’s extraordinary lenses.

Thankfully, the new Lomo Russar+ also fits other bodies, using adapter mounts.

Buy it $650

Never Lose A Lens Cap Again With This $10 Widget

Never Lose A Lens Cap Again With This $10 Widget
The worst thing about losing a lens cap is having to buy another one. You can go with a generic but ugly replacement and save a few bucks, or you can buy the manufacturers official version, which will make you hate yourself.

Now there’s a third option – don’t lose the cap in the first place. Instead, spend $10 now on Photojojo’s Hufa Lens Cap Strap Holder, and never buy a cap again.

Buy it $10