GeekDad iPad Accessory Gift Guide

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Okay, so you have the iPad – now what? Apple made this product that can be so more than a tool to check email with, so what do you want to do with it? Maybe you have someone on your shopping list that loves their iPad and you would like to get them something to go with it. Fear not, I am here to help. Here are a few recommended geeky gadgets. Clicking the included links will take you to sites for more information and purchase. Most products are also available at Apple Stores and Amazon.

For the music lover – foxLv2 Bluetooth

The foxLv2 is a pocket-sized speaker that audio purists will love. It has Bluetooth connectivity and a lithium-ion battery so you can bring the highly portable foxLv2 hi-fi audio speaker wherever you bring your iPad or other device: on the road, at work for presentations, to play music at parties, watch movies in the living room, tailgate at football games, and much more. It is incredibly small at 5.6″ wide x 2.2″ high x 1.4″ deep, and the foxLv2 features a full range of audio output from 80Hz – 20kHz with real bass for amazingly good music in a tiny package that fits with your portable lifestyle.

For the foodie – the iGrill

The iGrill is a Bluetooth cooking thermometer that reads temperatures ranging from 40F (0C) to 400F (204C)). It comes with two probes, which lets you monitor two pieces of meat simultaneously. The free iGrill App advises what temperature you should be aiming for the different types of meats, letting you know approximately how much time is remaining before your food is ready.

For the outdoor type – SofShell cover

SofShell is a case that offers crystal-clear visibility of your iPad and superior protection. The SofShell reduces shock by 43 percent and is made from an anti-slip material that keeps your iPad in place. Unlike many cases that aren’t compatible with the Smart Cover, SofShell fully encases the iPad 2 bezel and Smart Cover hinge to hold the Smart Cover in place. SofShell is made from a proprietary, crystal-clear elastomer that outperforms Silicone, Neoprene, Rubber, Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) and plastic cases. In fact, SofShell provides super anti-slip protection on angles up to 70˚.

For the heavy user – NuGuard GripStand

NewerTech’s NuGuard GripStand‘s hard plastic protective shell grips the iPad or iPad 2 snugly with a 360° view that positions the iPad wherever you want it. It also doubles as a one hand grip, so you can use your iPad while standing or walking. It also has the exposed edge to allow use of a Smartcover. The hand grip ring also folds flat to allow the iPad to be hung on a hook. The GripBase lets you turn your iPad or iPad 2 into a desktop workstation that is virtually impossible to knock over.

For the professional – the iFolio

The NewerTech iFolio leather iPad case lets you travel with your iPad or iPad 2 in the ultimate of luxury and craftsmanship. Handcrafted in the USA from premium imported Brazilian leather, iFolio is available in 11 fashionable colors (cognac, black, yellow, red and more) and can be used with or without the included shoulder strap. It provides padded protection that hides your iPad/iPad 2 for security while on the road and includes a slot for document storage as well as an ID holder.

For the voyeur – Rover

The Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank is a remote-controlled tank that streams live video and sound back to your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad via built-in Wi-Fi. Even in the dark of night, you can use Rover’s night vision to navigate and see in the dark. After downloading the free app, Rover owners can explore up to 200 feet away (or 100 feet around walls and other obstructions). The Rover can be controlled with the accelerometer by touching “G Drive” or via arrows on the app screen. Running on 6 AA batteries, users can stream video and audio, use night vision and take still images, all via the app.

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