We just got back from a day at Macworld/iWorld, the show that at one time took over the whole of Moscone Center and even an overflow hall. We’re not sure what caused it to shrink so drastically starting around the time Apple dropped out but the show is certainly different today. This year’s expo featured over 300 exhibitors and they certainly offered a mixed bag of products and services. The show is dominated by iPhone and iPad apps and add-ons especially cases of all styles but there was lots of other interesting stuff too. Here’s a sample of some of the things that caught our eye this year.
A Do-It-Yourself Cloud Server
The CloudFTP is a small device that includes a USB port where you can plug in an external hard drive or other storage device and then make that drive available to your own personal cloud network. It costs $99.
This Could Be the Best Value in a Video App for the iPhone At this year's show there were plenty of add-ons to improve the iPhone camera. The Filmic Pro app is a very powerful iPhone app for taking videos. It’s probably the best $2.99 you’ll spend on your iPhone if you use it to shoot videos. Watch the founder and CEO describe some of the features and why they matter.
Monitor and Manage Your Home Power Use Here’s a clever product from a company called Visible Energy. The UFO Power Center is aptly named as it looks a bit like a flying saucer that contains four color coded outlets and an indicator light. The iPhone/iPad app is used to monitor and control anything plugged into any of the receptacles.
This Screen Protector Hates
Oily Smudges The material is called oleophobic and the company is called Green Onions Supply. The product is a protective screen that resists smudges from you finger, face or anything else that might come into contact with your iPhone or iPad.
Telescoping Pole Extends
Camera’s Reach It’s called the iPole and it’s basically a telescoping monopod that can hold a phone bracket. When extended, it can be used like a periscope to capture a shot of something that might not be viewable otherwise. It could come in handy at a rock concert or political rally.
Bert Monroy’s Magnificent
Times Square Mural Bert Monroy is a masterful digital artist who creates digital “paintings” that look like as realistic as a photograph. Here Bert annotates his famous 25-foot long Times Square Mural that is full of his friends, family and industry heroes.
Unique iPad Protector
is Made Out of Balls The product is called iBallz and it includes four balls that slide onto the corners of your iPad to protect it from harm in the event of a fall.