Revised tank faster than previous version
Retailer Brookstone is releasing an updated version of its app-controlled tank. The Rover 2.0 is a tracked remote controlled vehicle that uses an iOS or Android app to steer, and can transfer video and audio received by the tank's built-in camera and microphone back to the mobile device. The resulting video and images can then be uploaded to social networks.
Lines laser-based keyboard up for August release
Retailer Brookstone is to release two projection-based products over the next two months. The Virtual Keyboard will project a full-size QWERTY keyboard onto a surface when pocket-space is an issue, and the HDMI Pocket Projector is a battery-operated HD display.
Brookstone to offer portable USB fuel cell charger
Retailer Brookstone is working with MIT spin-off Liliputian Systems to deliver a palm-sized portable fuel cell USB charger. The device will offer mobile users the ability to charge their smartphone up to 14 times for around two-weeks of use free from a wall charger. Like the similar Powertrekk portable fuel-cell charger, the Brookstone device uses replaceable fluid-filled cartridges to continue delivering charges after the initial cartridge is depleted.
Improv adds 10.5-inch and binder Boogie Boards
Improv Electronics has added to its original Boogie Board writing pads by releasing a new 8.5-inch model for binders and a larger 10.5-inch standard version. The boards rely on pressure-sensitive reflex LCDs and can be dry-erased after users create text or drawings using their fingers or a stylus. Also new is a Message Center that lets users mount the Boogie Boards to a wall or fridge, for example.
Parrot AR.Drone goes for pre-sale on Brookstone
Parrot's AR.Drone remote controlled quadricopter has now gone on pre-sale through a special deal Brookstone. The toy is unique in that it needs to be controlled using the Wi-Fi connection of an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. It also has two integrated video cameras for streaming live images to the screen of the Apple device.
Brookstone iHome iP99
Retailer Brookstone on Tuesday announced it started taking orders for the iHome iP99, a docking radio designed to work specifically with Apple's iPhone. The company claims the iP99 is the first product that will allow the iPhone to play music through its speakers but still retain phone functionality. iHome says it achieved this thanks to shielding that eliminates interference. The iP99 is also compatible with all docking iPod models.