Smartphone

Dock It.

One thing that has always baffled me about my iPhone is the why it comes with a wall charger but no dock. Actually I know why it is. It’s all about the money, and by not giving you a dock they ask you to buy one for 40 bucks. The thing is, when I am shelling out the kind of money Apple want’s for a phone, the least they could do is toss in a dock. I hate the wall plug with the power cord snaking out of the wall across my counter or desk.

Thankfully though, if you want a dock you don’t have to give your money to Apple or whoever made your smartphone. You can instead opt for Native Union’s which costs about the same and frankly looks better, especially when it is bundled with their belt cable. I also like the fact that this design gives your phone additional support so the weight of your phone isn’t placed exclusively on the lightning connector and the port on your phone. (I’m pretty sure this is what eventually caused my old phone to stop charging and the port to eventually fail)

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Hey Siri, Turn Off My Phone.

One of my pet peeves is texting while driving, or you are driving a late-model car that has Bluetooth yet you still have your phone slapped to the side of your head. I don’t care what anyone says or thinks, you can’t text and pay attention to your driving at the same time. No one can, and since to many people won’t learn that until they have an accident, Sony has come up with a very clever PSA that will turn your phone off for you.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi Sweden, the Sony ads that take advantage of the “Hey Siri” listening feature on your phone and ask it to turn on Airplane Mode. It’s not fool proof, your phone has to be plugged in, and the listening feature has to be turned on, but you have to hand it to Sony for giving it a shot.

Now if we could just get hand set makers to set up a driving feature that turns off text messaging if you are moving faster than 10 miles an hour…

Pizza Hut’s Video Pizza Projection Box is Genius.

This morning I had an email from a friend that works at Ogilvy with a link to a Vimeo video that was produced by the Ogilvy team in Hong Kong. The video was for the latest promotional item Ogilvy Hong Kong created for Pizza hut, and I have to admit this is pure genius. The turned the Pizza box into a video projector that uses your smartphone. Pizza hut is giving access to free movies, your phone is the video source, and the rester becomes the projection lens and stand for your phone. I love this. It’s an affordable, memorable item that is so damn clever. The quality of the video isn’t that great, but who cares. The experience and the novelty of the projector box is a pure win for Pizza Hut in this case.

Wonderful WonderCube.

I love well designed multi-function things that make my life easier and better. In this case I am specifically talking about WonderCube a one inch cube that can charge, sync, light, read a memory card, stand, function as a portable drive, and connect to any USB device for your phone. At 50 bucks it is totally worth it, if for no other reason than the emergency charge your phone with a 9Volt battery feature. Right now you can pre-order the cube on Indiegogo until April 15th. I think I am going to get 2 of them. Yes I’m that impressed.