Every once in a while, I come across something really interesting while browsing Kickstarter or Indiegogo. The TouchType Pro, a creative and innovative keyboard case for the current gen iPad Pros, would seem to fit that bill. However, to be completely honest, that’s not how I found it. While the TouchType Pro campaign was just released on Kickstarter, I have been aware of this product for a while now. In fact, I’ve actually been able to go hands on with a prototype for a few weeks. More on this in a bit.
You see, Salman Sajid, the developer of the TouchType Pro and its earlier crowdfunded variations, originally reached out to me back in the Summer of 2017. After reading one of my iPad keyboard case reviews, he wanted to know if I would be interested in a project he was starting to work on. If you are a regular reader here, then you know there was no way I was passing that up.
It’s been a while since a crowdfunding project got my attention enough to make me part with some cash. However, I came across the HyperDrive last week and figured it was worth a go. This is the best looking expansion solution I’ve seen that is specifically geared toward the iPad Pro so far, so I decided to give it a shot.
I have no problem admitting that I’m a sucker for retro gaming, and have been for years. While things like the NES and SNES Classic have appeal, I really prefer something a little more universal. I know that there is no shortage of DIY gaming-centric kits for the Raspberry Pi, but I just haven’t found the right one….until now.
A few months ago, I wrote a Cool Things article about a Kickstarter product from Side by Side called the Power Packer. It is a compact zippered carrier designed to hold all of a user’s most important mobile accessories in such a way that they are kept safe and secure, and also remain easy to access. Considering that I carry a ton of gear around with me every day, I knew this was a perfect accessory for me.
I backed this product soon after writing the article, and I finally received it a couple of weeks ago. After finally taking some time out of my recently very busy schedule to load it up with a backup battery, charging bricks, charge cables, watch bands and other odds and ends, I’ve been carrying it with me every day since then to give it a shot. Let’s take a closer look.
I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is definitely worth consideration. It looks like a creative solution to a problem many users have with the Pro.
A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.
Im a sucker for a good tech bag. Make that bag a practical back pack with plenty of storage slots for all my gadgets, and all you need to do is tell me where to send my money! Luckily for us the folks at MOS went one step further. The MOS Pack not only incorporates many of their own previous released product designs, it also transforms the average backpack into a portable charging station for all of your electronic devices. This is an especially handy feature that allows you to charge everything without taking it all out of your backpack, and solves the problem of charging all your devices on the go.
Republique is Apple’s free App of the Week, so I decided to check it out for a bit earlier today. This title is interesting to me for a few reasons:
- it plays like premium stealth title and runs beautifully on the Air
- the game’s development was funded by Kickstarter
- the voice actors include Jennifer Hale (female Sheppard from Mass Effect) and Steven J. Blum (basically every game ever and Spike from Cowboy Bebop)
- the controls really feel like they were optimized for touch
I’m only a little ways into Episode One, but if it’s good enough, I’d consider investing $15 to buy episodes two through five. Of all the types of games that really fit an iPad form factor, stealth-based and adventure games seem like the most comfortable, and Republique feels like a mix of both.
It’s fun to see old triple-A console titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on iOS, but I think it’s the growth of this newer segment — of IPs that are born and bred on a touch platform – that we should really get excited about. If iOS is going to take off as a more serious contender to the consoles and PC, Republique is the caliber of game we need to see on the App Store.