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    Default A Frickin Laser Beam for your iPhone
    [ame=]YouTube - iLaserPointer.MP4[/ame]

    A German company has come up with a collection of add-on gadgets for the iPhone that actually do things in the physical world, not just on the screen. Everything from the simple (a thermometer) to the practical (a flashlight) to the cool but slightly freaky (a stethoscope) to the geektacular (an oscilloscope) are available. You need an app to control some of the accessories (like the laser), but many of them just come on when you plug them in.

    HMB-TEC's gadgets (googletrans of German page) are powered by the electrical current from the headphone jack in the iPhone iPod touch and iPad: the devices with the TRRS jack (two rings) that carries current. It's not clear from the website, but the data probe devices like the thermometer and heart monitor presumably use modulated analog to carry info back to the apps.

    Sure, there's something goofy about an iPhone fan, but these gizmos show the possibility of a broad range of practical devices powered by the headphone jack and carrying data back to custom apps. The accessories range from the equivalent of about $20 US to around $90, not including shipping costs.

    [ame=]YouTube - iPhone_Pocket_Fan.MP4[/ame]

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    good to know some of these accessories have some practical use. i would laugh to go to the doctors office and see some of these being used!
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    I see this laser beam thing as being quite pointless. A battery powered laser pointer is about the same size and, let's face it, less clunky/clumsy than something you'd need to plug into your iPhone. The only thing I see going for it is that it would use the iPhone battery so you won't have to rely on batteries for your pointer. I imagine both devices pictured here work simply by reading the signal from the audio jack. I bet the fan would spin and the laser would turn on if you just plugged it in with music playing. This really isn't at all exciting/amazing IMO.
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    I find these not necessary for my lifestyle... what next? lol

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    We will call it The Allen Parsins Project

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    "hello! this is HMB-TEC pocket fan for iPhone.

    gives you...fresh air..."

    I loled at the second sentence

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    I would love the fan

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    German precise technology ftw

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    German Engineering at its best. heh

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    Pointless. Cheaper to get laser on it's own.

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    The fan is cool. Sold!

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    This guy must be doing a project in class at ITT Tech.

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    Is that a freakin iPhone with a freakin laser beem attached to its freaking uhhh.... thing!

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    i am serously thinking about buying the flashlight and thermometer
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    Hopefully their next project is a gamepad addon.... still cant get used to using capacitive touchscreen for gaming !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
    I want frickin sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their heads! --Dr. Evil
    ahhaha. i came here for the soul reason of posting this quote.. good call man. well played.
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    Gives new meaning to fanboy! Lol

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    on the 2nd video, "give you fresh air!!!"

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