There are tons of accessories for Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone in the market today, but make your choice wisely because some of them are just plain bizarre. We look at five crazy accessories, along with their features and price tags, for those who are into collecting unique and quirky products – and also for all those who want to laugh at the accessories. We leave it up to you to decide whether the items are innovative or just pointless.
1. The iPhone Bottle Opener
The iPhone Bottle Opener is one of the most popular iPhone accessories out there. Several companies have tried their hand and launched their own versions of this bizarre phone case. The California-based Lightbulb Moments first unveiled their product, called the iBottleopener, in 2010 for the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPhone 4. It was priced at $20, and was later made available for all versions of the iPhone. The rubber casing consists of a soft polycarbonate finishing, and features a slide-off bottom that can be removed for charging, a durable metal opener integrated at the back, as well as open access to all of the iPhone’s ports. The case is available in a variety of colors. In 2011, the company launched certified versions of the case with university logos, compatible with the iPhone 4/4s, in an effort to appeal to students. The college versions of the phone case were made available on their website ibottleopener.com for $25 apiece.
Intoxicase also launched a bottle opener case, first for the iPhone 4/4s, and later for the iPhone 5/5s called the Intoxicase Plus and Intoxicase Five. The case is made of pure polycarbonate, with an embedded stainless steel opener that enables durability as well as maintains the phone’s sleek design. The opener can be pushed back and folded onto the case after it has been used. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this case is that it comes with its very own free app. The intoxicase app keeps track of all the bottles you’ve consumed with a blood alcohol estimator, and maintains a beer log as well. Using the app, you can support your favorite football team by blasting their theme songs, or call a cab when you’ve had too much to drink.
The Intoxicase Plus case can be purchased for $25, and the Intoxicase Five can be bought for $30. Or, you could just buy a bottle opener, which costs less than a dollar.
2. Dokkiri Hand Case
The Japanese store Strapya World launched the truly unique Dokkiri Hand phone case in August 2011. It is only compatible with the iPhone 4, and – thank God – was not adapted for the iPhone 5/5s. The case is available in two versions – lady’s hand and child’s hand, with the lady’s hand modeled after the wife of the company’s COO. Apparently he wants people to hold his wife’s hand every time they talk on the phone. And we do not even want to know who the child’s hand was modeled after.
The feel of the hand is completely natural as it is built for comfort, but the design isn’t exactly the slimmest, so you won’t be able to carry it around in your pocket. On the plus side, it will stop your phone from falling and shattering easily. If we saw someone sporting this creepy hand case though, we’d probably go and break their phone for them. So if you’re in desperate need of human affection and long to hold someone’s hand – or are a member of the Addams Family – you can purchase the Dokkiri Hand Case for $64.
3. iCarta Toilet Paper Speaker Dock
If you’ve ever wondered about the future of toilets, then look no further. The iCarta 2 presents the absolute delight of listening to your favorite (i)tunes during your daily ablutions. The dock is connected to a portable toilet paper holder and powered by four triple-A batteries that allow up to 20 hours of playback. You can also stream music from up to 10 meters away from the dock. It comes with an AC adapter, and supports an audio selector and speakers that include tweeters and woofers for those highs and lows, while the Bluetooth connectivity makes multitasking much easier as it allows you to move about freely. The iCarta dock does not need to be assembled. You only need an outlet to plug it into in your bathroom.
So for all those who love to sing in the shower, here is a device that will provide some background music for your personal concert that is loud enough to drown out the sound of your voice. The iCarta Toilet Paper dock can be purchased for $50, and is compatible with all iPod and iPhone models.
4. Vintage Book Dock
This accessory is perfect for all those non high-tech nerds who aren’t into sleek designs. The Vintage Book Docks offer a unique alternate to charging along with forming part of an attractive home décor. The small 30-pin connector supports the iPods and iPhone up to iPhone 4s, while the Lightning cable along with audio extension is compatible with all the iPhone 5 models, like it was done for the vintage Nancy Drew mystery novel, recently redesigned as an iPhone 5 charger. Some titles also come with a bundled micro-USB cable.
The phone can be plugged in for stability, while the charging cable is securely fixed in to the book, so that is out of sight yet easily accessible. Headphones and speakers can also be plugged in while the phone is charging. However, these docks can be easily created too, just by poking holes in your books using a cutter and threading your charger through. Sure it will ruin your classics, but it will save you the $68 it costs to buy a Vintage Book Dock. At least technology is finally supporting vintage books.
The Vintage Book Dock is available in various titles and styles, and are all made to order by hand.
5. Smartphone Jeans
Since we discussed the future of toilets, we may as well discuss the future of fashion as well. In 2012, Wearcom launched its 100% pure cotton denim jeans that featured a transparent pocket on one leg to fit your smartphone, inspired by the fighter pilot G-suits. A literal case of ‘smarty pants,’ then. The touchscreen, however, can actually be used through the pocket, as the opening is made of polymer film. The pocket also consists of a flap that can be closed for a more discreet look, as well as an opening along its edges to plug in earphones.
Although this seems like a good idea when you don’t feel like standing up and pulling your phone out of your back pocket, imagine how stupid you will look browsing through your phone this way. And how in the world are you supposed to take selfies? Wearcom may not have thought the design through. Also, the available sizes range from only 28 to 38. However, the jeans can come in handy in in hiding your phone from robbers, unless they steal your pants. The Wearcom smartphone jeans can be purchased for $160.
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