Logitech is a computer, smartphone and tablet accessories manufacturer and distributor. Products include portable keyboards, iPad covers and speakers. Features: Logitech has a special emphasis on interface devices for computers, tablets, smartphones and gaming systems. Its fold-up keyboard for iPad 2 won the About.com 2012 Reader's Choice Award for best iPad accessory. Background: Started in 1981 as the producer of computer mice, Logitech is a now a major manufacturer of computer, smartphone and tablet accessories. Read about Logitech products here.
Mophie is the manufacturer and designer of battery-extending portable tools for smartphones and iPods. Features: iPhone 5 Juice Pack Helium is 13% thinner than all previous cases. Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 charges 100% extra battery. Pricing: iPhone 5 Juice Pack Helium is $79.95; Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 is $99.95; Juice Pack Plus is $119.95. Background: Founded in 2005, it created the Juice Pack, the first-ever portable battery case certified by Apple and compatible with the iPhone. Mophie products are recommended in LocalMediaInsider's report on best equiptment for digital reporters here.
HyperJuice, developed by Sanho, extends the battery life of Apple products such as iPhones and iPads. Features: Extends battery life for iPhone for 24 hours and 11 hours for MacBook Pro and can connect multiple devices at a time. Used by reporters in the field. The HyperJuice 2 can charge a MacBook and two iPads simultaneously. Encased with aluminum, the HyperJuice is a sturdy, lightweight (about 1.6 pounds) and quick way for journalists to keep their devices charged at live events. Products also include HyperDrive, a portable data storage tool, and HyperShop, its online store. It also makes cases and HDMI cables. Prices range from $186 to $349. Reviewed in LocalMediaInsider's Top Ten Reporting Tools. Background: Founded in 2002. Previously known as HyperMac. Read about Sanho products here.
Eye-Fi manufactures memory cards that allow users to upload pictures and vidoes from digital cameras and smartphones wirelessly. Features include the Mobi memory card which has built-in wifi so no wireless network is needed, and automatically transfers photos and videos when new content is detected. The Pro X2 memory card contains 10GB of storage for high-quality images and fast transfer. Is wifi enabled and compatible on multiple devices. Automatically backs up to cloud storage. Pricing: Mobi is $49.99; Pro X2 is $99.99 Background: Founded in 2005, Eye-Fi created the Mobi Card and the Pro X2 Card. It also has smartphone and tablet apps. Eye-Fi products are listed in LocalMediaInsider's top reporting tools here.
The Padcaster is an accessory tool used to turn iPads into a professional video recording device by adding a frame that holds additional lights and audio. Features: aluminum frame with threaded holes to connect microphones, lights and other camera accessories to an iPad. Easily connect the Padcaster to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount for stable shooting. Reporters can transform The Padcaster into a fully functional DSLR cage. Downside is that Padcasters need to be taken off the iPad to use it for simple typing, and it takes a while to undo the frame. Pricing: Cost is $149. Podcaster products are listed in LocalMediaInsider's list of top tools for digital reporters here.
Manfrotto manufactures and designs camera and lighting support equipment, including tripods and monopods, the latter of which is especially useful for crowd shots and difficult angles. Features: The product line includes an extensive range of camera tripods and heads, lighting stands and accessories. Background: Originally known as Bogen Imaging, Manfrotto changed its name in 2010. The company is named after Lino Manfrotto, an Italian photojournalist. Manfrotto monopods are listed by LocalMediaInsider as a top tool for digital reporters here.
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