As unabashed gadget lovers, TechnoBuffalo is always on the look out for the latest innovations in design, function and user experience. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the capacity to cover every product out there and, as a result, many worthwhile products subsequently don’t get the coverage they deserve. That’s why we’re introducing a weekly roundup of Buffalo Gear: a visual collection of some of today’s most awesome gear and gadgets. From electronics, to toys, to stuff for the outdoors, these are products we wish we owned.
No matter how you slice it, water is, and always will be, technology’s mortal enemy. Even in today’s technology-driven world, the two are steadfast in their bitter age-old fued. While one is crucial to man’s existence, the other exists because of man. Will there ever be peace? A compromise, perhaps? Thanks to a “revolutionary waterproof shield” from Liquipel, water and tech maybe finally call a truce. Through the company’s proprietary process, and a boatload of science, Liquipel’s shield permanently bonds on the molecular level to protect devices (inside and out) from accidental water exposure. Currently, smartphones like the iPhone 4/4S, HTC EVO 4G and Motorola Droid X/X2 can undergo the Liquipel treatment. Skeptical it won’t work? Check out this iPhone 4 water test. $59, liquipel.com.
Magnus iPad 2 Stand
Keeping in line with Apple’s minimalist approach, Ten One Design has created a stunning Magnus iPad 2 stand that looks straight out of the secretive labs of 1 Infinite Loop. Even the Magnus’ careful production process imitates the Cupertino-based company’s design modus operandi. Machine-crafted from pure aluminum and hand-finished for that famous Apple look, the Magnus is then fitted with customized nickel-plated neodymium magnets to hold your iPad 2 at a perfect horizontal viewing angle. It’s simple, stylish, and best of all, sports a reduced silhouette to match your minimalist workspace. $50, theonedesign.com.
If you’re obsessed with tech, toys and video games, Parrot’s new AR. Drone 2.0 has you covered. A follow up to the popular AR. Drone, this iteration brings with it a few mind blowing upgrades, most importantly: the ability to perform barrel rolls. Not only that, but it comes equipped with a 92-degree, wide-angle lens capable of recording 720p HD video, a new piloting mode, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and altitude control. Man, I would have loved to have this when I was younger. Actually, I’d love to have it now, too. TechnoBuffalo editors bestowed a Best in Show award to the folks at Parrot for providing such an awesome product. Both iOS and Android devices are supported as remote controls, which would definitely make for some very interesting fanboy wars. Available Q2 $300, parrot.com.