Quirky equals cool

SundayXtra - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Gregg Ell­man

I’ve said it be­fore and it’s worth re­peat­ing: If you have a prod­uct from Quirky, no mat­ter how sim­ple it is, it’s gonna be a cool, use­ful and in­no­va­tive.

Take the Up­write Sty­lus and Kick­stand for ex­am­ple. It com­bines what the name im­plies; a rub­ber sty­lus on one end and a key chain lock on the other end, dou­bling as a kick­stand for a smart­phone or tablet.

It’s only 8.25 cen­time­tres long with a pol­ished- zinc fin­ish to make it look as cool as it works.

The Quirky Core Dock and Dis­play takes your charg­ing ca­ble and turns them into a desk­top charg­ing sta­tion.

Just plug your ca­ble into one of the two USB ports on the bot­tom and wrap your cord around the Core’s ca­ble man­age­ment groves to form art­work.

The 7.6- cm cubed de­vice lets you plug a sec­ond cord into the other port for charg­ing.

All Quirky de­vices work be­cause they are de­signed by users. Pretty sim­ple and pretty great prod­ucts.

Screen gems

You can be on the Ap­ple team with any of the “i” prod­ucts or on the Samsung side with a Galaxy hand- held de­vice, but the one prod­uct that plays on both teams is the BodyGuardz’ ScreenGuardz Pure.

The scratch- re­sis­tant pro­tec­tor for the LCD on any of th­ese de­vices is pretty amaz­ing. BodyGuardz demon­strates the dura­bil­ity in a YouTube video by us­ing a box cut­ter and the tip of a nail and pound­ing it with a ham­mer.

You can make your own con­clu­sions from the video. I’m not about to put it through those tests but I will say af­ter hav­ing it on my phone for more than a month, it looks like it was put on to­day.

It’s de­scribed as be­ing made from “a spe­cial chem­i­cally tem­pered glass” and is so thin it works with most ev­ery case.

A smudge- re­sis­tant coat­ing keeps your fin­ger­prints off and takes just min­utes to ap­ply bub­ble- free.

An­other choice from BodyGuardz is a pri­vacy screen, which is great against pry­ing eyes sit­ting close by on air­planes, which leads me to one of my favourite gadget lines I ever heard of while fly­ing.

A pas­sen­ger next to me asked why the screen on my iPad couldn’t be seen, to which I replied “be­cause it has a pri­vacy screen so that you can’t.”

What more proof do you need to know if it works? When you look at it from an an­gle, you see a black screen but when you po­si­tion it to view straight on, you can see the LCD like noth­ing is in the way.

— MCT In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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