Sunday, May 18, 2008
The most basic examples of accessories that can be used with iPods and other devices that play audio, whether alone or in conjunction with video, are headphones. Headphones can come in the form of ear buds, the kind that fit over the head and cushion their speakers with foam that allows users to hear things other than the music, or the massive noise canceling variety which are much bigger than the devices that are actually playing the audio in many cases. Headphones can be attached to the device using wires or receive the audio over a wireless connection like Bluetooth.
Another accessory that can be purchased for iPods and many other MP3 players are special cases that allow them to be used underwater. These waterproof cases will seal out the water while allowing the user of the gadget to press buttons to control it and allow wires for the headphones to come out. (Finding waterproof headphones is generally up to the owner of the gadget.) There are basically to varieties of these accessories- hard cases and soft cases. Hard cases are generally tougher and more reliable, but won't fit as wide of a range of gadgets, while soft cases are more likely to spring leaks, but can be used with just about any electronic device because the position of the buttons on the gadget don't matter.
Gadgets that play and record video have a whole range of different accessories that can change and enhance their features. For example, it's now possible to watch video on the portable equivalent of a large, wide screen TV. This is made possible with special goggles that display video played from a video iPod or other portable video gadget. There are several different models of this accessory in existence and some even claim to allow their users to walk down the street while watching video. (Driving cars and riding bikes isn't recommended though.)
Archos has an especially large number of accessories for its portable video gadgets. For example, the addition of a docking station can convert some of the more advanced models of Archos portable video devices into set top DVR's. There's even a version that's portable and a version that you can leave at home. There are also a variety of different headphones as well as attachments that can feed the audio from the gadget into a car's stereo system. These models can also be converted into camcorders by being attached to just about any digital camera, but the accessory that Archos offers that really makes these gadgets flexible and interesting is a special helmet mounted camera. The addition of a helmet mounted camera can convert a video playing gadget into a gadget that makes recording various kinds of extreme sports and then uploading that video to the Internet, extremely easy.
Electronic gadgets are great, but the right accessories make them even better!