There are certainly a lot of seemingly pointless technologically based add-ons for iPods, and some of the cases on the market are a little ridiculous. By now, I’m assuming you’ve all seen the iPod toilet paper holder, but that’s just the beginning. You won’t believe some of the stuff we’ve seen and compiled in our list – they range from professional boxing business ventures to … uhh … sex toys. Read on for the list, price tags, and retailers.
14. The iPod Belt Buckle, aka TuneBuckle™
It’s not about simply holding your pants up anymore. The TuneBuckle™ allows you to add some class to your belt, while storing your iPod nano inside the buckle. Choose among the Original, Full Moon, or Full Metal Jacket styles.
Price: $59.95 USD
13. The iPod Wallet, aka C.E.O.™ Billfold Wallet
This might not be so ridiculous, and is actually kinda cool, but it deserves a place on this list. The iPod wallet holds a 2nd gen iPod nano and covers the screen and click wheel with protective plastic. Now when you whip out your wallet, you can really impress your friends – it actually looks really cool.
Price: $34.95 USD
12. The iPod Bed, aka Pause
It’s billed as the world’s first iPod-compatible bed, it can support all iPods except the shuffle, and it can be ordered with a Bose speaker system. Enter the Pause bed from New Zealand’s Design Mobel. It certainly looks comfy, and for some reason their main site has a bunch of naked people on it in an effort to promote a new style of sleeping… just an FYI for those of you at work. The company is also known for its sustainable business practices – for every piece of furniture it sells, it plants a tree, which has resulted in the planting of over 40,000 trees. Currently only available in New Zealand and Australia.
Price: starts at $4,317 USD
11. The iPod Chair, aka iRocker 250
The “iRocker 250 Interactive Sound Game Chair” is probably the one thing in this lineup that I want the most, and it isn’t ridiculously overpriced. It contains a premium 15-watt amp that delivers surround sound all around you while sitting in the chair. It also has a wireless remote for controlling your iPod once it’s docked in the 30-pin docking station. Get ready to recline in four different ways in the chair that truly rocks.
Price: $299.00 USD
10. The iTable, aka Concerto Table
The Concert Table from Lovegrove and Repucci is an extremely over-the-top table designed for the “experience of the modern dinner party.” It has a piano shape and a piano lid, which lifts up to reveal speakers that are for, you guessed it, a docked iPod. They have even created the perfect playlist for your dinner party! There’s a drawer which keeps silverware, and a laptop can fit beneath the piano lid. It’s made out to be really elegant, and apparently the modern dinner party is supposed to stay at the same table all night and be entertained by an iPod… either way, it’s a pretty weird concept with a HUGE price tag.
Price: $14,000 USD
9. The iBra, aka POWER POUCH Clothing
There was an image circulated on the web not too long ago as an April Fool’s joke or something with an iBra that had two speakers in obvious places. Well, it’s no longer a myth… at least in part. Gracie’s Gear is now selling various forms of its POWER POUCH clothing, including a sports bra. It has a pouch in the front that can hold really anything, but what makes it iPod friendly is the headphones cord hole in the top. Plus, until Dec. 31, 2007, half of all online sales of their POWER POUCH clothing are donated to cancer research.
Price: $33 USD
8. The iBoxers
To go right along with the iBra, there are the iBoxer Shorts from Computer Warehouse. They come in black, teal, or orange, with a green waistband, and have a pocket on the front left side for an iPod. In case you ever wanted to rock out in your boxers, which is feasible I suppose, you are now able to. I’d recommend only using the iBoxers in private, though – the sight of a headphone cord coming out of your crotch area while fully dressed might be a little awkward.
Price: £14.46 GBP (~$28.50 USD)
7. The iBelieve Lanyard
If you’re a Christian and you want to show it, then the iBelieve iPod Shuffle Lanyard is for you. It makes your iPod Shuffle look like a cross hanging from your neck! Pretty pointless functionally, but cool nonetheless. Too bad it’s discontinued – the product page has been down for a few weeks now. 10% of the purchase price was previously being donated to charity.
Price: $12.95 USD
Site: www.devoted1.com (discontinued)
6. The iThong, aka Black Thong Nano Case
This is one of the most ridiculous and functionally devoid iPod cases I’ve ever seen. It’s also a black leather thong. If you have an iPod Nano and you want to put it in a thong case that prohibits you from pressing buttons, then get this case. You can wear it through your belt loops on your pants, or around your neck. Wow. At least it comes with one of those microfiber bags, not that you already get one when you order an iPod or anything…
Price: $4.95 USD
Site: www.mycellworld.com (search for “thong” to see the product page)
5. The iLog, aka Story Log
This is just one of those things that comes as a result of a) too much free time and b) craftsmanship. Inspired by sitting around campfires as children, the iLog includes a dock, adjustment knobs, and two speakers on each end of a log on four legs. It’s pretty cool, not gonna lie. Just totally pointless.
Price: $600 USD
4. The iStethoscope, aka Stethoscope Recording Package
This is a little too much for me. For the doctor who likes iPods and for some reason would want to use his or her nano to record heartbeats or deep lung breaths of patients, they can do so with the Thinklabs Digital Stethoscope Recording Package. The package off the site is basically a digital stethoscope with a 2gb nano and an XtremeMac MicroMemo recording kit. Why they would need an iPod for such a specific niche I’m not sure, but again, these are really weird accessories. The recorder also lets doctors record dictation and lectures for patients, but there are other ways of doing this with more targeted products.
Price: $495 USD
3. The iBreathalyzer, aka iBreath Breathalyzer
This is pretty ridiculous, but at the same time, it’s definitely serving a good purpose. I would venture to guess that a good deal of people who own iPods are at some point or another going to drink. When they do, it sure would be nice to know what they are going to blow on a police breathalyzer should they be pulled over (you should never drive drunk, of course). This will let you know when it’s safe to drive, and help you pace your drinking. The iBreath displays your blood-alcohol content (BAC %) on the iPod screen, and keeps your last three tests in memory. The kicker: it also doubles as a compact FM transmitter for your car. Just make sure that you’re not drinking and driving when you use that transmitter. Comes in black or white.
Price: $50 USD
2. The George Foreman iGrill
We mentioned accessories from professional boxing business ventures, and here it is. George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine has made a huge impact on our lives (I own two), and the iGrill is his next addition to the lineup. With a 10-watt speaker system that connects to any mp3 player with a USB connection, namely the iPod, and with 200 mean square inches of grillin’ space, George Foreman takes the #2 spot on our weirdest iPod accessory list with his electric iGrill. Sold at Linens ‘n Things
1. The OhMiBod Vibrator
This is not a joke. This is totally serious, and apparently totally popular. This is the OhMiBod iPod-activated electric vibrator for women. The vibrator vibrates according to the music you’re listening to, and the louder the volume, the more it vibrates. It also comes with a velvet privacy case, a cap for use without an iPod, and an invitation to the OhMiBod “Club Vibe” where you can share your, uhm, best performing playlists… It doesn’t just stop at the vibrator, though. There is a garter that holds the iPod while you would presumably be using the vibrator, and a whole host of other “acsexsories” from high-performance batteries to lubricant. There is even a spinoff porn site featuring people using the OhMiBod, but we won’t link to it from here for obvious reasons. The price is also fitting, as you’ll see.
Price: $69 USD
Site: www.ohmibod.com (WARNING: NSFW)