SurfacePad for iPad mini is a thin leather cover with a built-in, multi-angle stand – $69.99
If you own a laptop, phone or tablet made by Apple then there’s a good chance that you have heard about, or already own, something made by Twelve South. Their company slogan says it all:“We’re not just Mac friendly. We’re Apple only”. The beautiful BookBook cases is probably what they’re most famous for, but they have created more than a few amazing Apple accessories in the past.
The latest product in their line-up is a 3 mm (0.1 inches) thin leather cover for iPad mini. It’s called SurfacePad and it protects the front and back of your iPad mini but leaves the edges open, which reduces bulk and weight. The cover sticks to the back of the iPad using “a special adhesive” that is said to not leave any marks or residue on the device, no matter how many times you remove and reattach it.
The extremely thin design and the use of premium Napa leather are reasons enough to want to check this cover out, but there’s also a hidden feature to explore. The obvious ways to use the SurfacePad are either with the front cover flipped to the back or to open the case as a book, but it can also be used as a stand. Hidden magnets inside the leather can hold the iPad in two different angles: one made for typing or working and one made for viewing content.
I never really liked the leather Smart Case by Apple and I think that the SurfacePad can be one of the most interesting alternatives to it.
Photo by: Twelve South
What is it? Supr Good Slim Wallet is a minimalist way to store your credit cards in style.
We’re living in the year 2014 and cash is something I carry and use only if I have to, not because I like it or find it useful. I live in Sweden and I know that it’s probably easier to go “cards only” here than in some other countries where cash is more important because of tipping behavior etc. No matter where you live though, I think most people agree that credit cards are an easier and more safe way to handle money transactions.
If you like to keep your gear small and want a card-only wallet then you’re going to love the 3 mm thin Slim Wallet. It’s made of elastic polyester and it can stretch to fit perfectly around 1–10 cards. That’s enough for most people’s needs and if you carry more than 10 cards you should probably consider whether you need all of them on a daily basis anyway. The Slim takes the easiest possible approach to storing your cards but the result is both useful and very nice looking. Function and minimalism meets design, which is just the way many of us want it.
As many of the products featured on Pixels & Objects in the past (and future), this wallet was launched as a Kickstarter campaign but it is now available for direct purchase. Check out the video presentation below or continue to the official website for more photos.
They had me at “Hi. We’re minimalists. We love simplicity.”
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Dark Energy Reservoir is a powerful external USB battery pack in a sleek design – $129
Our mobile devices make our life so much easier and more fun, but without power they’re totally worthless. When at home or at work most of us are able to keep our phones and tablets charged up, but power isn’t always as easy to find while on the go. You can always bring a wall charger and hope to find an outlet somewhere but why not bring your own little box of power along instead?
The Dark Energy Reservoir isn’t the first device of it’s kind but it’s one of the best portable battery packs I have come across so far, and also one that I use myself on a daily basis. It launched as a Kickstarter project in early 2013 but it is now available to anyone to purchase. The Reservoir has a very nice and slim design, excellent build quality and it can recharge an iPhone 5S almost five times in a row.
I keep one lightning cable (to charge my iPhone and iPad mini), one mini-USB cable (to charge the battery pack itself) and a Dark Energy Reservoir in my bag at all times. This little device has been a blessing to me while using my phone as a personal WiFi hotspot at coffee shops, on long flights and on hikes far away from power outlets.
Photo by: Pixels & Objects
What is Pixels & Objects?
Pixels & Objects is an idea that’s been on my mind for a very long time and it’s great to finally have it up and running. After a few posts that acted as a soft launch it is now time to turn this site into a real project. I’m sure things will be a little bit different than what I have imagined but my intention is that this site will be a nice guide to all the good pixels and objects that I read about and/or use myself.
So what’s up with the name? It might be a bit cryptic, but .com domains that aren’t are hard to find. Pixels refers to digital stuff, like applications, websites or games. Objects are physical things that you can use, wear, or work with. Some of the stuff covered here will be something I use myself and other posts will be about interesting things that I don’t want, don’t need or can’t get for myself. The goal is to keep the posts pretty short in general.
Pixels & Objects is a one-man project right now and it’s made by me, Markus. I spend quite a bit of my free time reading about gear that makes life easier and more fun, and this site is my way of sharing the good stuff I come across. Maybe there will be other people added to the writing staff in the future. I’d love that but we’ll see how things play out.
What will you be covering?
Most posts will be about new releases but I will also write about great stuff that’s been on the market for a while. If something is amazing then it deserves recognition no matter how long it has been available. What types of pixels and objects to cover will be up to the writers. I will only cover stuff that interests me personally but if I add more people to the staff later then they might have other interests that could broaden the set of categories. To give you a hint of things to come, here are a few statements by me:
- Travel is a true passion and packing the bags like a pro is a part of the fun.
- Apple and everything that revolves around it is the universe that I feel truly at home in.
- I’m very serious about coffee and I try out pretty much every imaginable way of brewing it to perfection.
- Minimalism is the way to go and if there’s a short USB-cable available then that is the right USB-cable.
- You can never own too many bags.
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