Vogel BaseCover Smart Mounting system: One mounting system to rule them all

Hard to imagine what the world of tech journalism was like before the iPad. Purely in terms of coverage. Wired alone covered 433 iPad related articles in a year. It’s not just the tablet itself, which is an almost endless generator of headlines and speculation but the amazing ecosystem of third party applications and accessories.

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One of which is Vogel’s BaseCover system – a complex series of attachments that extends where you can take your iPad in a reasonably cool manner. The most eye catching of which is the WallMount – a tiny cylinder that you drill into a wall and mount your iPad onto. You can clip it on and off relatively easily and it’s a fairly secure system – as anything securing an expensive touch screen computing system to a wall would have to be. There is a special Vogel WallTimes app that runs a large screen clock on your iPad screen – but there are also custom screens – with alarm clocks if you have your WallMount in the bedroom (which is nicely dimmed), a world clock for a living room scenario and lots of useful cooking timers if you have a WallMount set up in the kitchen and run five at a time.

The wall mount clips into a special iPad case – with a little hole at the back to secure it to the WallMount. The system leads to a degree of scalability – including TableStand – a useful freestanding leg that enables you to prop up your iPad for display – as a photo stand or to display movies etc. I like to prop mine up and use my wireless Bluetooth keyboard to type. It’s almost like having a real computer.

For in-car use, Vogel’s has adapted its DVDock to be used with the Mount & Cover System, which is securely fixed to the headrest to entertain back seat passengers with movies etc.

And of course the Basecover works as an iPad case, which you can reverse to protect the screen when travelling with it.

Available now from Amazon.

Binatone iHomePhone: Android comes home for the first time

After the excitement of the launch of Windows Phone 7 and the iPad this year, there’s another development about to hit the technology market – and this time there’s nothing mobile about it.

Binatone has launched the first Android-powered home phone – the iHomePhone. The device will use the landline allow consumers to surf the net (through an existing broadband connection), chat to friends, listen to music and even download apps – all on a home phone.

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The aim of the phone, which also boasts Wi-Fi functionality, is to reduce the number of gadgets people need to use at home. The DECT cordless digital phone has a full colour touch-screen, Android 1.6 (shame it’s not a later version) and internet browser, so can be used to watch videos, view photos and even read eBooks. Stereo speakers are built in to the docking station and it also offers access to internet radio.

The iHomePhone offers eight hours of talk time and eight hours on standby, as well as handsfree speakerphone, digital answering machine and a contacts manager that can hold 300 contact numbers. It has a clock, alarm and calendar, and an ‘email client function’.

Prices start at £99.99 for one handset, which looks rather like a smartphone, and has a stylish round docking station. The device is available from November.

Luke Ireland, Managing Director of Binatone said: “ With the iHomePhone, we’ve taken a smartphone, MP3 player, internet radio, netbook, tablet, cordless home phone and an e-reader and packaged them up into one neat, modern and sophisticated device, available to consumers at an incredible price.

It remains to be seen whether the iHomePhone offers decent performance on each of its functions, and whether people really want to pay out for a home phone with these functions, if they already own MP3 players, computers, mobiles and ereaders. However, for homes that don’t boast any of these gadgets – for the elderly perhaps – this could be a one-size-fits-all way to gain access to the kind of technology that many of us already own.

Oh – and let’s see if Apple’s lawyers sit back and say nothing about the name!

More at here.