In honor of Apple’s newly crafted Apple Store for iPad app and just in time for the holidays, we’ve perused the Apple Store for a what we think are the weirdest things money can buy.
Check out our list below and let us know what you think:
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1. Infomotion 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball
The Infomotion 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball and 94Fifty app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch measures muscle activity, so you can understand your playing strengths and weaknesses. It adapts as you improve, while providing basic, intermediate, and advanced level training to help you quickly build better shooting and ball handling skills. It’s like having the best coaches in the world with you every day of the year.
2. Limited Edition Sphero 2.0 Revealed by Orbotix
Okay, this product just looks really cool and mysterious, and I am 100% getting my hands on one of these. It’s a remote control (via an iOS device) orb with pretty lights:
An Apple exclusive, Limited Edition Sphero 2.0 Revealed features a custom shell and inductive charger that showcases Sphero’s inner robot. Now when you control this amazingly smart—and smart looking—toy with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and one of more than 25 apps, you’ll have a deeply mesmerizing experience.
3. Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor Outdoor
Here we have something for the biologist in all of this:
- Use one sensor to take care of multiple plants
- Measures soil moisture, temperature, and light intensity to accurately diagnose plant vitality
- Best-in-class soil moisture sensor works in every soil substrate, even sand, clay granulate, or orchid substrate
- Ultra-low power consumption allows more than one year of battery life
- Wireless (Wi-Fi support for 802.11 b/g)
- Support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security
4. Kwikset Kevo Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock
We’ve mentioned this product before, and it’s really cool and fascinating:
Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt lock lets you unlock your door wirelessly with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the Kevo app. You don’t even need to take your iOS device out of your pocket or purse; just touch your lock and it recognizes you. No more fumbling for keys or memorizing codes.
5. Moleskine Large Notebook Set Ruled for Evernote with Click Roller Pen (0.7mm)
Now this is borderline skeuomorphic, but would make a nice gift no less:
Fill the Moleskine notebook with ideas and sketches using the Click Roller Pen, then let the Evernote mobile app bring them to your iPad, iPhone, or Mac. It’s easy thanks to Evernote’s Page Camera feature that lets you take a photo of any page in a digital format so that you can save it, search it, and share it with the world.
6. Netatmo Urban Weather Station
Even if you already have enough weather apps, this is fascinating just to view:
Improve your wellness and adapt your activities to take into account the air quality both indoors and out with the Netatmo Urban Weather Station. This device evaluates indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating their home. Used outside, it measures air quality to allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, such as playing with the children, jogging or whether to walk or drive to work.
7. Frends with Benefits Taylor/Rebecca Minkoff Headphones
The name alone on this product is weird:
Frends with Benefits headphones combine premium acoustics and elegant design to deliver a statement-piece accessory for you and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Their removable headphone caps give you the freedom to create unique looks that match your style and mood on any day.
In collaboration with the renowned designer Rebecca Minkoff, Frends with Benefits now offers beautiful headphone caps in her signature style and materials. They’re an exquisite companion to the Taylor headphones’ black leather and gold finish—for two distinct headphone looks in a single box.
8. Wahoo Fitness KICKR Bike Trainer
The price alone makes this product weird, then you look at it:
Using the power of iPhone, Bluetooth wireless, and your favorite cycling app, Wahoo KICKR Bike Power Trainer transforms your indoor cycling experience. Simply remove your bike’s back wheel and connect it to Wahoo KICKR for accurate power measurement, iPhone-controlled resistance, open third-party software options, and the smoothest indoor riding you can imagine.
9. Tiggly Shapes by Kidtellect
If that was too expensive, this might be more budget-friendly… and weird:
Tiggly Shapes are rubberized toys (circle, square, triangle, star) that children between 18 months and 4 years old can use for learning and play with an iPad and three different Tiggly apps. The Shapes have a soft plastic cover and silicon touch points and are durable enough for toddler play—yet gentle enough for iPad screens.
10. Oakley Airwave 1.5 Goggle
This is basically Google Glass but way more macho (and it actually runs a modified version of ANDROID — the humanity!):
Oakley Airwave 1.5 goggles combine world-class performance, protection, and comfort with a heads-up display that lets you view incoming calls and texts from your iPhone via Bluetooth wireless and the Oakley Airwave Snow app. Airwave 1.5 integrates GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more with a host of onboard sensors to give you instant access to a world of information. The latest edition offers a broader range of connectivity, new integration with social media, enhanced display graphics and improved battery life.
…aaand that rounds out our list of top 10 weirdest things you can buy at the Apple Store. Thanks for playing along at home and get to shopping!