DIY Scrap Wood iPhone Stand, Meet The iDuplo Stand

DIY scrap wood iPhone standKate Pruitt’s iPhone stand on Design Sponge is about as minimal as you can get. Built out of scrap wood, the Jubblinged up stand takes about 15 minutes to build and costs next to nothing. Any search on iPhone stands and you’ll get prices ranging from a basic model for $5.00 all the way up to $30,000 for the iNuke dock/speaker that is the size of a small car.

Kate’s stand is perfectly uncomplicated and best of all, it inspired me to build an iPhone stand of my own. I’ve been using the sticky bottom of a remote control and some ABC gum to prop my iPhone and it’s not the best solution. iDuplo iPhone Stand So I raided the kids toy box and 2 minutes later, Voilà – iDuplo iPhone stand. Duplos, which are Legos chunkier cousin, are easy to build with and the stand I created works. I’m still waiting for my Sonastand but until it arrives, iDuplo iPhone stand is perfect. [Design Sponge via Treehugger]


My Favorite iPhone/iPod Touch Case

Homemade iPod Touch CaseIt wasn’t built for me but it’s still the coolest iPod Touch case I’ve ever seen. My 11 year old daughter, whose nickname is “stands with fists,” didn’t want any of my advice and refused to follow any of my suggestions. She just wanted to build her own iPod Touch case the way that she wanted and she did so with scraps of fabric, thread, glue gun and a whole lot of take that. I did tell her that I was proud of her and impressed by her resourcefulness but she didn’t want to hear it. I think she was too busy enjoying her moment of independent Jubbling.


Bracketron’s Mushroom GreenZero, Stone GreenZero and Stone Battery Kill Vampire Power

Braketron GreenZero USB ChargerVampire draw is the excess power our devices consume when they are plugged in and fully charged. And according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, vampire draw accounts for 5-10% of the residential electricity we consume. Bracketron would like to be the next company to end this type of unnecessary power consumption with their new GreenZero line of chargers that automatically shut off when your device is fully charged. Here’s a quick breakdown of their new power saving products:

Mushroom GreenZero: Pressing the “mushroom” on the Mushroom Greenzero immediately activates the charger when connected to your USB powered device. When it’s fully charged or unplugged, the Mushroom GreenZero will automatically shut off and stop consuming electricity. Price: $24.95 to $29.28 Mushroom GreenZero

Stone GreenZero: The Stone GreenZero is the mobile vampire draw killing USB charger that is built for travel. It folds down and has a smaller button that when pressed, starts charging your USB powered device and automatically shuts off when it’s fully charged. Price: $22.56 Bracketron Stone GreenZero

Stone Battery: The Stone Battery is a pocket-sized 1000mAmp battery that has an LED indicator to let you know when it’s fully charged and then it will recharge your mobile devices for up to 3 hours. When it’s connected, the Stone Battery will also automatically shut off when your device is fully charged. Two models of the Stone Battery are available – one for microUSB devices and another with an Apple 30 pin cable for iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch. Bracketron Stone Battery

Hopefully Bracketron’s GreenZone products will find a market with people that are concerned about their power consumption and over time, want to save money. Bracketron is not the first company with products that combat vampire draw but maybe the novel way their Mushroom GreenZone is activated, kicking the outlet, will attract more consumers to their energy saving products.