June 30, 2012, 7:35 AM — This week's roundup of iOS accessories will help you run, jump, and see the world around you just a little better than you could before.
AOC: Most docking stations for iOS devices are built around delivering big sounds. The $229 Aire iPlay docking system from AOC aims to deliver a big picture, providing a 23-inch, high-definition flatscreen display that lets you show photos, video, or video games directly from your docked iPhone or iPod touch. The AOC includes built-in 10-watt speakers for stereo sound that matches the picture; it's also relatively portable, weighing in at just 6.3 pounds, making it easy to take a movie wherever you go.
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Apen: Most styluses are just tools to let you write and draw on your iPad without having to use your finger. The $100 A5 is a bit different: You plug a dongle into the dock-connector port of your tablet, and that dongle communicates wirelessly with the stylus, letting you draw or annotate documents using one of three compatible apps: FlyNotes, Studio Basic, or IdealNotes. The stylus can also be used in conjunction with Macs running OS X 10.5 or above.
Brookstone: The great thing about the iOS era is that everything is getting more mobile--including the projectors used to show presentations on a big screen in a business setting. Brookstone's $300 HDMI Pocket Projector can project a 1080p image at a size of up to five feet across, but does so in portable fashion--a half-pound device less than an inch thick and just a few inches across in each direction. It will project images from most electronic devices, including iPhones and iPads, though a $40 adapter is needed to connect the projector to iOS devices. Pre-orders for the Pocket Projector are available now; the device ships at the beginning of August. Brookstone also announced that it will ship the $100 Brookstone Virtual Keyboard, a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard compatible with the iPad and iPhone, starting in August.