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May 20, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 4:02pm

10 of the strangest iPod/iPhone accessories available to buy today

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy some odd stuff.

By Vinod

The iPhone and iPad have revolutionised the mobile device industry since their releases, and have transformed how many of us live, work and play. But in order to make your own device stand out, there are a massive range of accessories for both devices on the market right now, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Here are ten of our favourites of the former…

CTA iPotty

CTA iPotty

Proving that iPads really are for all the family, the iPotty lets your child play away whilst nature takes its course. Don’t worry, though, as a touchscreen protector guards against "little messy accidents," according to the product description. And thanks to its accompanying seat cover, it can also act as a normal seat too.

 

Romo robot

Romo smartphone robot

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One of the most fun and mobile iPhone accessories around, Romo is a small robot you control with a smartphone. You can play games with Romo, wheel it around, or even use it to keep your pet company when you aren’t at home.

 

Hand case

Hand iPhone Case

Ever felt like talking on the phone makes you a social outcast? Well worry no more, as thanks to this nightmarish case from Japan, you can now enjoy the sensation of holding a cold, rubbery hand whilst chatting. Terrifyingly, it’s available in either adult or child size, although stocks are apparently running low.

 

iHat

iHat

If you ever find yourself blinded by the sun when using your phone, the iHat could well be the answer to your problems. It’s basically a baseball cap with a built in screen covered by a veil. The veil protects shoulder surfing and side viewing. The built screen is made with a magnifying glass concept, which will magnify your iPhone screen when you’re watching YouTube videos or surfing the web to provide you with a truly immersive experience.

 

Anti-loneliness ramen bowl

Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

One of the saddest accessories around, the anti-loneliness ramen bowl (yes, that is its actual name), comes with a built-in iPhone dock so you can browse your social networks, watch videos, or listen to music while enjoying your dinner. Bowl for catching tears sold separately, we assume.

 

Rotary phone dock

Rotary telephone speaker dock

One for when you’re feeling a bit retro, this docking system harks back to the rotary telephones of the 1940s that your parents or grandparents doubtlessly enjoyed. It is a bit more powerful, however, coming with three speakers in three sides to give you a welcome boost of sound.

 

iCarta toilet roll holder

iCarta iPod Toilet Paper Holder

Why let kids have all the bathroom tablet fun? The iCarta, available for around $70, has four stereo speakers, includes an AC adaptor, measures 8x4x5 inches, and can be used with all iPods with dock connectors, so you’ll never get bored in the bathroom.

Power Tap

Power Tap

An unusual twist on the standard phone charger, the Power Tap does indeed work like the ones on your sink. Plug this gadget into a power socket; pop the other end of its cable into your phone or tablet, give the tap a twist and your device will start charging. As a helpful reminder, the tap will glow blue while charging and red while in standby mode.

 

Bamboo cutting board

Bamboo Cutting Board with iPad holder

Using an iPad in the kitchen can be useful, allowing you to follow online recipes whilst listening to music or watching television. But what if you wanted the processes to get even more integrated? This handy gadget solves that problem, putting an iPad stand into a chopping board, with additional knife holder, but does raise all kinds of touchscreen hygiene issues.

 

JoeyBra

JoeyBra iPhone holder

Finally, one for the ladies. The makers of the Joey Bra holder have evidently never heard of pockets or handbags, so instead created this "sexy, comfy and functional" gadget – coming to a catwalk near you soon.

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