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Show Report: Griffin Technology

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013

Griffin always comes prepared for big CES debuts, and this year is no different. The company has a huge collection of new audio accessories, a novel new motion sensing wand co-developed with Crayola, cases in a newly expanded Survivor series, and Nickelodeon-licensed cases.

  • Griffin Technology

    Griffin's StudioConnect with Lightning ($150) is an updated version of the earlier MIDI and audio charging dock, now featuring a Lightning connector. More details on the original version are ?here.

  • Griffin Technology

    Designed for use with Algoriddim's djay and vjay apps, DJ Connect ($100) is a volume knob with stereo output and headphone output. It ships with a Dock Connector, a USB connector, and is planned to include a Lightning connector as well.

  • Griffin Technology

    MicConnect ($40) is a XLR connection with microphone input, gain control, and headphone output with phantom power; it uses two AA batteries.

  • Griffin Technology

    WoodTones Headphones with Control Mic ($100) are on-ear headphones with wood accents, a leather headband and faux-leather earpads. It includes a cable with a mic and one-button remote control.

  • Griffin Technology

    KaZoo Headphones ($20) feature kid-friendly designs like the company's earlier KaZoo cases; penguin and frog headphones are examples, each with matching cute headphone plugs.

  • Griffin Technology

    The Crayola Light Marker ($30) is a kid-focused drawing wand, capable of having its motions sensed using the iPad's built-in camera. It works with a new Crayola app, and an iPad stand is included.

  • Griffin Technology

    Based on the earlier PowerDock series of multi-device chargers, PowerDock 5 ($100) is the first to have users self-supply their own cables for charging. The plastic tray can hold any five Apple devices you want to charge at once -- including five iPads -- and includes five side-mounted USB ports for charging devices.

  • Griffin Technology

    The product of a new licensing deal between Griffin and Nickelodeon, these cases feature licensed characters such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants — an 8-bit SpongeBob design is particularly interesting. The iPhone cases are $30, iPad folio cases $50.

  • Griffin Technology

    Griffin is expanding the Survivor case into an entire family of options, including the Survivor Clear ($30) -- like the earlier Reveal -- plus the hardshell-inside-silicone Survivor Slim ($40 for iPhone, $30 for iPod touch), as well as the Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case ($80, not shown).

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