Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:
Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPods
Made of machined aluminum, Ele's eleMount ($80) is a mount option that uses sticky pads to hold any iDevice. Shaped like a barbell standing on one of its edges, the mount tapers in towards the middle, where the two ends meet at a ball joint. Both flat ends are equipped with Ele's sticky polyurethane, which will hold the accessory to your desk, and hold any iPad, iPhone, or iPod as well. Optional caps keep the pads clean when not in use.
Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPod touches (iOS 6+)
One of the things iOS is great at is helping people collect data -- there are apps and hardware that help track everything from fitness to finances. Now, Robocat is adding temperature to that list with Thermodo ($30-$45). Available in black, red, or white aluminum, or anodized aluminum as a premium edition, this accessory plugs into the headphone port of a compatible device, and works with a companion app to display the temperature in real time. When not in use, the sensor fits into a sheath with a keyring.
Company: JBL/Harman Multimedia
Compatible: All Bluetooth-compatible iPods, iPhones, and iPads
Adding to the ever-growing pool of nearly identical Bluetooth in-ear headphones we've seen since JayBird released BlueBuds X, JBL has released J46BT ($80) as yet another option. Just like MuseMini's UberBuds down to the included proprietary USB charging cable, the bullet-like earpieces connect to one another with flat rubber cabling, have a three-button remote and mic unit, and promise between 2.5 to 5 hours of playback time between charges. Offered in three colors, they're a lot less expensive than UberBuds, and in the same price range as Jabra's BackBeat GO 2; a carrying case, ear tips, and ear stabilizers are included.
Company: Flyover Innovations
Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPod touches (iOS 6.0+)
Flyover Innovations' Blumoo ($90*) is a new, compact home remote system that leverages iDevices to control TVs, stereos, and more; it adds wireless functionality to equipment without it. The hardware component is composed of the HomeBase with an integrated cable, a wall charger, and an audio cable. There's also a free app that goes along with the solution. Using Bluetooth 4.0, which allows for a 150' range, signals can be sent from your iPhone to the IR-blasting hardware. The setup for new devices is easy, with a step-by-step process that worked well in our early testing.
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