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:
Model: Sportsuit Relay
Compatible: iPod nano (Aluminum)
Though Nike scored big with its excellent Nike + iPod Sport Kit, its dreary Nike+ Armband for the iPod nano begged for alternatives. Now Marware has delivered a better one for the same general price: Sportsuit Relay is a combination of a wrist- or arm-mounted iPod nano (aluminum) case and one of the company's previously announced Sportsuit Sensor+ pouches, allowing you to use the Sport Kit with any pair of shoes. You place your nano and the Nike + iPod Sport Kit attachment in the case, wrap the case around your wrist (or with the optional Velcro attachment on your arm), and place your shoe-mounted Sensor inside the Sensor+ pouch. The pouch uses Velcro to wrap around any shoelaces and provide accurate tracking of your motion - note that the sensor is shown upside down here for illustration purposes only.
Compatible: iPod nano (first-generation)
Described as "from the creators of NESBuckle," a way to wear an old Nintendo Entertainment System controller on your belt, BeatBuckle is a clear plastic case designed to hold the now-discontinued first-generation iPod nano (not the aluminum second-generation version) at waist level. You provide the belt (or buy a leather one for $10 from the company), and BeatBuckle attaches with a metal ring and sharp metal tooth to the belt. BeatBuckle's left- and right-side case latching mechanism is similar to the one Apple created for its excellent iPod shuffle Sport Case, and provides access to the nano's headphone and Dock Connector ports, permitting use of the Nike + iPod Sport Kit. At the time of publication, this is the least expensive belt buckle-style nano holder we've yet seen.
Company: Scosche Industries
Model: Wireless RF Remote for nano
Compatible: iPod nano
Based largely upon ABT's previously released and reviewed iJet for iPod nano, Scosche's Wireless RF Remote for iPod nano strips out the former product's integrated FM transmitter, preserving its wireless RF remote control (here with 7 buttons and Scosche labelling), plastic black and clear iPod case, and packed-in stereo audio cable. The case now uses a slide-open mechanism rather than ABT's flip-open one; it is still designed to be used with the first-generation (glossy) iPod nano.
Company: Scosche Industries
Model: Digital FM Transmitter
Compatible: All iPods
Scosche's Digital FM Transmitter allows you to broadcast iPod music to any car's FM radio. You can connect one of two cables - a Dock Connector-ready version or a headphone port version - enabling the transmitter to be used wth any iPod or other 3.5mm audio port-equipped device. When used with the Dock Connector cable, the Transmitter will charge the attached iPod. Unlike the non-Digital version of the transmitter, this one has a LCD screen for easy radio tuning across the entire spectrum.
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