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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:

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Company: FriendTech

Website: www.Friendtech.com

Models: iDea Wireless Home Dock and HD Audio Receiver

Prices: $150 (Wireless Dock + HD Audio Receiver), $50 (Receiver only)

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano

FriendTech iDea Wireless HD-Audio Receiver for Wireless Home Dock

As an alternate or additional component for the iDea Wireless Home Dock and HD-Audio Headset previously reviewed on iLounge, FriendTech's Wireless HD-Audio Receiver is sold for $50 without the $150 Wireless Home Dock, or free with the purchase of the unit. It uses 2.4GHz radio frequency technology to receive audio broadcast from your iPod inside the Wireless Home Dock, and pipes that audio through to your stereo system. A power supply and audio cables are included in the package.

FriendTech iDea Wireless HD-Audio Receiver for Wireless Home Dock

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Company: FriendTech

Website: www.Friendtech.com

Models: iDea Home Dock

Prices: $90

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano

FriendTech iDea Home Dock for iPod and PSP

As a physically similar but electronically stripped-down version of the company's previously reviewed Wireless Home Dock, the standard FriendTech iDea Home Dock lets you dock an iPod and/or Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) inside, then output its audio and video through line-quality audio and video outputs while recharging the media player. The Home Dock is black in color, and includes a matching remote control similar to the one packed in with the Wireless Home Dock.

FriendTech iDea Home Dock for iPod and PSP

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Company: Griffin Technology

Website: www.GriffinTechnology.com

Model: iClear

Price: $20

Compatible: iPod nano

Griffin iClear Invisible Protection for iPod nano

Griffin's latest version of iClear - previously debuted for iPod 5G and shuffle - is a similar combination of clear hard plastic front and frosted clear hard plastic back. The two pieces snap together to form a shield around most of your nano, leaving its Hold switch, bottom ports, and Click Wheel exposed. Updated November 2, 2006: Griffin now has a new version of iClear for second-generation iPod nanos, shown in the second set of photos below.

Griffin iClear Invisible Protection for iPod nano

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Company: Griffin Technology

Website: www.GriffinTechnology.com

Model: Tempo

Price: $25

Compatible: iPod 5G, nano

Griffin Technology Tempo Armband for nano/5G

Griffin's new Tempo cases for iPod 5G and nano are largely neoprene armbands, designed to let you exercise with the iPod strapped to your bicep. With unusually generous Velcro straps and elastic strap holders to minimize dangle, Tempo can fit the largest of arms with ease. Clear plastic lets you see and use the iPod while inside; the nano version lets you attach the Nike + iPod Sport Kit without a problem. An integrated cord manager lets you wind and secure as much of your headphone cabling as you prefer, while reflective stripes on the left and right of the clear face add to your safety while running at night.

Griffin Technology Tempo Armband for nano/5G

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