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iLounge’s 2014 CES Best of Show Awards announced

iLounge has announced our 2014 International CES Best of Show Award winners and finalists. We’ve picked the absolute best products we’ve seen at CES — a very select list of Best of Show winners and Best of Show Finalist winners. ZeroChroma took home the Best Overall Product award for its Folio Slide for iPad mini with Flux-Stand. Incipio/Braven also netted four awards — two Best in Show awards and two Finalist awards. For all the award winners and the best products, click here.

Tuesday at CES: Over 30 new reports

The official opening of the 2014 CES was absolutely packed with new iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac product debuts—so many that you mightn’t have caught them all yesterday. Here’s a recap of the over 30 company reports we filed from the show on Tuesday, ahead of our annual Best of Show Awards announcements coming later today.

Adonit’s stylus-holding iPad Air/mini shell
Bluelounge’s Mac-ready USB port extender and MacBook stand
California Headphone Company & sister companies’ new speaker, cases, and headphones
ConnecteDevice’s new smartwatches
En & Is’s iPhone-sized sound amplifiers
HMDX/Jam’s Bluetooth speakers and headphones
iBattz’s new battery cases
iCoreGear’s Mac hub and iPad speaker
Idapt’s new mobile batteries, chargers, and stands
iDevices’ new Bluetooth thermometers
IK Multimedia’s music accessories
IN1’s tool-holding iPhone case
iPort’s iPad Air and mini charging docks
Lenmar’s new batteries for Mac and iOS
Lepow’s new batteries and bag
MarBlue’s new cases
Mobee’s new stands and chargers
MacLocks’ new security solutions for iPads
Mimobot’s new batteries and USB flash drives
Mophie’s new battery cases
myCharge’s new battery packs
MyKronoz’s new watches
Native Union’s new Lightning cables
Noble Locks’ new digital security lock for Macs and iPads
Odoyo’s new iPhone 5c-specific battery case
Otterbox/Lifeproof’s new resilient cases
Powerocks’ new batteries
PureGear’s new armband and case for iPhones
Rokform’s new motorcycle and stroller iPhone mounting solutions
Skech’s new iPhone and iPad cases
Speck’s new iPad and iPhone cases
The Joy Factory’s new styluses and stands
Yellow Jacket’s new iPhone case-slash-stun gun

Monday at CES: 25 new previews

iLounge saw more new Apple accessories on Monday as top developers continued to reveal their new products at the 2014 CES. Our CES mini-site already has dozens of new reports — here’s more of what we’ve seen.

ZeroChroma’s Flux-Stand cases
Scosche’s MagicMount system and new boomBottles
iHome’s waterproof industrial speaker iBN26
Stelle Audio’s Pillar bags and new speaker colors
Incipio’s new collection including Bluetooth batteries and controllers
Braven’s wireless distribution and Bluetooth speakers
Just Mobile’s new Lightning docks and AluPen Digital
LaCie’s Fuel battery-powered Wi-Fi hard drive
Seagate’s Backup Plus Fast, the first portable 4TB hard drive
Brookstone’s ambient noise generators and a digital bartending scale
Thinium’s Lightning wall chargers and batteries
Goji’s Bluetooth door lock
Typo’s keyboard
The Martian Notifier smart watch from Martian Watches
Speakers and baby monitors from Philips
Tylt’s battery packs
Hyper by Sanho debuted a HyperJuice Expand battery collection
ION Audio’s PA systems
Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War
BuQu Tech’s battery pack for its wireless charging system
iHealth showed wearable Bluetooth health monitoring devices
Zagg’s ZaggSparq plug-in battery packs
myCharge’s battery packs
Pebble’s metal version of its smart watch
iDevices had a kitchen version of its Bluetooth cooking thermometer

Sunday at CES: 20 new Apple accessory previews worth seeing

It was a busy Sunday as leading developers began to unveil their first round of new Apple accessories at the 2014 CES. Our CES mini-site is packed with photos and details - here’s a quick summary of what we’ve checked out so far.

Behind-the-scenes photos of the iLounge Pavilion North Hall under construction
Behind-the-scenes photos of the iLounge Pavilion LVH area under construction

Belkin’s new WeMo LED Smart Bulbs, Crock Pot (!), and Maker
Clearview Audio’s new clear speaker
Dropcam’s iOS Wi-Fi camera, Dropcam Pro
EnerPlex’s solar-charging iPhone 5/5s battery case
Griffin’s new Merchant case, StudioConnect HD and PowerMate Bluetooth
Holi’s new LED desktop lamp
Macally’s new Bluetooth keyboard, battery pack, and car mounts
Netatmo’s June sun exposure wristband
Olloclip’s new iPad lens and iPhone 5s-ready lens colors
Orbotix’s Sphero 2B
Parrot’s Minidrone and Jumping Sumo
Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick, Double Spot, and Sound Rise
SteelSeries’s Stratus iOS Bluetooth Game Controller
STM’s Dux, Drifter, and Skinny Pro
Supertooth’s Disco 4
Sen.se’s Mother and Motion Cookies trackers
Swissvoice’s next-gen ePure and Voice Bridge
uNu’s Ultrapak rapid-charging battery packs for iPhone and iPad
Withings’ Aura active smart sleep system

Expect much more today, with updates regularly posted to CES.iLounge.com!

iLounge is live at the 2014 CES: follow us at CES.iLounge.com!

iLounge’s editors have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2014 CES, and we’re already scoping out the latest Apple accessories under wraps at the gigantic Las Vegas Convention Center. On our new CES mini-site, you’ll find behind-the-scenes photos and early details from the show. Keep checking out the site over the next week, as we’ll be updating it frequently with new info and imagery.

Dec. 20 deadline for CES Best of Show Submissions

As the 2014 International CES is less than one month away, we are accepting submissions of new iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and Mac products for our annual 2014 Best of Show Awards. Focused on the very best Apple-related products debuted at CES each year, the awards are solely open to new iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, and/or Mac products that are being publicly shown for the first time by official CES exhibitors.

We welcome advance submissions from companies, and have a team of editors canvassing the show floor for potential award recipients. In addition to awards for individual products, our editors select the Best Booth of Show, Best Overall Product of Show, and a special award for accessory innovation. A special display of winners will be shown at the entrances to the iLounge Pavilion in the North Hall.

Companies interested in submitting products for Best of Show consideration should contact Nick Guy immediately for additional information. All submissions must be received by the final deadline of December 20, 2013 to be eligible for advance consideration, and must also be on display in a booth on the show floor at the 2014 International CES.

iLounge debuts iLounge NYC accessory event at CE Week 2013

iLounge today announced the creation of iLounge NYC, a curated special event and exhibition area at CE Week 2013. Working with CE Week and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), iLounge will bring the Apple accessory world to Manhattan, beginning with a special event for trade and media members on June 25, and a curated exhibition space on June 26 and 27. iLounge NYC will be the back-to-school/holiday-focused version of the incredibly successful winter iLounge Pavilion at CES in Las Vegas, which now occupies over 120,000 square feet of floor space — the largest unified exhibition area at the show.

“Apple accessory makers know that the iLounge Pavilion is the best place to debut their winter and spring lineups,” said Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’re thrilled to curate a new iLounge NYC event to preview the year’s biggest back-to-school and holiday releases—at a great venue, within a city known for its love of Apple products.”

The full press release follows. Companies interested in additional details on iLounge NYC and the iLounge Pavilion should contact Jeremy Horwitz today.

CES iLounge Pavilion grows to 500+ companies, 120,000+ square feet

iLounge proudly announced this morning that the iLounge Pavilion—the unified exhibition area at the International CES dedicated to iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products—is officially the largest in CES history, by a wide margin. Now featuring over 120,000 square feet of new products, the Pavilion will stretch from the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the adjacent Las Vegas Hotel, hosting a record number of exhibitors: over 500 from around the world. Both in size and exhibitors, this represents a major jump from 2012’s CES, which saw a then-record 350 third-party Apple vendors occupy 85,000 square feet of space.

The 2013 International CES officially opens on January 8, 2013. iLounge will feature live coverage before and during the show, with a brand new mini-site devoted to all of the show’s Apple-related announcements.

2013 Best of Show Awards rules available; submit by Dec. 21

Calling all developers: If your company is interested in participating in iLounge’s 2013 Best of Show Awards, and has not yet received an e-mail from us containing this year’s submission rules, please send an e-mail to Nick Guy today. The rules are now available, and if you’re exhibiting brand new iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac products for the first time at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, they may be eligible for Awards consideration. Our deadline for submissions is December 21, 2012.

Our annual Awards honor the very best new Apple-related products debuted at CES, and are limited in number; they are open solely to official exhibitors with booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center or LVH. Contact Nick for details today.

CES iLounge Pavilion Day 4: Something Different

Among the usual plethora of cases, speakers, earphones and other accessories, we also occasionally see a few products that are a bit unique in their design or approach. Below we’ve highlighted some of the most interesting of these products that we’ve seen.

Sound Egg Chair: Designed with an eclectic look that may remind some of Mork from the classic seventies sitcom, the Sound Egg Chair provides a 5.1 channel surround sound system built into an enclosed, egg-shaped chair.  A swivel arm provides a mounting point for a TV screen and ports on the back provide for audio input from an external amp. A variety of colors and interiors are available, and the Sound Egg Chair price ranges from $1,400 for a base model to $3,000 for a fully-loaded model with leather interior and included HDTV.

 

i-Dice Speakers: Vaguely reminiscent of the fuzzy dice you might find in a car windshield, the i-Dice speakers provide a dock for an iPhone, iPod or iPad and are available in black, white and red versions.

 

3DLuxe’s Cases go beyond the usual 2D designs, incorporating raised relief 3D embossed artwork.

 

The Crystal Pirate optical mouse from Pat Says Now is joined by a variety of other unique and eclectic optical mouse designs.

 

TekChick Designs turns computer parts into jewelry and fashion accessories, recycling old Mac keyboard keys, RAM chips, and other appropriate into earrings. While the designs may not be for everyone, it’s an interesting idea and a good use for components that might otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere.

CEA: iLounge Pavilion sells 95,000 sq. ft. in 3 hours, record attendance and demand

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just confirmed a staggering statistic: after selling out its entire original footprint last year in two hours—eventually leading to an even larger, 85,000-square foot space—the 2013 iLounge Pavilion just sold over 95,000 square feet of exhibit space in three hours. According to CEA, demand for additional space is at an all-time high.

This year’s Pavilion, which featured over 350 exhibitors, reportedly benefitted from exceedingly strong CES attendance of more than 153,000 people—conservatively measured prior to an official final number—which, if accurate, would represent an all-time attendance high for the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. Designed as a dedicated area for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products, the iLounge Pavilion has been receiving rave reports from exhibitors. Thousands of new products were shown inside the Pavilion, top picks from which were spotlighted in iLounge’s 2012 Best of Show Awards.

CES iLounge Pavilion Day 4: Accessory Highlights for Kids

One of the Apple accessory areas of particular interest to iLounge’s editors are products for kids—speakers, cases, and headphones if they’ve been designed to be safe for little ears. Here are a few of the more noteworthy items we saw at this year’s CES, which is just now winding down in Las Vegas.

Case-Mate: Showed off a huge collection of kids’ cases, including many made from multi-layered rubber with different cool artwork—ice cream, animals, and the like. Some of the cases are abstract versions of animals, others are obviously so. Case-Mate also showed Marvel/Disney-licensed hard shells that had great iconic art from the comic company’s biggest-named series.

 

Electric Friends: This division of Noetic showed four different animal speaker systems targeted at a sub-$60 price point, and they were seriously cute—like Chew Chew the Dog, each has its own name and backstory, with two big speaker grilles protecting eye-shaped audio drivers. The price is right, the design is right, and the sound is respectable.

More images and details are below.

CES iLounge Pavilion Day 4: High-end Highlights

While our focus tends to be on mainstream consumer products, there are several companies here at the iLounge Pavilion that are aiming at the higher end of the market, including the ones we’re spotlighting below.

Known for their carbon fiber cases, Moncarbone is taking the material to the next level with its Art Collection, which features graphics that are subtly integrated into the material using dye injection methods. A nice change of pace from standard carbon fiber cases, which have become a bit stale recently. The cases are priced at $60 each.

 

We’ve seen loads of leather cases for the iPhone over the years, but few as simple or elegant as Eblouir’s slim pouch. Made from high-quality leather, it features two interior slots—one for the iPhone and one that’s cash-sized—as well as a simple closure that uses a long strip of leather to hold the entire thing closed. It sells for $45.

 

Continuing an ongoing trend, there are a number of exhibitors here focusing on female users—and among them is Tyla Rae. This fashion-focused brand offers a wide range of bags for the iPhone , iPod, and iPad. The bags are made primarily from leatherette, and range in price from $60 to $220.

2012 iLounge Pavilion: A Photo Tour

We can tell you it contains over 350 companies. We can tell you it’s over 80,000 square feet in size. But until you see the iLounge Pavilion with your own eyes, it’s hard to understand its enormousness. This panoramic, birds-eye shot shows you the whole of our North Hall area in all its glory, including overhead booth shots of a wide variety of familiar companies from the Apple accessory universe. Click on the image above to view it full-size, keep reading for more photos from the Pavilion, and don’t forget to check our dedicated mini-site for more coverage from the 2012 International CES!

iLounge Best of Show 2012 video now available

It’s been a busy last few days here in Las Vegas, and we’ve now posted a YouTube video highlighting the best items we’ve seen at the 2012 International CES. The video contains pictures and details of all 25 award winners—the highest number in recent memory—including exciting new products and the best booths we saw at the show. It’s the best five minutes you’ll spend checking out new Apple products this week.

Live from 2012’s CES: Key new Apple products, Part 2: OWC, iSkin, Geneva Labs + more

Other World Computing (OWC) is here at CES showing its well-known line of SSD and Mac expansion products, among them its new miniStack Max expansion unit for the Mac Mini. Building on last year’s miniStack, the new Max version adds an optical drive and SD card slot to the front while maintaining the same general industrial design to match Apple’s recent Mac Mini models. The miniStack Max also includes internal hard drive storage available in capacities of up to 4TB and in integrated USB 3.0/2.0, FireWire 400/800 and eSATA hub.

iSkin is expanding its Q-West line this year into a wider range of fashionable bags and cases. Going forward, the company is taking a more boutique approach, focusing on fashion trends in its product designs.

 

iConnectivity at 2012 CES: iConnectMuse audio box

Incipio at 2012 CES: Cases Galore

Case maker Incipio had no shortage of new cases to show off at this year’s International CES, with release dates peppered throughout the year. LGND Kickstand and Hive Response, both for the iPhone 4 and 4S, will launch between January and March of this year with a price tag of $35 each. The first is a rare folio-style case for Apple’s phone. It’s composed of a polycarbonate shell attached to a leather cover that can be positioned for use as a landscape orientation stand. Incipio will be offering the case in black. Hive Response is a take on the company’s Hive gaming case. This new one continues to utilize the honeycomb pattern we’ve seen in the past, but adds a polycarbonate shell for further protection. Coming between April and June are Bentley for iPad 2 ($70) and The Specialist for iPhone 4/4S ($35). Bentley combines polycarbonate, leather, and aluminum to make one unique looking case. It can transform into a stand, and utilizes magnets to activate the tablet’s automatic sleep/wake feature. Finally there’s The Specialist. Although it’s the simplest looking of the cases, it combines plastic and rubber to offer superior protection against drops and scratches; we’re usually big fans of this style case. We’ve also posted additional coverage of some of the company’s more striking designs in the linked article.

Helium Digital at 2012 CES: iPad Cases, Screen Cleaner

Canadian company Helium Digital is showcasing four new products at the 2012 International CES. First up is KeyCover Folio for iPad ($80), a Bluetooth keyboard case that works with both generations of Apple’s tablet computer. The keyboard is only 4mm thick, and the entire case is just 7mm thick when closed. It will be available in the spring. Next is SlimJacket for iPad 2. A protective sleeve, it can also fold into a stand for landscape or portrait viewing. Also shipping in the spring, it will cost $20. ViewPoint Headrest Mount for iPad 2 does just what it sounds like; it attaches to a carseat’s headrest with metal brackets to hold an iPad 2 in place. The accessory can rotate 360°, allowing for video viewing, gaming, and more. Coming at the same time as the other two pieces, it’ll cost $25. Finally, there’s PureView Screen Cleaner for Touchscreen Devices, which will be available February 1. A 120ml bottle of the alcohol and ammonia free solution will cost $17.

Soundfreaq at 2012 CES: Bluetooth Speaker

If wireless is the unofficial theme of the 2012 International CES, Soundfreaq is certainly on board. The company has unveiled its Sound Kick (SFQ-04) Bluetooth speaker, set to be available in March for $99. Designed for travel, the speaker has a compact design that opens up to boost the sound. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for up to seven hours of playback that can also be used to charge your iOS device, a metal grille, an auxiliary input, and a matte finish. It will also be available in a case model, details of which have yet to be announced.

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