As the International CES 2016 begins to wind down, we wanted to point out that there won’t be any CES Best of Show Awards given out by iLounge this year. Our on-site staff was limited this year, and we didn’t think it was fair to our readers — or to these companies — for other members of our staff to participate in making such judgments without seeing the products in person. Visit our CES page for the full index of reports from this week, and from past Consumer Electronics Shows. We’ll be back next week with more of our typical content.
CableJive has introduced two new add-ons for its HeroDock for the iPhone — a Landscape Dock that can hold an iPad mini, and the other to dock an Apple Watch. As seen above, the final iPad mini dock will require a Lightning connector in another position for it to work properly. The new attachments are expected to arrive in Q3; pricing has not been announced.
Just Mobile has introduced a new minimalist dock, the HoverDock, in both iPhone and Apple Watch versions. The HoverDock for iPhone ($35) is a low-profile charging stand encased in a unibody aluminum disc that allows you to pass through your Lightning cable and stand your iPhone upright, and supports most cases.
HoverDock for Apple Watch ($35) follows the same unibody aluminum design as the iPhone version, allowing you to pass through the standard Apple Watch Magnetic Charging cable and keep your Apple Watch propped up for Nightstand Mode.
Edifier has introduced several new speakers at this year’s CES. The MA5 ($200) desktop audio system is Wi-Fi enabled and provides support for AirPlay and DLNA. It can stream music from app-based online music sources such as Pandora and Spotify. It also features a cloud-based speech recognition system for online music search and can act as a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot. MA5 should be released in Q2 2016.
The MP700 ($230) portable speaker comes in two versions, with a Bluetooth 4.0 model that features an NFC tag for quick connection with compatible devices, and an Wi-Fi model which features AirPlay and DLNA connectivity, and the same app-based online music source management and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot features as the MA5. Additionally, the MA215 ($300) is a desktop Wi-Fi speaker set for release in the third quarter of 2016.
Kwikset has expanded the smart lock lineup that began with its popular Kevo last year, debuting its first HomeKit-compatible solution, Premis. The new smart lock will allow users to lock and unlock their door using Siri voice controls and HomeKit-compatible third-party apps, and it includes other advanced security features such as SecureScreen and the latest version of Kwikset SmartKey security. Leveraging the Apple TV as a standard HomeKit hub, HomeKit support will allow users to let others in while away, confirm their door is locked after leaving, and unlock the door when coming home without fumbling for keys. HomeKit compatibility will also provide the ability to create integrated scenes with other HomeKit accessories, including triggers and notifications that can perform actions such as turning on lighting or adjusting heating, simply by unlocking the front door.
First Alert expands Onelink family with HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi safe, environment monitor + thermostat
First Alert has announced several new HomeKit-enabled products at CES 2016, including a new Wi-Fi safe, environment monitor, and thermostat. The three new products expand the company’s OneLink lineup that first introduced HomeKit integration with its Onelink alarm Smoke and CO detector.
The Onelink by First Alert Wi-Fi Safe secures valuables and provides Wi-Fi connectivity with the Onelink Home App. Users can connect remotely via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE with their iOS devices, and can lock and unlock the safe using a passcode or Touch ID with either the company’s own app or Siri HomeKit commands. Users can also configure the app to send them status alerts and notifications, such as when the safe has been opened or tempered with, and access can be selectively granted to friends and family members. The battery-operated safe also includes a built-in accelerometer to detect attempts to move or open the safe while it’s locked, and LEDs on the front prove a status indicator to show that the safe has been successfully locked.
Braven has announced several new speakers at this year’s CES, expanding its active and rugged speaker lineup with new options across the board. The new Braven 105 ($60) and Braven 405 ($100) wireless speakers add to the company’s Active Series, and the new BRV-XXL looks like an absolute beast of a speaker. Braven’s parent company, Incipio, also introduced a few new interesting items at the show.
Braven’s massive new BRV-XXL ($350) is designed to bring earth-crushing HD sound to any indoor or outdoor event. It features a tank-like design, titanic surround sound, and more, along with a 14-hour playtime, and a built-in 15600 mAh battery that can charge up iPhones and iPads. It’s built from aircraft grade aluminum and ABS, meaning it can withstand accidental falls, sand, dirt, dust, and rain (it’s IPX5 waterproof rated). NFC provides one-touch connectivity for compatible devices and it includes on-board controls for adjusting bass, treble, volume, and skipping tracks, and a 3.5mm microphone input allows you to use it as a PA system as well. If that weren’t enough, it even sports a built-in bottle opener on the carrying strap.
PhotoFast has announced MemoriesCable 1M, a new version of the popular MemoriesCable that provides users with even more reach. MemoriesCable is an MFi-certified Lightning cable for charging an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that also includes up to 128GB of built-in flash memory storage directly in the connector. Supported by PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive ONE app (the same app used with the i-FlashDrive MAX), users can store and backup data from various cloud-based services as well as popular social media accounts. MemoriesCable 1M is expected to start shipping at the end of January.
Withings has announced Thermo ($100), a new iOS-connected Wi-Fi thermometer. Using revolutionary HotSpotSensor technology, Thermo gives you precise results with a simple one-touch gesture, syncing your temperature readings via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with the companion Thermo iOS app. Sixteen infrared sensors and the patented HotSpot sensor provide a highly-accurate temperature reading against the temple in under two seconds without requiring contact with any bodily fluids, while the app lets you store and track temperature readings, get reminders, and input related symptoms or medications right on your iPhone. Temperatures and related information are stored in a Thermo diary that can be easily shared with your doctor at any time. When taking readings, the Thermo unit will also provide color-coded temperature feedback based on the user’s age profile to help you easily understand the reading.
Building on its Welcome Smart Home Camera, Netatmo has debuted Presence, a new outdoor security camera designed to automatically detect the presence of people, cars, and animals. Using a new “Smart-Sight” feature, Presence analyzes in real-time if somebody is loitering around the outside of your house, or if a car enters the driveway or a pet is in the yard; the camera is able to understand what it sees and notify the user appropriately if something is detected in the monitored area. Infrared night vision provides recording at night, and an integrated smart floodlight can be activated to capture bright color videos even in the dark, to scare off unwanted visitors, or light up the way. As with the company’s Welcome Smart Home Camera, Presence provides entirely customizable settings for notifications and activity recording, and stores videos locally on an internal micro SD card for privacy. In addition, users can establish smart zones to determine specific areas to monitor activity within, and optionally transfer recorded footage to a personal FTP server. Videos are captured in full 1080p HD with a 100-degree field of view and a detection range of 20 meters. Presence is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2016. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Harman has announced a collection of new speakers, earphones, a new in-dash system at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, including updates to its popular JBL Clip and JBL Charge speakers, a new headphone partnership with Under Armour, and a new top-of-the-line speaker in its Quincy Jones series.
The company has released two new versions of its popular portable speakers. The new JBL Clip 2 ($60) is an ultra-compact speaker designed to attach anywhere with a new built-in smart carabineer. It also features a ruggedized, IPX7 waterproof design and fabric casing, eight hours of playtime from the built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery, speakerphone support with noise and echo cancellation, and an integrated 3.5mm audio cable for those who need or prefer a wired connection. It’s expected to be available this spring.
The JBL Charge 3 ($150) has been updated with an IPX7 waterproof design, and is available in five colors. You can wirelessly connect up to three smartphones or tablets to the speaker at once to take turns playing audio, and the 6000 mAh power bank gives you up to 15 hours of playtime and can charge an iPhone, iPad, or other USB powered device on the go. Dual external passive radiators provide powerful bass, a built-in speakerphone features noise and echo cancellation, and JBL Connect support lets users link multiple JBL Connect-enabled speakers together.
Olloclip has introduced Studio ($90), a new mounting and accessory system for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus. Studio is built around Studio Case, an Olloclip-compatible case not completely dissimilar to the company’s prior Ollocase. However, Studio also incorporates an integrated rail mounting system, and it comes with a number of accessories, including a kickstand, finger grip, cold-shoe adapters, and clips to attach a tripod or handles. Studio is available to pre-order, and it should be ready to ship by early February.
iHome has unveiled a collection of several new products at this year’s CES, including an updated version of its original HomeKit-enabled SmartPlug, a new model building on its Kineta speaker lineup, and several new speakers and clock radios.
The new iHome Control iSP8 SmartPlug ($50), expands on the company’s original HomeKit-enabled plug, adding power consumption monitoring capabilities and compatibility with Android, Nest, Wink, and more in addition to the iOS HomeKit support. A remote control is also included in the package to allow the plug to be used without a smartphone or tablet.
The new Kineta K5 ($70) builds on the new K-Cell battery equipped speakers iHome debuted last year with a new design, Bluetooth-enabled wireless FM clock radio, and built-in speakerphone. It’s equipped with Reson8 speakers and includes the same K-Cell battery technology as the original models — a removable battery pack that can be popped out to recharge mobile devices on the go.
In advance of this year’s CES 2016, Parrot has debuted an entirely new fixed-wing drone design. The new drone, named Disco, features an ultra-light flying wing design for an entirely new flying experience from traditional quadcopter-style hovering drones. Disco features an auto-pilot along with multiple sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, Pitot tube, and GPS to provide it with data to effectively control its flight and make it simple for even novice users to get up and flying quickl. Take-off is automatic — the user simply needs to throw Disco into the air and it will gain altitude autonomously and turn in the sky until you take control of it. Parrot Disco can reach speeds of up to almost 50 mph without losing stability and is equipped with a front camera for an immersive point-of-view flying experience, and it can be paired with the Parrot Skycontroller and FPV glasses for a “head in the clouds view.” Users can also create app-enabled flight plans for autonomous flight, and Disco can remain in the air for up to 45 minutes on a single battery charge. Disco is expected to be available later this year; pricing has not yet been announced.
Just before this year’s CES officially kicks off, IK Multimedia has unveiled iRig BlueTurn ($70), a new compact Bluetooth-based page turner for musicians, designed to allow hands-free navigation of set lists, scores, lyric sheets and more on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac. BlueTurn is a small foot controller with two backlit soft-touch buttons, similar in design to the company’s earlier iRig BlueBoard MIDI controller. iRig BlueTurn can be paired with IK’s own iKlip Stage setlist management app as well as many other popular page-turning and document viewing apps. iRig BlueTurn is expected to be available in February 2016.
Incipio has announced a collection of new ClamCase iPad keyboard cases for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4. The new cases incorporate the signature, patented 360-degree hinge design from the previous models, while adding more productivity-enhancing features such as backlit keyboards and backup battery power. The ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4 ($130), expected in Q1 of 2016, features a Lithium-ion battery and Bluetooth 3.0 chip for months of keyboard use on a single charge, and one-touch pairing to automatically sync the keyboard case to the iPad mini 4. It will be available in White/Silver and Smoke Gray. ClamCase+ for iPad Pro ($170) and ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2 ($150) will be available in Q2 of 2016 in Gray, Gold, and Silver. It will include a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness, built-in sensors to activate the wake and sleep functions, and an integrated Apple Pencil slot.
iDevices is expanding its HomeKit lineup with four new home automation products that the company is debuting at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Building on the iDevices Switch and iDevices Thermostat, the new product lineup now includes a light socket, wall switch, dimmer switch, and wall outlet. The iDevices Socket allows users to screw in any standard light bulb to control their lighting via HomeKit and the iDevices Connected app, and the Socket includes dimming functionality as well as a customizable multicolored LED night light. The iDevices Wall Switch and Dimmer Switch accessories can be installed in place of any standard, single light switch to control home lighting remotely via Siri/HomeKit and the iDevices Connected app. Both feature customizable LED night lights and support both single pole and three-way switching setups. The iDevices Wall Outlet provides an installable version of iDevices Switch — it can replace an existing wall outlet with the ability to control, monitor, and schedule power to both outlets individually. The iDevices Socket is expected to be available for sale in Q1 of 2016, while the Wall Switch and Dimmer Switch are scheduled for release in Q2 2016, and the Wall Outlet for Q3 2016. Pricing has not yet been announced.
While CES 2016 doesn’t actually start until Wednesday, companies are already announcing new products from the show. Griffin has introduced a number of new products, including Travel Power Bank ($70) for Apple Watch. Travel Power Bank is a portable 800 mAh battery with a built-in Apple Watch charger. Griffin claims Travel Power Bank can deliver four full charges to an Apple Watch before it needs recharged, which makes it an ideal accessory for a trip. It even comes with a keyring to attach to a set of keys or a hook. It should be available in the second quarter of 2016. Also for Apple Watch, Griffin has unveiled Uptown Leather Band ($60) and Trainer Watch Band ($40), a silicone band. Both of those are set for a Q3 2016 release.
Before CES even kicks off officially today, iLounge has already seen tons of new products from some of the biggest companies in the industry: Belkin, Griffin, iHome, JBL, Just Mobile, Olloclip, Otterbox, and many, many more. Of course, we’ve also got the details on unique products from smaller companies, too. You can find it all on our CES Special Edition site. Keep hitting the site up throughout the day — and all week long — for our continuing live coverage of the 2015 International CES.
Today at CES 2015, iDevices announced Switch ($50), the first Apple-certified HomeKit product. Designed as an iOS controlled wall power accessory, Switch allows users to plug into any standard AC outlet for controlling standard household devices such as lamps and other appliances. Switch features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE support to provide for flexible connectivity options, and will also provide the ability to act as a BTLE-to-Wi-Fi hub, a capability that will in the future allow other BTLE-only devices such as door locks to be controlled centrally from anywhere that Internet access is available. We got an early look at Switch before its official announcement and took a few pictures.
iLounge has announced our 2013 International CES Best of Show Award winners and finalists. Twenty-four winners were selected from hundreds of developers and thousands of products, representing the best and most innovative products we’ve seen at CES. A total of 12 full Best of Show awards were given out, as Incipio took home four Best of Show awards — including Overall Best of Show — while IK Multimedia netted two Best of Show wins. Other Best of Show winners include Adonit, Griffin, LifeProof, myCharge, Soundfreaq, and Switcheasy.
In addition to our 12 full Best of Show awards, 12 total Best of Show Finalist awards were presented to developers. Click here for all the winners and details on the selected products.