Logitech has announced the Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard ($100), a new wireless keyboard that allows users to switch from typing on a Mac to an iPad or iPhone with the touch of a button. Unlike most rivals, which pair with a single Apple device and complicate the process of switching between platforms, the Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard can toggle between devices while typing. Illuminated keys automatically adjust to the brightness of the room, and the case features a real aluminum top to match the Mac.
A USB rechargeable cable allows the keyboard to be used while charging, and a full charge offers 10 days of power. Logitech’s Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard will be released in January.
Soundfreaq has announced Sound Platform 2 ($149), an updated version of Sound Platform that now features dual Bluetooth streaming—a novel technology that allows two systems to pair together to act as one system, with each handling left or right audio. Sound Platform 2 also offers larger speaker drivers, enhanced bass, dual USB charging ports, and an auxiliary input, as well as a device tray that can keep user-supplied charging cables out of sight. An optional rechargeable battery offers up to 7 hours of listening. It will be available at Target on Feb. 17, 2013.
Soundfreaq also announced two Lightning versions of its Sound Step speaker, the Sound Step Lightning and Sound Step Recharge Lightning — the latter comes equipped with a rechargeable battery. A new Lightning version of the Sound Rise alarm clock speaker was announced, as well. No prices were announced; these speakers will be available in spring 2013.
Philips has announced four Lightning connector speaker docks for Apple’s latest devices, including some designs that look familiar from prior products—and notably no prices, as of yet. The large, boxy Lifestyle Music System features a retractable Lightning dock, a CD player, and an FM radio, while the smaller egg-shaped Portable Docking Speaker is a compact speaker that promises eight hours of battery life.
Philips’ platform-styled Bedroom Docking Speaker features a clock display that automatically syncs with an iOS device, and a USB port is included on the back of the speaker to charge an additional device. Finally, the mid-sized, pill-shaped Room to Room Docking Speaker rounds out the group. According to the company, the speakers will be available this month, though it’s unclear as to how widespread their distribution will be and when prices will be announced.
Zensorium has announced Tinké ($119), a legacy Dock Connector accessory that monitors cardiorespiratory health and stress levels. Tinké uses optical sensing technologies to record blood volume changes from a user’s fingertips, and creates indexes for cardiorespiratory health — monitoring heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen level — and stress levels. The indexes allow for daily and monthly monitoring.
A free Tinké app lets users share their results on Facebook, add friends to the Tinké network, and compare scores with other users globally. Coming in blue, pink, gray, or white, Tinké is now available.
JayBird has announced BlueBuds X ($170), a new pair of sport Bluetooth earphones. BlueBuds X are secure-fit, micro-sized earphones, offering eight hours of battery playtime. Listeners benefit from in-ear white noise reduction and Shift, a “custom implementation of the native Bluetooth SBC codec,” a feature that JayBird claims will enable BlueBuds X to rival top-notch wired headphones for purity and sound.
The X-Fit option allows users to wear BlueBuds X over or under ears. Voice prompting, a microphone for calls, and integrated controls are also notable features. BlueBuds X comes with three pairs of ear tips and ear cushions, a standard micro USB cable for charging, and a carrying case. It is available now in black or white.
Known for its iconic clean speaker designs, Geneva has announced a substantially new product called WorldRadio ($300), an audio system with a Bluetooth receiver and digital FM tuner. WorldRadio is Geneva’s take on the classic world receiver, a radio that can receive FM, long- and shortwave radio signals — it can receive FM as well as streaming Internet radio stations from any Bluetooth device. The European DAB+ version can receive digital radio stations, as well.
Featuring an amplifier and full-range loudspeaker, WorldRadio uses a rechargeable battery that offers six hours of music playback. A digital color display with touch controls and alarm clock are also notable features, as is a 3.5 mm input for other audio sources. Geneva WorldRadio will be available in December, in metallic finishes of silver, red, or black.
Griffin Technology has announced the first standalone third-party charge/sync Lightning cables. Four cables have been introduced, including the 4’ coiled USB to Lightning Cable ($25), which provides a slightly longer alternative to Apple’s official Lightning to USB Cable, as well as the 3 meter USB to Lightning Cable ($30), which is nearly 10 feet long.
Also announced were the 3’ USB to Lightning Cable ($19), and 2’ USB to Lightning Cable ($17), both sold at roughly the same price as Apple’s version. The cables will be available from Griffin directly on the first week of December.
Satechi has announced the Universal Remote dongle ($25) and RemoteBean app for iOS devices, targeting an already-served market with a more aggressively priced solution. The Universal Remote dongle connects to the 3.5mm ports of Apple’s devices, rather than relying on the discontinued Dock Connector standard. Using the RemoteBean app, the device can then control a number of electronics, including TVs, DVD players, DVRs, and more.
The RemoteBean app comes with a database of thousands of electronic products, but users can teach the app to control other devices, as well. Satechi’s Universal Remote is available now.
- November 29, 2012
- iPad Accessories,
New Potato Technologies has announced Classic Match Foosball ($100), a new accessory for the first-, second-, and third-generation iPad. Classic Match Foosball is a miniature foosball table powered by the Dock Connector-based iPads, and can be used to play the free, downloadable Classic Match Foosball app. Eight control rods — four on each side — control the game action on screen.
Scoring markers are included at each end of the table, which includes removable legs with rubber feet. A USB-B connector allows the iPad to charge while docked in the table. Classic Match Football is available now.
NYNE has announced the NB-250 ($200), a portable Bluetooth speaker with a water-resistant rubberized cover. The NB-250 features 2.0 stereo output from two drivers, and two passive radiators for extended low-frequency range. It can operate up to 30 feet away from a Bluetooth device, with eight to 10 hours of battery power.
An included USB port enables device charging, and a 3.5mm auxiliary jack allows non-Bluetooth devices to use the speaker. A shoulder strap is included to allow for easy carrying along with a 3.5 mm auxiliary cable, USB to micro-USB cable, and carrying case. The NB-250 is available for preorder.
Sensu Brush ($40), a brush/stylus for touchscreen surfaces, is now available. Originally a Kickstarter project by Chicago-based Artist Hardware, Sensu Brush features synthetic hair that feels like an artist’s brush, with copper-infused bristles that allow it to function on the capacitive touchscreen of an iPad or iPhone.
Sensu Brush can also be used as a standard touchscreen stylus with the brush tucked away and the rubber stylus tip used instead. Sensu Brush requires no charging or batteries and is compatible with many drawing apps, such as Paper, SketchBook Pro, and more.
- November 26, 2012
- iPad Accessories,
Apparent has launched the Doxie One ($149), a standalone scanner which can sync to an iPad, Mac, or PC. Scans can import directly to your photo roll, and are backed up via iCloud. The Doxie app allows for sharing documents through Evernote, Dropbox, or iMessage. Doxie One can create full color images at 300 dpi, and it scans documents, receipts, photos, and cards at eight seconds per page, or five seconds per photo. It can accommodate paper sizes from a business card to 8.5 x 11”.
Doxie One comes with a 2 GB SD memory card, power adapter, photo scanning sleeve, and USB cable. The scanner can be used anywhere with four AAA batteries. It is now available in gray, and seven color skins ($10 each) are sold separately.
VERSI has announced its Dual VERSI iPad Stand ($259) for the iPad and iPhone. Featuring two arms to hold both an iPad and iPhone, the stand’s ball joint lever design allows for tilting, swiveling and rotating for viewing at nearly any angle. The base is made from solid black granite. When ordering the stand, customers have a choice of which iPad and iPhone they would like the stand to hold: The second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini are all options, as well as the iPhone 4/S or iPhone 5. A Single VERSI iPad Stand ($189) is also available.
Ferrari by Logic 3 has announced two new audio accessories, the Cavallino T350 Headphones ($399) and Scuderia FS1 Bluetooth Speaker Dock ($549). Inspired by the Ferrari GT car, the Cavallino T350 Headphones are active noise canceling over-ear headphones, housed in metal with a black or tan leather headband and ear cups. Equipped with 40mm drivers, the T350 comes with a three-button and one-button in-line remote, and anti-tangle, detachable cables trimmed in woven fabric.
The Scuderia FS1 Bluetooth Speaker Dock is a compact Dock Connector accessory, powered by a 2.1 speaker system with two 2” drivers. A digital signal processor allows for natural musical timbre and extended low frequency response. Though the Scuderia FS1 streams music wirelessly via Bluetooth, an auxiliary port is also provided. A video out port for Apple devices and USB charging port are also included, along with a remote. Both accessories are now available.
Wahoo Fitness has announced the Balance Smartphone Scale ($99), a Bluetooth 4.0 body scale. The scale tracks weight and BMI, sending the information to the Wahoo Wellness App or any compatible fitness app to track progress with charts and graphs. Profiles can be saved for up to 16 different users, and the scale’s own internal memory can save up to 130 separate weight readings.
The Balance Smartphone Scale is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, fifth-generation iPod touch, third-generation and fourth-generation iPad, and iPad mini. Now available for preorder, the Balance Smartphone Scale ships the first week of December.
Griffin has announced its first Lightning accessory, the PowerJolt SE ($25), a car charger. A 10W charger with a 12V accessory outlet, the PowerJolt SE features a coiled cable that can stretch up to 4 feet in length; it’s notably slower in peak iPad charging speed than options recently announced by Scosche, but also less expensive.
The PowerJolt SE features an LED power indicator, and a built-in, self-resetting SmartFuse, which guards against power fluctuations during charging. Like Belkin’s Car Charger with Lightning Connector, Griffin’s PowerJolt SE is available now.
iLuv has announced a Lightning-compatible car charger and charge/sync cable. The EnergySeal Micro-Size Car Charger comes attached to a 6’ cable for charging Lightning devices. Its small size is designed to fit a variety of car power port locations and orientations; it promises 10.5W output.
iLuv’s Premium Coiled Charge/Sync Cable is a tangle-resistant 6’ cable that can charge and sync Lightning devices when used with a USB charger. Prices for the two accessories range from $30-$50, presumably in reverse order of their listing above, but the specific costs for each accessory are currently listed as “TBD” on iLuv’s website.
- November 15, 2012
- iPad Accessories,
Belkin has announced its Portable Keyboard Case ($80) for iPad mini, a scaled-down version of its Keyboard Folio. The folio case connects its removable keyboard to the iPad mini using Bluetooth, and the keyboard can fold flat into the case when not in use.
Belkin claims 155 hours of active battery life for the keyboard, which can be recharged with its included USB-to-mini-USB cable. Available for pre-order now, the Portable Keyboard Case will be released later this month.
JBL has introduced the OnBeat Micro ($99) and OnBeat Venue LT ($199), the first Lightning-compatible speaker docks. OnBeat Micro is a portable, compact speaker with two full-range transducers that can dock the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano, but not the latest iPad or iPad mini. It offers five hours of playback with four AAA batteries, and includes an AC adapter for device charging, as well as a built-in USB connector for use with other devices.
JBL’s OnBeat Venue LT is an updated version of its OnBeat Venue, which we reviewed last month. A 30W wireless speaker that can stream from Bluetooth-enabled devices, the OnBeat Venue LT can dock the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, as well as the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, and seventh-generation iPod nano. It features four transducers — two low-frequency and two high-frequency. A movie button on the top activates an “extra-wide sound field” for watching video, and an auxiliary input provides a means to connect older Apple devices. Both speakers are currently available for preorder.
Outdoor Tech has launched the ADAPT ($40), a clip-on Bluetooth receiver that allows iOS devices and the latest iPod nanos to wirelessly stream audio to any pair of headphones or speakers. The device has a standard 3.5mm audio port, and receives Bluetooth audio from distances of up to 30 feet away. ADAPT also comes with playback controls and a built-in mic for calls. ADAPT promises nine hours of talking and listening time from its rechargeable battery, which is refueled with an included Micro-USB charger. It is available now, in black, pink, and blue.