With so many 2013 CES reports (visit our special CES site!) hitting iLounge yesterday, we wanted to make sure that the latest CES First Looks didn’t get lost in the crowd.
Speck’s CandyShell and CandyShell for iPad mini are excellent updates to its prior signature product, slimmer than expected for Apple’s tablet.
As a new entry into the Beats-alike market, the Audiovox 808 Studio Headphones are glossy plastic on-ears at a budget-ish price.
The new Native Union Switch is a stylish Bluetooth speakerphone with stereo music streaming and a very cool volume knob.
Based on earlier Cushi stickers, the id America Cushi Plus is equivalent to a full case thanks to added protective elements - and has some great designs, too.
One of the most value-packed super-protective cases around, the SwitchEasy FreeRunner for iPhone 5 is ready to challenge far more expensive rivals such as LifeProof and OtterBox cases.
Audio-Technica has announced its new line of products for CES, including new additions to its QuietPoint headphones line and the introduction of its SonicSport headphones. The company’s budget-priced ATH-ANC29 ($100) over-ear headphones provide up to 87 percent noise cancellation, and interestingly, the cord can be detached for cordless noise-cancelling headphone use. Also, the ATH-ANC33iS ($80) in-ear headphones offer up to 90 percent noise cancellation and feature volume control with an in-line mic and control. These earphones come with Comply foam tips for comfort and fit improvements. Both headphones come with a case, airline adapter and AAA battery. They will be available in April.
Audio-Technica’s new SonicSport headphones are designed for sports and active use. The three debut models include ATH-CP700 ($100), which features a headband that wraps around the back of the neck and a cord-mounted remote and built-in microphone; the ATH-CKP500 ($75), which feature earpieces with angled housings that direct the cord behind the user’s neck; and the ATH-CKP200 ($50), which use a hinged ear hook that adjusts around the ears. These SonicSport headphones will be available in January.
JBL has announced OnBeat Rumble ($399), its third Lightning speaker dock. OnBeat Rumble is a Bluetooth-enabled 50-watt speaker with a built-in 4 1/2” subwoofer and two 2.5” full-range drivers. In addition to the Lightning connector, it also has an auxiliary input jack for older and non-Apple devices. Users can download JBL’s free MusicFlow app, which adds additional EQ modes to OnBeat Rumble, as well as enabling music browsing and playlist creation. OnBeat Rumble will be released in the spring.
JBL also announced Charge ($150), a portable cylindrical Bluetooth stereo speaker. Conceptually similar to Flip, the wireless speaker is two inches wide by six inches long and provides 12 hours of playback from one charge of its 6000 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. Two full-range drivers and a 10-watt amplifier are featured. Charge has a rugged exterior with rubber end rings, and will be available in several colors, including blue, black, or green. Charge will be released in the first quarter of 2013.
NYNE has announced that two Bluetooth 4 speakers will debut at CES, the NB-550 ($300) and NB-500 ($200). The NB-550 is a 100-watt speaker with an aesthetically neutral design, which notably includes a USB charging point and auxiliary input, as well at the very recent Bluetooth 4 streaming technology.
The NB-500 is a smaller, lower powered version of the NB-550, which also uses Bluetooth 4. Both speakers will be available in the second quarter of 2013.
Logic3’s Ferrari by Logic3 sub-brand has announced the Cavallino GT1 ($649), a Bluetooth speaker dock. Heavily based on the Cavallino GT1 Air, which was announced at last year’s CES but never actually released, the GT1 borrows design details from Ferrari’s GT car. An integrated subwoofer boosts the GT1’s speaker system, which features two tweeters and two drivers. GT1 includes Bluetooth and a legacy 30-pin Dock Connector, rather than AirPlay.
A composite video out, auxiliary in jack and USB charging port are all included on the GT1, as is a remote control based on Ferrari’s metal gate gearbox. The GT1 is said to be available now.
iHome has announced its new product lineup to be unveiled at CES, which includes the company’s first Lightning dock speakers. The iDL100 ($150) is a stereo FM clock radio with two Lightning docks, plus a USB charging dock; it’s capable of charging up to three iPads at once with triple 2.1-Amp power. By comparison, the iDL45 ($100) is a version of the iDL100 with only one Lightning dock, retaining the USB charging dock.
iHome is introducing the iBT44 ($200), a portable FM stereo Bluetooth retro boom box. The stereo can operate on six D batteries or use a USB connection to stream audio. Two woofers and tweeters are included, as is a remote control. Other Bluetooth-enabled products announced include the iBT20 ($80), a wireless FM alarm clock radio, and the iBT88 rechargeable mini stereo speaker system, for which no price was given. The iB85 ($100) Bluetooth headphones are foldable and include an on-ear remote and built-in mic, and the iB10 Sport Earhooks ($20) and iB22 ($15) noise-canceling headphones were also introduced. No release dates have been announced.
New audio company FELTaudio has announced two new products that will debut at CES. Offered in white, black, and gray, Pulse is being pitched as “the world’s smallest multi-functional Bluetooth speaker;” a portable speaker with a clip, the Pulse can fit in a pocket, and attach conveniently to the back of new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases. When used with an iPhone, its microphone allows for hands-free calls.
FELTaudio’s Rewind wireless earbuds work up to 40 feet away from Bluetooth devices. Housed in a hard plastic box with a clip—and the ability to interface with the aforementioned Apple device cases—Rewind has a cable management system to prevent the silicone-tipped earbuds from getting tangled. Integrated volume controls are included on the earbuds’ box, and a microphone is included on the cord. Rewind earbuds also come in white, black, and gray. Release dates and pricing were not announced.
Mobee has announced three new products that will debut at CES, two leveraging the company’s inductive charging platforms for ease of use. Magic Juice ($79) is a backup battery/charging station that can be carried in a pocket, and inductively recharged using Mobee’s previously-released Magic Feet or Magic Charger charging platforms. Somewhat curiously, the battery promises to fully charge an iPad once or an iPhone twice, and is compatible with Lightning and Dock Connectors, mini USB and micro USB, thanks to a standard USB port on one end.
Magic Tunes ($99) is a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Equipped with speakerphone functionality, it’s billed as the first “double wireless” speaker, capable of both wireless audio streaming and inductive wireless charging. Finally, Magic Link ($49) is an energy-saving wall adapter and illuminated cable for Apple mobile devices, showing you charging status through the cable’s glowing color before turning off automatically to conserve power. Magic Link also promises Lightning, Dock Connector, mini USB and micro USB compatibility. All of these new products will be released in 2013.
Soundmatters has announced Dash 7 ($249), a slim, pocket-portable Bluetooth wireless soundbar speaker system. A 3/4-inch-high speaker featuring a miniature woofer and rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of life, Dash 7 also works as a speakerphone. It serves as a smaller sequel to the company’s earlier foxL series, which inspired Jawbone’s Jambox, while promising wider stereo separation and similarly powerful volume levels.
Dash 7 is designed to rest in front of an iPad without blocking the screen, but an angled stand is also included. Coming in four colors, the Dash 7 will be shown at Soundmatters’ CES booth at the iLounge Pavilion, Jan. 8-11.
Carbon Audio has announced Zooka ($100), a distinctive new wireless Bluetooth speaker. Zooka promises to perform audio up to five times louder than the iPhone, iPad, or Mac laptop it works with, and interestingly can slide onto a laptop’s top, while a removable metal stand makes it an iPad holder, as well.
The elongated speaker comes equipped with two 30mm speaker drivers and features a 30 ft. Bluetooth range.
Zooka has a built-in microphone and a rechargeable battery that offers up to eight hours of play time. The speaker comes in eight different colors, and is available now.
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.
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.