iLuv has announced the WorkStation Series, a new line of docks and cases designed to provide iPad users with a PC computing experience for business and productivity purposes. The iMM737 WorkStation Dock provides a docking station for the iPad with a wired laptop-style keyboard that includes dedicated iPad function keys and a tilting and rotating bracket that allows the iPad to be used in both landscape and portrait orientations. The iMM517 WorkStation Pro provides a more advanced solution with a Bluetooth keyboard and integrated speakers.
For mobile use, the WorkStation series includes the iCK826/iSK912 Professional WorkStation Portfolio case with detachable Bluetooth keyboard and the standalone iBTKB20 WorkStation Bluetooth Keyboard, both of which include laptop-style keys for improved typing capabilities and dedicated iPad function keys. Prices for the iLuv WorkStation Series range from $50 to $180. Most of the accessories in the WorkStation Series will be available at select retailers this month with the iMM737 WorkStation Dock coming in November. As of press time, iLuv had not released photos or offered web links for the new lineup.
Griffin Technology has announced the release of the TechSafe Case for iPad 2. Designed to provide users with the security of a desktop cable locking system, the polycarbonate case secures and protects the iPad while providing an anchor point for the included 4-digit combination lock security cable. The iPad can remain in the case for normal everyday use with two foldout workstands for typing or upright landscape viewing built into the case. The security cable snaps into the iPad to easily lock it down and it can be quickly removed simply by dialling in the combination and pushing the plunger. The TechSafe Case and Cable Lock is available from Griffin Technology’s web site for $80.
Vers has unveiled its new 7E enhanced bass earphones, as well as a new case for the iPad 2. The 7E is an in-ear earphone, featuring a bamboo or walnut body made from sustainably-sourced wood, an 8mm driver, an included felt-lined metal carrying case, and an in-line microphone and single-button remote. Vers’ 7E earphones are available now and sell for $70. The Slimcase for iPad 2 is also made from bamboo or walnut, and offers a two-piece slide-together design, open access to all ports and controls, and a metal foot for use as a stand. It sells for $80.
Bracketron has introduced the iRoom iDock wall mount for iPad in North America. Available in portrait and landscape models, the iDock is an integrated, flush wall mount for the iPad offering motorized docking and release of the iPad, a proximity sensor to automatically open when the user is near, the ability to charge the iPad while docked, compatibility with both iPad and iPad 2 models via conversion kits, and a feature that automatically opens the dock in the event of a power failure. The iRoom iDock is available now black, white, or aluminum; pricing has yet to be announced.
iHelicopters has debuted its new iW500 Wall Climbing Car for iOS. The remote controlled vehicle creates a sealed vacuum between itself and the surface of the wall or ceiling, allowing it to perform a variety of stunts. A vacuum on/off switch allows the device to be used as a traditional RC car; other features include a 200mAh Li-Polymer USB rechargeable battery, and an included transmitter which plugs into the dock connector port of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and works with a free app to allow the device to remotely control the toy. iHelicopters’ iW500 Wall Climbing Car for iOS is available now and sells for $60.
Mophie has taken the wraps off its new lineup of Juice Pack external batteries for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Juice Pack Powerstation is a 4,000mAh external battery offering 2 amp output capabilities for fast charging of the iPad over USB, a four LED charge status indicator, and built-in short circuit, overcharge and temperature protection. It will sell for $80.
The smaller Juice Pack Boost offers a 2000mAh capacity lithium polymer battery, a slim profile with a pivoting Dock Connector, a soft touch finish, and a four LED charge status indicator. It is priced at $50. Finally, the Juice Pack Reserve is a compact power solution offering a hidden, flexible integrated charging cable, a built-in key ring, a LED power indicator, and a two-tone soft touch and metallic finish. It will sell for $35; all three Juice Pack models are expected to ship September 30th.
Targus has unveiled a number of new accessories for the iPad and iPad 2. The Swivel Stand for iPad securely holds an iPad or iPad 2 in any orientation while offering multiple viewing/typing angles, the ability to store the iPad when not in use, and compatibility with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover. It is available exclusively at Best Buy and sells for $40. Also new is the Executive Stylus & Pen, which combines a rubber-tipped stylus and refillable ballpoint pen in a traditional enclosure for $40, and the 3-in-1 Stylus for Capacitive Devices, which offers a rubber-tip for use as a stylus, a ballpoint pen, and a laser pointer, all in a single enclosure. It is available now and sells for $35. Finally, the Lap Lounge for Tablets is a device-agnostic solution for casual tablet use, offering a 360-degree rotating base a built-in stylus loop, and a zippered pocket that stores a tuck-away handle and also serves as an accessory pouch. It is priced at $50; the Executive Stylus and Lap Lounge are listed as “coming soon.”
Desk Pets has announced that its TankBot remote control toy for iOS and Android is now available. First revealed in January, the TankBot is a small interactive toy that features three modes to navigate mazes, roam freely, or allow for user control via a headphone jack-connecting remote control module and a dedicated iOS app. The TankBot also features IR sensors to let it maneuver around obstacles, a built-in speaker with dedicated sounds for certain situations, and a built-in battery that recharges over USB and provides 15 minutes of play time per charge. Desk Pets’ TankBot for iOS is available starting today at Radio Shack and Toys R’ Us locations nationwide and sells for $25.
Logitech has introduced its new Harmony Link universal remote for iOS. The Link is a small device that communicates with the free Logitech Harmony Link apps for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad over Wi-Fi, enabling them to control up to eight home entertainment devices at once via a built-in IR blaster. The Link also includes an IR mini-blaster accessory for controlling components stored inside a cabinet, and offers the ability to connect with multiple devices at one time, personalized program guides with one-tap channel switching on the iPad and information provided by Rovi, over 5,000 supported component brands, the ability to learn IR commands from other remotes, an AC adapter so there’s no need for battery replacement. Logitech’s Harmony Link universal remote solution for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship next month for $100.
Sony has debuted its new RDP-X500iP speaker dock for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Sporting a wide, tall shape and a front-mounted dock, the RDP-X500iP features Magnetic Fluid Speakers for increased clarity, a built-in subwoofer, dual passive radiators for added bass response, Clear Phase digital signal processing, an auxiliary input, and an included remote control. The RDP-X500iP is available for pre-order now and sells for $300. In addition, it’s also introduced an updated version of its clock radio for iPod and iPhone. Dubbed the ICF-CS15iP, it offers Mega Bass and Mega Xpand sound modes, dual alarms with 2-5-7 day functionality and support for different settings for weekdays and weekends, a new flexible dock connector to accomodate encased devices, and an included full function remote. Sony’s ICF-CS15iP is also available for pre-order and is priced at $100.
Altec Lansing is showing a pair of new speaker systems at the IFA show in Berlin, according to Engadget. The inAir 5000 is a tabletop AirPlay speaker featuring a teardrop design and 110 watts of total power, but lacking the built-in dock of the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin line with which it is likely to compete. The second system is the iMT630 Classic. It offers a retractable dock, a built-in stand on the back, and a magnetic remote control that can be secured to the unit’s metal front grill for safe keeping. Neither price nor availability information has been released for either system.
Update: Altec has released details of its inMotion iMT630 speaker system for the iPhone and iPod. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for up to seven hours, the 630 features an integrated dock, dual two-inch drivers, an included wireless remote with dedicated magnetic storage space, and compatibility with Altec Lansing’s free iOS apps. Altec Lansing’s inMotion iMT630 speaker system for the iPhone and iPod is available in a black Classic model or in red or teal Sport models and sells for $150.
Belkin has unveiled its new lineup of kitchen accessories for the iPad 2. The lineup includes the Chef Stand + Stylus, which consists of a chrome-finished, dual-angle stand and a touchscreen-friendly stylus with its own holder and a magnetic tip for activating the iPad 2’s automatic sleep/wake functionality. It is compatible with most cases, hand-washable, and priced at $40, and the Fridge Mount, which is also priced at $40, and uses maximum-strength 3M Command strips to snap the iPad 2 firmly in place and attach it securely to the fridge. Rounding out the lineup is the Kitchen Cabinet Mount, a $50 accessory that uses an adjustable clamp to attach itself to any cabinet or shelf, securely suspending the iPad 2—whether or not it’s in a case—in the air. The Kitchen Cabinet Mount sells for $50; release information for the three products has yet to be announced.
Kensington has introduced several new accessories for the iPhone and iPad. Among them are the BungeeAir Power Wireless Security Tether & Battery for iPhone and BungeeAir Protect Wireless Security Tether for iPhone, two new products which combined a small remote fob, 30-pin accessory, and downloadable app to maintain an active wireless connection between the fob and the iPhone, alerting the user should one travel too far from the other while simultaneously password-protecting the phone. The app also lets the accessory serve as a key-finding mechanism. The BungeeAir Power integrates the 30-pin transmitter into a slim battery case for the iPhone 4, offering 1500mAh of extra power and a built-in slot to allow a credit card to serve as a kickstand when viewing the iPhone in landscape orientation. It sells for $100 and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The BungeeAir Protect instead includes a small 30-pin dongle for communication with the included fob as well as a case designed to hold the iPhone 4 with the dongle attached. It sells for $80, and is available for pre-order directly from Kensington.
Finally, the new SecureBack Security Cases for iPad 2 allow users to secure their iPads while also offering protection. The standard SecureBack Security Case features three-piece construction, open access to all ports and controls, and an adjustable slider bar that offers quick access to the ClickSafe Security Anchor while also serving as a typing stand, while the SecureBack Security Case with 2-way Stand adds an extendable stand to the rear of the case, offering a 20-degree typing angle and 60-degree landscape viewing angle. Both cases are available for pre-order now for $50 and $60, respectively, and are also available in bundles with a ClickSafe Lock for an additional $30 each.
Orbotix has announced that Sphero, its smartphone-controlled robotic ball, will be available later this year. Recipient of an iLounge 2011 CES Best of Show Finalist Award, the Sphero is roughly baseball-sized, and can be controlled by an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device over Bluetooth, via a standard control app or through specialized apps. Features include integrated, color-changing LED lights, and an included induction charging base. Orbotix’ Sphero is expected to ship later this year for $130; the company is taking free reservations now.
Epson has debuted its new MegaPlex projectors for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Both the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50 feature built-in docks compatible with all three devices, the ability to charge the docked device, integrated stereo speakers, USB plug n’ play instant setup from a PC or Mac, HDMI, VGA, and microphone inputs, built-in handles, and high-brightness 3LCD projectors. The MG-850HD offers a resolution of 720p and a maximum output brightness of 2,800 lumens, while the MG-50 features 540p resolution and 2,200 lumens of max output. Epson’s MegaPlex MG-850HD and MG-50 projectors will be available later this month and will sell for $800 and $700, respectively.
Dexim has unveiled its new AppSpeed Race Car for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As the second model in its AppSpeed lineup of radio-controlled (RC) vehicles, the Race Car includes a small 30-pin RF dongle to allow for control of the toy via a specialized app, and gives users the ability to control the car using touchscreen controls or via the device’s accelerometer, while featuring three pre-set modes to have the car automatically zigzag, spin, or dance to music, an included quick-charging battery pack with USB charging cable, and the ability to control the car from nearly 50 feet away. Pricing and release information for Dexim’s AppSpeed Race Car for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has yet to be announced.
Incase has announced that its new Audio Collection series of headphones is now available. Previewed by the company in June, the new lineup includes four models—the Sonic Over Ear headphones, sporting 40mm titanium drivers and a $200 price tag, the Capsule In Ear model which offers custom 8.5mm drivers and sells for $50, and the Reflex and Pivot On Ear headphones, both of which feature 40mm drivers. The Reflex is aimed at those who want a minimal design; it sells for $80, while the Pivot is designed for active use and sells for $60. All of Incase’s new Audio Collection headphones feature an inline three-button remote and mic and are available now.
Apple is preparing a revised version of its AirPort Express 802.11n base station, according to a new report. Citing a person familiar with the matter, AppleInsider reports that the current model is out-of-stock or otherwise listed as discontinued at some third-party retailers, and that AirPort Utility—currently in development—specifically lists “Adds support for the AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) base station” in its release notes. Apple updated the rest of its AirPort family in June, boosting the devices’ signals and improving performance, especially at long distances. Apart from serving as a portable 802.11n base station, the AirPort Express also serves as an AirPlay audio client thanks to its integrated audio output port.
JBL has rolled out its new OnBeat Xtreme and OnBeat Air speaker systems for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. As explained on the company’s website, the OnBeat Xtreme features a rotating dock with support for the iPad, JBL Ridge tweeters and Atlas woofers, computer optimized DSP equalization, Bluetooth for wireless audio playback, and the ability to charge the docked device. It is available for pre-order and sells for $499. The OnBeat Air was shown at the recent IFA electronics show in Germany, and, according to What Hi-Fi, will also feature a rotating, iPad-friendly dock, built-in Wi-Fi for AirPlay support, and either a white or black finish. It is expected to ship next month and sell for £200, or roughly $315. [via iPod Republic]
V-Moda has debuted its new Limited Edition True Blood Maker Headphones. Made of Zinc Metal using a die-casting process, the Maker features an 8mm V-MASQUE driver tuned to provided added low-end response, an in-line single button remote and mic box, Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables, a 45 degree angled plug, and includes four sizes of BLISS 3.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicon) ear tips to insure a comfortable fit, as well as a pair of sport earhooks. Limited to just 400 units, V-Moda’s True Blood Maker earphones are available now and sell for $150.