ION has unveiled its new Piano Apprentice accessory for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Described by the company as a piano learning system, the Piano Apprentice is a portable, battery-powered keyboard featuring 25 touch-sensitive, lighted keys, built-in speakers, a headphone jack for private practicing, and a 30-pin dock connector cable that enables it to work with the Piano Apprentice app, which demonstrates how to play while lighting up the appropriate keys on the keyboard in time with the music. ION’s Piano Apprentice system for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch will be available this Fall and will sell for $100. [via TUAW]
Thought Out has debuted its new Stabile PRO stand for the iPad and iPad 2. Based on the company’s original Stabile stand for iPad, the Stabile PRO offers solid steel construction that gives it a study weight of nearly four pounds, a 3/4” steel ball that lets the holder pivot 80 degrees in all directions, a low center of gravity to reduce the chance of tipping, a case-friendly design with four vinyl holding pads, a split back for cable routing, and four non-skid feet. Thought Out’s new Stabile PRO stand for the iPad and iPad 2 is available for pre-order now in silver, white, or black, and sells for $85.
H2O Audio has launched its new Xplorer Portable Speaker Case for the iPod, iPhone, and other portable devices. The Xplorer is a hybrid speaker and case featuring a rugged soft shell body, a specialized zipper to keep the interior safe from splashes, rain, and dirt, three exciter speakers, a control pad on the front to control volume and power, a soft internal divider to protect the iPhone or iPod from scratches, two elastic and mesh pockets to keep other items secure, the ability to run off two AAA batteries, compatibility with all standard 3.5mm headphone jacks, and a variety of attachment options including a detachable wrist loop, belt pass-through, and double D-rings with straps that stash into an external pocket when not in use. H2O Audio’s new Xplorer Portable Speaker Case for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $40.
Aviiq has rolled out its new Portable Charging Station for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and other USB charging devices. Weighing in at less than a pound, the Charging Station is designed to be carried within its own included travel sleeve that features multiple pockets for organizing and carrying cords and a zip closure. Features include the ability to charge three devices simultaneously from one wall outlet, up to 15W of output, an integrated, pass-through USB cable for syncing one device while it charges, and nylon and ABS plastic construction. Aviiq’s Portable Charging Station is available now and sells for $80.
JVC has started to ship its UX-VJ3B speaker system for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Sporting a thin, upright design, the UX-VJ3B features a horizontally-oriented iPad dock with compatibility with most cases, a hidden, rotatable dock for the iPod and iPhone, 30 watts of total power, detachable speakers, an auxiliary audio input, a mini-USB input, a subwoofer output, video output, an AM/FM tuner, a down-lit LED illuminated base, a clock, sleep timer, wake up timer, surround mode, and included remote control. JVC’s UX-VJ3B speaker system for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod is available now and sells for $200. [via iPodNN]
Libratone has unveiled two new upcoming AirPlay-compatible speaker systems, the Lounge and the Live. The Lounge is designed to work with a TV or home entertainment system thanks to its thin, long body, and features five dedicated amplifiers for up to 150W output, a DSP unit, an eight-inch inverted woofer, two four-inch ceramic midrange drivers, and two one-inch ribbon-based tweeters, a 3.5mm minijack input with optical digital support, FullRoom technology that lets the tweeters and midrange drivers disperse sound both forwards and sideways to provide 360 degree sound, a cashmere wool exterior finish, and compatibility with a dedicated app that lets users adjust the sound via Wi-Fi while playing music over AirPlay. The Libratone Lounge will be available in September and will sell for $1,299.
The Libratone Live is instead very similar in design to the company’s prior Beat wireless speaker, but, like the Lounge, offers AirPlay compatibility, a optical-capable 3.5mm input, 150W of total power thanks to five dedicated amplifiers, a built-in DSP unit, FullRoom acoustic technology, one five-inch bass driver, two three-inch midrange drivers, and two one-inch ribbon-based tweeters. Libratone’s Live system will also be available in September and will sell for $699.
Booq Bags has debuted its new Viper slider case for the iPad 2. Made from hard polycarbonate, the Viper features a black leatherette exterior, a soft fabric inner lining to prevent scratches, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, and a two-piece design with a slide-off bottom for use with docking stations. Booq’s new Viper slider case for the iPad 2 is available now and sells for $40.
Griffin Technology has announced that it is now shipping its StompBox foot controller for iOS devices. Designed to work with Frontier Design’s free iShred Live app, StompBox connects to the device via a 30-pin cable and features four assignable foot-activated switches to allow for foot-based control of various effects. Also included is the Griffin GuitarConnect cable to allow for connection of instruments, headphones, and the iOS device. Griffin’s StompBox foot controller for iOS is available now and sells for $100.
V-Moda has introduced its new Revamp In-Ear Headphones. Continuing its series of products inspired by the HBO series True Blood, the Revamp features an aircraft-grade aluminum silver bullet single-button inline microphone, Japanese symbols—related to the Tru Blood drink seen on the show—emblazoned on the headphones, 9mm V-Masque drivers, four pairs of BLISS 2.0 silicone ear tips for proper fit and sound isolation, and an included carrying pouch. V-Moda’s Revamp In-Ear Headphones are available now and sell for $120, but will be offered for $100 throughout the fourth season of True Blood.
Klipsch has released details of its upcoming Gallery G-17 Air speaker system, which will be the company’s first to offer AirPlay compatibility. Featuring a thin, 17-inch-long glossy black body, two Tractrix Horn tweeters, two 2.5-inch long-throw woofers, integrated Wi-Fi, 3.5mm and USB inputs, an included stand, and dual keyholes on the rear for wall mounting. Klipsch’s Gallery G-17 Air speaker system will be available this fall and will sell for $530.
Incase has debuted its new Mag Snap Case for the iPad 2. Designed to work with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover, the Mag Snap Case is a hardshell case featuring built-in metal bars that augment the standard functionality of the Smart Cover, including adding an additional viewing angle, and also offers open access to all ports, controls, and cameras. Incase’s Mag Snap Case for iPad 2 is available now in white or black and sells for $40.
Klipsch has introduced its new Mode Noise Cancelling Headphones. Sporting a folding design, the Mode offers a 40mm woofer and 15mm tweeter for each ear, leather ear cups for added comfort, active noise cancelling that can run for 45 hours on a single battery, the ability to work without batteries as a normal headphone, and two detachable cloth 3.5mm cables, one of which features an inline three button remote + microphone assembly. Klipsch’s Mode Noise Cancelling Headphones will be available this fall and are available for pre-order now for $350.
G-Form has unveiled its new Extreme Portfolio case for the iPad and iPad 2. Like the company’s prior Extreme Sleeve for iPad, the Extreme Portfolio case is made from the company’s RPT composite material, which is both water-resistant and said to absorb over 90 percent of the energy of an impact, while stiffening to offer further protection. Other features include selective reinforcement with polycarbonate, added RBT in the corners, an adjustable easel stand, an inside pocket for documents, and a reversible zipper. G-Form’s Extreme Portfolio case for iPad is available for pre-order now and will ship in August for $80.
Incase has debuted its new Snap Case for the iPad 2. Designed to work with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover, the Snap Case is a clear hardshell case offering open access to all ports, controls, cameras, and speakers, and a cutout on the side for connection of the Smart Cover. Incase’s Snap Case for iPad 2 is available now and sells for $35.
Spell, a Dutch lifestyle product company, has announced its new Nomad side table. Featuring a modern design with a large, circular foot and either a circular or rectangular top connected by a single cylindrical pole, the Nomad is made from wood and steel, with a dedicated slot for holding an iPad or other tablet-like device, and built-in openings in the support pole and top surface for routing and connecting a charging cable. Spell’s Nomad side table will be available in four different colors and is expected to ship in September; pricing has yet to be announced.
Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its new C5 In-Ear Headphones. The company’s first in-ear headphones, the C5 feature a Secure Loop design to keep them in place, a proprietary Micro Porous Filter that acts as a diffuser for a more spacious performance, a “Tungsten Balanced” design that places high-mass material closer to the ear for an improved seal and incorporates high-grade aluminum elsewhere, and an in-line remote and microphone. Bowers & Wilkins’ C5 In-Ear Headphones will be available in August and are priced at $180.
Numark has announced its new iDJ Live accessory for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Developed in conjunction with Algoriddim, the company behind the djay apps for iOS, the iDJ Live is an iOS DJ controller for djay and other CoreMIDI-enabled iOS apps, featuring a 30-pin connection to the device, two large performance platters, a central mixer section with a crossfader, buttons, and knobs, a stand for the iPad, and a custom audio cable for connecting to a sound system and headphones. Numark’s iDJ Live for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now and sells for around $100; for more information on Algoriddim’s djay app, see our full review.
The M.I.C. Store is now offering its Aluminum Keyboard Buddy case for the iPad 2. Sporting a design reminiscent of the MacBook Air, the Keyboard Buddy features an integrated Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard with a built-in 510mAh battery good for 90 hours of use and a micro USB port for charging, an aluminum housing, a built-in stand with two viewing angles supporting both portrait and landscape orientation, compatibility with the iPad 2’s magnetic sleep/wake feature, and a design that is designed to cover the device’s screen while not in use. M.I.C.‘s Aluminum Keyboard Buddy case for the iPad 2 is available now and sells for $50.
Soundfreaq has introduced its new Sound Step Recharge speaker for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Sound Step Recharge is a 2.1 channel system featuring dual two-inch drivers, one three-inch driver, a UQ3 spacial enhancement processor, Bluetooth for audio streaming from compatible devices, a front-mounted dock offering charging compatibility with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, a separate USB charging port, a rechargeable lithium ion battery good for up to six hours of audio playback, composite video output, a 3.5mm line input, and an integrated FM tuner. Soundfreaq’s Sound Step Recharge speaker for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod is available now and sells for $160.
Griffin Technology has announced the immediate availability of its Crayola ColorStudio HD accessory and app combo. Announced at the 2011 CES and recipient of an iLounge Best of Show award, ColorStudio HD was developed in collaboration with Crayola, and consists of an iPad-friendly, AA battery-powered digital stylus called the iMarker, and the Crayola ColorStudio HD app for the iPad. Together, they allow young artists to color and interact with special “live” animated coloring book pages, while automatically differentiating between input from the iMarker and the child’s finger; printing is available from within the app to AirPrint-enabled printers, and favorite works can also be shared via e-mail or Facebook. Griffin’s Crayola ColorStudio HD is available now for $30; the ColorStudio HD app is available for free from the App Store. For more information, see our full review.