Griffin Technology has outed its new CarTrip automotive accessory for iOS devices. Combining an accessory with a dedicated app is the CarTrip, a Bluetooth monitor that plugs into an automobile’s OBD-II port, allowing for the reporting and recording of data from the car’s on-board computer. When used with the companion CleanDrive app, users can monitor the car’s performance, including metrics like fuel consumption, acceleration, and top speed, and can also see diagnostic codes sent by the computer, allowing for troubleshooting of indicator lights. Other features include an SD card slot for additional data storage and a “Carbon Score” display inside the app that gives drivers an easy-to-understand readout of how their driving habits are affecting their vehicle’s environmental impact. CarTrip will be available in the first quarter of 2011 and will sell for $90; CleanDrive will also be available in Q1 and will be a free download from the App Store.
Griffin Technology, in partnership with Crayola, has announced the new Crayola ColorStudio HD. The ColorStudio HD is a new accessory + app combination consisting of an iPad-friendly, AA battery-powered digital stylus called the Crayola 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 the child’s input; printing is available from within the app on devices running iOS 4.2 or later, and favorite works can also be shared via e-mail or Facebook. The Crayola ColorStudio HD solution will be available in Spring 2011 and will sell for $30.
MiLi Power is showing its new MiLi HD docking station at the 2011 International CES. Compatible with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, the MiLi HD features a top-mounted universal dock, a built-in Hi-Fi speaker, a “1080i” HDMI output, a mini-USB port, charging capabilities, and a one-year warranty. MiLi Power’s new MiLi HD docking station for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will sell for $100; a release date has yet to be announced.
Breffo has rolled out its new Spiderpodium Tablet flexible stand for the iPad and other tablet devices. Like the company’s prior Spiderpodium for the iPod, iPhone, and other handheld devices, the Spiderpodium Tablet is a flexible stand/cradle, consisting of eight flexible notched “legs” that allow it to hang from, secure itself to, or seat itself on a variety of surfaces, with a hole in the body to allow pass-through of the iPad’s charger. It also offers compatibility with encased devices and a folding design for travel. Breffo’s Spiderpodium Tablet for iPad and other tablet devices will be available January 12; pricing has yet to be announced.
iHome is showing its iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System at the 2011 International CES, and has shared some additional information about the upcoming system. In addition to previously-revealed features like a USB port for local charging and playback of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, Bongiovi DPS sound processing, a rechargeable battery with included charging base, and a capacitive touch panel on the top for playback, volume, and other controls, the iW1 will also feature two three-inch woofers and two one-inch high-efficiency tweeters for full-range audio, support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), an auxiliary input for other audio devices, an included remote control, and the ability to update over Wi-Fi. iHome’s iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System will sell for $299; no release date has yet been announced.
iHealth Lab has introduced its new iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS. The Monitor itself is a white plastic iPod, iPhone, and iPad dock with an attached blood pressure arm cuff, with a rechargeable battery, USB port for charging, and power button. It works with the company’s free iHealth BPM application to start pumping the cuff, displaying realtime results, and allowing users to track blood pressure history, view explanations of the results and graphs to chart them over time, and share the results via e-mail. iHealth Lab’s iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS is available now and sells for $100. For more information on the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor, see our First Look article.
GripDaddy has debuted its new Headrest Mount and Arm Mount for the iPad. Both mounts are based around a metal, rubber, and acrylic mount that accepts unencased and some encased iPads; the Headrest Mount attaches directly to either the driver or passenger seat’s headrest—assuming the headrest uses two metal bars for support, placed no more than 7.25 inches apart—while the Arm Mount allows the iPad to be suspended between the front seats thanks to a variable-length metal arm attached to the driver’s seat; the same mounting restrictions apply. GripDaddy’s Headrest and Arm Mounts for the iPad are available now and sell for $80.
Helium Digital has introduced its latest accessories for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone 4. The Carbon Fiber Defense Shield is a new film set for the iPhone 4, precision cut from carbon fiber, and including film pieces to protect the front, rear, and sides of the device. It is available now and sells for $15. The new SwitchPlates case for the iPhone 4 is a snap-on style case, featuring a unique changeable color plate system that allows users to swap out the rear cover for a one of another hue. Features include open access to all ports and controls and three included color plates; the SwitchPlates case for iPhone 4 is also available now and sells for $20. Finally, the HD-500 Multi-Dock Charging Station is a table-top charging cradle offering the ability to charge a connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and the ability to act as a simple cradle for passive portrait or landscape viewing. The HD-500 will sell for $25 and is expected to ship in February.
iHome has rolled out its new line of speakers and app-enhanced accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. For the iPod and iPhone, the company has announced the iA63, an Alarm Clock FM radio stereo speaker system featuring a central, motorized rotating dock, compatibility with the iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps, six user-definable FM presets, Reson8 speaker chamber technology, a line-in jack, and a full-featured remote controls. Also new is the iA17, an app-enhanced color changing alarm clock radio featuring a rounded design, a top-mounted iPod and iPhone dock, six user-definable FM presets, Reson8 stereo speakers with a passive subwoofer, a line-in jack, compatibility with the iHome+ apps, a sync button to synchronize the on-board clock to that of a connected iPhone, an included remote control, and a translucent cabinet featuring five color change modes—including a pulse mode that syncs the flashing colors to music—and the ability to display 27 different colors. A third app-enhanced system, the iA91, is the latest version of the company’s top-selling clock radio, featuring iHome+ app compatibility, a top-mounted Universal Dock, bass, treble, 3D, and balance controls, Reson8 ported cabinets, stereo speakers, a time sync button, a line-in jack, dual alarms, and an included remote control.
For the iPad, the company has announced five new products. The iDM12 is a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, featuring a removable iPad stand, a magnetic cover to keep the stand and speaker unit together when travelling, stereo speakers with a passive radiator, SRS TruBass circuitry, and an integrated, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The iDM15 is a set of rechargeable, portable stereo Bluetooth speakers, featuring a line-in jack, speakerphone functionality with a built-in mic and answer/end buttons, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an included travel case that folds back to form a stand, and an included USB charging cable. The iDM70 is a “Sound Sleeve” folio-style case for iPad featuring a faux leather exterior, an inner silicon sleeve with cutouts for access to all ports and controls, integrated NXT flat panel stereo speakers powered by an internal lithium-ion battery, a built-in USB cable for charging, and the ability to function as a six-position stand.
The iD28 is an app-enhanced, portable, rechargeable FM clock radio for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, featuring a front-mounted retracting dock, compatibility with the company’s iHome+ apps, six Reson8 speakers (two passive, four active), SRS TruBass technology, an FM radio with six user presets, a line-in jack, the ability to charge the connected iPad, iPhone, or iPad when connected to power via the included AC adapter, an internal lithium-ion battery, an included remote control, and an included carrying case. Finally, the iD85 is an app-enhanced dual alarm clock radio for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, featuring a top-mounted dock, 12 AM/FM presets, adjustable EQ controls, a programmable snooze time, gradual wake and gradual sleep functions, compatibility with the company’s iHome+ apps, a line-in jack, a battery backup, and an included remote control. All of iHome’s new audio solutions for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod will be available later this year; pricing has yet to be announced.
Monster Cable and Beats Electronics have filed a lawsuit against Fanny Wang Headphones, sister company to Hard Candy Cases and Gumdrop Cases, alleging that Fanny Wang’s recently debuted products infringe on a design patent and trade dress for the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and engage in unfair competition. The suit claims Fanny Wang’s headphones are deliberate “knock-offs” of the Monster/Beats Studio and Solo model headphones, and that the similarities between the companies’ respective products, packaging, and promotional materials are “likely to cause confusion” in the marketplace.
Despite striking similarities between the designs, as well as references made by Fanny Wang’s web site to Beats—including a claim that “the Fanny Wang headphones takes (sic) the trend started by ‘Beats by Dr Dre’ to the next level in terms of fashion, sound, and price”—Fanny Wang has called the suit “completely frivolous,” claiming that Monster and Beats Electronics are “using the legal system to put an incredible financial pressure” on the company. Monster and Beats are seeking an injunction against Fanny Wang marketing or selling their headphones, as well as monetary damages, including any profits made from selling the allegedly infringing headphones.
Westone has announced that it will be debuting its new Westone 4 earphones at CES 2011. The Westone 4 are in-ear earphones featuring a four driver balanced armature design with 3-way crossover, making them the first such universal fit earphones from a major manufacturer. Other features include EPIC (Earphone Precision Interconnect Cable) cabling that guards against microphonics and Westone’s True-Fit technology. Westone’s Westone 4 earphones will sell for $449 and are expected to ship early in Q1 2011.
Clamcase has announced that its Keyboard Case for iPad is now available for pre-order. Shown as a computer rendering shortly after the iPad’s introduction, the Clamcase is made from high grade PC-ABS plastic with a soft touch coating, and features a “chiclet” keyboard with 14 function keys, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery good for 90 hours of interrupted use, a mini USB charging port with LED charging indicator, open access to all of the iPad’s ports and controls, 3M anti-scratch pads for safe transportation when the case is closed and for secure footing when the keyboard is folded back, allowing the case to act as a multi-angle stand. Clamcase’s Keyboard Case for the iPad is available for pre-order now and will ship in January 2011 for $120; an “online gift card” is also available for $99 that can be used immediately at the company’s online store. [via Engadget]
Chima Designs has introduced its new Crucial Case for the Apple iPad. Made from ballistic nylon, the Crucial Case features an adaptable folio-style design, with a detachable head rest mount for in-car use, a food tray mount for use on an airplane, an integrated, adjustable kickstand, a hand strap for secure handling, interior pockets for cords, headphones, and accessories, and a dual zipper system for port protection when not in use. Chima Designs’ Crucial Case for iPad is available now and sells for $60.
iSkin has rolled out its new Aura case for the Apple iPad. The Aura is a multi-functional folio-style case featuring a brushed metallic nylon exterior and microfiber inner lining, a textured, slim-fit inner iPad jacket with open access to all ports and controls, and buttons to release a fold-out stand for typing; the case can be folded out further for video viewing or passive surfing. The iSkin Aura folio case for iPad is available now in three colors and sells for $120.
Tunewear has debuted its new line of Tunefolio Urban cases for the Apple iPad. The Tunefolio Urban Wide is a nylon notebook-style case featuring an interior iPad holder with open access to all ports and controls, an elastic band to hold the case closed, Velcro on the interior for adjusting the viewing angle when folded to become a stand, an included shoulder strap for carrying, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. The Tunefolio Urban Tall offers all the features of the Wide but in a vertical design, a benefit to users who prefer the vertical orientation for reading books or typing documents using a Bluetooth keyboard; like the Wide version, it too comes with a detachable shoulder strap, screen protector, and cleaning cloth. Both of Tunewear’s new Tunefolio Urban cases for the iPad are available now in a variety of colors and sell for $60.
Griffin Technology has introduced its new iTrip Universal FM transmitter and Window Mount for automobiles. The new iTrip Universal features an integrated 3.5mm input cable for compatibility with all iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as other portable devices, SmartSound audio enhancement, a built-in screen, two user-programmable presets, and is powered by two AAA batteries. It will sell for $25. The Window Mount is an window/dash mounting solution featuring a case-friendly bracket for holding an iPod, iPhone, or other portable device, a ball joint that allows for 360 degree rotation and swiveling, and two mounting options—a cling base for glass surfaces, or an adhesive mounting base for mounting on dashboards or consoles. The Window Mount will sell for $20; both accessories will be available in the first quarter of 2011.
Cool Invent has rolled out its new Dual iDocker stand for the iPad and iPhone. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Dual iDocker features separate charging cradles for the iPad and iPhone, both of which are mounted on articulated dual ball joints to allow for independent adjustment of each device’s height, orientation, and angle. Other features include a large, stable base, slots for holding pencils, pens, business cards, and sticky notes, soft polyurethane foam cradle lining for protection against scratches, and twin USB cables for connection to a computer or dual-port charger. Cool Invent’s Dual iDocker for the iPad and iPhone is available now and sells for $130.
Apptwee has debuted its new Ri Universal Remote accessory for iOS devices. The Ri is a small white accessory that connects via the headphone port and features an IR blaster on the front. Working in conjunction with the company’s free Ri App for iOS, it allows users to control their home theater equipment and any other device that accepts IR-based remote control signals directly from their device. Apptwee’s Ri Universal Remote for iOS is available now for pre-order and sells for $20.
Fanny Wang Headphones, a new company founded by Hard Candy Cases CEO Tim Hickman, has announced its first offering, a pair of On Ear Headphones. Featuring a Beats by Dr. Dre-inspired design—the company claims the sound engineer behind the acoustics of Monster’s popular headphones also worked on Fanny Wang’s—the new headphones sport 40 mm titanium drivers, a “DuoJack” inline splitter for sharing music, a collapsible tri-fold design with a metal hinge, and a sound signature that is said to include a modest bass boost while remaining appropriate for various genres of music. In addition to the initial On Ear offerings, the company also plans to launch on-ear iPhone and over-ear noise-canceling models in Q1 2011. Fanny Wang’s new On Ear Headphones are available for pre-order now in red, black, or white, and will ship December 27 for $150.
iKit has rolled out its new AutoCon FM transmitter. Sporting a 3.5mm auxiliary input cable, the AutoCon offers compatibility with all iPods, iPhones, and the iPad, as well as other portable devices. It also features a touchscreen display, with rapid auto scan to quickly find open stations, play, pause, volume, and track skip controls, handsfree telephony functionality, and an included USB car charger. The iKit AutoCon FM transmitter is available now and sells for $45.