Griffin Technology has debuted its new LightBoard case for the Apple iPad. Designed for use by children, the LightBoard is shatter-resistant polycarbonate case with openings for the speakers and headphone jack, a built-in polycarbonate screen protector, and a clipboard frame for holding pieces of 8.5” x 11” paper on the screen. The case is designed to work with LightBoard Trace app, a free application that offers more than 35 different coloring activities and figures. Griffin’s LightBoard case for the Apple iPad includes a black washable felt-tip marker and is available now and sells for $40.
Griffin Technology, in collaboration with Col. Littleton, has announced its new Griffin + Col. Littleton collection of cases for the iPad and iPhone. The collection includes the No. 21 Portfolio for iPad, the horizontal No. 2 Clutch for iPad, the vertical No. 5 Pocket for iPad, the play-through No. 1 Docker for iPad, the saddle bag-inspired No. 36 Trekker for iPad, the No. 42 Courier Bag with space for both a laptop and an iPad, and the No. 50 Wallet for iPhone, a front pocket wallet with space for an iPhone. All of the new Griffin + Col. Littleton cases are handmade from dry-milled brown American steer hide, edge-stitched for extra reinforcement, and are available now at prices ranging from $80 to $703.
New Potato Technologies has unveiled its new TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. TuneLink Auto is an in-car accessory featuring a traditional charging stem with a fast-charging USB port and an auxiliary output for connection to a vehicle’s AUX port. Notably, the TuneLink Auto also features a Bluetooth transceiver and built-in FM transmitter, allowing it to receive streaming auto from any A2DP-capable iOS device, and send the audio to the vehicle’s stereo via direct AUX connection or over FM. The TuneLink Auto hardware is controlled via a free app, and the device also supports automatic switching of incoming calls to an existing hands-free Bluetooth accessory, switching back to audio playback when the call is ended. New Potato’s TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now and sells for $100.
Perfect Third has rolled out its new WakeMate sleep accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and other portable devices. The WakeMate system consists of a Bluetooth wristband that uses actigraphy to map dips and peaks in the user’s sleep cycle and communicates with an app running on his or her device to calculate the ideal wake time closest to the chosen alarm setting—up to 20 minutes beforehand—at a time when the user will wake feeling alert and refreshed. Once awake, that night’s sleep data is automatically uploaded to Wakelytics, the company’s online analytics platform. Perfect Third’s WakeMate sleep accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available now and sells for $50.
Altec Lansing has taken the wraps off its new Octiv Stage speaker system for the iPad. Winner of an Innovations Design and Engineering Award from the CEA, the Octiv Stage is the company’s first iPad speaker system, and features a unique docking arm that supports charging of the iPad while enabling the user to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape orientation; the docking arm also tilts, allowing for multiple viewing angles and a more comfortable typing experience. Other features include dual two-inch drivers inside a ported enclosure for increased low end response, a 3.5mm input jack for connecting alternate audio sources, Audio Alignment technology for enhanced presentation of dialogue as well as music, and a full-featured remote control. Altec Lansing’s Octiv Stage speaker system for the iPad is available starting today at Apple Stores, the company’s website, and other retailers, and sells for $149.
Incase has unveiled its new Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch. Both cases feature a snap-on design, hardshell construction, and offer access to all ports, controls, and the iPod touch’s two cameras. The iPad version also features a soft-touch coating, while the iPod touch model includes a stand for widescreen viewing of content. Incase’s Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch are available now and sell for $40 and $35, respectively.
Innopocket has launched its new PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad. Made from a durable polymer, the PolymerZip features a padded resting surface for the iPad, the ability to hold the iPad at multiple angles in both vertical and horizontal orientation, and a pocket-friendly fold-flat design. Available in green, orange, blue, or grey, Innopocket’s PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad is on sale now for $15.
WowWee has introduced its new Cinemin Slice portable pico projector for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Sporting a wedge-like design, the Cinemin Slice features an integrated dock, built-in 6-watt stereo speakers, a DLP pico projector with a brightness rating of 16 ANSI lumes, a resolution of 854x480, an aspect ratio of 16:9, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, mini-HDMI, AV, and VGA inputs for other connecting other video sources, and an included remote control. WowWee will begin accepting pre-orders for the Cinemin Slice on November 23; the device is expected to ship in January for a yet unannounced price.
Bang & Olufsen has outed its new BeoSound 8 speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Sporting a modern design of two large circular speakers with conical backs connected by a central rectangular bar, the BeoSound 8 features an adjustable docking brace to support players ranging from the iPod nano to the iPad, the ability to be wall mounted, a manual room adaptation switch to adjust the sound according to whether the system is placed in a corner, against a wall, or standing freely, Adaptive Bass Linearisation for extra low end response, and an included remote control. Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 8 speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will be available in stores later this month and will sell for £895, or roughly $1,435.
Zagg has unveiled its new Zaggmate case for the iPad. Made from aluminum, the Zaggmate snaps over the front of the iPad when not in use and features high-density interior padding as wel as an integrated hinge capable of supporting the iPad at 10 different angles in either portrait or landscape mode. A separate model, the Zaggmate with keyboard, will offer an embedded wireless Bluetooth keyboard on the interior, along with a stand and a USB port for charging. Zagg’s new Zaggmate and Zaggmate w/keyboard for iPad will be available soon and will sell for $70 and $100, respectively.
Soundfreaq has debuted its new Sound Platform audio system for the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other audio sources. The Sound Platform is a tabletop system featuring Kevlar-reinforced stereo speakers with an acoustically tuned dual-port chamber and UQ3 spacial enhancement audio processing that can be turned on and off via a dial on the front of the unit. Other features include an integrated iPod and iPhone Dock, Bluetooth audio playback capability, a front-mounted LCD display, a FM radio, an auxiliary input, and an included remote control that stores magnetically in a hidden compartment on the side. Soundfreaq’s new Sound Platform the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will be available in Target stores and online from the company’s website beginning November 29 and will sell for $199.
Shure has rolled out its new SE210m+ Sound Isolating Headset with Remote + Mic. Like the company’s prior SE210 Earphones, the 210m+ features Single High-Definition MicroDrivers for full-range sound, and an in-ear design for passive sound isolation. The 210m+ adds an in-line, Apple-compatible three button remote and microphone box, and comes with an accessories package that includes three pairs of disposable black foam sleeves, three pairs of grey flex sleeves, one pair of triple flange sleeves, and a hard, zippered carrying case. Shure’s new SE210m+ Sound Isolating Headset with Remote + Mic is available now at Apple retail stores and will be available from Apple’s online store beginning November 19 for $170.
IK Multimedia has unveiled its new iKlip microphone stand adapter for iPad. The iKlip is a thermoplastic universal stand clip that attaches to nearly any microphone stand, and features a six-point secure mounting system for the iPad, allowing the user to position the device at a variety of angles and in vertical or horizontal orientation while retaining access to all ports and controls. IK Multimedia’s iKlip microphone stand adapter for iPad is expected to ship in December and will sell for $40.
Griffin Technology has debuted two new docking accessories for the iPhone and iPad. The AirCurve Play is an update to the company’s prior AirCurve passive amplification dock, and features a rubber dock gasket to securely hold an iPhone 4, a metal bar on the back that allows the AirCurve to function as a vertical or horizontal stand, a coiled wavegude passive amplification system for a volume boost of up to 10 decibels, and a pass-through slot for connecting a 30-pin charge/sync cable. It sells for $20.
Also new is the PowerDock Dual, a dual-dock charging station. it features a dedicated iPad dock with 10 watt fast charging, and a separate dock with 5 watts of fast charging power for an iPhone; the second dock can also charge iPods. Other features include a side-by-side design for unobstructed views of both connected devices, an included AC adapter, and an integrated valet dish for car keys, change, and other loose, small items. The Griffin PowerDock Dual sells for $60; both products are available now.
Incase has introduced its new Origami Sleeve for iPad. Made from black neoprene with a plush faux fur interior for scratch protection, the Origami Sleeve features a slip entry closure, form-fitting construction, and a unique design that folds into a stand offering both horizontal and vertical viewing positions. Incase’s Origami Sleeve for iPad is available now in black or pink and sells for $35.
As always, the Sneak Peeks section of this year’s iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyers Guide features exclusive images of and information on several upcoming accessories. One of this year’s most notable new add-ons is the Scosche iClops. This dock-connecting video and still camera for iPad and iPod touch features a 2.1-Megapixel sensor, 640x480 video capture capability, a 60mm-equivalent auto-focus lens, and a metal enclosure with pivoting plastic base. In addition, Scosche is also seeking a new name for the product, and is holding a renaming contest through December 15, 2010, with a 16GB iPad and Scosche iPad accessory bundle going to the winner. The iClops is expected to launch in March for $130. Another new Scosche product, the solVue, is also expected to ship in March. This follow-up to our 2009 iPhone Speakerphone of the Year retains the solChat II’s solar panel for charging, echo-canceling DSP/mic combination, and windshield/dashboard mounts, but adds a flip-out display to show battery, cellular singal, and pairing information, as well as the names or telephone numbers of incoming callers. It is priced at $110.
Also making its debut in the guide is the Optoma Neo-i Pico Projector. Unlike prior portable projectors that were compatible with Apple’s devices but not specific to them, the Neo-i features a top-mounted dock for the iPod or iPhone with an optional iPad accessory kit in the works, twin 8-Watt speakers, a 50-lumen video projector, a resolution of 854x480, and an HDMI input for connecting an Apple TV or other HD video source. It will ship this month and will sell for $450. In addition to the Neo-i, the Digipower JumpStart Flip and Belkin Grip 360º + Stand will also ship in November. The JumpStart Flip is a combination battery pack and video stand featuring a flip-open, black and silver design, a built-in 3300 mAh rechargeable battery, an included 30-pin charging cable for iPods and iPhones, and LED charging indicators. It will sell for $50. The Grip 360º + Stand is a similarly multi-functional case/stand for the iPad that features a play-through design, and an integrated stand that switches to separate video viewing, picture frame, and typing angles, which also serves as a handheld carrying grip. It will sell for $70.
For more information on these and thousands of other products for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, check out our 2011 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide.
Apple is currently investigating a rash of problems related to a number of remote + mic headphones made by Monster that are exhibiting “erratic behavior.” Citing an internal Apple source and screen shots of what is supposedly an Apple internal support document, the Boy Genius Report states that the problems affect the iPod, iPhone, and iPad users, and include random, non-intentional track control changes, such as pausing, skipping, and playback initiation. According to the Apple document, the troublesome Monster headphones “do not meet Apple’s technical specifications,” and “use conductive flanges, which can result in electrical shorts that cause an iPod or iPhone to pause and play erratically.” Listed in the document as offending models are the Jamz, Lil Jamz, Turbine Basic and Pro, and Heartbeats product lines.
Griffin has debuted two new stands designed for the iPad and other tablet devices. The Tablet Stand ($30) is a simple, lightweight stand similar in design to Griffin’s earlier A-Frame Tabletop Stand but constructed from lighter materials. The Tablet Stand can hold the iPad upright in either portrait or landscape view for reading, watching videos or viewing pictures or can be laid down to hold the iPad at an angle appropriate for desktop or tabletop use. A built-in soft cushion cradles the iPad and leaves room for cables.
The Studio Stand ($50) provides an integrated case and display stand. Made from durable polycarbonate, the casing protects the back and sides of the iPad with easy access to the Dock Connector, volume controls and headphone jack. The integrated stand swings into place to hold the iPad in either portrait or landscape mode. Both stands are available now from major retailers or directly from Griffin Technology’s Web site.
V-Moda has unveiled its new Vibrato in-ear headphones for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Die-cast from zinc alloy, the Vibrato features an 8mm driver tuned to provided added low-end response, an in-line 3.5 mm microphone and remote control, Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables, a 45 degree angled plug, and includes four sizes of ear tips to insure a comfortable fit, as well as a pair of sport earhooks. V-Moda’s Vibrato in-ear headphones are available now and sell for $130; for more information on the V-Moda Vibrato, see our full-length review.
Watershed has debuted its new Waterproof Submersible Bag for iPad. The bag features a watertight top seal, a play-through plastic screen cover that allows the iPad to be used underwater, a front flap with button closure, and an included shoulder strap. Watershed has yet to add the Waterproof Submersible Bag for iPad to its website but is currently taking phone orders; the Bag itself is priced at $97.