News | iLounge

News

Altec Lansing debuts Octiv Duo speaker, Muzx earphones

image

Altec Lansing has debuted its Octiv Duo speaker system for the iPod and iPhone as well as new additions to its line of Muzx earphones. The wedge-shaped Octiv Duo features two top-mounted Docks for charging and playing two devices at once, a built-in USB port for charging a third device, an auxiliary input, a full-featured remote, and compatibility with the company’s Music Mix app for shuffling songs between the two docked devices and the Alarm Rock app for adding alarm clock functionality. The Altec Lansing Octiv Duo will be available in October and is priced at $100.

Altec’s new Muzx earphone lineup includes three models—Muzx Ultra, Muzx Extra, and Muzx Core. Muzx Ultra features an in-ear design with a single balanced armature in each bud, up to 26 dB of passive noise isolation, an in-line remote and mic, a 46-inch cable, a gold-plated 3.5mm jack, and an included eight-piece fitting kit and carrying case. The Muzx Core features 10mm Neodymium drivers and an in-line remote, while the Muzx Extra offers a more bass-heavy sound signature and a full-featured in-line remote and mic. Altec Lansing’s new Muzx Ultra and Muzx Extra earphones will be available in October and will sell for $100 and $50, respectively, while the Muzx Core earphones are available now and sell for $30.

Treegloo rolls out customizable case for iPad

image

Treegloo has rolled out its new customizable case for the Apple iPad. The case features a folio-style design, with a user-selectable frame finish and interior lining, open access to all ports and controls, a faux leather cover, and an elastic strap closure. Treegloo’s customizable case for the Apple iPad is available now and sells for $35.

Kensington debuts battery case, chargers for iPad

image

Kensington has debuted its new PowerBack Battery Case, Wall Pack Duo Charger, and PowerBolt Duo Car Charger for the Apple iPad. The PowerBack Battery Case is a play-though case featuring an integrated 4400mAh battery good for up to five extra hours of use, a Micro USB sync/charge port, an integrated LED battery level indicator, built-in speaker deflectors, a soft touch finish, and a three-position steel kickstand. It is priced at $130. The Wall Pack Duo Charger is a home wall charger offering dual USB ports, 2.1 Amp compatibility for fast iPad charging, the ability to charge two devices simultaneously, and an included detachable USB-to-30-pin sync/charge cable. It sells for $30, as does the PowerBolt Duo Car Charger, which features dual USB ports, a 2.1 Amp port for fast iPad charging, a 1 Amp USB port for fast iPhone charging, an included detachable USB-to-30-pin sync/charge cable, and an LED power indicator. All of Kensington’s new accessories for the iPad are now available for pre-order; no release dates have been announced.

PLX XWave promises mind control for iOS

image

PLX Devices has introduced its new XWave accessory for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Based on the same technology used in Mattel’s MindFlex and Uncle Milton’s The Force Trainer, the headphone port-connecting XWave uses a small sensor placed on the user’s forehead to monitor brain activity via the attached iOS device, allowing the user to detect attention or relaxation (meditation) levels and control games using their mind. In addition to interfacing with a small number of pre-announced apps, PLX is offering an SDK for iPhone developers to allow them to interface with the XWave. PLX Devices’ XWave for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available for pre-order now and will ship in October for $100.

XtremeMac debuts Luna SST, 3-in-1 Microdock systems

image

XtremeMac has debuted its new app-enabled Luna SST alarm clock and 3-in-1 Microdock travel speaker. The Luna SST is a follow-up to the company’s prior Luna alarm clocks, featuring dual alarms that can wake to the docked iPod/iPhone, the integrated FM radio, or a chime, the ability to set the clock automatically from the iPhone or set it manually from the unit, a detachable wired speaker for placement on the opposite nightstand, a LED display with brightness control, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, and enhanced functionality when used with the free XtremeMac Alarm Clock app. it will be available soon and is priced at $130.

Also compatible with the free XtremeMac Alarm Clock app is the 3-in-1 Microdock, a slim iPod and iPhone docking system. When used with the app, the Microdock becomes a travel alarm clock with a built-in alarm status light, snooze control, and play/pause and volume controls, dual neodymium drivers, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, and an included protective carrying case. XtremeMac’s 3-in-1 Microdock is available now and sells for $60.

The Wallee iPad case doubles as wall mount

image

The Wallee is a new case for the iPad that doubles as a component in a wall mounting system. The case itself is made from a hard glossy material, with openings for access to all ports and controls, integrated thumb tabs for easy removal, and an “X”-shaped hole on the back for attaching to the included wall plate. The plate itself is round in shape, and uses an integrated locking “X” mechanism to securely mount the iPad, with a turn and click required for attachment and another turn and click for release. The Wallee case and mounting solution for the iPad is available now in five colors and sells for $50 AUD, or roughly $45.

Padbook holds iPad + Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

image

Pianomedia has introduced its Padbook case for the Apple iPad. The Padbook is a folio-style case featuring two changeable surfaces, elastic holders on the corners, a fold-out stand, a loop closure, and a dedicated space for the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. Available in three colors, Pianomedia’s Padbook case for the Apple iPad sells for $35 and up.

Philips releases Fidelio speaker for iPad, iPhone and iPod

Philips has released the Fidelio, a new docking speaker system for iPad, iPhone and iPod devices with wireless Bluetooth streaming capabilities. The Fidelio provides docking playback and charging capabilities for all recent iPod classic, iPod nano and iPhone models with a larger dock area to also accommodate the iPad. The speaker system can be powered by an AC power supply or internal rechargeable battery that provides up to 5 hours of operating time. Sound is delivered by two 3” full range woofers with 2x15 W RMS stereo output and users can adjust volume and pause or change tracks using the including multi-function remote control. The Fidelio also provides A2DP/AVRCP Bluetooth connectivity that can be used to play back music or game audio using the built-in Bluetooth capabilities on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A free Fidelio+ app is available to allow further customization of the speaker system directly from the iOS device including access to a five-band equalizer and customizable alarm settings with sleep timer and the ability to wake to music, nature sounds and/or photos.

AKG outs Quincy Jones Signature Line of headphones

image

AKG, a brand of Harman, has introduced a new line of Quincy Jones Signature headphones. The lineup includes the Q701 “reference-class” over-the-ear headphones featuring a flat-wire voice coil, a Varimotion two-layer diaphragm, and neodymium drivers, the Q460 portable on-ear mini headphones featuring a folding design, a detachable cable, and an iPhone-compatible in-line microphone and remote, and the Q350 in-ear headphones with three included pairs of silicone sleeves, a cable winder, and an iPhone-compatible in-line microphone and remote. AKG’s Q701, Q460, and Q350 headphones will be available in October and will be priced between $150 and $480.

Jensen intros JiPS-250i dock for iPad, iPod, iPhone

image

Jensen has introduced its new JiPS-250i Docking Station for the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. Compatible with Apple’s smaller devices but designed for the iPad, the 250i features a rotating, adjustable dock, an auxiliary input, two built-in speakers, video line-out, an included remote control, and compatibility with a free Jensen app offering alarm clock, voice memo, calendar, EQ, music player, nature sound photo album, Facebook, Twitter, and Internet radio functionality. Pricing and release information for Jensen’s JiPS-250i Docking Station for the iPad, iPod, and iPhone has yet to be announced.

Sena previews Keyboard Folio case for iPad

image

Sena Cases has posted a preview of its upcoming Keyboard Folio case for the Apple iPad. The Keyboard Folio for iPad features a folio-style design, an integrated Bluetooth keyboard in the cover that bears more than a slight resemblance to the one found on the KeyCase iPad Folio, which was outed by the FCC last week, a recessed, collapsible back stand, a leather exterior, and a snap closure. Sena Cases’ Keyboard Folio for iPad is available for pre-order now at a discounted price of $130 and is expected to ship on October 7 for $150.

Portenzo offers folio cases for iPad, iPhone 4

image

Portenzo is offering a new line of folio-style cases for the iPad and iPhone 4. Modeled after Moleskine notebooks, these cases feature either vertical or horizontal opening covers, inner device holders made from bamboo featuring “Grip-Right corners” to hold the devices securely while allowing the covers to lay flat when closed, openings for access to ports and controls, and elastic straps to hold the cases closed. Portenzo’s new folio-style cases for the iPad and iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $40-$100.

Griffin PartyDock iOS gaming accessory outed

image

An upcoming Griffin gaming accessory for iOS devices has been outed by a recently published FCC filing. The PartyDock is a set-top gaming accessory for the iPad and iPhone 4 that allows users to dock their device and use four wireless remotes to control specially-written games, including “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” “Flippin’ Frogs,” and “Wits and Wagers Family,” with the potential for more Griffin-branded games in the future. The wall-powered PartyDock connects to a TV using included composite cables or with user-supplied component cables, and also allows the remote to control video, picture, and audio playback. Curiously, the PartyDock’s user manual makes no reference to support for the iPod touch or any older iPhone model, carrying only “Made for iPad and iPhone” badges. Griffin has yet to make any announcement regarding the product; thus pricing and release information has yet to be revealed. [via UberGizmo]

Update: Griffin has launched an official website for the PartyDock, and has confirmed that the device will include the “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” and “Flippin’ Frogs” mini-games, as well as the full game “Wits and Wagers Family,” as mentioned above.

Mach 3 Composites debuts Carbon Fiber case for iPad

image

Mach 3 Composites has debuted its Carbon Fiber case for iPad. The briefcase-style case features soft interior padding, a 100% carbon fiber outer shell, extra room on the interior to accomodate for encased iPads, and a secure, double-latch closure. Mach 3 Composites’ Carbon Fiber case for the iPad is available now and sells for $120.

iPad case with integrated keyboard receives FCC approval

image

The KeyCase iPad Folio, a new iPad case, has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, opening the door for a potential stateside release. This leather folio-style case features an integrated Bluetooth 2.0 silicone keyboard that also helps the case serve as a stand. The keyboard is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery good for roughly 45 hours of use per charge; the battery charges using standard Apple charge/sync cables. The KeyCase iPad Folio is currently being offered by U.K. retailer GearZap, and is priced at £60, or roughly $93. [via Engadget]

PhotoFast iPADock charges, syncs multiple iDevices

image

PhotoFast has introduced its new iPADock, a desktop stand/dock that can charge and sync multiple portable Apple devices at once. The iPADock is capable of handling four iPods or iPhones at once, two iPads simultaneously, or a combination of one iPad and two iPhones or iPods, via four powered USB ports on the back and cutouts in the docking wells that allow Apple’s standard 30-pin to USB cables to fit through. In addition, it offers three non-powered USB ports, multiple memory card readers with support for most popular formats, and slots to hold the iPad Camera Connection Kit. Cult of Mac notes that the price for the iPADock is $70, however, no pricing information was provided on the product page.

iHome, New Balance team on new headphone line

image

iHome and New Balance have announced a partnership that will see the two companies launch a line of New Balance-branded sport earphones and headphones. The lineup will include the NB439, which is a 2-in-1 sport earbud with removable ear hooks for added stability, interchangeable colored accent caps, and in-line volume controls; it will sell for $35. The NB447 is a pair of foldable sport headphones featuring interchangeable cord lengths and an in-line remote/mic that also sells for $35, while the NB467 is a set of foldable behind-the-neck earbuds with interchangeable cord lengths that sells for $25. The New Balance Sport Headphone collection will be available on a limited basis in late 2010, with expanded distribution planned for 2011.

Just Mobile debuts AluPen stylus for touchscreens

image

Just Mobile has debuted its new AluPen stylus for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The AluPen is a chunky, pencil-shaped stylus, which is crafted from aluminum and features an ultra-soft rubber nib for added control. Just Mobile’s AluPen stylus for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch will be available soon and will sell for $20.

iPort rolls out in-wall Control Mount for iPad

iPort has rolled out its new CM-IW2000 in-wall Control Mount for the iPad. The CM-IW2000 stylishly mounts the iPad in the wall in either vertical or horizontal orientation, providing constant power, allowing full access to the Home button and screen, while replicating the power button on the edge of the frame. It also provides the user with control of audio, video, lighting and climate on the mounted iPad when the control application is connected via Wi-Fi to a compatible control system. iPort’s new CM-IW2000 in-wall Control Mount for the iPad is available now and sells for $499.

XtremeMac unveils new charging accessories for iPad

image

XtremeMac has unveiled its new line of charging accessories for the Apple iPad. The InCharge Duo is a dual charging dock/stand that can simultaneously charge an iPad and/or any combination of iPod and iPhone models. It features a removable adapter that serves as a stand for the iPad, included dock adapters for current iPod and iPhone models, and a bi-color LED status light to show when each device is fully charged. InCharge Auto is an iPad-compatible, single-device 12V automotive charger featuring a one-piece design and power status indicator, while the InCharge Home is a dual USB wall charger that can charge any two iPod, iPhone, or iPad models simultaneously, and includes a 30-pin to USB cable for charging. XtremeMac’s InCharge Duo, Auto, and Home are available now and sell for $60, $25, and $35, respectively.

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy