Etymotic Research has introduced a pair of new headsets: the hf2 headset for the iPhone, and the etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset. The hf2 (which stands for “high fidelity hands free”) combines the sound quality of the company’s ER-4P earphones with an in-line microphone and iPhone call/music control button. “The hf2 headset lets users talk and listen – to conversations as well as music – with greater accuracy, detail and noise isolation than previously possible with any iPhone headset,” said Mead Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research. “In addition to the uncolored high-fidelity stereo sound Etymotic is known for, the hf2 headset lets users talk on their mobile phone with unprecedented ease. Earphone fidelity and noise isolation dramatically improve intelligibility while listening and speaking, especially in noisy locations. The cable to the microphone is shorter than usual, which places the microphone naturally closer to the mouth, making it truly hands free in many cases.” The Etymotic hf2 iPhone headset is available now and sells for $180.
The etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset uses a combination of a noise-canceling boom microphone, called BLUmaxx, and noise-isolating earphone to provide what the company describes as the industry’s “highest level of noise isolation in the ear, and the highest noise-cancellation from the microphone for both speaker and listener.” The BLUmaxx boom mic can be disconnected for more discrete operation, and disconnection of the mic does not disconnect any ongoing calls. “Everyone is familiar with all-too-common cellphone users who broadcast their credit card number or the details of their love-life to everyone around them,” said Killion. “That’s because most headset microphones do not pick up sound near the mouth, so it is difficult for the caller to be heard, especially in noisy locations such as a restaurant or airport. The etyBLU with boom mic allows you to carry on a conversation next to a Harley motorcycle revving up at 100 dB SPL, and – more importantly – lets you carry on a conversation so quietly that those around you may not even notice you are talking.” The Etymotic etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset is compatible Core Specification 2.1, Headset 1.1 and Handsfree 1.5 profiles, offers up to seven hours of talk time, up to 100 hours of standby time, and is available now for $130. [Pics via SlashGear]
iHome has announced details of its upcoming line of iPhone-compatible clock radios and audio systems. The iP14 Alarm Clock with Remote Control is a L-shaped alarm clock designed specifically for use with the iPhone and iPod touch, while retaining compatibility with most docking iPod models. The unique design allows users to change the orientation of the unit from vertical to horizontal for video viewing, while the clock display rotates along with the unit. It is scheduled for an April release, and will sell for $100. The iP9 Clock Radio & Audio System is based on the company’s iH9 clock radio, and adds several new features, including a remote that controls both the unit and iPod menu functions, 3D sound, a new 7-5-2 feature that lets users set different alarm tones and times for different days, and programmable snooze settings. It is expected to ship in February or March, and will sell for $120.
The iP47 Bluetooth Clock Radio & Speakerphone is a Bluetooth-enabled unit that allows users to dial and receive calls through its speakerphone, and wirelessly stream music from their A2DP stereo-enabled MP3 cell phones. Other features include a large LCD display with caller ID and a dual alarm. It will be released in June and will sell for $150. Finally, the iP51 2.1 Micro System with Sub is a space-saving system that features a built-in clock radio to wake and sleep to your iPhone or iPod, and video output for streaming videos to a TV. It is also expected to ship in June, and will sell for $170.
Altec Lansing has introduced its new T612 digital audio system for the iPhone and iPod. The T612 sports iPhone-complementing features like support for incoming calls. If a call comes in while music is playing, the iPhone gives priority to the call by pausing the music, and once the call is completed, and the iPhone is re-docked in the T612, the music resumes playing at the same place in the same song. Other features include internal GSM shielding to keep the speakers from picking up interference from the iPhone’s radio, neodymium speakers, XdB bass-enhancement technology, an integrated Universal Dock, an auxiliary-in jack, and a wireless remote. “Altec Lansing has a long history of engineering innovative, high-performance audio products: such as the first speakers used in a feature-length talkie movie in 1927 and the first iPod audio dock in 2003,” said Vicki Marion, president, Altec Lansing. “We believe Apple enthusiasts will welcome the impressive sound, music controls and call support features that make the T612 a perfect companion for both the iPod and the iPhone.” The Altec Lansing T612 will be available in February and will be priced at $200.
Newer Technology has announced its new line of iPhone accessories, which will debut at Macworld Expo later this month. The line includes the Speaker Dock & Hands-free Mic ($35), which features a Dock for using the phone for both calls and audio playback, controls for call and playback functions, and the ability to charge the iPhone while docked. It was originally shown in our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, alongside the new Mic Extender Cable ($15), which functions as both an iPhone adapter with in-line mic and control button and as an extender. Other accessories in the new line include a Headphone Jack Adapter ($8), an iPhone & iPod Auto Charger ($13), Bass Response Earbuds ($20), and iPhone Hands-Free Mic & Earbuds ($20). All products in the NewerTech iPhone Accessory line are available now, except for the iPhone Speaker Dock & Mic, which is expected to be available beginning January 28.
Ultimate Ears has begun shipping its new super.fi 4 vi earphones, which offer an iPhone-friendly design with an in-line microphone and control button that allows users to answer/end phone calls and control media playback functions. The super.fi 4 vi’s feature a single custom armature speaker, tuned for “detailed bass while delivering crisp and clean mids and highs,” which works in concert with a proprietary tuned filter to “shape” the sound for greater detail. Other features include a machined, “gunmetal silver” aluminum housing, and an included carrying case, sound level attenuator which lowers overall volume levels for noisy sound sources, and universal fit eartip kit with five sets of silicone eartips. The Ultimate Ears super.fi 4 vi earphones are available now and sell for $150.
Tekkeon has introduced its new lineup of cases for the iPhone, including the Hard Case with Soft Touch and a trio of leather offerings. The Hard Case with Soft Touch is a hard case with a soft-feeling exterior, and also features a removable flip-up transparent protective cover for the iPhone’s screen, as well as a removable belt clip. It is available in five different colors and sells for $30. Also available is the Leather Sleeve case, which comes in black or pink and features a bi-directional swivel clip and a myGuard screen protector, and the Wallet Case and Flip Case, both of which feature a leather exterior, a protective flap, a non-magnetic closure, a business/credit card pocket, and a removable strap (wallet) or clip (flip). The three leather cases are available now and sell for $30, $33, and $33, respectively.
GizMac has announced that it is now shipping its Titan Clear iPhone Case with Holster. The case is made from clear polycarbonate, and features built-in vertical and horizontal kickstands, an included thin film screen protector, as well as a rotating belt clip holster designed to hold the iPhone while in the case. It also provides access to the iPhone’s controls, camera, and ports. “GizMac set out to develop an Apple iPhone product that lives up to the high standards set for all our previous and future products” said Ken Vitto, Director of Marketing for GizMac Accessories. “We believe the Titan Clear for iPhone exceeds the form, function and value criteria we engineer into our products for our customers.” The GizMac Titan Clear iPhone Case with Holster is available now and sells for $35.
Das Blau has introduced its new Slipper Case for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Slipper is a slim, sleeve-style case made from a combination of lambskin and fabric and featuring suede lining, a front pocket for holding cards, cash, or earphones, a ratcheting belt clip, and shock-absorbent padding. The Das Blau Slipper Case is available now for pre-order in red lambskin with a gray checkered fabric, or in brown lambskin with an olive-dark blue striped fabric, will begin shipping in January, and sells for $35.
Tunewear has announced the immediate availability of its Prie Ambassador leather case for the iPhone. The Ambassador is made from black nappa leather, and features white contrast stitching, a magnetic side latch, a slim card holder, and an integrated Tunewear removable metal hook. It also offers full access to all ports and controls, and comes with a Tunefilm clear screen protector. The Tunewear Prie Ambassador for iPhone is available now and sells for $60.
DLO has introduced its Action Jacket for iPhone, a sport-ready neoprene case. The Action Jacket for iPhone offers an integrated belt clip and removable, adjustable armband, and a clear window that offers protection for the iPhone’s screen while preserving full usability. “The DLO Action Jacket is the all-in-one solution for protecting your iPhone,” said Andrew Green, DLO’s vice president of marketing. “With its padded neoprene, protective window, rotating belt clip and adjustable armband, the Action Jacket provides the utmost in versatility and flexibility that iPhone users need to go from work to the gym in style.” The DLO Action Jacket for iPhone is available now and sells for $30.
H2O Audio has introduced its iFR Sport Combo case for the iPhone. The iFR Sport Combo is a weather and element resistant made form durable polycarbonate, and features a unique flip, swivel and stow case lid that provides complete access to all iPhone menu functions. The case also includes a quick-fit sport armband with a dual D-ring design that “comfortably fits all arm sizes under or over jackets and coats,” and also provides built-in cord management. “Apple’s new iPhone has set a new standard in mobile communications. Its multi-function format has people wanting to take their phone with them literally everywhere they go, which can present significant risks to the units,” said Kristian Rauhala, CEO of H2O Audio. “We recognized the need to have impact and element resistant protection for iPhones and have designed a completely new product that ensures secure protection covering everyday use as well as trips to the ski slopes or jogs in the rain.” The H2O Audio iFR Sport Combo for iPhone is available now and sells for $40.
mStation has introduced its new mophie-branded Juice Pack extended battery for iPhone. The Juice Pack is a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, set in a holster-style iPhone case with a pass-through Dock Connector on the bottom for connecting other accessories while the Juice Pack is in use. According to mStation, the Juice Pack offers iPhone owners up to 250 hours of standby time, up to 24 hours of audio playback, eight hours of talk time, seven hours of video playback, and up to six hours of internet use. The mStation mophie Juice Pack extended battery for iPhone is available for pre-order now for $100; it is expected to begin shipping Dec. 21.
Ten One has introduced the Pogo Stylus, a new pointing tool designed for use with the iPhone and iPod touch. Made from lightweight aluminum alloy with an anodized finish, the Pogo features a tip made from high-tech material that is “precision-formed to the perfect size” for the devices’ on-screen keyboard keys. Ten One also claims that the stylus helps keep the screen “scratch- and smudge-free.” The stylus includes a clip designed to snap around the iPhone or iPod touch, holding the stylus securely on one side of the device. The Ten One Pogo Stylus for iPhone and iPod touch is available now in black, silver, or gunmetal, and sells for $25.
GizMac has introduced its Titan Clear iPhone Case with Holster. The Titan Clear is a clear polycarbonate case that features built-in vertical and horizontal kickstands for viewing videos, messages, and more. It includes a thin film screen protector, as well as a rotating belt clip holster designed to hold the iPhone while in the case, and it provides access to the iPhone’s controls, camera, and ports. “We wanted the Titan Clear for iPhone to have the best form, function and value” explained Mark Kirtner, Creative Director for GizMac Accessories, “so we delayed our release until the Titan Clear had the best over all look, usability and price for our customers.” The GizMac Titan Clear iPhone Case will be available in early December and will sell for $35.
Fastmac has introduced its line of Universal Headphone Adapters for Apple iPhone that allow any headphones or earphones with a standard 3.5mm plug to work with the recessed headphone jack of the iPhone. The Fastmac Universal Headphone Adapter is available in 3 models, starting with a basic in-line audio adapter with flexible cable & gold plated connector port priced at $5. The mid-level model, priced at $10, also features the in-line audio adapter with flexible cable & gold plated connector port, but adds a shirt clip, built-in microphone and a music playback/ phone control button that allows users to answer and end phone calls and pause, play, and skip music. Fastmac’s 3-in-1 Premium Headphone Adapter, priced at $20, incorporates all of the features of the mid-level model along with an adjustable volume slider and noise suppression microphone. “Replacing lost or damaged headphones can be expensive,” said Michael Lowdermilk, Business Development Manager of Fastmac Performance Upgrades.. “With our new 3-in-1 universal headphone adapter, you can re-use old iPod headsets that are probably laying about in a drawer unused ever since the iPhone came out & obviated the need to carry around another device!” All three adapters carry a 1-year warranty and are available now from Fastmac’s website.
Proporta has introduced three new cases for the iPhone. The Alu-Leather Edge Case for iPhone features a leather exterior wrapped around an aluminum core, a flip-down cover/protector for device’s screen, a detachable belt clip, lanyard, contrast stitching, access to all ports, jacks, and controls, neoprene interior lining, and a magnetic closure. It will sell for $60. The Crystal Holster for iPhone is made from frosted plastic and includes rear and corner protection, a matching, ratcheting removable belt clip that doubles as a stand for watching video, and a lanyard. In addition, it offers access to all ports and controls. It sells for $24.
Finally, the Alu-Crystal case for iPhone combines polycarbonate plastic and aircraft-grade aluminum to provide extra protection, and features a hinged facia that doubles as a viewing stand, cutouts for access to all ports and controls, and an optional removable belt clip. It sells for $29. Proporta Alu-Crystal and Crystal Holster cases are available for order now; the Alu-Leather Edge Case will be available soon.
MadCatz has announced its upcoming AirDrives earphones for iPhone. AirDrives feature an outer-ear design powered by InAir Technology, a new personal audio technology that lets users hear their surroundings as well as their music. In addition to this unique technology, AirDrives for iPhone will also include a microphone and “one-touch music-to-phone capability.” “The new AirDrives will enhance the virtual communication experience offered by the iPhone by allowing users to stay in tune to their conversations, music selection and as an added safety benefit, their everyday surroundings,” said Ken Wright, creator and designer of AirDrives. AirDrives for iPhone are planned to be available in early 2008, and will sell for $120.
PDO has announced the immediate availability of its TopSkin for iPhone silicone case. TopSkin for iPhone features a play-through design that covers the power, volume, and home buttons, while cut-outs allow access to the phone’s camera, vibrate switch, speakers, and microphone. The touch screen can be covered with the included screen protector, and the case covers the Dock Connector and headphone jack as well with flaps that can be opened for access. In addition, the case features a slim-profile, 360 degree rotating belt clip, and micro texture grip on all four sides. The PDO TopSkin for iPhone sells for $20 and is available in black, blue, pink, and ghost white.
Tunewear has announced that its Icewear for iPhone silicone case is now shipping from its company store. The Icewear for iPhone is made from high-density silicone, and features Tunewear’s patented rib technology for a more secure grip. Other features include embossed edges around the screen to prevent scratching, packed-in Tunefilm clear protective film for additional screen protection, and complete access to the iPhone’s headphone jack, Dock Connector, camera lens, and buttons. Tunewear Icewear for iPhone is available now and sells for $30.
Otterbox has introduced its OtterBox for iPhone, the company’s first “semi-rugged” iPod case. The OtterBox for iPhone combines a hard polycarbonate shell with a patented polycarbonate membrane to protect the device’s screen while allowing for complete usability, and an outer silicone skin to add protection from drops and bumps. The resulting case is water-resistant, and features three Donaldson Acoustic Vents for the front speaker, bottom speaker and microphone, access to sync/Charge and headphone jacks through a silicone plug, and access to the home, sleep/wake and volume buttons via silicone pass-through buttons. The OtterBox for iPhone includes a holster style swivel belt clip and is available for pre-order now at a price of $50; it is expected to ship on or before October 19.