Griffin Technology has announced the first standalone third-party charge/sync Lightning cables. Four cables have been introduced, including the 4’ coiled USB to Lightning Cable ($25), which provides a slightly longer alternative to Apple’s official Lightning to USB Cable, as well as the 3 meter USB to Lightning Cable ($30), which is nearly 10 feet long.
Also announced were the 3’ USB to Lightning Cable ($19), and 2’ USB to Lightning Cable ($17), both sold at roughly the same price as Apple’s version. The cables will be available from Griffin directly on the first week of December.
Satechi has announced the Universal Remote dongle ($25) and RemoteBean app for iOS devices, targeting an already-served market with a more aggressively priced solution. The Universal Remote dongle connects to the 3.5mm ports of Apple’s devices, rather than relying on the discontinued Dock Connector standard. Using the RemoteBean app, the device can then control a number of electronics, including TVs, DVD players, DVRs, and more.
The RemoteBean app comes with a database of thousands of electronic products, but users can teach the app to control other devices, as well. Satechi’s Universal Remote is available now.
NYNE has announced the NB-250 ($200), a portable Bluetooth speaker with a water-resistant rubberized cover. The NB-250 features 2.0 stereo output from two drivers, and two passive radiators for extended low-frequency range. It can operate up to 30 feet away from a Bluetooth device, with eight to 10 hours of battery power.
An included USB port enables device charging, and a 3.5mm auxiliary jack allows non-Bluetooth devices to use the speaker. A shoulder strap is included to allow for easy carrying along with a 3.5 mm auxiliary cable, USB to micro-USB cable, and carrying case. The NB-250 is available for preorder.
Sensu Brush ($40), a brush/stylus for touchscreen surfaces, is now available. Originally a Kickstarter project by Chicago-based Artist Hardware, Sensu Brush features synthetic hair that feels like an artist’s brush, with copper-infused bristles that allow it to function on the capacitive touchscreen of an iPad or iPhone.
Sensu Brush can also be used as a standard touchscreen stylus with the brush tucked away and the rubber stylus tip used instead. Sensu Brush requires no charging or batteries and is compatible with many drawing apps, such as Paper, SketchBook Pro, and more.
VERSI has announced its Dual VERSI iPad Stand ($259) for the iPad and iPhone. Featuring two arms to hold both an iPad and iPhone, the stand’s ball joint lever design allows for tilting, swiveling and rotating for viewing at nearly any angle. The base is made from solid black granite. When ordering the stand, customers have a choice of which iPad and iPhone they would like the stand to hold: The second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini are all options, as well as the iPhone 4/S or iPhone 5. A Single VERSI iPad Stand ($189) is also available.
Ferrari by Logic 3 has announced two new audio accessories, the Cavallino T350 Headphones ($399) and Scuderia FS1 Bluetooth Speaker Dock ($549). Inspired by the Ferrari GT car, the Cavallino T350 Headphones are active noise canceling over-ear headphones, housed in metal with a black or tan leather headband and ear cups. Equipped with 40mm drivers, the T350 comes with a three-button and one-button in-line remote, and anti-tangle, detachable cables trimmed in woven fabric.
The Scuderia FS1 Bluetooth Speaker Dock is a compact Dock Connector accessory, powered by a 2.1 speaker system with two 2” drivers. A digital signal processor allows for natural musical timbre and extended low frequency response. Though the Scuderia FS1 streams music wirelessly via Bluetooth, an auxiliary port is also provided. A video out port for Apple devices and USB charging port are also included, along with a remote. Both accessories are now available.
Wahoo Fitness has announced the Balance Smartphone Scale ($99), a Bluetooth 4.0 body scale. The scale tracks weight and BMI, sending the information to the Wahoo Wellness App or any compatible fitness app to track progress with charts and graphs. Profiles can be saved for up to 16 different users, and the scale’s own internal memory can save up to 130 separate weight readings.
The Balance Smartphone Scale is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, fifth-generation iPod touch, third-generation and fourth-generation iPad, and iPad mini. Now available for preorder, the Balance Smartphone Scale ships the first week of December.
Griffin has announced its first Lightning accessory, the PowerJolt SE ($25), a car charger. A 10W charger with a 12V accessory outlet, the PowerJolt SE features a coiled cable that can stretch up to 4 feet in length; it’s notably slower in peak iPad charging speed than options recently announced by Scosche, but also less expensive.
The PowerJolt SE features an LED power indicator, and a built-in, self-resetting SmartFuse, which guards against power fluctuations during charging. Like Belkin’s Car Charger with Lightning Connector, Griffin’s PowerJolt SE is available now.
iLuv has announced a Lightning-compatible car charger and charge/sync cable. The EnergySeal Micro-Size Car Charger comes attached to a 6’ cable for charging Lightning devices. Its small size is designed to fit a variety of car power port locations and orientations; it promises 10.5W output.
iLuv’s Premium Coiled Charge/Sync Cable is a tangle-resistant 6’ cable that can charge and sync Lightning devices when used with a USB charger. Prices for the two accessories range from $30-$50, presumably in reverse order of their listing above, but the specific costs for each accessory are currently listed as “TBD” on iLuv’s website.
JBL has introduced the OnBeat Micro ($99) and OnBeat Venue LT ($199), the first Lightning-compatible speaker docks. OnBeat Micro is a portable, compact speaker with two full-range transducers that can dock the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano, but not the latest iPad or iPad mini. It offers five hours of playback with four AAA batteries, and includes an AC adapter for device charging, as well as a built-in USB connector for use with other devices.
JBL’s OnBeat Venue LT is an updated version of its OnBeat Venue, which we reviewed last month. A 30W wireless speaker that can stream from Bluetooth-enabled devices, the OnBeat Venue LT can dock the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, as well as the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, and seventh-generation iPod nano. It features four transducers — two low-frequency and two high-frequency. A movie button on the top activates an “extra-wide sound field” for watching video, and an auxiliary input provides a means to connect older Apple devices. Both speakers are currently available for preorder.
Outdoor Tech has launched the ADAPT ($40), a clip-on Bluetooth receiver that allows iOS devices and the latest iPod nanos to wirelessly stream audio to any pair of headphones or speakers. The device has a standard 3.5mm audio port, and receives Bluetooth audio from distances of up to 30 feet away. ADAPT also comes with playback controls and a built-in mic for calls. ADAPT promises nine hours of talking and listening time from its rechargeable battery, which is refueled with an included Micro-USB charger. It is available now, in black, pink, and blue.
iLuv has introduced ReF, a new line of headphones ($130). The collapsible on-ear headphones feature an all-fabric exterior, in-line remote, and a built-in mic with hands-free capabilities, as well as ear cups made from “Korean protein leather.” ReF headphones promise “deep bass and precise treble.”
ReF headphones come in two variations, one generic, and the other specific to Apple devices. Both versions come in black, white, navy, and red, and will be available this month.
Scosche has announced nine new accessories compatible with the Lightning cable — all of them chargers, offered in less expensive 5-Watt and more expensive 12-Watt iterations. StrikeBASE ($30-$35) is a wall charger, StrikeBASE pro ($40-$50) is a wall charger with two ports and a Lightning/micro USB cable, and StrikeDRIVE ($25-$40) is a car charger.
In addition to the 5W/12W choices, StrikeDRIVE adds a third option, which includes an extra USB port and Lightning/micro USB cable; StrikeDRIVE pro ($50) adds a second USB port. Finally, StrikeLINE pro ($30) is a retractable charge and sync cable for Lightning/micro USB devices. All accessories are currently listed as “coming soon” on Scosche’s website.
Griffin has launched Twenty ($100), a digital audio amplifier that uses AirPlay to connect the AirPort Express — or any digital audio source — to speakers. First seen at this year’s CES, Twenty basically turns any set of speakers into an amplified AirPlay wireless system.
Featuring 2.1 channel sound, Twenty provides connections for left and right channel speakers along with an RCA connector for a powered subwoofer. Although specifically designed to dock the original Airport Express, Twenty works with any compatible digital audio source. It is currently available.
Squier by Fender has introduced the Strat Guitar ($200), a new Stratocaster guitar that features iOS and USB connectivity. A mini-USB to Dock Connector cable and mini-USB to USB cable are included for connecting to an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac/PC for playing and recording.
The Strat Guitar also comes with a stereo headphone jack with volume control and an analog output lets the guitar function as a traditional Stratocaster that can plug into any amp, as well. It is available now.
Lantronix has announced xPrintServer - Office Edition ($200), a new addition to its xPrintServer family, following up on its prior xPrintServer Home Edition. xPrintServer is a hardware solution that lets users print directly from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod to nearly any network-connected or USB printer via AirPrint.
The new Office Edition expands on the original network edition, offering new security and enterprise management features, including remote authentication, proxy server support, and the ability to network-enable USB printers. It is currently available for pre-order and ships Nov. 21.
Bluelounge announced its new Milo Aluminum ($30) stand, an updated, weightier, high-grade aluminum version of its original Milo stand. It holds an iPhone or iPod in place without adhesives, using a micro-suction pad — another micro-suction pad on the foot of the Milo Aluminum secures the stand to a surface. The Milo Aluminum is available in black or white.
Case maker Otterbox announced the acquisition of Wrapsol, noted maker of protective films. “Wrapsol is a promising company with similar values and similar culture whose product aligns with the OtterBox mission of complete, premium device protection,” OtterBox President and CEO Brian Thomas said in a press release. “Adding Wrapsol to the OtterBox portfolio of world-class protection significantly enhances our ability to provide our customers and consumers an expanded variety of high-quality products.” Otterbox is based in Fort Collins, Colo.; Wrapsol is a Boston-based company.
Soundfreaq announced Sound Kick Chromatics ($99), limited color editions of its award-winning portable Sound Kick speaker. The Chromatics Collection includes Sound Kick Sunset, a mix of yellow, orange and pink; Ocean, a blue and yellow blend; Twilight, a blue and purple mix; and GHOST, an all-white edition.
A Bluetooth speaker, the original Sound Kick won iLounge’s Overall Best of Show Award at 2012 CES. Chromatics are available for pre-order now, and the speakers will ship “in time for the holidays.”
Blue Microphones released Spark Digital ($200), an iOS-compatible digital studio microphone that can also connect via USB or Lightning adapter, with an emphasis on iPad use. Spark Digital features Focus Control, which allows for low frequency sensitivity or a focus on greater clarity and detail in recording. The microphone’s components allow for high-fidelity recording of vocals, drums, piano, speech, location recording, and more. A headphone jack is also present on the mic to allow for zero-latency signal monitoring.