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NLU Products unveils Shelter case for iPhone 4

NLU Products has unveiled its new Shelter case for the iPhone 4. The Shelter is a polycarbonate hard shell case featuring a small gap between the iPhone 4 and the outer shell which is filled with soft TPE rubber ridges for shock absorption and improved speaker quality. Other features include push-though coverage for the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras, and several contrasting color schemes. NLU Products’ Shelter case for the iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $30.

Kensington unveils PowerLift iPhone battery, more

Kensington has unveiled four new accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The PowerLift is a 1200mAh external battery pack + dock for iPhone featuring a unique flip design that allows it to be used as an iPhone stand, an integrated USB cable for charging, and a built-in battery power indicator. It will sell for $50. Also new is the BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad, a thick silicone case that mimics Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper Case in design, while covering slightly more of the iPad’s rear, offering push-through access to the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, and open access to all other ports and controls. It will sell for $40. The Virtuoso stylus and pen combines a touchscreen-friendly stylus with built in pen, and features a comfort grip as well as a capitative soft tip. It is priced at $25. Finally, the Dual USB Wall Charger allows users to charge two iPods, iPhones, or iPads from a single power outlet, and features an included USB to 30-pin cable, as well as 2.1 Amp output for quick iPad charging. The Dual USB Wall Charger sells for $35; all of Kensington’s new accessories are available for pre-order now.

DigiPower unveils accessories for iPhone 4, iPad

DigiPower has unveiled its new accessories for the iPad and iPhone 4. The Boost Elite Battery for iPhone 4 is a hybrid battery/case featuring an integrated 1400mAh rechargeable battery, a micro-USB port for charging, a four light charge indicator, clear, flexible TPU plastic edging for easier insertion and removal of the iPhone, and open access to all ports, controls, and the cameras, save for the Dock Connector port. The Boost Elite Battery for iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $60. The JumpStart Flip for iPhone, which first debuted in our 2011 Buyers’ Guide, is an external battery pack and stand featuring a flip-out design, an integrated 3300mAh rechargeable battery, a sheet of grippy rubber to hold the iPhone or iPod to the JumpStart’s face, two separate USB ports for 1A or 500mA charging, four blue charge indicators, an integrated USB cable for charging the internal battery, included Dock Connector, micro-USB, and mini-USB cables, and an included carrying case. It is available now and sells for $60.

The Expandable Game Case for iPhone 4 is a modular case system offering the ability to remove the battery from the case if it’s not needed, and the ability to add on fitted game grips instead, with openings for cable/port access. DigiPower indicates that the Game Case may be sold in two separate versions—one with the standard case and battery pack, and one with the game grips included—and pricing is currently expected to fall near $80. Finally, the Coffee Clutch Carrying Case + Portable Stand for iPad is a hybrid case/stand for the iPad featuring an integrated handle, a removable, purse-like arm strap, a flip-out rear stand, open access to all ports and controls, and a mix of rubber and hard plastic construction. It is available now and sells for $30.

Speck rolls out CandyShell View for iPhone 4

Speck Products has rolled out its new CandyShell View case for the iPhone 4. Expanding on the hard plastic/soft inner lining combination of prior CandyShell cases, the CandyShell View features a patent pending, spring-loaded retractable stand that pops out of the rear for vertical or horizontal support; the stand fold back up into the case when not in use. The CandyShell View for iPhone 4 will be available later this month in grey/black and will sell for $40.

Native Union outs MM03i, MM04 Bluetooth Telephones

Native Union has outed its new Moshi Moshi MM03i and MM04 Wireless Bluetooth Telephones. Like the company’s prior MM03 Bluetooth telephone accessory, the MM03i is a wireless Bluetooth accessory that enables users to their iPhones like a traditional handset thanks to a more substantial wireless handset. It features an integrated iPhone charging dock on the base, Bluetooth 2.1 with multi-point capabilities, a noise reduction system for the handset’s microphone, and an included wall adapter, USB cable for computer-based charging and international wall blades. It will sell for $150. The MM04i goes beyond the MM03i’s feature set by offering a retractable dock, the ability to act as a Bluetooth speaker and a wireless telephone handset, a silver honeycomb design on the top handset/speaker, a black soft touch rubber base for charging when not in use, Bluetooth 2.1, an attached auxiliary input cable, and included wall adapter with international charging plates. It will sell for $200; Native Union’s Moshi Moshi MM03i is available now, while availability for the MM04i Wireless Bluetooth Telephones has yet to be determined.

XtremeMac outs new InCharge charging solutions

XtremeMac has outed its latest InCharge charging solutions for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. InCharge Mobile is a new hybrid battery + case for the iPhone 4, featuring an integrated 2300mAh battery, a built-in stand, an LED charging status indicator, an on/off switch, a micro USB port and cable for charging and syncing, and open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, save for the Dock Connector. It sells for $80. The InCharge Auto USB is a small USB-based automotive charger with an included 30-pin cable for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad; it is priced at $25, while the InCharge Auto Plus, which features a USB charging port in addition to an integrated 30-pin charging cable, sells for $30. Finally, the InCharge Auto AUX features an integrated 30-pin charging cable for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, as well as a 3.5mm auxiliary port and cable for connecting to the aux-in port found on many modern automobiles. It is priced at $50; all of XtremeMac’s new InCharge charging solutions for iPod, iPhone, and iPad are available now.

Griffin debuts range of accessories at CES

Griffin Technology has debuted a wide range of accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad at the 2011 International CES. The RoadTrip HandsFree is the latest version of Griffin’s in-car solution, offering a flexible mounting arm for the iPod and iPhone, a built-in FM transmitter, SmartScan automatic station discovery, user-programmable presets, tactile remote control buttons, a built-in microphone, and Bluetooth handsfree functionality that allows users to receive and play calls over the auto’s speakers even if a different device is occupying the built-in dock. RoadTrip HandsFree will be available this month and will sell for $100. The BlueTrip DualConnect is another handsfree in-car solution, featuring a small stem that plugs into a 12 volt accessory power outlet, and the choice between broadcasting music via the built-in FM transmitter or playing audio through the car’s AUX port. Other features include Bluetooth for audio streaming and telephony, and a built-in microphone. The BlueTrip DualConnect will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $100. The Beacon Universal Remote is a tabletop accessory that pairs with users’ iOS devices over Bluetooth, allowing for remote control—via Dijit’s Universal Remote App—of TVs, cable boxes, and other home entertainment components. The Beacon Universal Remote will be available in May and will sell for $80.

imageThe Arrowhead is a two-piece mobile stand for the iPad and other tablet devices. Compatible with most cases, the Arrowhead consistes of two weighted “feet” that provide a stable platform and feature no-skid pads on the bottom and top, support for portrait or landscape orientations, and internal magnets to hold the two pieces together when not in use. Griffin’s Arrowhead stand for the iPad and other tablets will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $20. The Xpo is also a tablet stand, featuring a folding design, padded non-slip surfaces for a secure grip, the ability to hold a tablet in horizontal or vertical orientation, and a low-inclined holding angle for text input. The Xpo will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $30. Finally, the Wedge is yet another stand option for the iPad and other tablets, featuring aluminum construction, foldable design, included storage sheath, padded, non-slip bottom and cradle surfaces, the ability to lock into three different positions, and a flip-out foot grip for added stability. The Wedge will also be available in the first quarter and will sell for $40.

Griffin outs CarTrip auto accessory for iOS

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.

NUU debuts MiniKey keyboard case for iPhone 4

NUU has debuted its new MiniKey keyboard case for the iPhone 4. The MiniKey is a soft-touch, snap-on style case offering open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, as well as a slide-out, landscape-oriented QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard features a magnetic closure, numeric keys accessible via a function button, a command button for access to features such as cut & paste, a toggle button for switching between the MiniKey and on-screen keyboard, navigation keys, a power switch, and backlighting. NUU’s MiniKey keyboard case for the iPhone 4 will sell for $70; a release date has yet to be announced. For more information on the NUU MiniKey, see our Preview article.

Speakal unveils new speakers for iPod, iPhone

Speakal has unveiled its new lineup of speakers for the iPod and iPhone. The SBPKX-100 is a portable speaker system featuring a colorable LED light behind the front-mounted dock, DSP audio processing, an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 user presets, an LCD clock with iPhone/iPod clock synchronization, and the ability to run off wall power or AA batteries. The SB 12 is a tall, rounded system featuring touch controls and a front-mounted dock, while the iExecutive is a long speaker system featuring a top-mounted dock, a 20W subwoofer for added low-end response, an SD card slot, USB port, and Bluetooth for expanded audio playback options, an alarm clock, a radio with 20 user presets, and a video output. The Kurve is a tubular sound dock offering 20W of total power, a centrally-positioned dock, and an integrated LED with four levels of brightness. Finally, the SB5 is an oval-shaped speaker with a unique front grill pattern, a top-mounted dock, Bluetooth audio capabilities, and 27W of total output. Speakal’s new speakers for the iPod and iPhone are expected to be available later this year; pricing has yet to be announced.

MiLi shows MiLi HD dock for iPod, iPhone, iPad

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.

Iomega SuperHero backs up iPhone to SD card

Iomega has introduced its new SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone. The SuperHero is a new charging dock featuring a metallic finish, an included wall charger, and an SD card slot that comes with a 4GB card pre-installed. Using the companion SuperHero iPhone Backup app, users can backup their contacts and photos to the SD card, and restore the contacts and photos using the same app on a new device by docking it in the SuperHero and tapping the “restore” button. Iomega’s SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone is compatible with the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G, and is available now for $70.

iHome iW1 to update over Wi-Fi, sell for $299

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 intros Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS

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.

Helium Digital intros new accessories for iPod, iPad, iPhone 4

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 rolls out new speakers for iPod, iPhone, iPad

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.

imageFor 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.

imageThe 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.

Softbank to launch NFC ‘seals’ for iPhone 4

Japanese iPhone carrier Softbank has announced plans to launch Near Field Communications (NFC) add-ons for the iPhone 4. According to the press release (Translated Link), the polyurethane, Bumper case-compatible “seals” will stick to the back of the iPhone, allow for full access to the device’s rear-facing camera and flash, and use Sony-developed FaliCa NFC technology to enable wireless payments. The seals will be available in WAON-, nanaco-, and Edy-compatible varieties, and will be sold in Softbank stores as well as online; the seals are expected to launch in February 2011 and will sell for 2,980 yen, or roughly $36. [via Engadget]

Monster sues Fanny Wang claiming infringements on Beats

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 to show four-driver earphones at CES

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.

Ballistic previews Ballistic LS case for iPhone 4

Ballistic has provided iLounge with a preview of its upcoming Ballistic LS case for the iPhone 4. Made from TPU material, the Ballistic LS features four interchangeable silicone “Ballistic Corners,” which vary in color and thickness to allow for a customized level of drop protection, as well as push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras. The Ballistic LS will be available in January 2011 in a variety of colors and will sell for $30.

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