SyntheCept has debuted its new LYCO Adapter for the iPhone. Named after the phrase “leave your case on,” the LYCO is a supportive adapter for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 designed for use with Universal Docks that lets users keep their devices in cases. The LYCO is compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS units encased in slimline cases, as well as with iPhone 4 units that are unencased or kept in thin cases, via included rubber bumpers that provide extra support. The LYCO Adapter for iPhone requires a device that has a flat top surface and allows for interchangeable universal dock plates, and is available now for $10.
SpeakerCraft has rolled out its new FloBox and FloBox Mini speakers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Both the FloBox and FloBox Mini feature integrated docks compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, an FM tuner, AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, and a mini USB port for syncing functionality. The FloBox features two 3.5-inch mid-woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and a 5.25-inch subwoofer, while the FloBox Mini features two three-inch woofers and two 3/4-inch tweeters. No pricing or release date has been announced for the FloBox or FloBox Mini. In addition, SpeakerCraft has announced its Vital 250 amplifier, which also features an iPad, iPhone, and iPod dock, AirPlay compatibility, 50 watt output, auxiliary inputs, a dedicated subwoofer output, a pre-out, a line-out, and a composite video output. The Vital 250 will be available in the fourth quarter and will sell for $699. [via Engadget]
Libratone has introduced its new Beat wireless speaker for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Beat features a five-inch subwoofer, two three-inch midrange, and two one-inch ribbon-based tweeters, built-in digital signal processing, 50 watts of power for the subwoofers and 2x25W for the tweeters and midrange drivers, two included wireless transmitters—a 30-pin transmitter for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, and a USB transmitter for the Mac or PC, with the ability to switch between the two with a single button press—a cashmere wool and chrome body, and an auxiliary input for connecting other audio sources. The Libratone Beat will be available in January 2011 and is priced at $595.
ThinkGeek has launched a product page for its upcoming TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard. Available in separate versions for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, the TK-421 boasts a flip-out physical Bluetooth keyboard with a magnetic clasp that keeps it in position whether opened or closed and a built-in rechargeable battery that charges over USB, as well as a two-piece design and open access to all ports and controls; it is unclear whether the case offers access to the rear camera and flash when the keyboard is flipped out of the way. ThinkGeek’s TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard for iPhone will be available in limited quantities beginning in mid-November and will sell for $50.
Sonos has unveiled its new Wireless Dock for the iPod and iPhone. Designed for integration into a Multi-Room Music System, the Wireless Dock allows users to access music stored or playing on an attached iPhone or iPod and send it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers on the same network. Notably, the Wireless Dock transmits a digital signal in an effort to generate the highest quality possible. The Sonos Wireless Dock for the iPod and iPhone will be available by the end of October and will sell for $119.
Powermat has announced that it plans to launch a receiver case for the iPhone 4. The black, snap-together style case will allow the encased iPhone 4 to charge via any of the company’s charging mats, and offers protection for the iPhone’s front, sides, and back, open access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, microphones, speaker, volume buttons, ring/silent switch, screen, home button, and forward- and rear-facing cameras, including the flash. The new Powermat iPhone 4 receiver case will be available in October and will sell for $40.
Wahoo Fitness has debuted its new Fisica Sensor Key for the iPhone and iPod touch and Fisica Sensor Case for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Both sensors are Apple-certified devices that receive and interpret wireless ANT+ protocol data from compatible products including heart rate sensors, speed and cadence sensors, and weight scales, passing the data on to any compatible biking, running, or fitness app. The Sensor Key is a small dock-connecting accessory, similar to the Nike+iPod Sport Kit sensor, while the Sensor Case is a water-resistant case with an integrated bike mount and a microUSB port for charging. Wahoo Fitness’ Fisica Sensor Key is available now for $80, while the Fisica Sensor Case will begin shipping November 1 and is available for pre-order for $139.
Gear4 has rolled out its new AlarmDock Reveal for the iPhone and iPod. The AlarmDock Reveal is a compact clock radio featuring a 12 or 24 hour dimmable clock display, dual alarms with the ability to wake to a buzzer, radio, or music from the attached iPhone/iPod, a unique top panel that functions as the snooze button, and five programmable presets for the FM radio. Gear4’s AlarmDock Reveal will be available in the U.S. on October 1; pricing has yet to be announced.
Sanofi-Aventis has introduced its iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter for the iPhone and iPod touch. The dock-connecting device uses proprietary Dynamic Electrochemistry to analyze blood samples for more accurate results, and offers the ability to operate on its own or in concert with the iBGStar Diabetes Manager App. The app extends the meter’s functionality, allowing users to input data with specific notes, record, track, and manage their information and history, and print or share the data with their healthcare professional. The iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter for iPhone and iPod touch is awaiting FDA approval and is expected to sell for around $80. [via Engadget]
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Sanho Corporation, maker of the HyperMac line of external battery accessories, alleging patent violations related to Apple’s proprietary MagSafe and 30-pin Dock Connector cables. AppleInsider reports that the suit, filed earlier this month, names the HyperMac Nano, HyperMac Micro, and HyperMac Mini products for the iPod and iPhone. “Defendants manufacture, distribute, and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple’s proprietary MagSafe connectors used to connect power adapters and other products to Apple portable computers, such as the MacBook,” the suit reads. “Defendants also manufacture, distribute and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple’s 30-pin connectors and receptacles , used to connect cables to Apple iPod, iPhone and/or iPad products.” The suit seeks “an award of its actual damages, disgorgement of Defendants’ profits from the sale of infringing devices and injunctive relief.”
Sonoma Wire Works has outed its new GuitarJack audio accessory for compatible iOS devices. The GuitarJack is a dock-connecting accessory featuring 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs, a 1/8 inch stereo output, 60dB of continuous level control for each input, and compatibility with the company’s FourTrack audio recording app as well as competing recording apps. The first-generation GuitarJack is compatible with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch only. A second-generation model will offer compatibility with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, and iPad, and is expected to launch in Q1 of 2011; an upgrade offer will be made available for first-generation GuitarJack owners. Sonoma Wire Works’ first-generation GuitarJack audio accessory for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch is available now and sells for $199.
Cervantes Mobile has unveiled its new Jorno keyboard for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and other portable devices. The Jorno is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, featuring a rechargeable lithium ion battery good for up to one month of use, a mini-USB port for charging, LED power and low battery indicators, a compact, detachable device cradle with stowable kickstand for tablet support, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR capability, and a footprint of 3.5” x 3.5” x 0.9” when folded. Cervantes’ Jorno Bluetooth keyboard for portable devices is available for pre-order for $79, and is expected to ship in early 2011 for $99.
iHome has debuted its new iP3 Studio Series Audio System for the iPod and iPhone. The iP3 features a 50 watt class D amplifier, two 3.5-inch coaxial neodymium speakers, Bongiovi Acoustics DPS technology, an adjustable EQ, composite or component video output, a line-in jack, an adjustable dock, a universal voltage adapter for international compatibility, backlit buttons, and an included remote control. Notably, the iP3 appears to be a slightly reworked version of the iP2 shown by the company at the 2010 CES in January. iHome’s new iP3 Studio Series Audio System for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $200.
Breffo has introduced its new Spiderpodium accessory for the iPhone and iPod. Described by the company as a flexible gadget grip and travel dock, the Spiderpodium features eight flexible “legs” that can be used to hold an iPhone or iPod while also holding on to a variety of surfaces, including seat headrest supports, stroller, exercise equipment, bike handles, and car air vents, or can simply support the device, making the Spiderpodium into a stand. In addition, the center of the accessory features a hole for routing charging cables. Breffo’s Spiderpodium accessory for the iPhone, iPod, and other portable devices is available now in black or white and sells for $20.
At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, luxury auto maker BMW announced several new enhancements and accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Perhaps most notable among the new offerings is the BMW holder for the Apple iPad, an accessory that attaches to the company’s new Travel & Comfort System, and offers secure back-seat mounting for the tablet, the ability to be used in vertical or horizontal orientation, and angle adjustment. Also new is the BMW Station for the Apple iPhone, another cradle-like accessory designed for BMW models lacking the company’s iDrive control system. It offers optimal mounting of an iPhone, allows for charging without visible cable connections, includes a hands-free kit with directional microphone and radio mute function, and will interface with an upcoming BMW Link app for iDrive-like functionality. The company is also planning to offer new Bluetooth technology created for iOS 4 that allows the iPhone 4 to be better integrated, and complete support for the new iPod Out feature of iOS 4 for improved navigation and control of connected devices. BMW’s new accessories and features for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod are expected to be available in new BMW automobiles beginning in Spring 2011.
Griffin Technology and sustainable fashion house Prophetik have teamed up to create their first product, the Folio case for iPhone 4. The Folio is a hand-stitched bifold wallet-style case, made from leather taken as byproduct from existing manufacturing processes, and featuring open access to all ports and controls and separate internal compartments for cash and cards. Griffin + Prophetik’s Folio case for iPhone 4 is available now in brown leather with red stitching or black leather with blue stitching, and sells for $60.
Trtl Bot has unveiled its new Kickstand 4 and Minimalist 4 cases for the iPhone 4. The Kickstand 4 features a fold out support on the back that can be placed at different angles for portrait, landscape, or camera use, while the Minimalist features a slot on the back for holding one to three ID or credit cards. In addition, both cases are made from recycled plastic and offer open access to all ports and controls. Trtl Bot’s Kickstand 4 and Minimalist 4 cases for the iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $30 each.
Shure has rolled out its new SE315 Sound Isolating Earphone. The SE315 features a single “High-Definition” MicroDriver for full-range sound, a tuned bass port for improved low-end performance, a detachable cable with wireform fit, an included fit kit with three pairs of disposable black foam sleeves, three pairs of soft flex sleeves, one pair of yellow foam sleeves, and one pair of triple flange sleeves, an included carrying case, and either a clear or black housing. Shure’s SE315 Sound Isolating Earphone is available now and sells for $200.
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.
Audessey has introduced its new Audio Dock: South of Market Edition for the iPod and iPhone. The five-inch wide, nine-inch deep bi-amplified Audio Dock features two four-inch woofers and two 0.75-inch tweeters, an integrated Dock, Audyssey Dynamic Voice, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey BassXT and Audyssey Dynamic Volume sound processing, Bluetooth connectivity, speakerphone functionality, a USB port for syncing, and an included remote control with call control buttons. The Audyssey Audio Dock: South of Market Edition will ship in the fourth quarter of 2010 and will sell for $399.