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.
Uncommon has announced its new iPhone 4 Deflector Case. Like the company’s prior case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, users can order the iPhone 4 Deflector Case with custom art or photography embedded into the case using the “3D TATT” printing technique, and also offers a slim profile, a snap-on design, an anti-glare camera ring, and open access to all other ports and controls. Uncommon’s new iPhone 4 Deflector Case is now available for customization, or as a pre-made case, and sells for $30. Updated: The price will rise to $35 after initial shipments.
JBL has unveiled its new On Stage IV and On Stage Micro III speaker systems for the iPod and iPhone. Both speakers sport the company’s new organic “Weave” design, as well as a top-mounted transparent Dock with an LED light for illumination, touch controls, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port for syncing with a computer, AC or battery operation, and an included remote control. The On Stage IV features four Odyssey full-range speakers, while the On Stage Micro III features two Odyssey speakers. The JBL On Stage IV and On Stage Micro III speaker systems for the iPod and iPhone are available now and sell for $150 and $100, respectively.
XtremeMac has released its new Tango TRX 2.1 speaker system for the iPod and iPhone. The Tango TRX is a 2.1-channel system, featuring an integrated Dock, Bluetooth EDR 2.1 for wireless music playback, two midrange drivers, two tweeters, and a subwoofer for full range audio, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, a multifunction wireless remote with EQ controls, compatibility with the company’s Tango TRX app, which acts as a substitute for the included remote, and the ability to charge the connected iPod or iPhone. A separate Apple-exclusive version, the Tango TRX D, also includes a separate charging dock for powering devices playing audio over Bluetooth. XtremeMac’s Tango TRX speaker system is available now for $180, while the Tango TRX D will soon be available exclusively from Apple and is priced at $200.
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.
Former Apple global supply manager Paul Devine, who was recently arrested and accused of accepting kickback payments from iPod and iPhone accessory suppliers, has agreed to a court order protecting Apple trade secrets. Bloomberg reports that the protective order covers documents, tapes, diskettes, hard drives or other media produced during the discovery phase of the criminal case containing material “that is intended to be kept secret and is trade secret information belonging to Apple.” Devine, who is also the defendant in a civil suit brought against himself and business partner Andrew Ang by Apple, agreed to procedures about how the data will be handled in pre-trial negotiations, without giving up the right to potentially use such information during the trial. Devine is accused of sharing confidential information from Apple with the suppliers, which used the information to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple.
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.
Griffin Technology has teamed with ScrollMotion, makers of the Iceberg Reader, to develop the Woogie for iPhone and iPod touch. The Woogie is a six-limbed plush toy with an integrated case for the iPhone or iPod touch and two built-in speakers powered by AAA batteries that connect via the headphone port. Available with the Woogie is a free Woogie Sesame Street eBook sampler app featuring “Elmo’s Birthday,”“Big Bird’s Nest,” and “The Fix-It Shop;” over 150 additional ScrollMotion titles are available. The Woogie sells for $20 and is available now from Griffin’s website.
IvySkin has rolled out its new Quattro 4 case and SmartCase battery case for the iPhone 4. The Quattro 4 is a multi-layer case made from polycarbonate, polysilicon, enhanced TPE, and glass for the touch-thru screen. It features push-through protectors for the volume, sleep/wake, and Home buttons, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and a slide-off design for easy docking. The Quattro 4 is available now in a variety of colors and is priced at $45. Available for pre-order is the SmartCase for iPhone 4. Based on the Quattro 4, the SmartCase adds a 1500mAh onto the back of the case, with a USB port for charging and syncing, an integrated LED status indicator, on/off switch, and included back plate identical to that of the Quattro 4 for times when the battery isn’t needed. It sells for $80 and is expected to ship in the coming weeks.