Social networking site Facebook has released version 3.1 of its official application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The updated application offers optional Push Notifications for friend requests, wall posts, comments, and more, the ability to sync Facebook friends with your Address Book, and a choice of Live Feed within the main News Feed filter options. Facebook 3.1 is available now as a free download from the App Store.
Parrot, primarily known for its wireless mobile accessories, has unveiled the Parrot AR.Drone, a quadricopter piloted via an iPhone or iPod touch. The AR.Drone’s companion application allows users to fly in a real-world environment, complete with objects and conditions to account for, while simultaneously playing a video game on the device’s screen. The app uses the accelerometer and command buttons for control, while the Wi-Fi-connected AR.Drone employs a wide angle camera and high speed camera, an accelerometer, a gyro, an ultrasound sensor, and an advanced computer to make piloting accessible to both savvy and inexperienced users alike. Parrot plans to make an open SDK available to developers soon, and plans to release the AR.Drone to consumers sometime later this year at a currently undetermined price. Continue reading to watch a demo video showing the device in action.
Toffee has debuted its new iPhone Wrap case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Handmade from full-grain nappa leather, the Wrap case offers a protective front flap with an elastic strap closure, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera when open. It will come in a variety of colors including black, tan, red, blue, and hot pink, and will be available in February for $50.
SwitchEasy has debuted its new Reptile case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Like many of the company’s prior cases, the Reptile employs both a soft ADSP inner shell and GE Lexan polycarbonate UltraFrame to offer protection for the iPhone, and also features a crocodile skin texture on the rear, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, Included with the case are two screen guards with applicator card, a video stand, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two Universal dock adapters, one black, one white, two Dock Connector protectors, and two headphone jack connectors. SwitchEasy’s Reptile case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in five colors and sells for $29; for more information, see our First Look article.
Helium Digital has introduced its new HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator. The 990 is a unique iPhone-compatible cell phone accessory, which uses Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR to let the user receive calls directly from the wristband. Features include audible caller ID, incoming call and out of range vibration alerts, up to four hours of talk time and 160 hours of standby time on a single charge, echo elimination and noise cancellation technologies, and support for A2DP, Headset, and Handsfree Bluetooth profiles. Helium Digital’s HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator will be available in February and is priced at $90 CAD, or roughly $87.
Newer Technology has introduced its new Window Mount for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The nine-inch long Window Mount features a suction cup-style mount, a flexible neck, and a rotating black plastic cradle that allows for full access to all of the iPhone’s ports and buttons. Newer Technology’s Window Mount for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $20.
Zagg has introduced its new ZAGGsparq mobile backup battery for the iPod, iPhone, and other USB devices. The ZAGGsparq features a 6,000 mAh lithium polymer battery, which the company claims is good for up to four iPhone recharges. Other features include LED lighting to indicate the current power level, two USB ports to charge multiple devices at once, and a compact black body with with integrated standard outlet prongs. The Zagg ZAGGsparq is available now and sells for $70.
Pioneer has unveiled its XW-NAS3 and XW-NAS5 speaker systems for iPod in the U.S. Previously available in other areas, both systems offer 2.1-Channel sound with an integrated downfiring subwoofer, an integrated iPod dock, component and composite video outputs, an included remote control, an auxiliary input, and compatibility with the optional AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter. In addition, the NAS5 also features Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Receiver processing for improved sound from compressed files and Auto Level Control which monitors the volume level from track to track. Pioneer’s XW-NAS3 and XW-NAS5 speaker systems for iPod are listed as “coming soon;” pricing has yet to be revealed.
Speck Products has forged a partnership with community-based online product platform Artsprojekt to create new versions of the company’s Fitted case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Limited to 250 each worldwide, and with only the first 100 released prior to Christmas, the first editions will feature artwork from San Francisco-based artist Andy Howell, Noumeda Carbon of Florence, Italy, and Tesha Beaudry Okolowsky of Montreal, Canada. In addition to offering open access to all ports and controls, each case will come with a limited edition designation on the inside and includes a special collectors card about the art and artist. Speck’s Artsprojekt Fitted Authorized Editions for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will be available soon and will sell for $40.
JVC has announced its new XS-SR3 iPod speaker dock. The XS-SR3 features a unique design with a rotating dock made to accomodate both vertical and landscape positions, a glossy black speaker tube with a curved design that allows the iPod to sit in between the speakers, Dolby Virtual Surround sound processing to create a wider sound field, 5 watts of power, two audio inputs—one analog and one optical digital—and an included remote control. The JVC XS-SR3 will be available later this month and will sell for $150. [via Engadget]
Audio-Technica has introduced its new ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint headphones. The ATH-ANC1 features an on-ear, folding design, and offer the company’s active noise-cancelling technology, which employs miniature built-in microphones to detect environmental noise and apply a corresponding sound-cancelling signal. Other features include full-range drivers, the ability to operate in passive mode without batteries, and an included carrying pouch, 1.6-foot extension cord, an airline adapter, and an AAA battery. Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint headphones will be available in January 2009 and will sell for $130.
Uniea has announced its new U-Diamond case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The U-Diamond case is made of a double-silicone construction with a diamond matrix design style and texture and provides cutouts for the iPhone camera, Dock Connector, speakerphone and ringer switch as well as pass-through buttons for the iPhone volume control, and includes a U-Shield screen protector. The case is expected to be available in five different colors and is scheduled for release sometime in the first quarter of 2010. No price has yet been announced.
DLO has released a new wall charger that lets you charge your iPod or iPhone without the need for cables. The WallDock is a wall-mounted charger with a built-in dock for iPod or iPhone. The WallDock ($25) features a pivoting, 30-pin dock allowing any iPod or iPhone to rest against the wall for support and claims to charge in less amount of time than other standard, less powered chargers.
Incase has released yet another new case design for the iPhone 3G/3GS. The Perforated Snap Case is made of a plastic, snap-on hardshell and features perforations throughout, making the case lightweight. The Snap Case comes in black, white and pink and a S-Stand is also included for $30.
Proporta has introduced its new Antimicrobial Silicone Case with SteriTouch for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Antimicrobial Silicone Case is made from rugged silicone, which has been treated with an antimicrobial coating to guard against germs and bacteria, and features a textured black outer surface with grey interior. Proporta’s Antimicrobial Silicone Case with SteriTouch for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $21.
Griffin Technology, as part of its new Co-Op Initiative, has announced a partnership with community-based online apparel store Threadless to produce a new line of accessories. First in the series are the new Clouds within the Thunder and Birds of a Feather cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Each single-piece thin polycarbonate case offers a thickness of less than 1mm, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. In addition, like the t-shirt designs on which they are based, each case design is made in limited quantities. Both new Griffin+Threadless cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now and sell for $35.
Dexim has introduced its new DCA132 P-Flip Foldable Power Dock for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The P-Flip is a portable battery pack featuring a unique folding design that allows it to serve as either a cradle or video stand for the attached device, depending on whether it’s in a vertical or horizontal position. In addition, it offers a 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery good for up to eight extra hours of talk time, a mini-USB port for recharging the battery and for both syncing and recharging the attached device, and an included cradle for second- and third-generation iPod touches. Dexim’s DCA132 P-Flip Foldable Power Dock for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPod touch 2G and 3G will be available online and in AT&T stores starting November 22, and will sell for $60. For more on the Dexim P-Flip Power Dock, see our First Look article.
Evolution Designs has introduced its new BackFlip Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from a soft, impact-absorbing material, the BackFlip Case features open access to the screen, Home button, camera, ring/silent switch, headphone port, and Dock connector, built-in, push-through protection for the sleep/wake and volume buttons, and a built-in kickstand on the rear that can hold the iPhone upright when in vertical position or on its side for landscape use. Evolution Designs’ BackFlip Case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $30.
Griffin Technology has announced a partnership with textile designer Chilewich l Sultan in which the two companies will work together to create a new line of co-branded Griffin + Chilewich accessories. The first fruit of the collaboration is the new Elan Form Chilewich case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This new case maintains the two-piece, EasyDock design, polycarbonate construction, and open access to all ports and controls of the original, but adds an outer layer of Sandy Chilewich’s woven vinyl textiles. Currently available in light grey or gravel, the Elan Form Chilewich sells for $40.
Caze has introduced its new Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from translucent polycarbonate, the Zero 5 offers a maximum thickness of just 0.5mm, open access to all ports and controls, and partial protection for the iPhone’s chrome bezel. In addition, the case includes both mirror and anti-smudge screen protectors and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Available in black (smoke) or clear, Caze’s Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $20.