Bracketron has introduced its new Universal USB Travel Power Kit for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other USB-charging devices. The Kit includes low-profile USB car and wall chargers, both of which provide 2.1 Amp charging for fast charging of the iPad, as well as a 3’ Universal Charge/Sync Cable that features a standard USB connector on one end and both Apple 30-pin and Micro USB connectors on the other. Bracketron’s Universal USB Travel Power Kit for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod is available now and sells for $40; the Universal Charge/Sync Cable is available separately for $20.
Scosche has rolled out its new boomStream Bluetooth speaker for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other compatible devices. The boomStream is a portable speaker system featuring dual 40mm drivers and a down-firing passive subwoofer for enhanced sound, a built-in mic for speakerphone use, a built-in rechargeable battery good for up to 8 hours of playback, an integrated 500 mA USB charging port for supplying power to smartphones or other devices, and a 3.5mm aux input for connecting other audio sources. Scosche’s boomStream Bluetooth speaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod is available now and sells for $100.
iHome has announced that its iD55 portable stereo system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod is now available. Recipient of an iLounge Best of Show Finalist award at the 2012 CES, the iD55 features a curved design that slides open to allow for access to the integrated, iPad-friendly dock, as well as a line-in jack for other audio sources, two speakers set in Reson8 chambers, SRS TruBass sound enhancement, compatibility with the company’s various apps, and the ability to operate on AC power or off of 4 AA batteries. iHome’s new iD55 portable stereo system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod is available now and sells for $80.
Desk Pets has unveiled its new CarBot remote control car for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android devices. The CarBot is controlled with a free app that communicates with the car via an include IR dongle that plugs into the device’s headphone jack. Four interactive modes are available: Drift ‘n’ Race for full-speed racing, Maze mode, Battle mode for multi-player, and Personality mode, in which the car speeds and spins while flashing lights and emitting sounds. In addition, the USB-rechargeable battery is good for 25 minutes of play time for every 40 minutes of charging. Desk Pets’ CarBot remote control car for iOS and Android is available now for $30.
iDevices has announced that it is now shipping its iShower speaker for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other devices. First shown at the 2012 CES, the iShower is a Bluetooth-enabled, water-resistant speaker that’s designed to be used in the shower. Features include built-in play, pause, forward, rewind and volume buttons, a claimed 200 foot range, up to 15 hours of battery life from three AA batteries, a time display, tool-free installation, and the ability to pair with up to five devices at once. iDevices’ iShower is available now and sells for $100.
Invoxia has announced that it is now shipping its AudiOffice accessory for iOS devices. The AudiOffice is designed to serve as a handset accessory, speakerphone, and traditional speaker system, offering a built-in dock for the iPhone and iPod touch, a USB cable connection for the iPad, Bluetooth for wireless pairing with any compatible device, a wired handset for personal conversations, two MEMS digital microphones for speakerphone use, and an array of four speakers with dual bass ports for use in both speakerphone and traditional music playback modes. Invoxia’s AudiOffice for iOS devices is available now and sells for $299.
Id America has rolled out its new Metropolitan in-ear headphones. The Metropolitan features a lightweight aluminum housing in one of six colors, an in-line remote and mic module, a tangle-free fabric cord, three included sizes of earbuds for a precise fit, and an included microfiber carrying pouch. Id America’s Metropolitan in-ear headphones are available now and sell for $30.
Apple will indeed offer a 19-pin to 30-pin dock adapter alongside the next-generation iPhone, a new report claims. Citing sources who previously confirmed Apple’s plans to shift to a smaller dock connector, iMore suggests that the adapter will allow for the use of most 30-pin based accessories with future iOS devices. It notes that some accessories may, due to size or shape, be awkward or impossible to use with the new adapter, but that most should do fine. The report does not state whether Apple will include an adapter in the box with the next-gen iPhone, or sell it separately, but does claim that the adapter will be available for the iPhone’s launch. Notably, iMore has had a mixed track record in recent reporting on the new iPhone, initially casting doubt on reported screen and body changes before acknowledging them as accurate.
Dexim has announced that it is now shipping with ClickStik Bluetooth Remote + Camera Stand for iOS. Originally debuted at the 2012 CES, the ClickStik package includes a rechargeable Bluetooth remote that works with a dedicated app to allow for remote control over an iOS device’s shutter, as well as remote switching between still photo and video modes. Als included in the package is a universal device cradle, a mini-tripod, a micro-USB cable for charging, and a Velcro strap to allow for various other mounting situations. Dexim’s ClickStik Bluetooth Remote + Camera Stand is available now on Amazon and sells for $50.
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled its new Playmaker wireless audio bridge. Designed to connect digital music sources to the company’s speakers, the Playmaker offers both AirPlay and DLNA support, a high performance Digital Audio Converter, 802.11 b/g wireless connectivity, an Ethernet port, a line-in port, and two RJ45-style loudspeaker outputs. It is priced at $425 and will be available later this month. [via Engadget]
Urbanears has introduced its new Zinken on-ear headphones. Developed to work well for both traditional users and DJs, the Zinken features features swivel ear caps, an adjustable headband, 40mm dual diaphragm drivers, dense foam ear cushions for noise isolation, a collapsible design for easy portability, a coiled cable with one 3.5mm end and one 6.3mm end, letting the user connect to both traditional headphone ports and DJ equipment with on cord, and a “ZoundPlug” audio output socket that allows for music sharing with another pair of earphones or headphones. Urbanears’ Zinken headphones are available now in seven colors and sell for $140.
Optrix is now shipping its XD Sport case for the iPhone, iPhone 4S, and fourth-generation iPod touch. Like the company’s prior HD Sport mount, the XD Sport is comprised of a ruggedized case, offering the ability to access most device functions while protecting against intrusion and damage from water, dirt, and shocks. The XD Sport also features a built-in 175º wide-angle aluminum and glass lens designed for use in sports video recording, and includes a number of accessories, including a curved mount, a flat mount, a quick-release latch, a lens cap, and a rubberized sled that doubles as a case. Optrix’s XD Sport case for the iPhone and iPod is available now and sells for $99; iPod touch sled sold separately.
Scosche has announced that its Realm RH600 series of on-ear headphones are now available. The lineup includes the RH656, an iLounge Best of Show Award-winning model featuring 40mm drivers, viscoelastic memory foam ear pads, a ported sound chamber, an adjustable headband, the company’s tapLine III in-line remote control and mic, and an angled 3.5mm connector. Also available is the RH600 model, offering all the features of the RH656 save for the remote and mic. Scosche’s new Realm RH656 and RH600 on-ear headphones are available now in black or white and sell for $130 and $100, respectively; for more information, see our full review of the RH656.
Velocomp has unveiled its new iBike Powerhouse cycling fitness system for the iPhone and iPod touch. The system consists of a water- and shock-resistant case, electronics to perform cycling measurements, including power, a wireless speed and cadence sensor, and a handlebar mounting system. This hardware works in conjunction with the iBike Powerhouse app to measure results and guide users through a multi-week fitness program, providing feedback such as when to pedal with more effort, speed, when to slowdown, and so on, custom-tailored to each user’s current level of fitness and end goal. Velocomp’s iBike Powerhouse system is available now and sells for $279.
A judge has ruled against Bose in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by the company against a number of well-known makers of speaker docks for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. CE Pro reports that the judge ruled that SDI Technologies Inc.—the parent company of iHome—Imation Corp., Memorex Products Inc., 3XM Consulting LLC, and D.P.I. Inc did not violate a Bose patent for “Interactive Sound Reproducing” that covers an audio system that receives signals from a computer and converts the digital signal to an audio signal. The suit covered 144 products in total, including at least one AirPlay-capable unit.
“In our minds, the decision is a boon to Apple users and the entire audio technology industry that’s built up around Apple products,” said a spokesperson for Thompson Coburn, the firm that represented Imation and DPI. “Bose targeted three relatively low-cost producers of speaker docks with the belief they wouldn’t fight the lawsuit and pony up a license fee to Bose. Had these smaller manufacturers folded, Bose likely would have lodged similar infringement claims against higher-cost producers, continuing until it had licensed the entire market. This decision promotes the healthy competition that keeps prices down for Apple consumers.”
Klipsch has introduced its new S4i Rugged earphones. Based on the company’s earlier Image S4 earphone, the S4i features an 8.5mm dual magnet micro-speaker, rubberized moldings on the surface of each ear bud, moisture resistance, an oversized, in-line three-button remote and mic, four included sizes of oval ear tips, a clothing clip, and an included nylon zipper case. Klipsch’s S4i Rugged earphones will be available later this month and will sell for $100. [via Engadget]
iStabilizer has launched its new Dolly adjustable mount for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Dolly is a camera mount for iPhone featuring four large wheels for smooth tracking shots, an 11-inch adjustable arm to allow for changes in angle and position, an included iStabilizer Mount that can be used on any tripod with a standard camera mount, and compatibility with iPhones and iPod touches in a large range of cases. iStabilizer’s Dolly mount for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $60.
Pure has unveiled its new Contour 100i speaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. The dome-shaped Contour 100i features a rotating, iPad-compatible dock that hides away when not in use, two 3” drivers receiving 10W of power each, a rear bass port, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, a USB port for software updates, a 3.5mm headphone output, a custom auto-dimming LCD display, FM tuner, an included remote control, and two alarms with a snooze option. Pure’s Contour 100i speaker is available now from Brookstone and sells for $190. [via Engadget]
Griffin Technology has rolled out its new MIDIConnect adapter for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Originally debuted at the 2012 CES, MIDIConnect connects to an iOS device via the 30-pin port, adding a standard MIDI input and output. Users can use the input to use MIDI-compatible instruments and controllers in a wide variety of MIDI-capable apps, including GarageBand, or alternately use the output from a controller app to perform music. Griffin Technology’s MIDIConnect adapter for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available now and sells for $80.
DigiPower has introduced its new ChargeCard battery pack for the iPhone, iPod, and other USB-charging devices. Touted by the company as a credit card-sized, wallet- and purse-friendly charger, it features a 720mAh battery which DigiPower claims is good for two extra hours of talk time, weighs just 1.2 ounces, and measures just 1/4” thick. No pricing or release information has yet been announced.