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Exclusive: Griffin to unveil AirClick wireless gear, SmartDeck adapter

picGriffin Technology will unveil a handful of new, innovative iPod products at next week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The company will first introduce its AirClick line of wireless accessories and then show a new cassette adapter with new-to-market features.

pic The AirClick Remote will allow users to control their iPod (play/pause, next/previous, volume up/down) from up to 60 ft. away. It will use RF technology (as opposed to IR), so users will not have to be in the line of sight for it to work. In addition, the AirClick system will be compatible with the iPod photo, enabling users to advance pictures wirelessly. The AirClick will come in two flavors—one for fourth-generation iPods and one for iPod minis—and will ship with a remote, receiver, a remote cradle and straps for attaching it to an automobile steering wheel.

picPrimarily designed for controlling iTunes, Griffin’s AirClick USB dongle plugs into a Mac to allow users to control certain tasks remotely. The product will ship with presets for Apple DVD player, iTunes, Keynote, PowerPoint, QuickTime and VLC. The company plans to market the solution (remote and dongle) as an excellent addition to Apple’s Airport Express with AirTunes. The AirClick USB product will also be able to control iTunes while it is in the background (behind other applications).

pic Also at the Macworld event, Griffin will debut the SmartDeck audio cassette adapter for third- and fourth-generation iPods as well as iPod minis. The new accessory will allow users to use their own stereo’s transport buttons—such as fast-forward, rewind, next song, previous song, etc.—to control an iPod. The SmartDeck should be compatible with virtually any cassette deck. The final version of the product may also ship with other features such as the ability set the iPod’s volume for optimum output.

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It works wtih Windows too: “AirClick USB is a remote for Mac and PC computers” (taken from Griffin web site http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/airclick/ )

Posted by locklin on January 8, 2005 at 1:46 PM (CST)


Thanks for the link! (Not intended for the public yet I don’t think: it’s not linked from their product pages, and the buttons go to Road Trip instead.)

They don’t show any “combo” package yet… but the page is clearly a work in progress, and the product’s not out yet.

A couple details to be found there: the remote has a clip, a hold-switch, and velcro holder for use on car, bikes, or… arms.

The only thing not to like so far is the two-tone look with the dark gray. But I’ll live :)

Posted by Nagromme on January 8, 2005 at 3:43 PM (CST)


Check out all the new products from Griffin at

Posted by Attis on January 8, 2005 at 4:45 PM (CST)


This wouldve of been perfect if you could use the airclick together with the smartdeck. Looks like the smartdeck will only plug into the ipods remote/headphone jack and I was hoping the airclick would have a jack exactly like the ipods. Guess ill just stick to my remoteremote2…

Posted by marley2778 in Palos Verdes, CA on January 8, 2005 at 4:58 PM (CST)


RemoteRemote 2 doesn’t have an iPod-style remote jack—just a headphone jack. That’s enough, most of the time. (And use your dock to add line out.)

AirClick certainly has at least a headphone jack as well (hopefully on top, not on the side like RemoteRemote 2—annoying/fragile for pocket use).

But I’m HOPING AirClick ALSO has the iPod accessory socket on top—something I’ve never seen an accessory actually do. If so, then it COULD be used with iTrip or SmartDeck.

Anyone have evidence for whether the AirClick has that accessory pass-through? It would seem silly to prevent the use of additional Griffin/other goodies. But I’ve never seen an accessory that DID have the pass through.

Posted by Nagromme on January 8, 2005 at 6:54 PM (CST)


what would be great is if the receiver is also a dock, to allow line out and charging. you could simply have it set up by the stereo, pop your iPod in when you get home and pick up the remote. It’d be a cleaner look and a one move set up, instead of having the iPod connect to a charger/dock and the remoter receiver sitting on top of it. Maybe that’ll be airclick’s next evolution.

Posted by Nipith in Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2005 at 10:47 AM (CST)


It must have some sort of headphone jack.  Otherwise the inclusion of volume buttons would be pointless.

Posted by Sts10188 on January 9, 2005 at 11:14 AM (CST)


What would truly be useful is if there was a device that would allow you to use your iPod as a remote control itself for listening to music on your home stereo.  This way, you could actually see what music you are going to play, rather than using a remote to control your iPod, whose screen is much to small to see from a distance.

Posted by taylor14 on January 10, 2005 at 9:10 AM (CST)


AirClick and SmartDeck combined make the iPod perfect for me in the car!

Just the other day, I wondered how hard it would be to use the cassette transport in the head unit to control the iPod.

One question, can these two be piggybacked?  Otherwise, they can’t be used together. :(

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on January 10, 2005 at 11:04 AM (CST)


An iPod dock with integrated remote control capabilities… that’s exactly what’s needed - and it would make all the sense in the world. I guess its what’s keeping me from buying a second dock for connecting to my home stereo. When are all these items from Griffin being released, anyway?

Posted by Derek in Chicago, IL on January 10, 2005 at 12:01 PM (CST)


I meant just something you would put on top of your ipod so you can walk around with it, and that transfers music to a receiver that you attach to your stereo.

Posted by taylor14 on January 10, 2005 at 1:28 PM (CST)


I meant just something you would put on top of your ipod so you can walk around with it, and that transfers music to a receiver that you attach to your stereo.

Posted by taylor14 on January 10, 2005 at 1:29 PM (CST)


sorry for double post

Posted by taylor14 on January 10, 2005 at 1:30 PM (CST)


Taylor, they’re already out… they’re called FM transmitters. They just don’t sound quite as hot as when the iPod’s connected directly to the stereo.

Posted by Derek in Chicago, IL on January 10, 2005 at 4:44 PM (CST)


Taylor—if you mean somethingn with FULL quality, or at least much better than FM, there are other wireless solutions that do that without using FM. Including Bluetooth solutions like NaviPlay, I believe. They’re new and I haven’t seen reviews, though.

Posted by Nagromme on January 10, 2005 at 11:48 PM (CST)


Would love it if the remote had a small display for using airtunes from another room… that’s my only complaint with moving the music to mp3’s is that there is no way to control it from the den if I am listening there - gotta get up and run to the office if I want to change songs.

But this thing is definitely a step in the right direction!

Posted by Johnnymac96 on January 12, 2005 at 8:52 AM (CST)

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