iHome unveils new SmartPlug, speakers at CES 2016
iHome has unveiled a collection of several new products at this year’s CES, including an updated version of its original HomeKit-enabled SmartPlug, a new model building on its Kineta speaker lineup, and several new speakers and clock radios.
The new iHome Control iSP8 SmartPlug ($50), expands on the company’s original HomeKit-enabled plug, adding power consumption monitoring capabilities and compatibility with Android, Nest, Wink, and more in addition to the iOS HomeKit support. A remote control is also included in the package to allow the plug to be used without a smartphone or tablet.
The new Kineta K5 ($70) builds on the new K-Cell battery equipped speakers iHome debuted last year with a new design, Bluetooth-enabled wireless FM clock radio, and built-in speakerphone. It’s equipped with Reson8 speakers and includes the same K-Cell battery technology as the original models — a removable battery pack that can be popped out to recharge mobile devices on the go.
iHome’s new iBT9, iBT35, and iBT37 ($40) are a new lineup of Weather Tough rugged speakers — IP67-rated portable waterproof rechargeable Bluetooth speakers designed to be weather/water and shock resistant. All include a built-in mic with digital voice echo cancellation for speakerphone capabilities.
The iDL44 ($100) is a new variation on the clock radio speakers that iHome has become known for. This one features a Lightning dock for connecting and charging an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, with a design that is supposed to be more case-friendly. The iLD44 also features dual alarm clocks, room for up to 6 FM presets, EQ controls, Reson8 speaker chambers, a USB charging port, and Time Sync to keep the clock in sync with the connected iOS device.
The iPL24 ($70) is a smaller clock radio variation designed for optimal use of space, featuring many of the same features of the iDL44 in a more compact design, including the new case-friendly Lightning dock design, dual alarms, FM radio support, a Reson8 speaker chamber, Time Sync, a 1A USB port, and an auxiliary in jack for connecting other audio devices.
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