Continuing our Day One iProducts Marketplace coverage, we saw a new military-grade Ballistic case, a new set of music accessories from IK Multimedia, a stylus from The Joy Factory, and some interesting productss from Odoyo. We also saw an interesting collection of multi-functional outdoor and roadside accessories from a new company, Secur, and some interesting new wood iPhone and iPad covers.
Known for its rugged cases that provide great drop protection, Ballistic has taken things a notch further with its Hard Core Tactical series. Designed primarily for military and emergency response personnel, Hard Core Tactical is certified to protect your iPhone 6 against drops of up to 12 feet onto concrete, with integrated shock absorbent springs. All openings and port covers are protected against dust, dirt, debris and water, and Hard Core Tactical includes an ultra-rugged holster with 200 lb pull strength, designed to fit standard law enforcement and military waist belts. A Molle compatible holster is also available separately that’s designed to be mounted to any Molle, Pals, or other tactical gear.
IK Multimedia recently announced a partnership with Flo Rida, and with that release comes the Flo Mic, a branded gold special edition of its original iRig Mic.
IK Multimedia has also released the iRig 2, an evolution of its highly popular iRig analog guitar interface. Selling for the same $40 price as the original, iRig 2 adds a gain control, a pre-amp output with an effects bypass switch, and is now available in three new color options.
The Joy Factory has debuted its X Spring stylus, providing the ability to write and draw smoothly on your iPad screen, with a spring-loaded tip that allows for writing and drawing angles of up to 180 degrees. X Spring is available now for $30 for the basic model, or $35 if you want a ballpoint pen integrated into the other end.
Odoyo has been expanding its product lineup, and today the company was showing the iThermo personal health thermometer. Working with a companion iOS app, iThermo can be used to take someone’s temperature from the forehead or ear, and it can then be plugged into the headphone port to transfer data to your iPhone for keeping a running record. Odoyo claims it’s accurate up to plus or minus 0.2 degrees, and a Bluetooth version is also in the works. It’s expected to be available in February, although pricing has not yet been announced.
Odoyo has also updated its PowerShell EX case for the iPhone 6, boosting the battery to 3000 mAh for powering the larger-screened device. It will be available at the end of the month for $100.
Secur was a new company we saw at the show this year, debuting a lineup of flashlights, speakers, and battery packs designed as outdoor field and roadside solutions. The Bluetooth Flashlight and Power Bank ($60) integrates a Bluetooth speakerphone with an LED Flashlight and Lithium Ion power bank. A 2600 mAh battery powers the device, and a bike mount bracket is also included. The device both charges and supplies power through an integrated waterproof USB port.
Secur also had a Bluetooth Lantern and Flashlight ($60), a small compact Bluetooth speaker that can be used as a flashlight when collapsed, or expanded into a lantern. The Three-in-One Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker ($100) uses a speaker design similar to what we’ve seen from other companies, but adds a three-LED flashlight at one end, and is designed to be water-resistant and shockproof.
Secur’s Four-in-One Light and Power Bank ($40) is a flashlight, lantern, and battery pack combination that provides a 6000 mAh battery, a 100 lumen LED flashlight and lantern, and 2A USB charging output. The USB ports are waterproof, and the device includes a magnetic base that allows it to be placed on the top or side of a vehicle in emergencies, and the light can be switched from standard white to a flashing red emergency beacon mode. The Four-in-One Car Charger ($40) is a multi-function device that works as a standard USB car charger but also incorporates a 1400 mAh battery power bank, a 150 lumen LED flashlight that can swivel to be used as a map light or work light, a flashing red emergency light, and a magnetic base.
Toast was another new company showing a lineup of wood iPhone and iPad covers that are applied adhesively to the iPhone. While not providing as much protection as a good case, the wood construction looks attractive and appears to be more durable than most traditional skins. The covers sell in various wood patterns and colors, and are priced at $30 for an iPhone 6 version, or $35 for one with engraved designs. iPhone 6 Plus versions sell for $35/$40 and iPad versions for $45/$50.