By Jim Karpen on Mon, 01/14/2013
iLounge, a top website for reviews of accessories for iOS devices, has posted its selection of 24 accessories that received their 2013 CES Best of Show Awards. They spent two months previewing new accessories that would debut at CES and then went out on the CES floor to explore hundreds of additional products. After discussion and debate, they selected the very best. Winning best of show was Incipio's OffGrid Pro battery case for iPhone 5. It's a case tightly tailored to the iPhone's body that doubles as a battery pack. They also highlighted other battery cases among their selections.
Input devices that got awards were the pressure-sensitive Adonit New Jot Touch stylus, which has 2,048 levels of sensitivity, and the Light Marker, a Crayola marker-shaped stylus that lets kids draw on an iPad. For musicians, they selected the IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard, a foot pedal Bluetooth MIDI controller, and iRig HD for guitar input.
Waterproof cases were also big this year, and winning the nod from iLounge was the Incipio Atlas waterproof case for iPhone. It was chosen because it's "easy to put on, easy to access the ports, yet pocketable, rock solid, and featuring a full glass screen protector." Plus, the company offers a one-year warranty against liquid damage to an encased iPhone 5.
Some of the coolest selections include the iHome iDL100, a clock radio with three charging stations for iOS devices with the new Lightning connectors; Scosche's boomBottle, a water bottle-shaped Bluetooth boom box that fits in the water bottle cage on your bicycle; and the Macally Wi-Fi SD, for wireless storage of your media. It turns any "SD card or USB hard drive into a temporary wireless media source for up to five iOS devices at once."
There's lots more in iLounge's listing of winners, but these were the ones that caught my eye.