This morning, while walking the halls of CES before the start of the show, I came across a booth that appeared to have a really neat product. The booth was manned by a senior gentleman who tried to explain the product to me but said that I should wait for his daughter who developed the product. He was very proud of his daughter and after seeing the product in use, he should be.
It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad app or accessory. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Todays subject: Airplay
Airplay gives you the ability to share content between devices over wifi.
Sometimes the simplest things are the coolest (IMHO). Anyhoo, yesterday as we were perusing vendors in the iLounge Pavilion at CES, we stopped at RadTech's booth (#4724). They were giving away these little 30-pin connectors (see below). It was a great find, because I needed it last night, as I was trying a new case for my iPod touch. One bulky enough to have to take the whole thing apart again to charge it (the standard Apple 30-pin connector cable wouldn't fit). The RadTech connector is slim enough on one side, and guess what?...It fit!
Remember the fiasco when Tap Tap Tap added undisclosed functionality to their wildly popular Camera+ app? Apple learned of this and removed the app from the app store. What was this functionality? The ability to override the volume buttons to use them as a shutter button. It's a great idea, because touching the touchscreen can wiggle the camera ever so slightly, messing up the shot.
The most unique case is the case you make yourself and the PixCase from Jaymo.co is a perfect example. The picture frame case has an insert for you to place your own photo or image. You print the image using their template as a guide. You could use a photo of loved ones, a family pet, or a work of art. You could even change the insert to change the look of your phone, depending on the occasion!
On Thursday, one of the first booths I visited was NLU Products (booth #5227). They didn't have much on display when I got there (the new Incredible line of iPhone cases shown above), but actually there isn't much to see unless they apply their product to your phone. They specialize in custom-made, scratch-resistant film and skin products, and they have them for every flavor of iOS device and/or Mac Product (and other phones too)...
Phyllis already posted up on the Griffin Crayola product that is wowing people at CES, but we swung back around to get more coverage of a few of the other goodies they have brough out for CES. The first is a Bluetooth remote gadget for your entertainment center, the second an iPad-connected stomp box that works with the iShred amp app (and your electric guitar), and the last a very cool car diagnosti\c device to troubleshoot engine codes and check your gas mileage efficiency.
Hal and I had an up-close and personal look at the latest iPad stand/case products at the Joby booth today (the Ori, and the Yogi). One is a stand/case combo that includes the twisty, adjustable legs that the other Gorillapod products all share (though quite a bit thicker), and the Ori, which like the Japanese paper art it is aptly named for, is a fold-out wonder to behold. If you don't know about Joby, they make adjustable camera stands that will hold your camera at almost any angle imaginable.
I saw this interesting product that allows you to keep your headset with your phone. What I also found interesting was that I do not recall seeing any other products on the market that had a similar design, so I thought it would be neat to check it out. It’s called the CellRoo pouch. CellRoo was kind enough to send me an evaluation unit for review.
Now you can swim and scuba with your iDevice with products from Dry Case. They provide waterproof, airtight, plastic, see-through cases that still allow your device to function as normal underwater. The cases are really amazing and easy to use. Simply put your device into the case, use the section bulb that comes with it to remove the air, and you are all set.
Peavey and iConnectivity were within throwing distance of our booth in North Hall (easiest hall to navigate). So if you are coming down to the show this weekend, are a musician interested in iPhone/iPod gear to make or create music, then you want to check them out. I'll break them down for you, but the videos at the end really do a better job than I can. I'll be getting gear from both of them for review in the near future (fingers crossed).
You never know what little gems might pop up at CES and from where. 2 of those turned up in the back corner of the North Hall (the nosebleed 1035 meeting areas). 4i has created an interesting iPhone cover with tactile nubs, and the Solar JOOS Orange will charge up to 4 iPhones on a single charge cycle...Check it out...
Many a blogger (here and elsewhere) has written glowingly of OtterBox cases. I am not currently drinking the Otter kool-aid, but am simpathetic since Otter has made tough mobile device cases from back before iPhone was even a gleam... (ok, maybe not that far back). Otter brought out their sterling line-up of high-impact cases for CES (both iPad and iPhone). No iPod cases, but well... We are an oft-overlooked group.
Admittedly, these iSimple GateWay kits only work with certain car makes and models, but still--if you are looking for a way to connect your iPhone or iPod into your existing factory car stereo, you might want to consider one of these (universal options available as well). I also enjoyed a brief demo of their IS713 WiFli transmitter--The WiFli works via an iPhone app that makes the transmitter search for an optimal frequency to transmit on.
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