It seems as if CES is almost 50% iPhone cases so it must be very challenging to stand out! Rokform has found a way with their Rokbed, a rugged case that has several notable features.
First, there is a lanyard option so you can easily keep your phone on your wrist.
CES had tons of cases for your iPhone but if you truly want a unique look for your phone, you have to make your own case, by yourself. That's where iaPeel comes in.
Using their design software, for Mac or PC, and your inkjet printer, you print a custom graphic on blank, printable vinyl skins, which are themselves made in the USA.
3feet is a rugged, collapsible stand that comes in so many colors that even Apple would say 'boy, that's a lot of colors!'
I wrote about 3feet after their debut at last year's CES and this year, they have added more colors including purple, pink and gold, and the ability to emboss a custom logo or message, making for a great corporate gift.
As a happy customer of the Henge Dock, a vertical docking station for MacBooks, I have written about them in the past.
The Henge Dock is a port replicator that mounts your MacBook vertically and routes your cables conveniently so you can lift your MacBook and reinsert it with ease and not have to deal with all of the plugs. But when I upgraded from my old MacBook Pro to a speed new MacBook Air, they didn't have a solution for me... until now.
Did you ever wonder where superheroes keep their keys and other personal items, when they are saving the world in spandex? Even amateur athletes have the same concern.
The SPIBELT (Small Personal Item Belt) is another vendor who exhibited at CES last year, and again this year, but this time they have expanded their product line to include more colors, patterns, even a waterproof model.
It takes a lot for a case maker to stand out at CES or BestBuy for that matter. But XAWireless has managed to do so with a line of inspirational gear. Their eco-friendly natural cases are made of bamboo with words of wisdom engraved in the wood.
The StumpStand looks like it came out of IKEA, but it's designed and built in the USA. The solidly built tablet stand is solid angled chunk of rubber with special grooves to accommodate an iPad in a three different angles. It weighs just over half a pound and is available in assorted colors such as black, white, yellow, blue, red, purple and green!
Frankly, some products at CES suck, but in the case of the Sea Sucker (www.AppleMount.com) that's a good thing! If you want to mount your iPhone or iPad from your car windshield or dashboard, for GPS purposes, or perhaps on a side window for the kids in the backseat, you might be concerned about a suction cup that will eventually give way and drop your valuable device.
I picked up an iDangle case at CES from Fastcap that turned out to be very useful. It had a built-in lanyard made of a tough fabric that actually embedded a set of earbuds. A clever system allows those earbuds to be routed through the case into the iPhone's headphone jack. The earbuds don't have a microphone but I was able to place calls in a noisy CES show floor and I could hear and be heard just fine, using the phone's built-in microphone.
I have been attending CES (and Comdex, CES' now defunct competitor) for over two decades... since 1988 in fact! Each time, when I come back home, everybody asks me what the trend was. Sometimes it's bigger TVs, or flatter TVs, or 3D, smartphones or faster processors or smaller laptops or tablets. This year, however, the trend is not a particular technology or product set... The trend from CES 2012 has been 'Made in the USA.' I really did not anticipate this trend. Indeed I'm not sure that more products are actually being made in the USA than in prior years. What appears to be the case is that the vendors who do make products in the USA have been more upfront and vocal about it than ever.