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.
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).
iLuv has been good to us this year, providing cases for giveaways, etc. I am also partial to their docking hardware. They make just about every flavor of accessory for iOS--a one-stop shop of add-ons for your Apple gadgets. I was a little disappointed that they did not have more "new" innovative products on display (2 items were embargoed and I was not allowed to take pictures or even see them).
Wow, did I get a hookup at Speck today in South Hall (booth 31546)! Samples galore, and all the latest CandyShells one can stand! Speck's shtik with the CandyShell line is "Hard shell, soft center...", which means the case has a hard polycarb outside and rubber interior. Their cases are well made and shock resistant. I got the grand tour, including iPad bags and Android cases. Even scored a CorePack Fly carrying bag for my netbook (which I desperately needed)...
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.
CES is chock full of every flavor of something (whatever that something is), and docks (audio and otherwise) are here in force in the iLounge Pavilion. In my last post, I looked at more conventional and cool dockware from iHome. Now for some fun and innovative stuff from another vendor I also like a lot, Speakal (a top pick in our Buyer's Guide for 2010).
This year at CES, I am trying to stay in North Hall mostly and focus on the iOS-related vendors and accessories, and wow are there a ton! I was able to check out the latest and greatest audio accesories from Speakel, and iHome (Speakel details in a separate post). Last year, I covered (pretty extensively) the Sonos S5 wireless audio system. iHome is coming out with a wireless audio streaming product based on AirPlay which is similar to the S5.
This year, I received a new Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS camera, which has a better zoom and focus for close-up gadget shots than my current camera. I was also able to test out the Eye-Fi Connect X2 SDHC wireless storage card. My old HP was not compatible with it, but the SD1400 works great. If you are looking for a way to share pix on-line from your existing P&S camera (or even from your iPhone), then read on...