The AutoCon FM transmitter from iKit is a good idea. An FM transmitter that gives you control over your iPod or iPhone through a small touch display with added handsfree features would be great. So far, I cannot seem to get the iKit to do many of those things very reliably, and the product comes with little documentation, nor could I find any support on the web-site.
One more post to put up misc video from the show (dude getting tasered, the amazing MultiTouch display you have to see, and more). I didn't get many iPhoneLife booth pix (hopefully someone did...UPDATED--Michelle sent some more booth pix below) as I was out and about the different vendors trying to determine what to cover, but want to thank all the booth babes (Phyllis, Tracy, Marge, Michelle, and especially my wife) and certainly everyone else who helped make it a great show (Hal, Thad, Todd, Gary, Tim, and anyone else I missed).
iSkin was getting their fashion on at CES this year. The buzz wasn't about any of their cases or skins, but their stylish new bags and backpacks. Definitely some new design ideas were on display, and whether you like or hate the new Q.West collection, you have to admit it's different.
I took some product shots of the iPhone/iPod cases while in the booth, but must admit most of our time was eaten up getting the skinny on the new Q.West collection surrounding the booth.
Many of our top picks for 2010 Buyer's guide were on display this year. We reviewed the IDAPT i4, Scosche flipSYNC and the sneakPEEK II here on our blogs, and were big hits at the show. The i4 was one of my top picks in our Buyer's Guide for 2010, and the flipSYNC garnered an honorable mention. IDAPT unveiled their latest and greatest charging wonder at CES: The i1Eco. A universal charging solution that will let you recharge multiple gadgets (much like the i4), but will work in both car and home.
Archos was probably the smallest, most swamped booth I saw at the show. The booth rep looked to be burned out, so I didn't even bother him. Just started taking pix and trying stuff out myself, grabbed a press kit and took off. The truth is, I have always had a positive view of most Archos gear. The A/V devices get high marks from reviewers.
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!
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.
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).