By Lisa Johnston
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TOKYO — Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) said it had expanded its Official License Program to peripheral and accessories manufacturers in North America, Japan, Asia and Europe.
Manufacturers who enter into the license program will receive access to necessary technical documentation for designing and creating licensed products for PlayStation platforms. These platforms include the PSP, PlayStation3 and PlayStation2.
As part of entering the licensing agreement, SCE said it will provide an official logo that can be used on product packaging.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Skooba Design has announced an exclusive partnership with U.K.-based Proporta to co-market its line of Proporta-branded iPod and handheld device cases and accessories in the United States.
Skooba is now the sole sales and marketing agent for Proporta in the U.S., initially making the products available exclusively on the Skooba Web site.
Proporta designs and manufactures cases for all current and recent iPod and iPhone models. The company is best known for its aluminum-lined leather cases that offer the screen protection of a hard case with a slimmer profile.
This limited launch on the Web is intended to give Skooba the opportunity to establish the products here and fine-tune the assortment for domestic consumers, the company said. After the initial rollout period, the company plans to expand the assortment and retail distribution nationwide.
TUSTIN, CALIF. — Sena Cases introduced its Sarach Designer series collection for the iPhone 3G and 3G S. The cases feature a hand-sewn, two-tone saddle-stitched design, and include the Sarach Flip ($69.99) and LeatherSkin ($59.99) cases. Both cases are currently available and are offered in a variety of colors.
Compton, CALIF. — Belkin launched a line of mice, known as Comfort mice. Three models are available: the wireless Comfort mouse ($29.99), the Bluetooth Comfort mouse ($49.99) and the Retractable Comfort mouse ($19.99).
The wireless Comfort mouse features a USB dongle that can double as a perch to hold the mouse in place when switching rooms, said Belkin. The Bluetooth model has a scroll wheel that provides both vertical and horizontal scrolling, and the Retractable model has as cable that is designed to prevent knots and tangles.
The wireless and Bluetooth models are currently available, and the retractable model will be available in August.
CHATSWORTH, CALIF. — Gefen announced the availability of its new DVI-3500HD. The long-range sender/receiver extension system is said to deliver video in the DVI format with USB peripherals, RS-232 control and analog audio up to 6,600 feet (2 kilometers) in distance over fiber-optic cables. The DVI-3500HD supports extended resolutions up to 1,920 by 1,200 and has the ability to operate in either local or remote mode, said Gefen.
The DVI display and USB peripherals connected at the computer's location can be used to access data when it is in local mode; when in remote mode, the DVI display and USB peripherals connected at the extended location can be used to access data. Two different locations can access the same computer, giving “always-available access” to important data, the company said. The mode can be selected via a front-panel switch on the sender unit.
The product is listed at $2,679 on Gefen's Web site.
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