Charging Has Powerful Presence At SEMA
By Lisa Johnston On Nov 8 2010 - 5:01am
LAS VEGAS —
The SEMA Show, held here at the Las Vegas
Convention Center last week, proved to be a popular
venue for accessories manufacturers.
In addition to the car electronics launches, Monster, Scosche and Parrot all introduced
new products for use in the car and at home.
unveiled five mobile accessories under its
Monster Mobile brand. The products include the following:
CarTalk Bluetooth car kit ($79.95): The sun-visormounted
kit uses Bluetooth 2.1 and features echo cancellation,
noise and wind reduction, a rechargeable lithiumpolymer
battery, 25 hours of talk time and two months of
ClarityHD Bluetooth stereo speaker ($119): Features
include a built-in microphone, two 35mm full-range drivers,
a lithium-ion battery, a USB power cable and a carrying
case. Playtime is listed at 10 hours at midlevel volume,
PowerPlug dual USB car charger ($34.95): This charger
can simultaneously charge two USB-enabled devices.
It comes with a status indicator.
PowerPlug USB car charger ($29.95): Similar to the
dual charger but this one charges just one USB-enabled
Motion Play charging device ($119): This device is said
to use an in-car hand-motion control connection to operate
an iPod, iPhone or iPad, including play/pause and
track skip, while charging the device at the same time.
Requests for more information about the technology were
not available press time.
All products are scheduled to be available in the first
quarter of 2011.
added to its BlueFusion hands-free interface
line with the BT1000 and BT1200 hands-free streaming
audio kits. The kits come with a hands-free mic and enable
voice dialing. Pricing wasn’t given. A spokeswoman told
TWICE they will be available in early spring 2011.
MiniKit Smart, which will be available this
month for $129, is being billed by the company as the first
Bluetooth hands-free and multifunction kit adapted to all
models and compatible with all operating systems. It has
a docking bay that can be used with any smartphone measuring
from 56mm to 70mm wide (and can charge phones
with a mini USB, micro USB or Apple input). The Bluetooth
connection transmits calls and GPS directions via
an integrated 2-watt speaker, and installation is done with
a swiveling suction cup and a magnet for the docking bay.
A retractable microphone is included. According to Parrot,
the MiniKit Smart has one-week autonomy on standby
and 10 hours of talktime.
The kit can be recharged with the car’s DC power outlet,
and it also charges the smartphones while in use.
Other features include the ability to store multiple phone
books and voice recognition.