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Westwood, Mass. — Myvu, a developer and manufacturer of innovative eyewear displays for mobile entertainment, launched an addition to its line of Myvu personal media viewers, the Myvu Made for iPod Solo edition.
The Myvu Solo is designed to allow users to enjoy videos from their video-capable iPod, and includes a new charging feature that powers Myvu directly from the iPod. With Myvu Solo, users reportedly gain the same viewing experience offered through the original Myvu. Accessories are sold separately with two new options: the Myvu power pack, an eight-hour ultra-slim lithium-ion battery (charged with a USB charger) with a protective case for your iPod, and the Myvu premium travel case, which has room to fit both a Myvu and an iPod.
Myvu is compatible with the 30GB, 60GB, 80GB and the U2 Special Edition Apple iPods with video. The viewing experience is comparable to a large TV screen from six feet away, according to the company. Myvu is designed with a form factor that allows users to see above, below and through the viewer, creating "situational awareness" for on-the-go lifestyles. It has a $199 suggested retail.
Nashville, Tenn. — Griffin Technology recently announced the Streamline sport armband. Designed with a low profile, the case offers a full-face screen protector; reflective trim; and a washable, two-way armband.
The armband is currently available in black with a choice of colors planned for a follow-up release, said the company. It can be used with the iPod and the iPod Nano, and both cases have a $29.99 suggested retail.
Compton, Calif. — Four separate charging accessories debuted from Belkin. The Power Dock AV (F8Z126, $49.99) can charge and play an iPod through a home entertainment center, and it can sync with iTunes using the included USB cable. The Power Dock (F8Z122, $34.99) can charge and play an iPod through a computer. It also can sync with iTunes using the USB cable.
The company's charging kit for iPod (F8Z152, $34.99) includes wall-outlet and in-car power adapters, as well as a USB cable for charging. Finally, the company's power adapter for iPod (F8Z121, $24.99) comes with a wall-outlet power adapter and a USB cable. All are currently available.
Richmond, Calif. — The TuneView, a wireless remote control from Keyspan, is designed to manage iTunes on a PC or Mac. It features a color LCD screen, 10-buttong keypad and "iPod-like menus" that are meant to enable easy browsing and controlling of iTunes content from up to 150 feet away. The 2.4GHz RF connectivity between the remote and transceiver enables the TuneView to operate through walls and furniture.
It has a $149 suggested retail and is currently available.
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