Kensington Intros Wireless Tethering For iPhones, Universal Tablet Folio
By Lisa Johnston On Sep 19 2011 - 3:01am
REDWOOD SHORES, CALIF. —
Kensington is upgrading
its “Smart.Simple” motto to include “Smart.Safe.Simple,”
and it has a new range of products that fit the new
The computer peripherals and security manufacturer
came to the TWICE offices last week to debut some
of its newest wares. The BungeeAir wireless tether and
case was named as such because a bungee cord can
be stretched and brought back, Dan Torres, senior director
global product management, told TWICE, and
something will happen if it is stretched too far.
In the case of the BungeeAir, what happens is an
audible alert and a vibration. The product consists
of a key fob and a battery-boosting iPhone case that
has a built-in 30-pin adapter. This adapter acts as a
wireless tether to the key fob, and when the key fob
is too far from the iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch), the
fob will beep and vibrate.
Users must download an app to use the tethering,
and the app also enables the iPhone to go into a
locked mode when the tether alert is activated.
Users for this device would include anyone who
brings his phone with him anywhere he goes. If a user
walks out of the house with his keys and his coffee,
but forgets his iPhone, the alert will activate, Torres
said. It has a range of about 30 to 50 feet, depending
on the dynamics of the building, and uses Kensingston’s
proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology.
The BungeeAir can also act as a security device.
If anyone tries to remove the 30-pin adapter, the
phone automatically goes into a password-protected
The fob features a six-month battery life, which Torres
said was crucial in the development of the product,
as no one would want to use such a product if
it constantly died. The fob and adapter can be purchased
for $79.99 in late October; adding the battery-
boosting case brings the bundle up to $99.99,
which is currently available.
Kensington also showed off several other products,
including a universal Bluetooth keyboard and
stand meant for use with non-iPad tablets. The Keyfolio
Universal features removable corners that firmly
attach to the case and can be adjusted to fit the dimensions
of any tablet. The Bluetooth keyboard is
removable, and the case also acts as a stand, with
seven different positions for the tablet.