By Lisa Johnston
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G-Form In Running For Edison Award
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – G-Form’s impact absorbing Reactive Protection Technology (RPT) composite material, which is used in the company’s impact-potective device cases, has been named a finalist for a 2013 Edison Award.
G-Form’s RPT is a finalist in the Material Science: Composites category, one of twelve categories honored by the Edison Awards, which recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the areas of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education.
Award winners will be announced April 25, at a gala in Chicago.
G-Form’s athletic and consumer electronic products utilize RPT, a composite blend of Poron XRD material and proprietary G-Form materials that instantly stiffens upon impact and absorbs more than 90 percent of the impact energy. G-Form gained attention for RPT by releasing a video of a G-Form’s XTreme case successfully protecting an iPhone 5 from a 100,000 foot free fall from the stratosphere.
“The G-Form team has worked extremely hard for several years developing and testing our state-of-the-art Reactive Protection Technology,” said Daniel Wyner, CEO of G-Form. “We are honored to have our accomplishments recognized by an organization as prestigious as the Edison Awards program.”
Jabra Adds Headset With FM Radio
NASHUA, N.H. — Jabra continued its winter debut of new products with the addition of the Play and Tag Bluetooth headsets, the latter of which features a built-in FM radio.
Both models are designed for users who want a single device for taking calls and listening to music.
The Play headset ($59.99 suggested retail) allows pairing to two devices at once using Bluetooth 3.0. It has a clipon design, six hours of talk time or music time, up to 192 hours of standby time, a 3.5mm jack for connecting ear buds, and a battery- status indicator. It comes with two sizes of ear gels.
The Tag ($69.99) has a dog-tag design, built-in FM radio, digital signal processing, Bluetooth 3.0, seven hours of music time, eight hours of talk time and up to 204 hours of standby time. It comes included with a pair of earphones with three sizes of ear gels, although few other details were available for them.
Both the Play and the Tag will be offered black or white and will ship in April.
Nuu Debuts iPhone 5 Keyboard Case
ROCHESTER, MINN — Nuu recently launched a slide-out QWERTY keyboard case for use with the iPhone 5.
The Bluetooth keyboard, known as the MiniKey, features 42 backlit keys, a slightly raised frame to protect the iPhone from scratches, an on/ off switch, function keys and a quickcharge capability.
It also has a built-in rechargeable battery that charges via MicroUSB. Access to all ports and cameras is still available.
The MiniKey is currently available for a $59 suggested retail. It is selling through the company’s website and Amazon.com. A version for the iPhone 4 and 4S is also available.
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