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Consumers who prefer media on the go without headphones are being offered a new family of Sound Cases made by Sakar International. These protective cases for MP3, CD and DVD players and laptops incorporate built-in speakers that “let the sound out of the bag” — literally. Special cases allow the music or other audio to play on bikes and car visors.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Abbi New York, a new maker of portable storage, mainly laptop bags and briefcases for women, is launching its spring 2006 abbi and darci collections.
The high-end abbi collection features bags made from luxurious genuine leather or silk brocade print, with suggested retails ranging from $129 to $350.
The more moderately priced, mass merchant darci collection features bags made from premium faux leather or brocade print, with suggested retails coming in under $100.
Functionality and style continue to hold down key roles in the design of portable storage bags for consumer electronics products.
With active people on the go no longer satisfied just with dark colors, one large pocket and a durable outer material, bag makers have responded with numerous extras.
Slappa Distribution is introducing its BulkHead Pro travel bag that can be separated into four individual “spacious” bags. Each compartment is padded to protect a laptop and electronic gear and has its own shoulder straps. The Slappa bag is made from water-resistant and Slappa's BuckBlast material.
Laserline is offering its SOL MP3 messenger bags that feature divided interior pockets, adjustable straps, padded linings and headphone cord slots.
The bags come in two sizes and have suggested retails of $14.99 and $19.99. Bags are made of poly/nylon fabric and feature “plenty” of pockets.
A large, horizontal messenger bag from Sumdex, part of the company's Altitude series, model HDN-272, offers a padded computer compartment sized for a 14.1-inch notebook.
Other features of the bag are ImpactGuard protection at the bottom of the computer compartment, a new extended-feature workstation-organizer section, ergonomic padded shoulder strap and top handle carry, high-tech finish hardware that includes snap-out key chain holder and leather handle wrapper and trim.
Once an exclusive gathering for the photo specialty market, the annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show early next month will feature a number of bags and case manufacturers that are branching out from their consumer electronics roots, as well as photo specialty suppliers who are increasingly pitching their wares to CE specialists to display next to their digital camera displays.
The market for technology friendly carrying cases and bags continues to explode as sales of notebook PCs and portable devices such as digital cameras, portable audio and video players, GPS units and removable drives all remain in growth mode, according to Consumer Electronics Association forecasts.
Tritton is offering five new groups of portable storage bags, called Everki, which are designed as technologically innovative transport solutions — fashionable, rugged, easy to transport, versatile and multi-functional, said the company.
The Lifestyle line includes bags that hold all the daily gadgets in addition to necessities. An Express waist pouch has a $29.99 suggested retail and the Stride utility satchel is $29.99.