By Lisa Johnston
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Nashville, Tenn. — Griffin Technology announced the SeeSaw iPad stand and case, meant for students.
The SeeSaw is designed to be used propped on a table and can position the iPad 2, 3 or 4 in portrait or landscape mode. Features include a carry handle, built-in stylus holder, and full access to all ports and controls. The company said its nonporous material is meant for easy cleaning.
It’s currently available through “several distributors” and Griffin’s website for $34.99. Two colors are offered: Pool Blue and Citron.
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.
Beaverton, Ore. — Nike has chosen 10 technology partners for its Nike+ Accelerator program, designed to further the product ecosystem of its Nike+ fitness technology platform.
Nike said the "program leverages the success of the Nike+ platform by connecting with viable companies that share a commitment to helping people lead more active lives."
New Haven, Conn. — Yale Locks & Hardware announced that its wirelessly controlled door locks now integrate with Crestron control systems to provide direct communication, control, management and monitoring of home security.
The Yale Real Living line of access control locks enable homeowners to lock and unlock doors remotely from a Crestron touchscreen or a mobile device, set entry schedules and personalize access to the home.
Orlando, Fla. — Tributaries updated its HEC line of HDMI cables with a new model meant for long-distance runs.
New features for the cables include updated conductors, connector shielding, stronger connectors and thicker gold plating on the contacts. The IHEC cables, which are designed for long distances, also feature the company’s Full Body Armor protective covering.
The IHEC cables range from $400 to $1,250 suggested retail. They support Ethernet, 3D, 4K (24Hz) and ARC.
Park City, Utah — Skullcandy reported higher sales for its fourth quarter, much of which was attributed to higher sales for its Astro Gaming brand, but its new CEO warned of challenges ahead.
Net sales in the four quarter were $101 million, up 21 percent from $83.5 million in the prior-year period. North America net sales in the fourth quarter increased 12 percent to $82.7 million, driven by increased Astro Gaming sales, while international sales shot up 90.2 percent to $18.3 million.
Morges, Switzerland — Logitech International announced an organizational realignment that will eliminate 5 percent of its workforce and net the company up to $18 million in incremental savings for the next fiscal year, according to the company's 8K filing today.
The company anticipates recording a pretax cash charge of between $12 million and $14 million in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year. The charge is related primarily to the personnel reductions, with the company eliminating approximately 140 positions from its worldwide labor workforce.
Melville, N.Y. – Canon is taking 3D to a new dimension called mixed-reality (MR), by using a special head gear display to mix 3D images into real-world surroundings.
Called MREAL, the system uses a head-mounted display and software to create the illusion that computer-generated visuals exist within the real surroundings.
The technology simultaneously merges virtual objects with the real world, at full scale and in three dimensions.
Los Angeles — JVC Mobile Entertainment announced the release of its third and final episode of the “Turn Me On: The Road/Halestorm” campaign.
The campaign is designed to promote the company’s in-dash multimedia and navigation receivers. The third episode, titled “Here’s To Us,” features the band’s single of the same name and shows the group as it finishes its 2012 U.S. tour.
Los Angeles — Monster’s Noel Lee will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) Foundation.
Lee, founder and head monster of monster, will be given the award at the Pre-Grammy Party presented by Verizon Wireless and hosted by MNET America, Planet LA Records and partners on Feb. 7 at East West Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
CAPE is the benefiting charity organization of the event.