By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — Metra Home Theater Group will debut several lines of pro A/V accessories aimed at the professional installer at International CES this week, in booth 13427.
New video product launches include three new HDMI extender models, an HDMI cable tester, and two new flat-panel tilt mounts. New audio solutions from the company include a new IR kit, two new component shelves, an in-line surge protector for HDMI products, a universal learning remote and an accessory lockbox shelf.
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.
Avenel, N.J. -- Mizco International today announced that its Digipower division has entered into an exclusive agreement with Fromm Works to distribute the Quik Pod brand line of extendable hand-held telescopic monopods and tripods.
According to Digipower president Maurice Mizrahi, the distribution agreement agreement covers Quik Pod's line of Pro, Pro+, Explorer II, DSLR, and DSLR/POV models through its United States dealer network.
Las Vegas — Monster announced that Alicia Keys would headline its annual awards show at International CES in January.
The 2013 Retailer of the Year Awards will be held at the Paris Ballroom of the Paris Hotel on Jan. 9. The awards will begin at 8:45, with Keys’ performance to follow.
Nashville, Tenn. - Griffin Technology has opened five "micro stores" in the U.S. since November, after testing the concept in London during the Summer Olympics.
Griffin said the stores, located in malls in San Jose, Calif, Seattle, San Francisco, Nashville and Annapolis, Md., are "an effort to give consumers a unique opportunity to interact with and experience Griffin products in a way they are unable to anywhere else."
San Diego – Satechi today announced the availability of its Universal Remote dongle and RemoteBean app that allow any iOS device to be used as a universal remote control for any IR component.
The plug-and-play dongle connects to the iOS device’s 3.5mm jack. Once plugged in, users download the free RemoteBean app, enter the activation code and program all multimedia electronics in the room on the iPhone or iPad. The user-friendly app guides users through each room in the house to customize any device that comes with a remote control.
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears and Kmart will begin carrying the private-label Alphaline CE accessories brand on Oct. 28.
The line will be exclusive to the two retailers, a spokesman told TWICE, with 101 SKUs in Sears and 95 in Kmart.
Products will include cables, mounts, screen cleaners, iPod docking systems and Bluetooth speakers. Five different headphone styles will be available, with pricing ranging from $14.99 to $39.99, as will gaming accessories for the Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and DS systems.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech International said sales were down for its fiscal second quarter, ended Sept. 30, but operating income and net income were up.
Sales for the quarter were $548 million, down 7 percent from $589 million in the prior-year period. Excluding the unfavorable impact of exchange rates, sales were down 4 percent compared with the same quarter in the prior year, Logitech said.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – Voxx International reported a double-digit gain in net sales, as well as higher net income and operating income in its second fiscal quarter, ended Aug. 31.
Fiscal second-quarter sales increased driven by the Hirschmann acquisition and increases in mobile OEM and in accessories.
Net sales for the fiscal 2013 second quarter were $191.7 million, an increase of 21.1 percent compared with net sales of $158.3 million in the comparable year-ago period.
Ada, Mich. – Alticor announced that it is seeking buyers for its eCoupled wireless power intellectual property, developed by its subsidiary, Fulton Innovation.
Fulton said it owns more than 240 patents worldwide related to wireless power technology, with another 480 patents currently pending. The company played a leading role in establishing the global Qi standard for wireless power as a charter member of the International Wireless Power Consortium.