By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — PowerSkin has introduced the PoP’n, an attachable external smartphone battery that sticks onto an existing case and connects via an interchangeable tip to charge any phone with a MicroUSB or Apple Lightning connector.
It is Apple MFi approved for the iPhone 5.
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.
OXNARD, CALIF. – Scosche Industries has begun shipping wall and car chargers with the new Apple Lightning connector as well as a retractable Lightning accessory cable.
Scosche’s StrikeBase wall charger comes in 5-watt and 12-watt models with a 3-foot long cable and flushfolding outlet prongs on a low-profile plug. The 5-watt model is recommended for iPhones and iPods, with the 12-watt for iPads, but Scosche said the higher-watt model’s extra power will not damage lower-wattage iOS devices. They retail for $29.99 and $34.99, respectively.
NEW YORK — Vivitar used the American International Toy Fair, held here earlier this month, to show off its entry into the youth tablet market.
One of its first devices for the category, the Camelio tablet, was previewed during International CES in January. It features a 7-inch 800 by 400 touchscreen, Android 4.1 OS, 4GB storage, built-in Wi-Fi, USB port and built-in microphone.
Belkin Licenses Lego For Cases
PLAYA VISTA, CALIF. — Belkin announced a multi-year licensing partnership with The Lego Group to create Lego-inspired cases for mobile devices.
HUNT VALLEY, MD. — Ventev’s Wallport r2200 (pictured) is a miniaturized dual-USB rapid universal charger capable of charging two tablets simultaneously. It delivers 2.1 amps through each illuminated port, has a no-slip slate gray matte finish with orange accents and includes Chargesync flat cables in seven color choices (blue, green, orange, red, pink, white and gray). Ventev called it “the smallest wall charger on the market providing two high-powered ports.” It also folds for travel.
NEW YORK — The well-overcrowded cases and bags market is driving manufacturers to distinguish their offerings beyond mere color and fashion. New functionality and form innovations highlight the latest offerings that have arrived, or soon will be arriving, on retail shelves. Pictured here are some of the more distinguished models recently announced.
TAMPA, FLA. — Manhattan took the wraps off its newest wireless mouse: the Contour.
Designed for mobile users, the Counter has a six-button design, including a top-mount push-button to switch DPI from 1,000 to 2,000. It uses 2.4GHz technology and features the company’s RightTrack technology for use on most surfaces.
Suggested retail is $29.99.
NEW YORK — Mobile Edge has introduced two lines of cases, including specialty cases for those who carry both a laptop and a tablet.
The new Mobile Edge Slimline Ultrabook cases come in a top-closure briefcase form and a top-flap messenger form. Each includes a padded Ultrabook compartment (up to 14.1 inches) plus a separate fleece-lined tablet pouch.
NEW YORK — While youth electronics had a flat year in 2012, preschool tablets and augmented reality toys are expected to help propel the category into a strong 2013, and they will have a prominent presence at Toy Fair 2013, held here this week.
Nearly half of the top 10 toys in terms of U.S. dollar sales were in the youth electronics category, according to The NPD Group. LeapFrog dominated the list, taking four slots (including the No. 1 position) with its Explorer gaming system and LeapPad tablet and their related accessories and software.
LAS VEGAS — The Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) demonstrated its initial flexible charging working spec to reporters at a breakfast at International CES earlier this month. The group — made up of 30 member companies, including Samsung, Qualcomm, Powermat and Texas Instruments — showed off charging surfaces that transfer power from a distance of up to 30mm through materials such as tabletops or car consoles. The spec allows charging of multiple devices simultaneously without physical contact to the charging surface.