By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — SMS Audio, the audio company helmed by rapper 50 Cent, will launch its first athletic-themed headphones during International CES.
The three-model Sport line will consist of both wired and wireless versions. Staying in tune with the company’s naming nomenclature, the wired models will be known as the Street by 50 Sport and the wireless will be the Sync by 50 Sport. Both will feature SMS Audio partner Carmelo Anthony as the signature name, said 50 Cent in a release.
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.
iLuv Bows Glow-In-The-Dark Earphones At International CES
LAS VEGAS — iLuv will launch two new lines of earphones during International CES: the BubbleGum Talk and the Neon Glow.
The BubbleGum Talk feature in-line mic and controls. They are designed to be extremely lightweight and come in blue, pink, purple, yellow, black and white for $9.99.
LAS VEGAS — Two cable manufacturers will show off their latest category contributions during International CES this week:
Tributaries and Clarus Tributaries will showcase its Series-6 USB cable that’s meant for high-speed USB 2.0 computer audio applications. Features include heavy-gauge (26AWG) HC-OFC signal conductors for lower resistance and increased quality of signal transfer. The cable has a silver-plated “skin” that provides a lower resistance, creating a low-loss path for the delicate digital signal, Tributaries said.
LAS VEGAS — Monster is expanding its portfolio at this year’s International CES, with product introductions in several categories.
All eyes are expected to be on the headphones category, as has been custom ever since the manufacturer partnered (and since split) with Beats Electronics. As this went to press, Monster said it would launch at least one new headphone, an addition to its DNA line.
BEAVERTON, ORE. — VTech expanded its line of video monitors earlier this month, launching its first model that can pan and tilt remotely.
The Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt video and audio monitor, which carries a $179 suggested retail, comes with one camera and one monitor. Users also have the ability to add up to three additional cameras that will retail for a suggested $59.95 each.
LAS VEGAS — International CES is typically a minefield of CE accessories manufacturers. Whether holding official placeholders on the show floor, manning tables at the mini tradeshows of Showstoppers or Pepcom, or securing suites in off-site locations, you can scarcely order a drink without tripping over a new iPhone case, a pair of headphones, or a Bluetoothenabled something or other.
Logitech Marries Gaming & Power For iPhone
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech took the wraps off its first iPhone gaming controller, the PowerShell Controller + Battery.
The device attaches to an iPhone 5, 5s or a fifth-generation iPod Touch running iOS 7 for console-style gaming with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons. It also has a 1,500 mAh battery that will charge the Apple device during game play, and comes with a headphone extender to prevent the cable from interfering with game play.
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — Horizon Hobby, a manufacturer and distributor of remote- control devices, is looking to expand its distribution into the CE channel as a result of interest in one of its newest products, the Blade 350 QX quadcopter.
SAN FRANCISO — CE accessory maker Muse Mini is readying a pair of portable Bluetooth receivers that will enable consumers to turn any pair of headphones into wireless headphones.
BlueFlame Bows Magnetic Conductive iPhone Charger
BOSTON — BlueFlame has begun offering The Conductor, a magnetic charging case and wall plate for wirelessly charging the iPhone 5.
The wall plate is plugged into an outlet and secures the iPhone 5 in its case magnetically for quick conductive charging.
The Conductor this week was named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards honoree.