By Lisa Johnston
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LittleBits, which are tiny circuit boards that that snap together with magnets, began as a freelance project founder Ayah Bdeir did for a New York City design firm. The modules are sold individually and as kits and bundles; a starter kit (like the one shown below) is priced at $89. The company is planning to announce new products in the fourth quarter.
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.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Absolute Technology unveiled its Linkbook for iPad Mini, a signal-enhancing, folio-style case that promises to provide up to two times the Wi-Fi signal to the tablet.
The Linkbook uses proprietary electromagnetic waveguide technology to resonate with the iPad Mini’s internal antenna and provide improved signal performance, increasing upload and download speeds.
The case, available in black, is constructed from a heavy-duty woven fabric for protection with a soft microfiber interior lining.
CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Ion Audio, an InMusic brand, is readying the Job Rocker and Party Rocker wireless sound systems for shipping.
The two devices were first announced during International CES in January.
The Job Rocker wireless sound system is geared for construction sites and home-improvement projects, the company said. It can stream music via Bluetooth to its 50-watt speaker from up to 100 feet away; the battery life is said to provide up to 50 hours of playtime.
TORONTO — Smartphone and tablet accessories supplier DoMark International is planning to bring to market a wireless cartridge printer for photos taken by a portable device.
The Imagic cartridge printer will allow durable fade-free photos to be printed from any smartphone or tablet simply by connecting wirelessly and printing, without the use of dye ribbons, ink or sheets of chemically treated paper, the company said.
ONTARIO, CALIF. — Trident Case, maker of ruggedized smartphone and tablet cases and shells, has announced a partnership with mount maker Arkon Resources to market a line of customized device mounts that are compatible with Trident’s cases.
More than 25 mounts will be configurable with Trident’s Kraken AMS series protective cases, offering maximum flexibility for placement. Trident said the line will be marketed to consumers such as outdoor enthusiasts and enterprises such as construction companies, warehouses, police departments and schools.
NEW YORK — Anyone can be Thomas Edison these days, although one can only guess whether Edison would have closed up shop had he been faced with unrelenting amounts of consumer feedback. “Can I get that light bulb in blue?”
NEW YORK — Goal Zero has expanded its line of portable utilityclass solar generators, shipping its Yeti 400 and Yeti 150 models to retailers.
Aimed at the outdoor enthusiast and the emergency preparedness markets, the 29-pound Yeti 400 delivers 400 watt hours of power, enough to recharge a typical smartphone more than 30 times, a laptop five times, run a TV for three hours or provide more than 100 hours of light with the company’s Light-a- Life LED lantern, the company said.
NEW YORK — In a way to greater differentiate themselves from the competitive lower- and midpriced Android tablet market, kid-tablet makers are promoting the heightened security measures and free educational content in their latest models.
A quartet of manufacturers — VTech, Techno Source, LeapFrog and Vivitar — announced updated models or began shipping new products this month. In addition to taking on the Android tablet market, Kurio also intends to compete with Apple’s iPod Touch in the elementary school-aged audience.
LAKE MARY, FLA. — Not content with offering only rapper-themed headphones, Soul Electronics is expanding its headphones to include two new lines geared toward several different audiences: athletes, professionals and women.
NEW YORK — Quoting BrandSmart USA president Michael Perlman from a Monster panel at the CE Line Shows last month: “As the profits have come down on the hard merchandise, the accessories are not only mandatory for us. We’re making a mistake if we don’t sell them.”
There were many new accessory options on display at the event for retailers to ponder over, including those in the now-ubiquitous iLounge area. A few highlights appear below and on p. 40.