Port Washington, N.Y. - iLuv Creative Technology began shipping its first two universal docking speaker systems, which are designed to hold smartphones and charge them via their MicroUSB port.
The products are targeted to users of Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphones.
The $119-suggested MobiAir (iMM377) and $99 MobiDock (iMM375) use robotic arms to grasp and hold smartphones of differing sizes. A sliding MicroUSB connector slides to the left or right to charge most smartphones via their 5-watt MicroUSB charging port, including smartphones in protective cases. The phone's MicroUSB port can be on the top, bottom or sides of a phone or to the left, center or right side of those surfaces. Depending on the location of the phone's port, the phone will be placed in landscape or portrait mode in the dock's arms.
To transfer audio from the smartphone to the speaker system, the MobiAir uses stereo Bluetooth. MobiAir also doubles as a hands-free speakerphone. The MobiDock uses an analog aux-in to capture music from a smartphone's headphone output.