Thursday, November 29, 2012

The dearth of iPhone 5 docks is disappointing and the few – literally – that do exist are complete nonsense. Sorry Belkin, I do not wish to advertise your company when docking my phone. Fortunately, within sixty days, you can have a truly fitting dock for your iPhone 5, or older, that not only looks killer but compliments your Mac and as a magnificent bonus, keeps things tidy!

The OC Desk Display Stand ingeniously removes any hint of cables by placing a super thin cable under your Mac’s stand. Routing the cable up the rear and through the wire hole of the stand allows the cable to never be seen by the casual user. Even looking behind the Mac reveals a clean cable connection. The stand itself sticks onto the lip of the stand but is easily removable, leaving no evidence of stickiness once removed. The adhesive is strong enough to allow you to remove your iPhone single-handed without any fear of the stand coming up with your device. If you like to protect your investment with a case, no worries, as the OC Dock even allows for you to dock the phone inside the case. For those that prefer to show the beauty of your iPhone, you can purchase the more slim OC Dock for naked iPhones.

This is a Kickstarter project, so I would strongly recommend helping the boys out and donating to the cause so we can all clean up our desk and dock it right!

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For your new product/tech/organization features, please consider OC Desk – revolutionizing the workspace organization industry, OC Desk iPhone docks eliminates excess wire with a wireless appearance due to its paper-thin cable connection that runs underneath the stand. Often referred to as “Obsessively Clean Desk,” OC Desk has a missive to clear wasted space – allowing for a minimal, simple workspace, which results in performance efficiency.

Today, launches the official Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funds before the e-commerce launch set for mid-December.

Affordably priced at $79 to $98, OC Desk has the capabilities to fit iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (upgrade kit is priced at $98) and will be available for purchase at www.ocdesk.com.



Dock Your iPad in the Wall

Author: Sven Rafferty
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Since the arrival of the iPod a decade ago, dock accessories have become very popular and creative. That cleverness has made it to the iPad with the new iRoom iDock. Unlike any other dock, Bracketron has gone into the sheet rock and put in a “fully powered, motorized in-wall iPad mounting solution” as it refers to it. The dock comes in three colors including brushed aluminum, piano black and opal white or can be customized to match your wall. Both the iPad and iPad 2 can take advantage of the iRoom iDock in either portrait or landscape docking.

Perfect for hotels, hospitals, restaurants, boardrooms, doctor offices, corporate entrances, and retails settings, the iRoom iDock can definitely remove clutter from a desk and add a touch of elegance to any wall. While I’m not sure how this would fit into walls of private homes, it would be cool to dock your iPad next to your bed in the wall.

No pricing information is given in the below press release but you can count on it being close in cost of the bottom of the line iPad.

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Minneapolis, MN – September 21, 2011– Bracketron, the leader in mounting solutions and accessories for mobile consumer electronics, announces the North American availability of the iRoom iDock, the first powered and motorized in-wall mounting solution for iPad on the market today. Available in portrait and landscape models, the iDock can be flush-mounted to seamlessly and stylishly integrate the iPad into any room. A patented motorized docking system opens and closes the iDock to securely store the iPad, and the dock also includes both power and composite audio internal connections. The mount’s faceplate (bezel) comes in three sleek colors including brushed aluminum, piano black and opal white, or can be color customized so that the bezel perfectly matches your unique interior design. Compatible with both iPad and iPad 2, iDock Landscape and iDock Portrait are available now through Bracketron, the official and exclusive distributor for iRoom iDock in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“The iRoom iDock is an elegant, powered solution that fully integrates the iPad into a room’s design concept and overall function,” said Christian Johnson, Vice President of Marketing at Bracketron. “The iDock is ideal for both residential and commercial applications, and will turn any room into a truly sophisticated and connected living or work space.”

The iDock features a unique powered opening mechanism with a one-touch proximity sensor. When activated, the sensor recognizes when you are nearby and switches the iDock to the open position allowing you to insert your iPad. After ten seconds the iPad door closes again automatically. The proximity sensor can also be disabled to lock the iPad permanently in place. When the iPad is inserted into the dock, you have total control of smart home applications on the device while it is also being charged. The iDock also automatically charges the iPad battery when mounted. If you experience a power outage, the iDock simply opens automatically and releases the iPad for removal.

The iRoom iDock is integrated flush with the wall using a special flush-mounted socket. The iDock is then connected to the power supply and inserted into the flush-mounted socket. For added security, the iDock’s proximity sensor and automatic opening and closing functions can be disabled if desired. The iDock landscape model is particularly suited for viewing movies, presentations and photos on the iPad. A 30-pin connector powers the landscape version. The iDock is also external contact-friendly, which makes interesting new functions possible such as connecting the dock to a keypad or fingerprint entry system.

The continuous development of iPad applications creates new ways and opportunities to integrate iPad products every day. The iRoom iDock is an elegant solution for in-wall docking and control in:

• Private homes
• Hotels
• Hospitals
• Yachts
• Restaurants
• Boardrooms
• Retail
• Medical practices
• Corporate entrances

The iDock features brilliant design, engineering and high quality materials, and is manufactured to the most stringent European standards. All iRoom products come with a two-year warranty. The iDock is compatible with the original iPad and iPad 2. Two conversion sets – iPad 1-kit and iPad 2-kit – contain easy-to-install rails and adapters that allow users to mount any version of the iPad in the dock.

Features
• Motorized docking and release (Watch video here)
• Available in Portait or Landscape models, to suit the primary in-wall usage
• Docking status notification (iDock Landscape only)
• Automatic opening in the event of power failure or overload
• Quality design made in Austria
• Dimensions (width/height/depth)- 220 x 310 x 66.8 mm
• Comes in Piano Black, Opal White or Brushed Aluminum; custom colors also available
• Professional installation recommended

Bracketron is the official and exclusive Marketer of the iRoom iDock in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For sales and pricing inquiries, please contact Bracketron at (952) 746-7775. If you are a media member and would like to request more information on Bracketron’s versatile line of universal mounting solutions and accessories, contact PR representative Tiffany Iwankiw at (305) 576-1171 x140 or tiffanyiwankiw@maxborgesagency.com.

About Bracketron
Founded in 2001, Bracketron is the industry leader in universal mounting solutions and accessories for many of today’s most popular mobile and handheld technologies, including GPS, smartphone, iPad/tablet, MP3, satellite radio and PC. Bracketron offers a broad selection of mounting configuration options designed to offer an optimal level of flexibility and functionality. The company has broadened its product line to include a variety of flexible mounting options designed to extend the use of the device and enhance the overall user experience.

For more information about Bracketron, visit www.bracketron.com.

About iRoom
Founded in 2008, iRoom is an Austria-based company that focuses on designing, developing and producing solutions and services for automated residential homes and offices. In iRoom’s Salzburg showroom, the company demonstrates the latest developments in home automation – their own developments like the iRoom iDock as well as developments from partner companies. With an R&D rate of more than 25 percent in 2010, iRoom proves to put a strong focus on product development. iRoom’s strengths include the quick time-to-market phase of new product developments, the creativity of its team, and experience in home automation and integration. iRoom creates “Intelligente Technik”, designed for everyone.

For more information on iRoom, visit www.iroomidock.com.



Thursday, January 27, 2011

AltiGen announces a revolutionary new docking station for the Apple iPhone

There are a lot of nifty docks out there for your iPhone but little in the way of making your iPhone a, well, phone. AltiGen Communication is today revealing the iFusion SmartStation at MacWorld in shiny white or Darth Vader black. It accepts your iPhone on the specially made dock and connects to the phone through Bluetooth. You can now make calls on your iPhone and speak to the caller either by the handset or built-in speakerphone. When not taking calls, the SmartStation allows you to play music on your device through the its internal speakers. All this while your iPhone is being charged and gets a quick sync.

Press Release
AltiGen Communications, Inc. (Pinksheets:ATGN) (OTCQX:ATGN), the leading provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, today introduced the iFusion SmartStation, a revolutionary new docking station for the iPhone, at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

Using Bluetooth technology, the iFusion extends a traditional telephone handset and hands-free speakerphone with amazing voice clarity to the iPhone. With the iFusion, you have easy access to a dock connector port for syncing or charging, and an audio line out port for connecting to powered speakers via an optional audio cable, eliminating the need for a separate dock. With support for A2DP Bluetooth streaming, users are able to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone.

“This breakthrough device provides the ultimate desktop experience,” said Niel Levonius, AltiGen’s Director of Corporate Strategy. “Offering optimal comfort, convenience and style, the iFusion has been designed to complement the look and feel of Apple products, while meeting the demanding requirements of today’s iPhone users.”

The iFusion offers numerous benefits to home and business users:

- An ergonomic handset and speakerphone provides a traditional desk phone experience
- iPhone dock connector for syncing and charging
- Bluetooth A2DP streaming allows users to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone
- Audio line out port for connecting to powered speakers via an optional audio cable
- Clean industrial engineering designed to compliment Apple products.

“Macworld 2011 is the one place that showcases the creativity, enthusiasm and genius of the Apple developers, as well as the wide variety of new accessories available for Apple users,” said Paul Kent, Vice President and General Manager of Macworld 2011. “We are excited to be a key launch partner for AltiGen’s iFusion docking station, a groundbreaking iPhone accessory for home and business users.”

Pricing & Availability
iFusion will be available in the US in April 2011. Two models, in glossy white and glossy black finishes will be priced at $169.

Preorders will be accepted, beginning January 27th, 2011 at www.thefusionphone.com

Technical Product Information
iFusion includes support for the Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4. Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technologies, Apple Dock Connector, USB 2.0 pass through port for device synching to your Mac/PC, and 3.5mm stereo output for Bluetooth A2DP wireless music streaming.



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Speakal, a company driven by its passion for sound, intelligent technology and innovative designs, is proud to debut its new lineup of vibrant and colorful sound docks for 2011. With this new line, music enthusiasts now have a collection of uniquely designed sound solutions to match their individual lifestyles.

SBPKX-100 – SBPKX-100 is a portable docking sound system that comes in an array of stunning colors complemented by a soft colorable LED light. It features high quality audio with an acoustic accelerator and DSP audio processing and an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 pre set stations. The LCD clock automatically syncs up with your iPhone/iPod to ensure the time is always accurate. You can plug it into the wall or power it up with AA batteries making it a great solution for around the campfire or trips to the beach.

Speakal Unveils 2011 Line of Advanced iPhone/iPod Docking Sound Systems

Speakal Unveils 2011 Line of Advanced iPhone/iPod Docking Sound Systems

SB 12 – This premium speaker system surrounds your iDevice with a colorful halo of powerful sound. Its modern, industrial design superbly complements the modern home with a thin disc of superb fidelity featuring touch controls.

iExecutive – This luxury docking sound system boasts a wide array of playback options with iPod/iPhone/USB/SD/Bluetooth compatibility. It’s sleek, aerodynamic design coupled with a powerful 20W subwoofer make this the ultimate centerpiece for the modern office. Additional functionality includes a radio, alarm clock, 20 pre-set channels, and video output.

Speakal Unveils 2011 Line of Advanced iPhone/iPod Docking Sound Systems

Speakal Unveils 2011 Line of Advanced iPhone/iPod Docking Sound Systems

Kurve – This compact, tubular sound dock blends 20 watts of clear and powerful sound with a colorful, clean form that accents your tunes with style. An integrated LED with 4 levels of brightness helps customize the atmosphere of any room.

Speakal Unveils 2011 Line of Advanced iPhone/iPod Docking Sound Systems

B5 – This fashionably designed oval speaker cranks out powerful bass with over 27W of total output. Bluetooth capabilities allow you to control your playlist from the comfort of your couch.

“Our lineup of speaker solutions offers something for every type music enthusiast” said CEO David Solomon. “With a variety of vibrant color options we have a design that will perfectly match your personality” added Solomon.

For more information about Speakal visit www.speakal.com



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Check out our video review of the all new Sonos Wireless Dock 100 and see how you can play Apple’s FairPlay protected content on any Sonos system.



Sonos Wireless Dock

Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today announced that the Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100), an accessory to the award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System, is now available for purchase. The Sonos Wireless Dock is available for $119 at all Sonos authorized retailers and at www.sonos.com.

With the Sonos Wireless Dock, you can now play all of the music from an iPod or iPhone in every room of the house while simultaneously charging your device. Unlike most iPod docks on the market which use the iPod’s analog interface, the Sonos Wireless Dock sends your digital music files wirelessly to ZonePlayers throughout your home via the iPod’s digital interface—without ever converting to analog. The all digital path preserves the sound quality from the iPod to the speaker and when combined with Sonos’ outstanding wireless performance, ensures you get the highest fidelity sound.

You can wirelessly play what’s stored or playing on an iPod or iPhone, including most iOS music apps, on any or all Sonos ZonePlayers. Browse and select the music from either your docked device or any Sonos Controller, even another iPhone or iPod Touch. And, you can play the same song from a docked iPod or iPhone in every room – perfectly synchronized.

“The Sonos Wireless Dock is the perfect accessory for our music loving customers who own an iPod or iPhone so they can play that music in any or every room of the home,” said Phil Abram, President, Sonos, Inc. “This new accessory reinforces our mission to provide our customers with access to all of the music on the planet, including everything available on their iPod or iPhone.”

The Sonos Wireless Dock is compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified under the Made for iPod program to meet Apple performance standards. The Sonos Wireless Dock supports Apple’s 1Amp charging specification so your iPod or iPhone are ready to go when you are.

For more information about the Sonos Wireless Dock or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer in your area to demo the new accessory, please visit www.sonos.com.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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A new JVC iPod speaker system features a unique wraparound design, Dolby Virtual Surround, and a dock that like most docks holds an iPod vertically for music listening, but also can cradle it horizontally – ideal for widescreen viewing of video.

The new JVC XS-SR3 surround dock is a sleek, glossy black speaker tube with a curved design that allows the iPod to nestle between the speakers. The iPod holder rotates for viewing video in widescreen mode and comes with four clips to hold selected iPod models. The speakers’ powerful neodymium magnets ensure clean, crisp sound, while Dolby Virtual Surround creates the illusion of a wider sound field when viewing video content. Power output is five watts and the system features two audio inputs, one analog and one digital optical. A remote control is included.

In addition to its function as an iPod speaker dock, the XS-SR3 can also be used as computer speaker system.

The JVC XS-SR3 is available this month for $149.95.



Friday, October 2, 2009

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Apple announced to much excitement to developers in mid-March the ability to tap into the iPhone via its dock connector with the release of iPhone OS 3.0. Examples of uses that wooed the crowd was a blood pressure cuff when connected to the iPhone displaying a patients systolic and diastolic pressures right on the devices screen. Instantly turning the iPhone into a sphygmomanometer! Another a great app shown was an EQ controller for a speaker system (see photo) and an FM transmitter application that would find the best position on your radio for clear transmission and tune to it for iPod playback. But here we are half a year later from the announcement and a few months since the release of OS 3.0 and there’s nothing to be found of any sort in the AppStore that utilizes this ingenious feature. Nothing.

In the recent return of Steve Jobs running the dog and pony show for the Designed in Cupertino company, Apple’s iCEO positioned the iPod touch, running the iPhone OS, as a gaming device more than just an iPhone minus the phone at last months iPod update gala. That said, there was no mention of taking games to the next level with a gamepad accessory that would just attach to that connector port on the iPod touch or iPhone. One will find a developer showing off their, excuse the pun, fruits in the tune of a video featuring the iControlPad playing a first-person shooter…via a jailbroken iPhone…with no availability date. Proof of concept but Scott Forstall of Apple did the same thing with the blood pressure slide at the iPhone OS 3.0 announcement, too.

But wait! There is hope. TomTom has a nice video on its site featuring a cradle for the iPhone that assists its iPhone GPS application that I told you about way back in March. My source at TomTom tells me that this cradle, which possess a GPS antenna and speaker, that uses the iPhone Connector will be out sometime this month. If this become reality, then TomTom will be the first application to speak to hardware via the iPhone Connector on the market. I would caution you not look for it at Best Buy anytime soon but it might just show up in your pillow case while trick-or-treating at the end of the month….at Best Buy, of course.

Hopefully we’ll see a flurry of hardware devices that will take advantage of Apple’s gateway to all-things accessories such as keyboards, gamepads, speakers, and maybe even monitors for video viewing (Virgin America are you reading this?!) I have to think that Apple didn’t just put an API into the iPhone to only let a good thing die. No, I think something wonderful is upon the horizon but gosh darn it, I want it now!



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) today announced NewerTech Voyager, the world’s first “Quad Interface” SATA I/II Hard Drive Docking Station with support for four interfaces: FireWire® 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. NewerTech Voyager turns any 2.5″ or 3.5″ Serial ATA (SATA) I/II hard drive up to 2.0TB into a fully bootable and hot-swappable external drive solution.

Easy & Convenient To Use

Using Voyager is so simple: just insert any standard 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA I/II hard drive (up to 2.0TB) into Voyager’s compact docking base and select the fastest of the four interfaces supported by your computer for read/write data speeds of up to 3.0Gb/s. There’s nothing else to install or configure. Voyager saves users the time and inconvenience of installing a hard drive into a computer or using an external hard drive enclosure with limited interfaces and slower speeds.

Plug and Play Hot-Swap Ready

With the most interfaces available on the market, Voyager provides Plug and Play ease of use for a fast external hard drive solution that works with both Macs and PCs. In fact, Voyager is so easy to use, that combined with today’s low cost of hard drive storage, users can think of a bare SATA I/II drive as being as convenient to use as a flash memory card, with the same instant access benefits and the addition of huge storage capacity gains. In addition, Voyager is completely hot-swappable for consumers wanting to move multiple drives at will while their computer is on and running. Its unique design and drive eject button makes inserting, using, and removing SATA I/II hard drives a safe and effortless procedure.

Ideal Solution for Storage Archives

The ideal solution for storage archives, professional photographers, videographers, and other hard drive storage archivers will no longer need multiple drive enclosures and power supplies for every archived hard drive. “Whether consumers want to re-task an older swapped-out hard drive, need to access multiple drives, or want to add big capacity, low cost external storage capacity to their desktop, Voyager is able to travel any computer user’s data universe needs with ease,” said Grant Dahlke, NewerTech’s Product Manager. “Its design and ‘Quad Interface’ functionality offer high speed ‘slide and swap’ hard drive read/write performance and convenience never before available.”

NewerTech Voyager Features:

• Supports all 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA I/II hard drives up to 2.0TB
• “Quad Interface” for maximum system compatibility and data transfer rates
• Data transfer rates up to 3.0Gb/s (300MB/s)
• Push button drive eject for safe hard drive removal
• Hot-Swap functionality for fast access of multiple hard drives
• Weighted base and non skid rubber feet for stable operation
• 2-Color Status LED: left side blue for power on, right side flashing red for disk activity
• Compact design: measures 5.28″ x 3.70″ x 2.68″ inches and weighs 1.35lbs without drive
• Whisper Quiet operation – no cooling fan needed
• Plug and Play with Macs and PCs
• All interface connection cables included
• RoHS Compliant
• One year warranty

NewerTech Voyager is priced at $99.95 MSRP and is available immediately from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC®), at www.macsales.com, as well as through the retail channel. Voyager includes all its supported interface connector cables and an auto-switching power supply for worldwide compatibility. For more information, visit: http://www.newertech.com/products/voyager.php Additionally, OWC has created five Voyager/Hard Drive Bundles priced starting at $157.99 to offer consumers the ultimate in convenience and economy. For details, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/search/Voyager



Thursday, September 18, 2008
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So you’re in market for a new dock for that new iPod you just nabbed, aye? You’re kinda tired of the plain white one from Apple and all those other ones out there really don’t capture you. I mean, you’re sporty and elegant, right? So what could possible match that? Mmm, maybe the Art.Suono wireless iPod dock from David Wiener Collection (DWC). Crafted with machined aluminum and carbon fiber, DWC tells SvenOnTech that it will, “Stand out as a piece of audio jewelry wherever it’s placed.” Designed with the Ferrari feel down to including a start engine button, DWC spared no cost to bringing the most fancy dock to the iPod it could.

“The Art.Suono is designed for individuals looking for beauty, performance and exclusivity,” said DWV founder David Wiener. “It embodies our passion for extraordinary design, our obsession with technological excellence, and our belief that these qualities can be combined to create audio instruments that deliver a new experience in music listening.”

The Art.Suono isn’t all about looks. It’s about sound as well. Using technology originally engineered for recording studios and used for recordings by such artists as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Paul McCartney, “The DWC-APHEX circuitry makes recorded music more “alive” by restoring the harmonics lost in compressed music files and by providing an incredible sense of spaciousness and clarity so each instrument and voice is clear and distinct.”

If this sounds like a worthy investment to add to your stereo system, the Art.Suono will be available next month for $1,499 from authorized resellers worldwide.