There are tons of accessories on the show floor at CES 2012 this year, many of which were designed specifically for our iOS devices. Earlier we brought you some of the best audio devices and accessories announced at the show, and now we have compiled all the other interesting docks, cases, and peripherals being unveiled for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Displayed below are a couple multi-docks that provide various methods of charging multiple iOS devices simultaneously, a new “wireless HDMI” solution for beaming content to the big screen, and a couple iPhone cases that do much more than simply protect your device.
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Multi-docks: First up are a couple of multi-docks, including the InCharge lineup from XtremeMac (image above by way of MaxBorgesAgency). The company is launching three models from left to right: InCharge Duo Plus, InCharge X3, and InCharge X5. All docks are pretty much the same with 10 watts per dock, LED status indicator, rubber feet, and “case-friendly” charging cradles. However, the X5 holds up to five iOS devices, while the X3 holds any combination of three devices and the Duo holds just two. XtremeMac plans to launch the docks in 2012’s first quarter. iLounge said the X3 will be $100 and the X5 $150.
Another multi-dock charging solution is the Syndee from Kanex (pictured right). It is capable of charging up to four iOS devices at once through its built-in USB ports. According to the press release, it ships in black and white by the end of the first quarter. No word on pricing, but SlashGear said it is $150.
Atlona LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System: Atlona is showing off a new product that it described as “wireless HDMI,” as you can see in the video from Geek Beat TV above. A peripheral plugs into your iOS device through the HDMI out, and another plugs into your HDMI input on a TV or projector. Then you can send content to the big screen wirelessly with support for 1080p uncompressed video (including 3D support) and Lossy audio formats with “a latency of less than one millisecond.” The Atlona LinkCast is coming in the first quarter for $300. The system can support up to five devices at once if you also buy Expander units for $120 each. Atlona has already won a CES Innovations Award for the LinkCast.
Celluon’s Prodigy case with infrared keyboard: Celluon released several different iterations of its infrared keyboards in the past, but this one builds it right into a battery pack-style iPhone case giving you a full-sized keyboard projected onto the nearest flat surface. Cult of Mac said it would land for $190 when it ships, unfortunately it does not look like the technology itself has improved much over previous designs.
Targus iNotebook: This product provides “accurate drawing and handwriting recognition,” allowing you to jot down something on the notepad and have it instantly transferred to your iPad. The iNotebook is still just a working prototype, but when it lands next year, it will look much nicer, according to Cnet who snapped the image above. It works with a free app that saves to iCloud and allows you to edit within the app using the pen’s integrated stylus. The iNotebook will launch in June for $150. Targus explained how it works:
The iNotebook includes a rechargeable, Bluetooth-enabled writing recognition receiver, which communicates with the enclosed pen allowing handwritten notes to transfer directly to the iPad. The pen includes an integrated stylus allowing the user to write directly on their iPad without smudging or scratching the screen. It uses a standard, user-replaceable 9 ½ x 7 ½ notepad. No special paper is needed. All of the iNotebook’s components are contained in a stylish, high quality leather portfolio case, which secures the iPad and allows it to be viewed in both landscape and portrait positions.
Griffin Kiosk for iPad: Obviously aimed at business customers, Kiosk for iPad from Griffin has an adjustable viewing angle, and supports both portrait and landscape mode. Griffin has a 50-inch floor mount option ($300), or a 12-inch table/surface mount ($199), and different faceplates to allow or restrict access to the home button and camera. For security, the dock connector is completely hidden and cables are run through the steel stand. It will also include hardware for mounting the base to a surface or floor when it ships in March.
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