DreamGear showed off the i.Sound Portable Power Max, an external backup power supply with a whopping 16,000 mAh battery. Besides the huge capacity, the $140 charger has five USB ports to let you charge multiple iPods, iPhones, iPads, digital cameras, and other USB-powered devices at the same time. The built-in flashlight may be a bit of a gimmick, but I was pleasantly surprised by its light weight and attractive design. (There’s also an 8000 mAh version for $90.)
Positive vibrations from the Marley family
The House of Marley, a joint venture between the family of Bob Marley and HoMedics, teamed up to launch a series of earbuds, headphones, and iPod/iPhone docking speakers and boomboxes ranging from $30 to $500. Products are arranged in three price/quality tiers: Jammin’ (good), Freedom (better), and Destiny (best).
All the products I saw were beautifully designed, such as the $249 Roots Rock speaker bag boombox and the $149 Stir It Up over-the-ear headphones with mic and three-button controller. As the person who showed me around the booth said, the higher-end products lines are “less rasta,” but even those were nice to look at. Products should be available starting in the second quarter of 2011.
Another neat product I saw was the iProp from Aspire Innovation, a hands-free iPad stand for use around the house, studio, or office. The V-shaped base can slide under a couch, desk, or bed, and the three-foot arm (the top 24 inches of which are flexible) makes it easy to position the iPad wherever you want it. The holder attaches to the arm using a ball-and-socket connector, which means you have full rotation and tilt to get the angle just right. After playing with one for a few minutes sitting in an armchair in the company’s booth, I could see how the iProp could be a cool add-on for musicians or just those who like to read their iPads in bed. The $80 iProp should be shipping in February.
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