This week’s roundup of iOS accessories features several styluses—amongst other items—that caught our eye.
CableJive: The $35 DockBoss Air turns any speaker dock system you own into a wireless streaming device: Plug the DockBoss Air into your dock and you can sync it via Bluetooth to any iOS device within 30 feet. It’s compatible with any iOS device or Bluetooth-enabled Mac.
iBattz: iPhone 5 accessories are starting to trickle out, slowly but surely. The $80 Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case for the iPhone 5 offers up to five extra hours of battery life for your new iPhone. It comes with your choice of white or black snap-on cases, so you can change your iPhone’s look to match your style and sensiblilty. (Never white after Labor Day, though.) This battery pack ships November 28.
JLab Audio:JLab Audio showed off three new products this week: The $100 Crasher, a Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker that can wirelessly play music from your iOS device while you’re at the beach or another remote location; the $80 Bombora over-the-ear headphones with an inline mic that makes it great for chatting and FaceTime with the iPhone and iPad; and the $20 Diego earbuds, which also include an inline mic. This line of products will soon be available through Amazon.
Kanex: The $49 DoubleUp Charger charges two USB devices off of one electrical outlet, providing 2.1 amps of power to each port.
Lunatik: The $20 Chubby Stylus reminds me of those big, fat crayons we used to color with when we were in kindergarten. This short, round stylus was clearly made for little hands to use on the iPad’s seemingly large screen. It comes in five colors, and is pretty adorable.
NewerTech: If you’re looking for something sleek and professional looking, the $12 NewerTech NuScribe stylus might do the trick. It fits inside your front pocket comfortably, and does double duty as both a pen (remember? That thing for writing on paper?) and a touchscreen stylus.
Satechi: The $30 X-Pointer Mobile Presenter lets you control computer presentations and slideshows with your iPhone. A dongle slides into the iPhone’s headphone jack, and then corresponding apps on the iPhone and computer sync up to allow the presenter to run slides forward and backward through iOS controls. That way, the presenter is free to move about the room instead of staying chained to a computer. The dongle also converts to a stylus when not otherwise in use.
Tivoli Audio: This respected audio company unveiled the Albergo, a radio designed for hotels that is wirelessly compatible with Bluetooth-enabled MP3 devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with an LCD display to offer the time, as well as intuitive controls for setting radio preferences and the alarm time. That way, guests can pair their own devices to provide a more personalized hotel experience. Tivoli didn’t say when the Albergo would be available for purchase and shipping; the device is making its debut this week at a hospitality industry trade show.
USBFever: The $24 Finga Touch Stylus is a teeny tiny stylus indeed. It’s a little nub designed to fit between your thumb and forefinger, and it gives you ergonomic control over the touchscreen on your iPhone or other iOS device. It also has a SIM-eject pin, making it easier to change out the SIM card on your iPhone if need be.
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Joel Mathis is a regular contributor to Macworld and TechHive. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young son.