The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the gadget show of gadget shows. The place where tech lovers go to see the newest gadgets and toys. These days, it's not unusual to run into gadgets designed to work with the iPhone, iPod or iPod Touch. CES is the perfect place to show off that sort of thing, and that's exactly what we're seeing.
Let's take a look at some of the iPhone and iPod Touch accessories that made their way to this years Consumer Electronics Show:
1) The Vyne
Well, it's better than that hat we saw a while back. Unfortunately, that's not saying a lot. It's not exactly stylish, and we wouldn't wear it out in public. There's still no price on it, and we don't know when it will be released. We just know we'd hate to be the person who has to talk this one up.
2) Idapt's i1 Eco universal Charger
This is the IDAPT it Eco universal charger. According to the press release, it's made out of recycled materials, meets Energy Star standards and "minimizes the user's carbon footprint while charging most electronic devices." So it's pretty dang green. It also has a USB port for charging devices like the Kindle and even your "Nintendo PSP," whatever that is.
3) Mophie Pulse Haptic Game Grip
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This was shown off by Mophie at CES. According to Engadget, it's a prototype of something called the Pulse Game Grip, which gives you haptic feedback (you know, the little vibrations that are supposed to make it feel like you're really typing, or something like that). The one shown above is encasing the iPod Touch 4G. As with many of the devices on this list, there's no word yet on pricing or availability.
4) Pure Contour
You're looking at Pure's Contour. It's a internet-connected, and has the ever-so-popular iPod dock for charging while you listen to your iTunes collection. The controls are backlit, and touch-sensitive. Even cooler, is that smooth crescent shape. Oh, that's why they call it the Contour.
5) Orbitsounds spatial stereo
This thing looks freakin' huge. It's hard to tell based on the picture, though. Still, it's apparently a very fancy speaker as it will set you back $600. That's enough to buy yourself an iPad. Perhaps even an iPad 2 when it launches later this year.
6) Oxygen Audio's O'Car
Okay, this one actually looks kind of neat. It plugs into your car stereo. It also has hands-free Bluetooth calling, so you don't need to worry about trying to pry your iPhone out of the thing when it rings. That's a nice bonus.
7) Spider Docks
Spider Docks are another kind of charging dock, but we don't quite know what it does other than look kinda cool. They don't dance to your music, or play it through some built-in speakers. What they lack in functionality they make up for in creepiness.
8) B&W's Zeppelin
Well, there's definitely no question about where they got the name from. It's called the Zeppelin Air, and it works via AirPlay. Like the speaker we saw by Orbitsounds, this one is priced way higher than most people would want to pay for an iPod Dock, $600. Yeah, maybe later.
9) Baby Monitor
Well this one's new. It's a baby monitor that uses an iPhone screen to show you exactly how the little one is doing at any given time. What's also very cool is the infrared LED lamp which will help you know that baby is still breathing. It also has a 3 megapixel camera and a microphone. You can check various conditions in the room such as the temperature. The thing even has a speaker so you can comfort the little fella in the middle of the night. There's no price yet, but it will be available in March.
10) Mophie Pulse
The Mophie Pulse is a case that will give your iDevice a boost in the volume department while increasing its vibration. We figure this is best for use in crowded areas where you sometimes don't hear or feel your phone. It has a built-in battery pack to keep its components powered, however, it's not clear if the case itself helps enhance the battery life of the iPhone as well.
11) Griffin Beacon Universal Remote System
This system turns your iDevice into a universal remote. How it does that is pretty cool. See that little dome-shaped thing that looks like a bell you'd ring a a customer service desk? It converts bluetooth signal into infrared. Compared to a lot of the other stuff we've been seeing this week it's not horribly-priced at $79.99. It lands May 2011.
12) JVC TH-BC3
This one is made for home theater systems and features SRS StudioSound HD and processes up to 6.1 channels for playback over two speakers. This one isn't priced all that bad at $149, might be worth checking out.
13) iHome iW1
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Looking for an AirPlay Speaker for your home? Look no further, this is the iHome iW1. It's a speaker that uses Apple's AirPlay technology to deliver sound from your iOS device. It's going to be available this summer. The asking price? $300.
Some Useful, Some Useless Others Just Hideous
There are plenty of devices like the above at CES. Some of them definitely look useful, like the ones we wrote about a few days back. Of course there will always be the useless accessories, too. You know, the kind that almost make you wonder how they went into production. We've all seen them.
What's your favorite iDevice accessory of CES? Let us know in the comments.