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MacMice unveils new products, announces giveaway

updated 03:50 pm EST, Fri January 7, 2005

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($50) is a 1.6" x 1.6" x .5" gloss white module that plugs into the headphone jack and the remote port on top of any dock connector model iPod or iPod mini. The JamPod is powered by the iPod, so requires no batteries. Inside the JamPod is the same high quality miniature guitar amplifier circuitry used in our company's JamPlug product. There is a mixer circuit that is controlled by the top-mounted volume wheel to adjust the output level into the earbuds or headphones. A 48-inch white guitar cord is included for connecting a guitar or bass to the JamPod.

  • The PodBuddy ($100) has a high-grip cigarette lighter plug, connected to an adjustable iPod holding cradle by a 6-inch length of flexible steel tubing. The mounting/charging cradle uses a patent-pending adjusting mechanism to fit any model of dock connector iPod or iPod mini. The built-in all-original FM transmitter includes a patent-pending circuit that automatically selects and displays the best available FM radio frequency, permitting the user to simply accept that frequency, and tune the car radio to the same station, avoiding the constant hunt for open stations required by other music transmitters. PodBuddy also includes a high-quality line output jack at the lighter plug end of the product, for direct connection to an appropriate car stereo system.

  • The Ball ($90) is the "world's first Bluetooth wireless trackball." It follows the same clear over white acrylic design theme as MacMice's existing USB and Bluetooth mice. It includes a top surface that works as two separate buttons, a scroll wheel, and a scroll switch. All three buttons and the scroll wheel are fully configurable under MacMice's newly released MouseCommand v11.0 driver software for OS X.

  • PortBuddy ($50) is a snap-on port relocator and memory card drive that plugs into the ports on the back of an iMac G5 and moves 1 USB and 1 Firewire port to the right-rear edge of the iMac. It moves another USB and Firewire port to the inside face of the PortBuddy. And, it includes a 13-in-1 memory card drive that has only one slot for all card types accessible from the right edge of the iMac. PortBuddy matches the gloss white finish of the iMac G5, and is self-powered.

  • ProSticks ($400) is a 2.1 system with two small satellite enclosures and a subwoofer enclosure, all with perforated Aluminum grills. The system is international power compatible and ships with both 120VAC and 230VAC power cords. DVForge offers a unique 30-day in-home trial guarantee on the ProSticks, both to online buyers and buyers of the product at retail. Details of the in-home trial guarantee are available on the DVForge Web site.

  • ZeroSticks is a stereo loudpseaker system mounted on a transverse enclosure that fits completely behind the iMac G5, suspended on the anodized Aluminum support upright of the iMac. The product uses the same advanced amplifier technology and the same full-range drivers from our pro-quality ProSticks loudspeaker system. ZeroSticks produces room filling sound levels, and crisp, enjoyable sound quality. The ZeroSticks AC power cord replaces the OEM AC cord from the iMac G5, and powers both the iMac and the ZeroSticks. The speaker housings slide in and out on anodized Aluminum cross-beams to adjust the width of the ZeroSticks to fit either the 17- or 20-inch iMac. ZerosSticks is built with the same high-gloss white plastics as the iMac G5, uses zero desk space, and adds zero visible cables.

  • Both GuitarPlug and MicPlug ($50) are cylindrical, 2.3" by .7" in size, are USB bus powered, have an on-off switch, and have a blue LED power indicator. They convert mono analog audio to 16-bit, 48KHz better then CD-quality digital USB audio, and are class compliant, plug and play devices. The GuitarPlug has a 1/4-inch guitar plug for use with any analog electric guitar or bass, and the MicPlug has an XLR plug for use with any dynamic stage microphone.

  • "The bright red convertible is being given away to promote our new PodBuddy iPod car connection system that we'll be showing at the Expo," said DVForge, Inc. CEO, Jack Campbell. "What better way to showcase the world's best iPod car connection device than to have one actually working in a convertible in the booth all week, and then give away the car to one lucky show attendee? We invite all Macworld Expo attendees to come by our booth, fill out an entry form, and take a shot at driving away on Friday in a brand new convertible." The giveaway winner will receive the Miata, a new black special edition PodBuddy, and a new U2 Edition Apple iPod. The Mazdaspeed Miata giveaway is a cooperative venture between DVForge, Inc., and Oak Tree Mazda, of San Jose, California, Silicon Valley's largest Mazda dealership. Entry forms will be available in the MacMice booth #1017, with the drawing to be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13th.

    by MacNN Staff


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