updated 11:50 am EST, Mon January 8, 2007
Griffin plans for 2007
Griffin Technology has unveiled its planned offerings for 2007 which is set to debut at Macworld in San Francisco. The accessory maker is highlighting its Amplifi 2.1-channel sound system boasting a contemporary style with a tabletop footprint. Amplifi's all-wood, acoustically tuned enclosure is designed to produce warm, rich tones alongside a bass reflex port and special Resonance Drive construction that enhance frequency response. Two front-firing 2-3/4-inch neodymium drivers and a 5-inch downward-firing woofer, boosted by 'Power Drive Technology' create a clean and powerful sound, according to Griffin. The speaker system is iPod-ready with a docking port as well as six iPod adapters, and features a 3.5mm stereo input jack for alternative audio devices. The system will ship with a slim full-function IR remote (pricing and a launch date were unavailable).
Griffin introduced its Journi personal mobile speaker system, a portable accessory designed for iPod owners on-the-go. The Journi comes with a 'Wrapstand' exterior to protect the speakers as well as the iPod, and flips open to create its own stand. The device features an adjustable docking bay, and charges via an internal lithium-ion battery, an included AC adapter, or through a computer's USB port. Users can control music with an included remote for up 8-10 hours of playback time on a single battery charge. Two 50mm high/mid-range drivers and two 64mm passive radiators use SRS WOW digital technology to improve the digital audio quality, according to Griffin. The device syncs with an iPod as well as a computer's iTunes library as it charges, and includes an auxiliary audio input for other digital music players.
The company revealed its AirDock -- a device that allows users to play iTunes tracks on a stereo as well as view photos or watch videos on a TV -- as well as its Dock Adapter for iPod shuffle. The AirDock will ship with an RF remote that allows users to control the device from up to 60 feet away. Griffin's Dock Adapter for iPod shuffle enables users to connect a second-generation iPod shuffle to an Apple Universal Dock, featuring an all-in-one design that is compatible with other docks such as the AirDock.
Dock Adapter for iPod shuffle
Griffin's TuneFlex AUX plays iPod music through car stereos via a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack as it charges through the vehicle's 12V power supply. The custom designed cradle holds an iPod securely while the pass-through dock connector maintains port access to the player.
The TuneJuice 2 is an improved version of Griffin's battery backup for iPod, adding up to 14 additional hours of playback time for music or up to two additional hours of video playback via four AAA batteries. The accessory ships with four AAA batteries to play out-of-the-box.
Griffin unveiled its Reflect cases for iPod nano and fifth-generation video iPod, made from polycarbonate hard shells that present a mirrored-chrome reflective face. Once an iPod wakes from sleep, the clear screen shines through to reveal the iPod's functionality. Reflect cases offer a sturdy grip via the matte black rubberized case.
The iClear Custom modifies Griffin's existing see-through iClear iPod shells by offering a slot in the back that accepts a custom piece of artwork or photograph. The case enables users to customize as well as protect an iPod, and comes with reflective inserts to get users started.
The Tempo for iPod shuffle brings hands-free convenience and mobility to Apple's smallest player, featuring an adjustable armband that fits any arm, according to Griffin. A built-in cord wrap is designed to eliminate cable tangles, while a reflective accent shows up at night.
Griffin also announced its iKaraoke and Elevator accessories, bringing the sing-along device and desktop stand for portable computers to Macworld 2007. The iKaraoke fades out lead vocals of tracks played on an iPod, sending the music and custom vocals to the stereo via a wireless FM transmitter or line-level audio. Various buttons enable users to enhance the sound with three levels of reverb, or temporarily mute the music for PA announcements. Griffin's Elevator desktop stand offers a brushed aluminum finish to position a laptop's screen at an ideal height for viewing, while allowing air to freely circulate around the notebook's cooling vents.