updated 05:30 pm EST, Mon January 14, 2008
Scosche Industries has unveiled a slew of new iPod and iPhone related accessories ahead of the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. First up is a line of new cases for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod classic. High impact polycarbonate, flexible silicone, lightweight neoprene, anodized aluminum and military grade camouflage are used in the cases, which all feature shock protection, all button/input access and screen protection, Scosche's IPC4 clear polycarbonate case for the iPhone and ITC4 clear polycarbonate case for iPod touch have integrated kickstands and feature co-molded rubber corners for shock protection. Additional cases include a black polycarbonate case with kickstand, white polycarbonate case with kickstand, clear polycarbonate case and silicone skin and clear silicone skin and 3.5mm cable.
Also new are FM transmitters that feature a signature "shifter-style", which takes design queues from popular vehicle interiors. The newest additions to the lineup include the FMTD1 and the FMTI. The FMTD1 is a digital FM transmitter that plugs directly into the 12 volt accessory socket. The digital LCD display provides 100 transmitting FM frequencies.Both "shifter-style" transmitters feature a universal 3.5mm audio input and a USB charging port.
The popular IUFMD is a digital FM transmitter designed for all audio players with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The IUFMD also features a docking cable for charging and transmitting most iPod models. The FMTRNS01 FM transmitter supports four radio frequencies and is designed for all audio players with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
For the home, Scosche has introduced the IALM2, a stereo alarm clock for iPod. It features dual alarms and a programmable sleep mode, charges the iPod while the included AC adapter is plugged in, and uses two 2" high fidelity stereo speakers deliver accurate acoustic reproduction. The unit boasts a digital FM radio tuner with 20 preset stations and a full function remote control. The multifunction LD display also includes a dim control. The 3.5mm audio input allows a user to connect any other MP3 player or iPod shuffle.
The IALM3 is a compact alarm clock that allows consumers to wake up to their iPod, FM station or buzzer. It will safely charge an iPod while the included AC adapter is plugged in. This compact unit becomes portable with 6 AA batteries. The IALM3 also features a multifunction backlit LCD display, digital FM radio tuner and 3.5mm audio input.
The company is also announcing a BlueFusion integration interface that enables Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio directly on a factory radio in automobiles -- hands-free and streaming audio (A2DP).
The interface will switch itself to the correct source to view the caller ID, while an interface menu enables users to check missed calls, dialed calls, and with select phones have full access to the phone book. Users can listen to phone conversation through the vehicle's speakers. Users route the microphone where desired and use Scosche's installation instructions to connect the interface. Connect an iPod or MP3 player to Scosche BlueLife transmitter and users can stream audio directly to a factory radio connected to BlueFusion. Initially, Scosche will offer BlueFusion interfaces for GM, Toyota and Honda vehicles and will expand its offering by the end of 2008.