updated 08:00 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014
Olloclip brings 4-in-1 photo lens to latest iPad models
Photo accessory maker Olloclip has revealed a 4-in-1 lens clip-on for the iPad following much demand (exclusive photos below). The company's popular Photo Lens clip-on for the iPhone brought interchangeable specialty lenses -- a fisheye, a wide-angle and two macro (10x and 5x) lenses -- to the top-selling smartphone, and the iPad version is identical. The new accessory takes advantage of the identical slimness of the newest iPad Air and Retina iPad mini (its unclear if it will work with the non-Retina iPad mini). It's expected to ship later this quarter, and retail for $70.
Olloclip for iPad Air at CES
MakerBot unveils Replicator Mini, entry-level 3D printer
MakerBot is expanding its lineup of 3D printers with three new or refreshed models. In addition to a full-sized, fifth-generation Replicator desktop model and industrial Replicator Z18, the company is bringing out the Replicator Mini, pitched as an affordable entry-level desktop unit (reader reports suggest a price of $1,375). The Replicator Mini features a build volume of 75 cubic inches, compared to the Replicator's 456 or the Z18's 2,592. The Mini also has a lower resolution than the larger units (200-micron versus 100-micron), but should be suitable for general and prototype purposes.
All three printers can now use a biodegradable alternative PLA filament rather than the less environmentally-friendly ABS plastic, and all three feature 3.5-inch color LCD screens, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections and mobile or desktop management apps for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows among other systems. New apps available from the company include the simple MakerBot PrintShop, and a MakerBot store app where users can purchase and download 3D models they can tweak or refine and print for themselves. The Z18 and Replicator Mini will ship later this year, while the desktop Replicator is available now and retails for $2,900.
Clearview debuts 'invisible' glass Clio Bluetooth Speaker
Aiming squarely at fans of Apple's design aesthetic, audio accessory maker ClearView has revealed its latest Bluetooth speaker, the Clio, at CES. The design uses a substantive curved glass plate as a bipole speaker, making it "invisible" save for a small metal base (image below). As well as pushing sound from both sides of the glass, the company says it uses technology to deliver sound from the sides as well. The company says the unit offers "full, rich sound across the audio range," but its claims haven't been independently verified.
The unit sells for $349, a notch above the higher-end of Bluetooth speakers, and supports both Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.0. The unit also has a 3.5mm input for traditional and non-Bluetooth sound sources, but lacks AirPlay support and thus can't be used in sync with video applications or sources. The Clio is currently available for pre-order, with color options for the base including Silver, Bronze and Charcoal. It is expected to begin shipping in March.