CES: USB-C products, waterproof iPhone cases, and more

The announcements are coming fast and furious at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Here are some of them….

Hyper is demoing both new and updated product lines for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac users in mind. They include an USB-C 5-in-1 hub for MacBook users, the HyperLink Apple Watch band, the Amber Charging Case for the Apple watch, iShowFast (a Lightning/USB flash drive), and the HyperJuice with USB Type-C charging solution for the MacBook.

Belkin is launching the newest version of its video production platform Stage Pro – Stage Pro version 3.0 – for the iPhone — and its free during this week’s CES show. Stage and Stage Pro apps. The app allows consumers to create and share video.

LifeProof introduced the FRĒ Power for iPhone 6s Plus, which it claims is the first waterproof battery case for a plus-sized iPhone. It’s due soon for $149.99.

However, Pelican Products rolled out its first range of waterproof smart phone cases, which includes the Pelican Marine case for the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6s/6s Plus for, respectively, $79.95 and $89.95.

Luton Electronics announced the ability to control Lutron shades using its HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge. The Caséta Wireless smart home system provides convenient control of lights, shades and temperature anytime, anywhere.

re-fuel has debuted a new line of extended power accessories with eight new products for iPhones, GoPros and mobile devices including the PowerBiner, a clip-on power carabiner with built-in rechargeable power bank.  

ARCHT Audio (pronounced “ark,” in short for architecture) announced ARCHT mini, a 360° wireless portable speaker “packed with acoustic innovations that will change the way people see and hear portable speakers.” It’s due in the second quarter.

HomeAdvisor.com, a nationwide home services digital marketplace, has announced the development of the first home services apps for Apple TV, Amazon Echo and connected home platforms powered by Zonoff. The multi-platform HomeAdvisor-developed apps allow users to connect to local, prescreened, available home improvement and repair professionals. 

Nascent Objects introduced Droppler, an “unobtrusive” water monitor that uses advanced audio recognition technology to track water consumption in real-time. It connects with an iOS or Android app to further analyze water consumption and see how small changes in water use lead to big results.

Dog & Bone has introduced theLockSmart Travel, a TSA approved, keyless, Bluetooth connected luggage padlock controlled by an iOS or Android app. Eliminating small keys that can easily be lost during travel, LockSmart Travel provides users with a keyless, trackable and secure solution for locking and accessing luggage.

HARMAN and Under Armour are teaming up for a partnership to bring connected health and fitness technology to consumers. The first products to market feature a line of wireless sport headphones engineered by JBL. The the UA Headphones Wireless retails for $180. 

SCOSCHE Industries has entered the USB Type-C/USB-C market with the creation of an array of charge and sync cables and adapters designed for the emerging USB-C device market. 

STACKED has announced its latest products at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES): the Audio Dock and Boost Speaker are designed to be used in tandem with the company’s Stack Pack to cut cords, eliminate wires and simplify the lives of consumers. The $129 Stack Pack is an iPhone charger. The $79.99 Audio Dock allows users take calls and listen to music, while simultaneously and wirelessly charging an iPhone. STACKED’s $59.99 Boost Speaker magnetically connects to a Stack Pack and amplifies the iPhone’s sound. The Audio Pack and Boost Speaker will be available in the second quarter.

Satechi unveiled two new and improved Type-C products. The $39.99 Type-C Hub has been updated to now have an integrated pass-through USB-C charging port. Satechi has also launched a brand new Type-C Card Reader ($19.99), which can simultaneously read SD and Micro SD cards.

Audiofly’s upcoming AF250 is the company’s highest performing wireless headphone to-date: the AF250. The company’s first Bluetooth headphone, it features aptX streaming capabilities, which is designed to improve the quality of Bluetooth audio. The AF250 will be available fall 2016 for $349.99.

Kwikset, a manufacturer of smart locks, has rolled out Premis, its first HomeKit-compatible smart door lock. It allows homeowners to lock and unlock a door using Siri voice controls and patented security features, including SecureScreen and the latest version of Kwikset SmartKey security.

Cassia Networks has created the Cassia Hub, a Bluetooth router that’s reportedly capable of networking and controlling up to 22 Bluetooth devices and whichextends the range of Bluetooth communications to 1,000 feet in open space; that’s three-fourths more than 30 times the standard operating range. The hub also comes with the Cassia mobile app that integrates and automates control of all connected Bluetooth devices both inside and outside the home. Priced at $99.99, the Cassia Hub is available for pre-orders and will begin shipping in the first quarter.