Bling and Fling your iPod Thing
Before you say, "You've got to be out of your you-know-what-ing mind", you should know that the Tadpole cases are constructed from high-grade, dust-repellant silicone and are engineered with two large handles that are supposed to help children maintain a solid grip on the iPod and provide additional protection for the device when the inevitable "uh oh!" moment happens.
Tadpoles are available in several colors and measure 5.5-inches wide, 4.25-inches high, and 0.75-inches thick. The child-friendly cases weigh only 2.7 ounces. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $24.99 and is expected to begin shipping in December of this year.
That's not all the exciting iPod accessory news, however. Earlier this week Belkin announced the soon-to-be-available TuneStage II, an upgrade from the original TuneStage model. The enhanced version is designed to work with a variety of iPods and nanos, as well as with other gadgets (headphones, car stereos, cell phones, and computers) that are equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Belkin's TuneStage II uses a Bluetooth transmitter connected to the iPod to send audio to a TuneStage II receiver located up to 30 feet away. The transmitter will work with other Bluetooth A2DP-equipped receiving gear such as wireless headphones. The receiver can be used with other Bluetooth transmitting gear making it possible to stream music from Bluetooth-enabled MP3-capable cell phones and computers to a home theater or other audio system.
Belkin expects the TuneStage II package to be available in November for $149.99. The transmitter will also be available separately, allowing one receiver to be used with multiple devices.
Another audio transmitting gadget from Belkin to be available in November is a universal FM transmitter called the TuneCast 3. The new model connects to any device that features a headphone jack output and transmits the audio to any other device that includes an FM tuner. Belkin says the TuneCast 3 replaces the prior TuneCast II and features user-convenience enhancements such as a status indicator that tells when memory presets (a total of two) have been saved, request- and power on/off-processing status, cable management, and a mounting clip. Battery life is estimated at 20 hours.
The TuneCast 3 will be available for $49.99.