The WakeMate, available later this month, is a new iPhone accessory that aims to help you get a better night's sleep. Using Actigraphy, the WakeMate wristband monitors your sleep cycles during the night and relays the information to your iPhone. The WakeMate software then uses that information to determine the best time for you to wake up.
Like a traditional alarm, the software allows you to set a specific time for you to wake up, although you won't necessarily be woken up then. Instead, WakeMate will wake you up within a 20-minute window of that time, based on your current sleep cycle. The result is that you'll wake up feeling more refreshed and alert.
For anyone who's ever lost their iPhone and then proceeded to pick up the landline and dial the handset number over and over again, hunting down the faint ringing emanating from the couch cushions, the guys at ZOMM will be releasing something you might like.
The ZOMM functions as a keyring that both supports Bluetooth and tethers wirelessly to your iPhone. In cases where you leave the handset or the ZOMM itself behind, the unit will begin to blink, buzz and chime. Other features include the ZOMM alerting you to incoming calls and allowing you to take them through the ZOMM like a disconnected speakerphone.
With the Consumer Electronics Show on the horizon, accessory manufacturer L5 Technology has stated that it will be using the event to debut the L5 Remote (complete with a free application), a device that gives your iPhone or iPod touch universal remote control access functionality.
Software developer Mophie announced its intention to enter the mobile payment market on Thursday by unveiling details of a credit card reader peripheral for the iPhone. When released, the device will allow users "complete financial transactions on the go."
The device will ship with a companion iPhone application to handle the payment and, unlike some current peripherals, is designed to remain attached to the iPhone for long periods of time, resting flush with the iPhone's casing.
GPS outfit Magellan on Monday introduced a premium car kit for Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch handsets. The kit includes a built-in GPS receiver, an amplified speaker, a noise-canceling microphone, and Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls and turn-by-turn directions and works with all navigation applications, including Magellan’s RoadMate for iPhone.
On Wednesday, audio giant JVC introduced its elongated XS-SR3 iPod speaker dock, a speaker capable of holding your iPhone or iPod vertically or horizontally. JVC claims this little trick better enables users to view videos in widescreen form, while the 5-watts of power are sure to blow you away once you crank the audio up to 11.
Accessories manufacturer Belkin today announced the launch of its new Bluetooth Music Receiver to its lineup for short-range wireless streaming. The adapter takes audio from any Bluetooth device that supports the A2DP stereo format, including many cellphones (such as the iPhone) as well as portable media players that recognize the standard, such as the second and third-generation iPod touch. Range is limited to the Bluetooth standard's 33 feet but should be enough for wireless music in the same room.
One of our pals over at UNIEA — makers of cases for iPhone, etc — has just sent word of a new iPhone case they're working on. Usually the designers and higher-ups at UNIEA are pretty secretive about this stuff, — at least that's what Mike told us in his email — but in this case, not so much. The case is called the U-Diamond and it's a pretty rugged looking silicone case with a nifty diamond pattern on the back. When it's released in Q1 2010, it'll be available in several colors.
Aside from it looking nice, there's not much else to say right now. Just check out the photo of the case below!
An idea that may be as popular as the silkscreen shirt itself, Griffin and Threadless have announced that they have partnered up to offer Griffin cases with Threadless designs on them. The first two cases to come out of the partnership, "Birds of a Feather" and "Clouds Within The Thunder" are available for a limited time now through Griffin's site at $34.99 a piece. The shirts can also be found on the Threadless site.
More cases and accessories are planned for the future, so keep your eyes peeled. A video about the partnership and the two new designs follows after the break!
Sonos has recently started shipping the Sonos ZonePlayer S5, a wireless speaker dock specifically designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. The unit allows you to stream music from any computer in your house, controlled by the free Sonos app which we reviewed a little while ago. The beauty of this unit is that it doesn't require you to dock your iPhone to play music, although it doesn't actually play the music you have loaded on your iPhone. However, this means that you're free to take a call or use other apps on your phone while music is playing. When you want to change the music, just pop open the app. In addition to playing music from your iTunes library, the S5 can access music from web services such as Last.fm and Pandora.
At $399, it seems a bit pricey for a speaker dock so this may not be for everybody. Sonos promises that they'll send us one to evaluate so you should see a review from us sometime this month. For an in-depth demo, check out the video below!