Big wheels keep on turning, and product announcements keep on churning out of CES. This one: IOGEAR is announcing a Wireless HD Kit and a Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit.
The Wireless HD Kit (GWAV8141K), IOGEAR tells us, will help “eliminate home theater clutter.” While it’s not clear how the Kit will help us “customize [our] living space”, it is clear it will let us stream video from a variety of sources, including Blu-ray/DVD players, DVR/set-top boxes, VHS players (VHS? Who still uses VHS?), computers, and media servers to home theater PCs or HDTVs. Inputs are: two HDMI ports, one composite port, one VGA port, and one component port. Outputs are: one HDMI port, one composite port, and one component port.
The Kit, touted as “Plug and Play”, will allow broadcasting of HD (1080p/60 Hz) content and digital audio to four separate HD/non-HD displays. (Package contents list suggests you only get one transmitter and one receiver in the Kit. Just guessing, but it looks like you’ve to pick up the other three receivers separately.) Customizing your living space isn’t going to come cheap--IOGEAR has attached a $899.95 price tag to the Kit. You’ll find it on store shelves in March.
The Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit (GBHFK231), does pretty much what its name says. It connects to any Bluetooth enabled cell phone, allowing communication through a built-in microphone and speaker. (You can also use a headset.) The Kit is Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR compliant. And it has an integrated solar panel to keep it charged. (It also can be charged via USB). IOGEAR’s asking price is $69.95, and is available now.
You’ve got USB devices, and you’ve got a network. Sure, you can plug those printers, scanners and hard drives into a computer and let that machine share them, or you can use IOGEAR’s new ShareStation and allow anyone using your network access to them!
IOGEAR’s ShareStation comes in two flavors – first up is the four port Net ShareStation that allows anyone with a local connection to the hub access to anything that’s plugged into its ports.
The smaller version of the ShareStation is a two port USB Printer Auto Sharing Switch that’s being described as the “only automatic printer switch compatible with Macs and PCs.”
The four port version will run you $99.95, while the smaller cousin will cost $39.95. Both will be available later this month.
IOGEAR, makers of connectivity products that link up USB, video, and networking devices, has just announced their latest KVM Switch. KVM (short for Keyboard, Video, and Mouse) is a hardware and software technology solution that allows you to control multiple computers from one set of peripherals. This new USB Laptop KVM switch connects to any two computers via USB (laptop-to-laptop, PC-to-PC, or laptop-to-PC), so you can control one system from the other as a console. The software embedded in the Switch's firmware adjusts for desktop resolution scaling and also facilitates drag-and-drop file transfers via a shared temporary window. An extra USB 2.0 port on the switch allows for extra device sharing, such as with an external hard drive. No extra power supply is required, and the entire cable stretches a total of nine feet (three feet on one end, six on the other). The USB Laptop KVM Switch goes on sale today for $129.95.
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