Logitech Introduces CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7

Logitech announced the CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The CREATE Keyboard Case is a toolkit that gives you everything you need to make the most of your iPad Pro; a protective case, backlit keyboard, and integrated holder for the Apple Pencil all in one lightweight package. Whether you are posting an update, watching a video, or drawing a sketch, CREATE empowers you to unleash your creativity and productivity wherever you go.

“CREATE is like the Swiss Army Knife of keyboard cases,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of tablet accessories at Logitech. “It puts all the tools you need at your fingertips, and the keyboard charges through the Smart Connector so you can just set your iPad Pro into a typing position and go. It brings typing on the iPad Pro to a whole new level.”

Designed to work exclusively with Apple’s new Smart Connector, the CREATE Keyboard Case automatically powers on and pairs with your iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the backlit keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.

A special row of dedicated iOS shortcuts puts the commands at your fingertips, without ever taking them off the keyboard. You can get to the home screen, search your iPad and the web, adjust brightness, and control audio or video playback with one tap. And an integrated holder keeps your Apple Pencil within easy reach at all times so it is there when you need it.

With careful attention to color, materials and finish, the CREATE Keyboard Case design gives you all-around protection in a beautiful form. Custom-sculpted curves provide structural integrity to help protect your iPad Pro on the inside, while on the outside the tightly woven premium fabric resists bumps, scratches and spills.


The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available today from Logitech and Apple for a suggested retail price of $129.99.

DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI and uAvionix Corporation announced Wednesday they will collaborate on an ADS-B based collision avoidance developer kit to help integrate drones into the national airspace system and help keep America’s skies safe.

“DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety and are motivated by the improvement that real-time air traffic information will provide to our developers using our software development kit,” said DJI VP of Engineering, Darren Liccardo. “DJI developers will now be able to process ADS-B data and close the loop all within an embedded computer onboard the vehicle.”

The uAvionix line of “Ping” sensors are the smallest and lightest ADS-B based hardware available for unmanned aircraft. The Ping ADS-B receiver allows a drone to sense surrounding aircraft and initiate collision avoidance maneuvers based on that information. The DJI Onboard Software Development Kit (SDK) enables this interaction by providing a flexible means of accessing the drone’s flight control systems. Developers can now create customized applications that use Ping ADS-B data to implement collision avoidance to suit their needs.

“Working in concert with the DJI Onboard SDK, our aircraft avoidance technology will provide a more complete picture of potential conflicts in the airspace,” said Paul Beard, uAvionix’ Founder and CEO. “Through our collaboration, DJI and uAvionix will add the necessary synergy and momentum behind safely integrating drones in the national airspace.”

Adding Ping ADS-B into a collision avoidance system can help prevent conflicts if a drone pilot loses situational awareness, operates too close to other aircraft or inadvertently strays into restricted airspace. A drone paired with the uAvionix ping2020 transceiver can transmit its position to surrounding aircraft and air traffic control, helping integrate drones into the national airspace. uAvionix’ Ping transmitter network marries with existing radar systems to provide manned aircraft pilots with early warning of drones operating in their vicinity.

ZVOX Introduces Smart Speaker that Uses Hearing Aid Technology to Enhance Clarity

95 million Americans are over the age of 50. And they are the first generation to grow up listening to LOUD rock music – so many suffer from minor hearing impairment. Combine those rock-impaired ears with the puny sound systems built into flat screen TVs and you get an epidemic of people who are constantly asking “What did he say?” while watching TV shows. Millions of people simply can’t understand dialogue on many shows.

The new AccuVoice TV Speaker from ZVOX is the best, smartest solution for this problem. Only 17” wide, it uses a computer processor that mimics the functionality of a hearing aid. It applies an advanced compression/equalization algorithm that lifts voices out of background sounds to create the clearest dialogue reproduction ever. This proprietary (patent-pending) technology is activated only when voices are detected in a soundtrack.

“I went to my first concert in 1966. The Who. Fargo Civic Auditorium. Admission $1.25. My hearing was better when I walked in than when I walked out. I’m not alone. Millions of baby boomers with “rock tested ears” are now listening to the worst sound systems in TV history. But Baby, AccuVoice can fix that!”  Tom Hannaher, CEO and long time Who fan.

The AccuVoice TV speaker is enclosed in an elegant aluminum cabinet and uses three high performance full-range speaker drivers to create realistic, room-filling sound. ZVOX’s proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround system produces three-dimensional sound from a speaker that’s half the size of a loaf of French bread.

The AccuVoice TV Speaker will be available at selected retail and online stores (including bestbuy.comamazon.com and crutchfield.com) and direct from the zvoxaudio.com web site. Shipping September, 2016.

Kickstarter Introductory Campaign. This week ZVOX will launch a Kickstarter.com campaign to help introduce this revolutionary new product.  Consumers who pre-order the system will receive special Kickstarter discounts on their speakers. For more information go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/715950056/zvox-accuvoice-tv-speaker-with-smart-hearing-aid-t

Kensington SD3600 Docking Station Wins North American Office Products Award

Kensington announced that its SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station was selected as a Best Product in the Technology Products Category in the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) 2016. The NAOPA awards were presented at the SP Richards (SPR) ABC show in Washington D.C. on July 21.

The awards were launched in 2010 by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SPR. Now in their seventh year, these awards set the industry standard and aim to find the best business products in North America. They were judged by a panel of leading resellers and the winners were announced during a packed General Session at SPR’s ABC.

“The judges recognize the need in offices and home working environments for great, hardworking solutions to the problem of using laptops comfortably and conveniently. This new, low-profile docking station enables users to quickly connect and disconnect their laptops with their entire desktop setup – not just some parts – with a single USB cable. And the mounting option can reduce desk clutter completely – which is ever more important where space is limited. The judges thought this was a great product that would sell very well.” Steve Hilleard, CEO of OPI.

Among the criteria, the judges were looking for:

  • Product innovation, design and functionality
  • How the product has improved upon previous designs/models
  • The benefits for the reseller and the consumer
  • The level of marketing support, innovation and initiatives in promoting the products to the end-user

“We’re very excited the SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station was chosen for the North American Office Products Awards,” said Louie Yao, senior global product manager, Kensington. “The award signifies Kensington’s commitment to both design innovation and building quality products that make working more convenient, comfortable and productive for business users and home office professionals.”

Kensington’s SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station, announced in January 2016, was designed to improve the ease with which users can integrate their computing devices to enhance productivity. The low-profile docking station enables users to quickly connect and disconnect their laptops with their entire desktop setup, including dual HD monitors, a mouse, a keyboard and all other peripherals, with a single USB cable. And because the dock can be mounted to the back of a VESA-compatible monitor, it leaves zero footprint on the desktop, helping reduce clutter.

More information can be found at SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station.

Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure Easily & Conveniently Transfers Data at High Speeds

Satechi has launch another Type-C solution to its Metallic Series – the Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure. With transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, the device allows users to access their data faster than ever and to transfer data from a hard drive to a computer anytime, anywhere.

The Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure uses a USB 3.1 Type-C connection, the latest version of USB, to access data. The included tool lets users easily install their 1” or 2.5” HDD or SSD. With its slim, compact form (5″x3″x0.5″), the device makes it easy to take a hard drive with you while on the go – ideal for mobile work spaces and travel.

Built with an elegant and solid aluminum chassis, available in gold, silver or space grey, the Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure is aesthetically pleasing and matches perfectly with Apple®’s current product offerings.

The Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure is available now for $34.99 on Satechi.net or Amazon.com.

Other Metallic Series products are also available now on Satechi.net.