Griffin MicConnect for iOS at CES 2013

Griffin MicConnectJeffrey Powers goes all Pop Idol when he chats to Jackie from Griffin Technology about the newly announced MicConnect, which connects iOS devices to XLR mics with phantom power.

The Griffin MicConnect is a small brick adaptor with an XLR socket (input) on one side for the microphone and a 3.5 mm jack on the other to connect into an iPhone, iPod or iPad. A 3.5 mm socket provides for headphone monitoring of the sound source and for condenser mics, the unit takes two AA batteries to provide phantom power (48V).

(As an aside, I’m not 100% clear if this is iOS only – the 3.5 mm jack looks pretty standard and there’s no reference to special apps being required so if Android is your OS of choice, it might be worth contacting Griffin directly.)

Included in the interview is Griffin’s updated Mic Stand Mount, which is now compatible with all iPad models (not Mini), and unsurprisingly holds an iPad on a mic stand. Jeffrey reckons the MicConnect and the Mount are a great combo for the mobile podcaster. Pricing-wise, both the MicConnect and the Mount are $39.99 but the MicConnect won’t be available until June.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine for the TechPodcast Network.

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Griffin Gets Gadgets On The Go

Griffin has a great range of accessories for all kinds of smartphones, MP3 players and tablets, so it’s no surprise that they’ve a few additions to their product range here at CES. This year they’re announcing a two in-car mounts, some power solutions and a mount for air travellers.

First up, if you have a car that has an aux port (3.5 mm socket), then the WindowsSeat 3 Handsfree is the windshield or dashboard mount for your vehicle. It comes with combined aux cable and microphone that that can be used to make handsfree phone calls and stream music/navigation commands through the car speakers. WindowSeat’s mounting cradle holds iPods or iPhones in most shell- or skin-type cases, as well as a similar sized MP3 players and smartphones, including popular models from BlackBerry, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. Price is $39.99 and available now.

Griffin AirCurve

If you don’t have  an aux jack, the AirCurve Window Mount is the alternative. This windshield mount is designed as an acoustic amplifier which can raise the volume by as much as 25 dB without any batteries or cables. Designed for the iPhone 4 / 4S, simply put the smartphone in speakerphone mode and chat away. Price is also $39.99 and available now.

Griffin’s PowerBlock range has been updated with new models –  PowerBlock Reserve, $59.99, a wall charger for iPod and iPhone that can be plugged into any AC wall outlet to provide a quick boost of power that also has a built-in rechargeable 2,000 mAh lithium-ion battery pack for charging on the go. The PowerBlock Reserve Universal, $49.99, is the same concept but quickly charges any USB device. Both models charge their own batteries at the same time they’re charging connected devices, which is often not the case with competing models. A row of LEDs serve as a power gauge, indicating how much charge is left.

Finally, Griffin is bringing a new product to the market in Q2 of 2012 with a Tray Table Latch Mount. Specifically for the air and rail traveller, the mount is designed to be compatible with 90% of the world’s airline and commuter rail tray table latches and holds your eReader, tablet or smartphone at eye level for comfortable viewing. Very handy.

Pop round to Griffin in North Hall, Booth 5212 at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to see all their latest goodies or you can checked out the dedicated CES section of their website.

Griffin’s Spring Case Collection

Griffin CasesYou have gotten a new iPhone, iPad or an Android device over the holidays. You love it and it’s looking good, no scratches or scuff and you want to keep it that way. You want to protect it, however you also want to look good doing it.  No, not good you want to look fierce. That is where the Griffin Technology Inc Spring Collection comes in. Griffin Technology Inc was founded at the kitchen table of Paul Griffin in 1992. They are now the leaders in the creation of accessories for the home, mobile and personal technology. They created and developed the iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM® just to name a few. Breaking new ground on how products are conceived, designed and developed creating fans worldwide. They do all this work in-house and continue to push the boundaries of the industry they helped to create.

This year at CES 2012 Griffin is introducing its news Spring line of cases for the iPhone, iPad, eReaders and more. They have designed their colors and texture from cues they’ve gotten from fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Givenchy and others. George Campbell, Griffin’s Director of Industrial Design said “With a diverse array of contemporary textures and fashion-forward designs, we’ve created Spring collections that allow consumers to make their own personal fashion statement.” Griffin will be showing off one line that emphasizes muted colors, simple shapes, cracked paint, worn leather and worn rattan. Another line will emphasize the mixing of stripes, layers, dots, plaids, floral and strong blocks of colors. Griffin is also going to show off new colors including peacock, pool, leaf and blazing yellow. So what ever your personal style is, Griffin will have a case that matches it. You can check of the new Spring case collection at Griffin’s booth at CES, located in the North Hall, Booth 5212.