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In Brief: Android-related accessories announced at CES 2014 (Volume 1)

This edition features smartphone-related products and accessories announced for CES 2014

In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on AndroidGuys. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. If you have something that you think is worth a mention on AndroidGuys, be sure to reach out to us via our contact page.

For the sake of this article, we will use excerpts from press releases.

Powerocks

Powerocks, a leading manufacturer of fashionable power banks, announced the Smart Power 5200mAh colorful, portable and light-weight power banks that charge smart phones, tablets, and other devices on the go. Smart Power includes an intelligent Android App that precisely analyzes a device’s battery life, so you never have to worry about running out of batteries while on the go.

iDevices

iDevices, LLC, the premier app-enablement company and creator of the original iGrill, announced the release of their newest connected grilling products:  the iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor. Made for the serious griller, these app-connected products will take your grilling experience to the next level of excellence.

iGrill2 and iLP use Bluetooth Smart technology, which provides a flawless user experience by simplifying the pairing process.  iLP and iGrill2 work with the brand new iDevices Connected App for iPad (Generation 3 and up), iPhone (4S and up) and iPod touch (5 and up). The interface is user-friendly and totally responsive, with a device manager, personalized dashboard and fully customizable settings.  An Android version will be released in 2014.

Paick

Paick, the company creating new digital fashion ideas for life, launched Noble, the ultra-thin ½ inch portable 6000mAh power bank for business professionals.  Fashionably styled with a streamlined wallet-sized aluminum alloy high performance casing, Noble is much thinner than other power banks, which are usually over 1 inch thick.  Noble features an intelligent dustproof pop-up interface with two USB slots and 1 Micro USB slot that lets you pop-up for access to the USB charging slots or pop-down to keep it extra slim and free of dust.

YiFang Digital

YiFang Digital announced it is entering the wearables category at CES 2014 with a NextONE smartwatch and wristband pedometer. The NextONE wristband pedometer can be worn all day and night to track details about daily activity, including number of steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and overall intensity of the activity through its accelerometer sensor.

The NextONE smartwatch uses the Android 4.1 operating system and features a 1.55 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 240×240 resolution, a 1.0GHz low power MCU, 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, 290mAh battery, and a built-in microphone.

BRAVEN

BRAVEN expands their line of rugged products for sports and outdoor enthusiasts with the BRV-X, the world’s best outdoor speaker featuring an exclusive outdoor listening setting that maximizes sound quality and volume in open-air environments. The BRV-X is IPX5 water-resistant rated, is equipped with a built-in noise-cancelling speakerphone, charges USB Devices with an integrated power bank, allows easy pairing with NFC and features TrueWireless™ Technology that pairs with a second BRV-X for true left and right stereo sound.

The BRAVEN BRV-Bank is the world’s first IP68 water-resistant and MIL-STD 810G shockproof rated power bank with integrated Bluetooth technology. The BRV-Bank connects to a custom BRAVEN BRV Bank App to wirelessly monitor battery levels, start and stop charging devices and locate the BRV-Bank from a smartphone or tablet.

The BRV-Bank is available in 6000 mAh and 8000 mAh options, has two outputs that support up to 2.4A and comes with a ruggedized USB charging cable and USB flashlight.

BRAVEN’s newest Bluetooth speaker, the Mira, continues the tradition of combining superb design and cutting-edge technology to deliver highly versatile audio solutions for the music connoisseur.  IPX5 water-resistant rated and equipped with an integrated kickstand and hook, the Mira can be easily moved to and used in any location, including the kitchen, garage, patio, bedroom, and even the shower.

The Mira has a rechargeable Lithium battery with enough power for up to 10 hours of continuous wireless audio playing, comes with a built-in noise-canceling microphone for taking calls and has a 3.5 mm line in AUX port for non-Bluetooth devices. The BRAVEN Mira comes in a variety of color options to complement any environment and will retail for $99.99

Scosche

Scosche is excited to unveil RHYTHM SMART +, an Innovations Award Honoree today at the 2014 International CES. The armband heart monitor optically measures blood flow and movement to calculate heart rate and calories burned more accurately than conventional heart rate monitors.

The dual mode wireless configuration includes both Bluetooth Smart and ANT + capabilities, allowing it to pair with smartphones, sport watches and exercise equipment from up to 100 ft. away. RHYTHM SMART + is compatible with the most popular fitness apps including RunKeeper, Map My Fitness, Strava and all other apps that support Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors. With the onboard memory users can workout in freeRUN mode without the need to carry their device with them.

Scosche unveiled two new additions to its award winning line of rugged Bluetooth speakers at the 2014 International CES. The boomBOTTLE H2O offer users a waterproof solution while the boomBOTTLE mini provides the same weatherproof capabilities of the original boomBOTTLE but in an extremely compact and ultra portable configuration.