Though the International Consumer Electronics Show officially starts Tuesday, electronics and gadget makers look to get a head start on the rush of product announcements at Monday night's Digital Experience. The annual press-only event held by tech showcase company Pepcom usually features a cavalcade of new products, some of which are of particular interest to Mac and iOS device users. We spent a few hours combing the floor and found a few Mac and iOS things that stood out.
iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
2012 is the year of getting healthy: We couldn't walk down a full aisle at Digital Experience without running into at least one fitness- or health-related product. iHealth demonstrated its Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor that measures your blood pressure and then sends it to an iOS app. The app gives you a reading on how normal (or dangerous) your current blood pressure is, and also lets you track your blood pressure across time. The company plans on releasing the product in summer of 2012; the price is still to be announced.
The wireless monitoring company released its first product several years ago; with Dropcam HD, however, it's finally come into its own. With a sleek interface, 720p cloud recording, and night vision, the camera is small and well-featured, and can be mounted to the wall or nestled in an aluminum stand. Dropcam HD is available for pre-order at $149 now, with shipping to come later in January.
There are plenty of stands for your iOS or other tablet device, but, as we've come to learn, none so much fun as magnets. Stick one of iOmounts's small magnetic washers to the back of your device or case, and it will instantly cling to a similar magnetic washer attached to the stand. They tilt, swivel, and turn with the best of them, and the group of men at the iOmounts booth were all too happy to show off their debut items, the iOstand and iOmni. The company was set to take pre-orders on Tuesday, though prices hadn't been posted as this story was published.
Speaking of iOS stands, iPhone mount Swivl caught us by surprise: Plug your phone into the green-and-black contraption and carry a keychain-sized remote in your pocket, and it will scan from side to side as you move, following much like an obedient puppy. You can also use the remote to pan from top to bottom and start and stop recording. $159 for pre-order; shipping to come sometime in the company's first quarter.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
The darling of 2010's CES returns with version 2.0, sporting 720p HD recording and a new iOS app. Developers have something to cheer about, too: Parrot is releasing the source code for its flying device to any interested parties. The Wi-Fi enabled wireless quadricopter will sell for $300 when it hits stores later this year.
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