CES: Griffin Roundup

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Lots of stuff from CES from Griffin, they’ve got a lot of new products coming out this year…




Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Crayola, whose products have inspired creative expression in children for more than 100 years, are excited to announce new ways for young artists to create digital masterpieces using cutting-edge mobile technology.

“We take pride in developing new and exciting technology for young artists,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Crayola Light Marker allows children to create digital works of art in a totally new and colorful way that has never been done before.”

“The new Crayola Light Marker is a wonderful example of Crayola’s creative play in the digital landscape,” said Warren Schorr, Head of Crayola Licensing. “We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with Griffin Technology which ensures growth and innovation in this ever evolving area.”

Crayola Light Marker is an entirely new digital play experience for the 21st century. A glowing marker-shaped pen combined with a multi-activity app brings hours of playtime, coloring and painting to the iPad. Young artists can now draw in the air and the Light Marker’s movement will be detected and interpreted by the iPad’s front-facing camera to magically showcase art and drawings on the screen.  The Light Marker app includes multiple activities such as Dot to Dot, Paint Splatter, Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Hide ‘N Seek, and Free Draw. Crayola Light Marker will be available at select retailers this spring for $29.99 and the Light Marker app will be available for free from Apple’s App Store.



Protect, play and travel with your iPad using Crayola Digital Activity Center. This activity center is kids’ one stop shop for all Crayola digital play. Durable canvas material combined with a cushioned back is perfect for kids’ laps. The Digital Activity Center works with and without the iPad. When holding the iPad, the built-in screen cover shields the iPad, while leaving access to its headphone jack, front-facing camera and dock connector. Without the iPad, it becomes a functional lap desk with a hard coloring surface and dry-erase board. Complete with a built-in handle and storage pocket for crayons, markers, ColorStudio HD, and DigiTools. This is the ultimate activity center to inspire creativity while using your favorite Crayola apps, such as Silly Face Swaps, Lights, Camera, Color!, Paint & Create, and ColorStudio HD. Crayola Digital Activity Center is now available at store.griffintechnology.com/crayola-digital-activity-center for $39.99.



Crayola Color & Play Workstation is perfect for tabletop creativity with kids’ favorite Crayola apps. Kids can color, create and play with this all-in-one iPad workstation that includes a built-in carrying handle and three storage cubbies for their crayons, markers and digital coloring tools like ColorStudio HD and DigiTools. Set up is easy, just flip open the lid and tuck the iPad inside Color & Play Workstation. The iPad snaps in securely on all sides, giving access to the headphone jack and home button, and is easy to remove when children finish coloring. Kids’ can use a variety of their favorite Crayola apps with Color & Play Workstation, such as ColorStudio HD, Silly Face Swaps, Lights, Camera, Color!, Paint & Create, and DigiTools. Crayola Color & Play Workstation will be available this spring for $19.99.



New Crayola-inspired coloring apps keep young artists entertained for hours. Crayola ColorStudio HD Barbie Edition stars Barbie and her friends while the Hot Wheels Edition features awesome Hot Wheels vehicles. Each unlock limitless play with coloring books that feature amazing digital Crayola crayons, markers, animation, sound and music. Crayola ColorStudio HD Barbie Edition and Hot Wheels Edition will be available later this month for an introductory price of $2.99 at Apple’s App Store.

Both apps are compatible with Crayola ColorStudio HD iMarker, an intelligent digital stylus that looks and feels like a Crayola marker, but interacts with the iPad in ways ordinary styluses can’t. The ColorStudio HD iMarker is available at major retailers and online at store.griffintechnology.com/crayola-colorstudiohd.





Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, have partnered to create accessories for children’s mobile devices inspired by some of Nickelodeon’s most popular characters. The first three lines of mobile device accessories set to be introduced at CES feature SpongeBob SquarePants,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer, with a variety of additional accessories slated for the future.

“Griffin is proud to join forces with the number-one brand in kids’ entertainment to create a new line of kid-friendly mobile accessories,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Partnering with Nickelodeon opens the door to tons of fun accessories modeled after the most popular characters among kids of all ages. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership, kicking off at the 2013 CES.”

“Nickelodeon properties have passionate fans who are eager for products associated with their favorite shows,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Consumer Electronics, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “We are excited to partner with Griffin to produce unique and trendy products to help us further expand our consumer electronics offerings.”




Nickelodeon’s top animated series comes to life with the SpongeBob line of cases. SpongeBob SquarePantsreaches more than 67 million viewers per month, with one-third of the audience being adults. Now kids of all ages can carry their favorite porous pal with them wherever they go with a variety of SpongeBob accessories. Adults will love the SpongeBob Folio iPad case ($49.99) with its nostalgic 8-bit style finish, decorated with popular Bikini Bottom characters. Inside, the folio frames the iPad and grips it securely. Faces for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G ($29.99) feature six interchangeable eyepieces and three interchangeable mouthpieces to create facial expressions and customize SpongeBob’s look. Skins for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G ($29.99) feature spongy silicone and fun faces. The huggable, squeezable SpongeBob Woogie ($29.99) is modeled after Griffin’s popular five-legged plush doll which doubles as a protective case for iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices inside a see-through, touch-through pocket with velcro closure (designed for ages 3 and up).



One of the most iconic and beloved kids’ television programs of the 1980s returned to Nickelodeon for a whole new generation of fans to enjoy. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story continues with humor and larger-than-life adventures in the top-rated Nickelodeon series. Today’s youth and loyal fans of all generations can experience turtle power with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles accessories, including: a Shell for iPhone 5 and iPod touch ($29.99) made of a hard, durable exterior that protects against bumps, impacts and scratches; and a Folio for iPad ($49.99) designed to look like a turtle shell that flips open for access to the Multi-Touch display, and is equipped with microsuede lining and a loop to carry a stylus.

Learning and adventure never ends with Dora the Explorer – the series currently reaches more preschoolers than any other show on television (12.4 million viewers). Kids can explore their world with their favorite Latina heroine, with the Dora the Explorer Skin for iPod touch ($29.99). Griffin’s Dora the Explorer skin is made of durable, soft silicone with easy access to camera and all ports, controls and connectors.

These accessories and more from Griffin’s new line of SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer collections will be available in Spring 2013 at major retailers nationwide.





Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, is building upon the success of its iconic KaZoo line of iOS accessories by debuting new headphones, iPod touch cases, a charms lanyard kit and kid-friendly AUX cables themed after animals. They also debut a new Capper Stylus line of pencil-toppers which enable full functionality on capacitive touchscreens.



Kids can have fun and get wild with KaZoo Headphones, $19.99, from Griffin. These over-the-ear headphones have built-in volume-limiting circuitry that keeps sound pressure down to levels recommended as safe for young ears. Kazoo Headphones are durably constructed and fully adjustable. Comfortable cushions make them perfect for kids. KaZoo Headphones come in two different animal friends, Penguin or Frog, and will be available February 2013.



Everyone loves going to the zoo. Now kids can take their favorite zoo animal with them wherever they go, withKaZoo Cases for iPod touch, $24.99. These fun animal cases are made of soft yet durable silicone, and the friendly animal cases give kids easy access to their iPod touch’s Multi-Touch display and headphone jack. KaZoo cases come in a variety of fun animal friends including a Lion, Elephant, Zebra, Monkey, Penguin or Panda. Kids can also download the free KaZooKeeper App to customize their screen backgrounds to match the theme of their cases. KaZoo cases for iPhone and iPod touch and the KaZooKeeper App are available atwww.griffintechnology.com.



The perfect complement to a KaZoo case is Griffin’s new KaZoo Charms Lanyard Kit for iPod touch, $12.99. The fun and friendly kit comes with all four soft rubber KaZoo Charms, including Penguin, Panda, Elephant, and Monkey. Charms attach to a 7″ lanyard made of wrist-friendly, soft, smooth, shiny fabric. Simply slide the attachment loop through the pop-up lanyard connector on the iPod touch, and snap on the KaZoo animal companion charm. KaZoo Charms Lanyard Kit for iPod touch will be available Spring 2013.




Rounding out the KaZoo line are the KaZoo AUX cables, $9.99, which complement Griffin’s KaZoo cases. Each cable is designed to be kid-proof, with heavy-duty cable jackets and strain relief built into each plug. These 3-foot long AUX cables come in fun colors and themes, including caterpillar/butterfly, elephant/peanut or dog/bone. KaZoo AUX cables will be available February 2013.



In line with Griffin’s youth offerings debuting at CES is Capper Stylus – a removable stylus that slides on, like a pencil topper, to the eraser-end of a No. 2 pencil, transforming the pencil into a touchscreen stylus that works on all capacitive touchscreens. With Capper Stylus, kids have a pencil that still works on paper and now, also on a touchscreen. Capper Styluses comes in three different shapes and colors, including pencil, rocket, and ice cream cone, and will be available for $9.99 March 2013.





Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, is rolling out new music accessories for iOS, including the StudioConnect with Lightning, DJ Connect, Mic Stand Mount and MicConnect at CES.

“GarageBand has given musicians of all talents the ability to create studio quality music at a fraction of the cost of a recording studio,” says Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin’s Audio category. “With our lineup of music accessories, artists can easily connect their instruments to a digital audio interface and create on the go.”

Leading the lineup is StudioConnect with Lightning, Griffin’s popular all-in-one audio interface for music creation on the iPad, now compatible with the new iPad (4th generation) and iPad mini. StudioConnect provides connectivity for guitars, stereo audio, MIDI-In and MIDI-Out as well as a Lightning charging dock in one compact device. It also features line-level RCA stereo output and stereo headphone output with separate volume control. With StudioConnect, digital music-making has never been easier, combining both audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) recording into one convenient accessory.

With StudioConnect the audio in and out is simple:

  • Audio In – Plug instrument in through a mono 1/4″ jack or plug a mixer into StudioConnect’s stereo 1/8” (3.5mm) jack.
  • Audio Out – Left and right line-level RCA plugs. The 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo headphone jack, with its dedicated volume knob, helps monitor what’s going in and out.

MIDI in and out is equally straightforward:

  • MIDI In – Connect a MIDI controller through a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI-in port.
  • MIDI Out – A second 5-pin DIN connector accepts a sequencer, patch bay or other MIDI gear, allowing the iPad and MIDI apps to act as a MIDI controller.

The updated StudioConnect with Lightning, $149.99, will be available Spring 2013 from select retailers.




Similar to Griffin’s best-selling DJ Cable, the new DJ Connect offers DJs a way to pre-cue their music and beat-mix. Designed specifically to work with algoriddim’s award-winning djay and vjay apps, the DJ Connect allows user to have the ultimate mobile DJ experience. DJ Connect has the added benefits of volume control, dual separate stereo outputs and detachable cables for use with iOS devices with 30-pin dock connectors and Mac computers with USB ports. Compatibility with Lightning devices is planned as well.

Simply plug headphones into the headphone port and connect external speakers to the RCA line level stereo outputs in the back. When connected properly, the sleek yellow glow underneath the volume knob will illuminate to provide ambient light for those DJs spinning in the dark. DJ Connect is compatible with algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps for iOS and Mac computers and will be available in May 2013 for $99.99.




Griffin’s Mic Stand Mount for iPad, $39.99, easily screws onto a standard microphone stand enabling users to raise and lower the iPad to the perfect height. Fully adjustable, the Mic Stand Mount rotates and locks into either portrait or landscape view, and tilts up to 90 degrees. To protect the iPad, rubber inserts securely grip the device on all four sides holding it in place without blocking the controls, dock connector or audio jack. Compatible with all full size iPad models, Mic Stand Mount is now available athttp://store.griffintechnology.com/mic-stand-mount-for-all-ipads.




Lastly, Griffin introduces MicConnect a microphone interface for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  Intuitive to use, simply connect a mic to the XLR input on the MicConnect and plug the 1/8” (3.5mm) audio cable into an iOS device’s headphone jack and launch GarageBand or other compatible apps to get rocking. MicConnect’s phantom power feature even accommodates studio microphones for high-quality recordings. Not only compatible with microphones, MicConnect also makes it possible to record amplifiers, acoustic instruments, and more right into GarageBand. MicConnect retails for $39.99 and will be available in June 2013.




Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, combines the aesthetic and acoustic benefits inherent in real wood to create its WoodTones line of great-sounding and great-looking audio accessories. Griffin’s premium WoodTones collection will expand at CES 2013 to include over the ear headphones and AUX cables, joining the popular earbud models that launched in mid 2012.

Each piece in the WoodTones set is housed with hand-turned wood polished to a smooth satin finish giving it unique color and markings. Griffin’s wooden housings are made from responsibly harvested Beech, Sapele and Walnut trees, long prized in the making of drums and musical instruments for their enhancement of vocal and bass frequencies. The acoustic quality of the wooden enclosures also improves sound volume so users can listen at lower volume levels while still enjoying the same caliber of sound.

Griffin’s WoodTones line will include over-the-ear headphones and earbuds – both equipped with control microphones, along with a 3-foot long AUX cable.



WoodTones Headphones with Control Mic, $99.99, feature plush ear pads to isolate outside distractions and ensure comfort, allowing users to wear them for extended periods without fatigue. The new over the ear headphone model boasts a 50mm moving coil driver for superior sound quality in a uniquely attractive wooden housing. A detachable 1/8” (3.5 mm) cable and fold-flat earcups provide users with easy travel and storage, while a built-in mic allows users to take calls, interact with Siri and control audio playback. WoodTones Headphones with Control Mic will be available February 2013.