If Cult of Mac ever created an award for “Most Prolific i-Gadget Maker,” there’s little doubt it would eventually end up in a cabinet at iHome’s headquarters (or possibly more accurately in a cabinet at their parent company, SDI technologies, which also owns New Balance and Timex).
Of the four new gadgets iHome has just revealed, the two we’re highlighting are a set of Bluetooth headphones endowed with the unimaginative moniker of iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Foldable Headphones and the somewhat more interestingly named iB12 Sport Earbuds with LED Safety Flasher — though the latter’s name is perhaps only more interesting simply because it combines the words “Safety Flasher” and “Earbuds.”
The interesting feature of the otherwise, at least on paper, unremarkable iB85 is its pricetag. There are other Bluetooth headphones out there equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and enough power for a claimed 30-foot range; but $150 for such a pair seems like a comparatively good deal — provided they pass muster, of course.
Then there’s the iB12. In what seems like an effort to grab hold of the exploding fitness technology trend, iHome has created its FIT line, to which the iB12 — a $25 set of canalphones packaged with an LED blinker that doubles as a cable organizer — belongs. It’s laudable that iHome has expanded its offerings to try and reach out to the fitness crowd. But in an era of sweatproof Bluetooth earphones and bike-ready Bluetooth speakers, we’re not entirely convinced a set of earphones wrapped around a blinker is going to cut it.