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This week in accessories: Garmin Vivosmart, Withings Home and more

This week in accessories: Garmin Vivosmart, Withings Home and more

September 5, 2014

Happy Friday, and welcome back to our weekly look at some of the newest iOS device accessories. In this week’s edition, we highlight a combined fitness tracker and smart watch that isn’t from Apple, an interesting app-controllable surveillance camera, and more.

Garmin Vivosmart


Garmin’s newest wearable device combines the best of an activity tracker and smart watch. The Vivosmart, along with keeping track of fitness and wellness goals, provides smart notifications like emails, reminders, calls, text messages, and more. The waterproof device offers an OLED screen that shows notifications and other applicable information.

You can preorder a small or large Vivosmart now from Available in berry, blue, or black, the device retails for $169.99. It will be available online and at Best Buy stores in mid-September.

A $199.99 bundle includes a Vivosmart and a wearable heart rate monitor.

Withings Home


Withings continues to branch out with its latest product – Home. The device is a high-definition surveillance camera that is also packed with a number of other sensors to monitor data like temperature and humidity. Compatible with both Apple’s HomeKit in iOS 8 and the IFFFT service, users can select to be notified about just specific activities – like a child crying or when someone walks into a room.

When a noteworthy event is detected, the camera will capture a photo and a five-second video. The information is the uploaded to the cloud and can be accessed for two days. Users can also subscribe to three other, optional cloud video recording plans.

The Home will retail for $219.95. No availability information was announced. For more information, visit Withings’ site.

Logitech K480 keyboard


Logitech’s newest K480 keyboard features a unique integrated cradle that can hold both an iPhone and iPad at a nice typing angle. Along with iOS devices, it can also be used with Macs and PCs. Users can switch devices by turning the easy-switch dial. Powered by two preinstalled AAA batteries, you can type for up to two years before needing to swap in a new set.

Available in either black or white, the keyboard retails for $49.99 and can be ordered from Logitech now.

Oxford Case for the iPad Air from Pad & Quill


Handmade with full-grain American leather, the minimalist Oxford Case helps protect the entire iPad Air. The inner part of the case is lined with suede and also features a pocket to hold important papers or other materials. The tablet attaches to the case with special 3M adhesive. You can also prop up the tablet in media viewing position.

Buyers can select from a black or brown version of the case. It can be preordered now for $74.99 from Pad & Quill’s site. Shipping is expected in mid-September.

Plattan ADV headphones from Urbanears


Urbanears has just introduced a new generation of its Plattan headphones – Plattan ADV. Featuring 3-D hinge technology, the headphones automatically adjust to the listener’s ears for a comfortable fit. The interchangeable cable can attach to either the left or right side of the headphones. Interestingly, the detachable fabric headband can be thrown in the wash to keep it looking new.

Plattan ADV will retail for $60 and be available on Tuesday, Nov. 18. You can find out more about the headphones here.

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