Griffin Technology announced today that its portable StudioConnect for the iPad and PowerMate jog dial will both be receiving an update in 2014. Both products will be showcased at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. The international electronics and technology trade show runs from January 7 to January 10.
The StudioConnect has been upgraded with a pair of XLR inputs, USB and five-pin MIDI support, and is now compatible with both 30-pin and Lightning equipped iPads. The StudioConnect HD will be available for $200 this fall.
The PowerMate is an assignable controller for music and movie editing. The dial comes preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand and it is compatible with both Mac and PC. The new PowerMate Bluetooth will be available this summer for $60.
Press Release for the PowerMate Blutooth:
PowerMate Bluetooth is the wireless programmable controller that replaces extra keystrokes with a simple twist or a click. It scrolls. It scrubs. It clicks like a mouse. And it's user-configurable, so it can control practically any Mac application out there.
"First introduced in 2001, PowerMate has proven to have exceptional staying power within the CE marketplace, an industry known for its rapid product life cycles and fated obsolescence," said Mark Rowan, President at Griffin Technology. "The original PowerMate, with its timeless design and functionality, has garnered a dedicated user base and we're certain PowerMate Bluetooth will carry on the legacy."
PowerMate Bluetooth functions beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that's just the beginning of its possibilities. PowerMate is preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box, making editing a breeze. But it’s not just for multimedia; users can follow the easy instructions to add custom commands within their preferred applications. Spin PowerMate like a wheel to quickly move through large multimedia files, spreadsheets, and word processor documents, or click it like a mouse to select text or perform commands.
This gleaming brushed aluminum desktop peripheral is most recognizable by its blue glowing base. Users can control the behavior of this pulsing LED to provide system status at a glance. Multiple PowerMates can be paired through Bluetooth, with no entangling wires, allowing users to assign various commands to each.
Although the PowerMate can replace repetitive keystrokes and solve the most routine of tasks, it has also taken on a life of its own among creative computer hackers over the years. PowerMate fans have created everything from custom audio visualizer programs to games to Intelligent MIDI controllers and even car entertainment systems that feature PowerMate.
● Shuttle through music or movies
● Scroll through long spreadsheets or text files
● Pan and zoom in your creative applications
● Resize and reconfigure tools and brushes in illustration and photo re-touching programs
● Use multiple PowerMate units and assign functions to specific PowerMate units