Griffin Technology Presents New and Versatile Car Solutions for iPod and iPhone

Macworld Australia Staff
21 October, 2010
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Nashville, TN — October 20, 2010 — Griffin Technology Inc., maker of innovative solutions for everyday life, today debuted iTrip® DualConnect and TuneFlex® AUX HandsFree, their latest in-car creations for iPhone® and iPod®. The new devices offer versatile and innovative solutions for drivers and tech lovers of all types.

iTrip DualConnect
Two car solutions in one, iTrip DualConnect is the most versatile iTrip ever, and the perfect solution for multi-car households and frequent travelers.

iTrip DualConnect combines Griffin’s renowned FM transmitter technology with an AUX jack for direct connection to car stereos equipped with auxiliary-input jacks. You can connect your iPhone or iPod touch through iTrip directly to your car stereo, or use iTrip’s FM transmitter to send the music wirelessly to your car radio. Either way, the illuminated buttons on iTrip’s charger plug give you Play, Pause, Forward, and Backward track controls that you can operate distraction-free by touch while driving.

Download the free iTrip Controller App for easy setup and operation of iTrip’s FM transmitter through your Multi-Touch™ display. To get started, just press iTrip’s SmartScan™ button, then tune your car radio to the frequency that SmartScan finds for you. It’s that simple.

iTrip DualConnect features all the user-centric features iTrip is known for. User-selectable stereo and mono modes; programmable presets so you can save the most useful FM frequencies for quick recal; and Griffin SmartSound™ technology that optimizes the signal for best sound. And iTrip DualConnect gets its power from your car’s 12 volt power outlet, and charges your iPod or iPhone while you use it.

TuneFlex AUX HandsFree
TuneFlex AUX HandsFree is designed to let you talk handsfree on your iPhone while you charge its battery.

Set your iPhone or iPod in TuneFlex’s adjustable, case-friendly charging cradle. Position TuneFlex’s flexible steel neck to keep your iPhone or iPod just where you want it. For great-sounding tunes, plug in to your car stereo’s AUX port with the included AUX/Mic Cable. When a call comes in, answer as you normally would. The call audio plays through your car’s speakers, and the cable’s high-sensitivity microphone picks up your voice loud and clear. Meanwhile, your hands stay on the wheel and your attention stays on the road.

Pricing
iTrip DualConnect, USD $59.99, and TuneFlex AUX HandsFree, USD $49.99

About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate™, iFM™, iMic™, and Evolve™ have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed, and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs atwww.griffintechnology.com.

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