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iPort Debuts LaunchPort for OEMs, Preps Mount for iPad Mini

iPort offers developer kit for third parties to build their own LaunchPort inductive-charging mounts for iDevices, builds prototype LaunchPort for forthcoming iPad Mini.


iPort Debuts LaunchPort for OEMs, Preps Mount for iPad Mini
iPad on iPort LaunchPad, tethered, shown at CEDIA Expo 2012
Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2012

iPort, a division of Dana Industries and sister company of Sonance, was an early innovator of iPod products with its then-groundbreaking in-wall docks for whole-house iPod-based music.

Currently, the big thing at iPort is LaunchPort, arguably the “world’s first inductive charging and mounting system for iPad,” as iPort calls it: Wrap your iPad in the LaunchPort sleeve, snap it into the mount, and poof it charges.

Now iPort is preparing for the forthcoming iPad Mini, a smaller version of its big brother.

iPort has worked from reports and rumors of the new product to build a prototype of the 7-inch device.

“We even guessed the weight,” says iPort CEO Ari Supran, CEO of iPort, Sonance and sister company TruFig.

At CEDIA Expo 2012, Supran showed us the dummy iPad and a prototype LaunchPort to go with it.

“We want people to hold it and say, ‘Hey, it’s the perfect size for home automation,’” he says. “Then they’ll get a bunch, and then they’ll need a place to put it.”

iPort currently makes two versions of the LaunchPort: an on-wall mount and tabletop.

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CE Pro Blog Mobster David Hadded demonstrates the tabletop version of LaunchPort at CEDIA Expo 2012

In addition to the prototype solution for iPad Mini, iPort showed a new iPad sleeve for LaunchPort that accommodates both the iPad 2 and the new iPad (iPad 3).

The new iPad is a little thicker than its predecessor, so the new sleeve, called AP.3, has a retractable pad built in to accommodate either size.

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LaunchPort AP.3 sleeve for iPad 2 or the new iPad, featuring retractable pads

LaunchPort for OEMs

Now every iDevice can have a LaunchPort! For the first time, iPort is opening up the product line for OEM development.

“You might have a household where some have Android, some have Apple,” for example, as Supran explains.

Surely iPort can’t build sleeves for every size and shape, especially given the proliferation of Android tablets and oversized phones. Purveyors of these devices can now build LaunchPorts themselves.

Supran says, “We reengineered the station module [aka the puck]. They can build it into whatever they want.”

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LaunchPort development kit for OEMs

More iPort Innovations

LaunchPort for commercial
At CEDIA, iPort also showed a couple LaunchPort innovations for commercial applications.

First is a solution for tethering an iPad to ensure no one walks off with it.

Second is a method for swiping a credit card, thanks to a partnership with Square. Square makes credit card swipes for iDevices and provides the back-end for accepting the cards.

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iPad tethered

iOS charging station
iPort showed a concept, the MultiPort 12, for powering multiple iOS devices.

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iPort MultiPort 12 concept

LaunchPort on the road
You wouldn’t want to pack a bulky LaunchPort tabletop charging/mounting device in your suitcase. For road warriors, iPort is coming out with a LaunchPort travel kit, featuring a kickstand and USB-mini port for charging.

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iPort TravelKit

For more CEDIA Expo 2012 news, visit www.cepro.com/cedianews



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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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