“The soaring iPod economy is expanding to video with the first wave of new gadgets aimed at consumers eager to watch their favourite television shows and movies on the portable devices,” Michael Kahn reports for Reuters. “‘There is absolutely no question video is the next big accessory category,’ said Jeremy Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge, an independent online magazine devoted to the iPod and iTunes. ‘2006 is when companies are going to bring their new stuff to the table.’ At least 30 million iPods have been sold since late 2001, giving Apple about 75 percent of the U.S. market for portable music players, and spawning an iPod economy driven by consumers who typically spend about half the price of the actual device on accessories, said Richard Doherty, research director at Envisioneering Group.”
“And following Apple’s recent jump into video, analysts say consumers will start seeing an increasing number of accessories that cater to the iPod faithful who want to watch content using their machines,” Kahn reports. “One of the first of these new products comes from a California company started by former Apple executives who have found a way to turn most iPods into portable video recorders. The iSee 360i allows users to slip their iPods into a slightly bigger box, which contains a 3.6-inch screen, and download video directly from computers, televisions, satellite, or any other analogue source.”
“Some of the other new products introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show include Rochester, New York-based Icuiti’s DV920 video eyewear headset that sells for $549 and displays video in front of both eyes,” Kahn reports. “EMagin’s Eyebud allows users to watch movies from a tiny screen that sits in front of one eye. Eyebud models will be available later this year at introductory prices of $799 and $599, the company said.”
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