January 14, 2013

PowerSkin Launches NFC-Enabled Smartphone Battery Case

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 2012 issue of Next Gen Mobility Magazine.

PowerSkin Launches NFC-Enabled Smartphone Battery Case

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III can now help power their devices using an NFC-enabled smartphone battery case from PowerSkin.

NFC is a wireless connectivity technology that allows devices in close proximity to each other to communicate via magnetic-field induction.

“User convenience is paramount to PowerSkin’s product designs,” says Shaun Ng, Product Manager for XPAL Power / PowerSkin. “By integrating proprietary NFC technology into our battery cases, we’ve given users the ability to share information quickly, securely and wirelessly with nearby devices, making the exchange more convenient than ever.”

This one-piece, soft-touch, silicone case also features an on/off button on the side to give users power on demand; a 1500 mAh rechargeable battery to extend talk time up to 2.83 hours (up to 97 hours standby); Smart Power Management, which shuts off PowerSkin when the phone is fully charged for zero loss of power; a cable that allows users to sync data while re-charging; LED battery lights that display charging status.

The product is available for $79.99 on

Mobile Computer Keeps RFID Tags within ReachMotorola Solutions Inc. has introduced a new mobile computer designed for demanding medium- to long-range applications in industrial environments.

The MC9190-Z RFID device was designed for use in manufacturing, transportation and logistics and warehouse applications that involve tag (News - Alert) reading in which the tags are out of sight of more than 10 feet away.

By offering multi-modal data capture that combines integrated RFID, direct part marking and barcode reading, Motorola says, the MC9190-Z provides enterprise customers with a lower total cost of ownership.

The rugged MC9190-Z can withstand repeated six-foot drops to concrete, meets IP64 standards and features a tough, non-glare LCD colored touch screen.

Hotspot Boasts Touchscreen Display

AT&T (News - Alert) is the exclusive carrier of the new MiFi Liberate, which it’s calling the first mobile hotspot with a touch-screen display. Developed by Novatel Wireless (News - Alert), the MiFi Liberate sports a 2.8-inch color touch-screen display.

It accepts up to 10 Wi-Fi devices, and allows users to leverage the touch screen to view data usage, manage connected devices, change network and device settings, and more. Its battery offers up to 11 hours of continuous use. 

“We are committed to delivering wireless solutions that empower our customers and make their lives easier,” says Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices at AT&T.  “As its name suggests, the MiFi Liberate is designed to connect them to the mobile Internet when away from home or the office by arming them with their own portable hotspot, so they can stayconnected to the people, places and information that matter most to them.”

Koala Mount Makes It Stick

Whether you are using your iPad or tablet to follow a new dinner recipe, Skype (News - Alert) with family or to watch the morning news while you are getting ready in the bathroom, you can now enjoy hands-free viewing without getting a crick in your neck, announces Dockem. The company’s Koala Mount securely holds your iPad or other compatible tablet device in place on any wall or hard, vertical surface.

This solution is designed to fit all versions of the iPad and several Android tablets including the popular Samsung Galaxy tablet line. It can be installed in seconds using 3M Command Strips. The Command strips can be removed without damaging the wall.

The Koala Mount, which uses two independent brackets, can hold a tablet with a landscape or portrait view. It also can be used along with many protective cases including the Apple (News - Alert) Smart Cover. And the tablet can be charged while it is resting in the mount.

The Koala Mount retails for $19.99 and includes two Koala brackets, two Standard 3M Command strips, a surface prep pad and full instructions.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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