IOGear has traditionally been a very IT-oriented company. Its core technology was KVM–a device to which a user connects a single keyboard, video (monitor), and mouse in order to control one of several connected computers. A few years ago, IOGear diversified and began marketing mobility and desktop accessories. This year, IOGear devoted itself to “convergence through connectivity,” continuing its diversification into the home audio/video market, but also introduces some new products in its existing product areas.
Wireless AV for Computers
IOGear is gearing up to release the third generation of its wireless USB audio and video transmitter. It enables the user to display video on a remote display and output audio to a remote set of speakers–both perhaps in a television. It outputs to HDMI at 720p. Currently, there is only enough bandwidth in the wireless USB specification to accomodate 720p, but IOGear is actively pursuing improvements to the technology with the goal of enabling 1080p. The third generation product will be available in the fourth quarter of this year for an unknown MSRP.
Wireless AV for Home Entertainment
IOGear’s new wireless HD system is a parts of its Avoir line of products. A single sender module is capable of broadcasting to up to four receiver modules. A sender module accommodates several devices, such as game consoles, Blu-ray and DVD players, and HiFi systems. Using an ad-hoc 802.11n network, the sender can broadcast up to 100 feet. The system will be available second quarter for $899.
Wireless keyboard for Blu-ray players
Recognizing that most Blu-ray players and consoles support plug-and-play keyboards, IOGear wanted to present users with a keyboard which could be used to enhance the web browsing, chatting, and other keyboard-optional activities which connected devices present. It uses 2.4 GHz RF. It’s available now for $99.95 MSRP.
Given that many home entertainment centers have multiple consoles and perhaps an HTPC, but only a single display, IOGear recognized the need for a a KVM switch to allow folks to better utilize their devices. In conjunction with the aforementioned keyboard, users can switch between devices effortlessly and be able to control everything. It will be available soon for $399.95.
Rackmount LCD KVM
IOGear showed off some new datacenter-aimed technology, including this rackmount LCD KVM. It has a keyboard and mouse, and fits in a 1U slot. It can connect to eight computers.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.