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Kensington® Introduces a Power-free, Sound Amplified Cradle to Help Transform Your iPhone Into a Car Navigation System

All Apple® Stores to Carry New Vehicle Mount Offering Twice the Volume on iPhone Navigation Applications

Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in delivering smart made simple™ computing accessories for the mobile consumer, today announced an innovative new car mount with amplified sound for use with any iPhone navigation application. The newest addition to the Kensington iPhone accessory line of products allows iPhone users to easily navigate while driving, as well as double the volume of turn-by-turn directions from navigation applications. As the mobile professional need for navigation capabilities increases, Kensington's new car mount combined with iPhone navigation applications offers users a cost-effective alternative to traditional Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

The Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone acoustically increases speaker volume without additional battery drain to the iPhone, allowing drivers to easily navigate while keeping their eyes on the road. The sounds amplifying cradle mounts in seconds to a vehicle windshield or vent and holds an iPhone securely even on the roughest terrain. Compatible with any navigation application for iPhone, the cradle will be carried in all Apple stores beginning in early November 2009.

"Kensington is delighted to once again offer a simple and affordable solution that allows mobile professionals to turn their iPhone into a navigation device," said Kensington Global Product Manager, Frederic Frappeau. "According to Strategy Analytics research, worldwide GPS enabled smartphone shipments are expected to increase 34 percent, from 57 million units in 2008, to 77 million units this year. Kensington sees this trend as an opportunity to provide smart, personal accessories that can make mobile professional travel that much easier for a more productive lifestyle"

"Right positioning of the iPhone in the car is important for optimal GPS reception, so the Kensington mount makes a great addition to our app," said Gerhard Mayr, Vice President Worldwide Mobile Phones and New Markets at NAVIGON. "In addition, NAVIGON's sought after text-to-speech feature which clearly pronounces upcoming street names is a natural fit with Kensington's Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for the iPhone."

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*Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone (K66627US ; SRP $39.99)
is a full-sized right-handed design that feels great in the hand while the wired plug-and-play connectivity delivers high reliability and zero setup.

Key Features of the Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone Include:

  • Amplified Sound - Amplifies iPhone speaker for twice the volume with no added battery drain for amplified turn-by-turn directions
  • iPhone Compatible - Includes 4 sets of swappable rubber inserts to fit iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone with or without a case
  • Navigation Application Agnostic - Works with any navigation application for iPhone (inclusive of Navigon®, TomTom®, and others)
  • Easy to Use and Driver Friendly - Insert or remove your iPhone from the cradle simply, with one hand
  • Convenient In-Car Access - Cradle pivots for vertical or landscape modes and includes both windshield and vent mounts for preferred proximity in vehicle
  • Use for Hours on the Road - Provides a safe, secure mount on even the roughest roads, and the flexible arms securely hold your iPhone-even when in a case

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About Kensington

Kensington is a leading provider of desktop and mobile device accessories, trusted by IT, educators, business and home office professionals around the world for more than 35 years. Kensington products empower people to dynamically interact with content, creating a better working experience for productive performance. In both office and mobile environments, Kensington’s extensive portfolio of award-winning products provides trusted security, desktop productivity innovations, and ergonomic well-being. Our core competencies in engineering, industrial design, product quality and responsive customer support make Kensington The Professionals’ Choice.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington operates as the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded business, academic and consumer products, sold in more than 100 countries across the globe.

Kensington is the inventor and worldwide leader in laptop security locks, the acknowledged leader of Trackball innovation and offers a broad range of premium-branded desktop productivity solutions.

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