(CBS) Do you want crystals and gems with that iPod?
That choice is now yours, thanks to manufacturers who are taking notice of statistics that show female consumers now account for more than half – a whopping $55 billion – of the annual $96 billion spent on electronics.
With women initiating 75 percent of all consumer electronic purchases, their interest in digital products is clearly on the rise. And manufacturers have responded by finally producing tech products that appeal to the style and practicality of female consumers of all ages.
David Gregg, Senior Editor of Best magazine, visits The Early Show with a sampling of some of the newest offerings for this powerful female market.
Felicidade Groove Bag Plus For iPod
The new and empowered Felicidade Groove Bag Plus let’s you take your iPod out in style. Slip your iPod in the custom-fitted pocket, plug in the amplified speakers, and hit Play. There’s a side zipper that allows access to the docking cable for charging the iPod and an internal pocket built specially for the AC adapter and cable. Groove Bag Plus delivers crystal-clear sound with enough volume to provide atmosphere to almost any environment.
Available at: www.drbott.com Price: $199.99)
Apple iPod Socks
Dress your iPod up in any one of six vibrant color iPod Socks (green, purple, grey, blue, orange, and pink). This set of knit socks provides a stylish, fun, and practical way to protect your iPod. These little tech protectors fit all iPod sizes.
Available at: www.apple.com Price: $30 for set of 6
Shuga Bud Earphones
Shuga Buds are stereo-quality personal earphones “studded” with genuine Swarovski crystals for use with personal audio players like iPods, MP3 players and portable CD players.(Not for cell phones.) Shuga Buds come with a wind-up storage case and gift box. It also comes in 5 colors: blue, pink, iridescent, sage green and yellow/gold.
Available at: www.plumparty.com Price: $45
Customized Crystal Designs By NYC Peach
Put some bling in your ring with custom designs to trick out your tech devices. Pick your own pattern and your colors. NYC Peach pieces are painstakingly created by hand, with each stone individually applied to ensure the strongest, longest lasting hold. Among those with NYC Peach designs are Lindsay Lohan, Paris and Nicki Hilton, Beyonce, Drea DeMatteo, Jessica Simpson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Snoop Dogg, Amanda Bynes, Nicole Richie, La La from TRL and Jimmy Fallon.
Available at: www.nycpeach.com Prices: Start around $400
HP “Harajuka Lovers By Gwen” Digital Camera
HP and Gwen Stefani recently launched a limited edition HP Harajuku Lover Digital Camera. This stylized version of HP’s Photosmart 607 Digital Camera features 4.1-megapixel resolution, 21x total zoom and HP’s exclusive Real Life technologies: panorama preview, in-camera red-eye removal, adaptive lighting and HP Image Advice, an on-camera help wizard. A limited number of cameras are expected to debut this May online at www.hpshopping.com and other retail channels for a suggested retail price of $250.
Nokia Fashionista Cellphone
Affectionately nicknamed the “lipstick case,” the Nokia 7280 fashionista phone is dressed to the nines in a retro-design reminiscent of 1950s. The piano black cell phone is packed with modern-day features including a round navigation pad, voice dialing, voice commands and integrated VGA camera/video player. But its piece de resistance’ is its screen, which when not in use becomes a tiny mirror.
Available at: www.nokiausa.com Price: $500
Audiovox Undercounter TV/DVD Player
The Audiovox VE1020 under-the-counter entertainment center is just what the soap opera junkie ordered. This sleek space saver sports a 10.2″ LCD TV (the VE750 is about three inches smaller and will save you about $300 bucks), built in slot-load DVD/CD player, hands-free telephone, LCD clock/alarm, and AM/FM Radio that is all controlled by a credit-card-sized, magnetic-mount remote control. This unit is perfect for kitchens, dorm rooms and households where space is at a premium.
Available at: www.audiovox.com MSRP: $699
Philips’ creation of MiraVision takes an LCD television and builds it into a mirror, allowing the user to hang it on a wall like a piece of art. It uses a unique polarized mirror technology, which transfers close to 100 percent of the light through the reflective surface; therefore, the LCD image (when the TV is on) can be clearly seen. Screen-size options include 17″, 23″ and 30″ viewing areas (available in “portrait and hallway” formats). Mirror TV is an ideal solution for non-traditional viewing spaces because of its ability to be installed flush to a wall. It is also a decorator’s dream because it allows the owner to pick any custom frame design to complement and blend into his or her home environment. Demi Moore has one.
Available at: www.philips.com MSRP: $2,799-$5,000