Around 40,000 people are in New Orleans this week for the International CTIA Wireless convention, the largest meeting of the wireless industry in the world. Apple itself does not have an official presence at the show (although I'm sure Apple employees are here), but the convention is full of companies that are a part of the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. I spent some time on the exhibit floor yesterday and saw lots of interesting iPhone accessories. I also bumped in to the Android robot wearing a pair of Mardi Gras beads. I didn't ask the robot what it had to do on Bourbon Street to earn them.
While some of the products I saw are available now, many were brand new with exhibitors looking for distributors. For example, a company called Perch was looking for distributors for a new product that sits between a wall outlet and your iPhone/iPad plug. The idea is that you take the device with you when you travel, and if you disconnect your iPhone and don't disconnect the charger within a period of time, the device chirps to warn you before you forget your charger in your hotel room.
If you are looking for iPhone cases, you'll all but trip over them at a convention like this, especially if you are looking for something sort of interesting like a skyline on an iPhone case:
And if you are looking for an iPhone case with some "bling" your options at CTIA are endless:
Over the coming weeks, I'll talk about some of the more interesting iPhone and iPad related products that I had a chance to preview yesterday.