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H-Squared introduces iPod Engraving

December 9th, 2009: H-Squared is pleased to announce we are offering a new services for iPod owners (and future owners)- laser engraving and marketing. The sevice is available, currently by appointment only, can engrave or mark just about any iPod. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Unlike the free engraving provided by Apple, H-Squared's service offers the following features:

  • Marking and engraving of both text and artwork
  • Marking on both the front and back of the iPod
  • Any text, logo, or artwork provided by the customer (subject to copyright restrictions)
  • Choose from stock artwork provided by H-Squared
  • Use your own iPod or purchase new directly from us.
  • Discounts available on engraving mulitple (10+) iPods

The service is $39.95 for any iPod provided by the customer. For iPods sold new through H-Squared, you simply pay the iPod list price plus the $39.95 engraving fee.

Here are some examples of what's possible:

Something is waiting in the Wiings.

We've just published a (highly non-professionally edited) video of a brand new product from H-Squared. It's called the Wiing and it's something totally different for us. It's a mount developed for the Nintendo Wii and it's other "parts" such as the power supply, the Wii remote, and the nun chuck. We're so excited about this product that we decided to post a sneak peek of the mount so you can see how fun it is.

Our thinking behind a wall mount for the Wii was fairly simple. We wanted to get the Wii in a more convenient location (near the TV), get the power supply hidden (behind the TV, under a table, behind an entertainment center, you name it), and organize the controllers when they're not in use. The Wiing does it all and, in typical H-Squared fashion, does it with style. Of course, you don't have to put your Wii or controllers in the same place we do. You might want to, for instance, place your Wii on the side of your coffee table or someplace that's easier for you. They beauty of our system is that each Wii component has its own separate mount so you can put them just about anywhere you want.

The video is now available on our YouTube channel. Pricing and availability will be announced within the week. In the mean time, feel free to share this video.

New YouTube "How to" Install Videos Available


One of the more common requests we receive is for guidance on how to install our products. While we include installation guides in every box, sometimes a moving picture works better than a static sheet of paper. That's why we're pleased to announce the first set of installation videos have just been released on our new YouTube channel. The initial series covers the Mini mount, Air Mount, Air Mount TC, AirPort Extreme power supply mount, and Mac mini power supply mount. We will constantly be updating this channel with additional material as we have the opportunity.

We selected YouTube because of the fact that we can always be sure our videos are accessible around the world by as many devices and to as many people as possible at one time. You can now take your iPhone or iPod Touch to where you plan to install your H-Squared product and see right there how to do it. No need to sit by the computer, watch, and then go try to do the install- all the while trying to remember what you watched. All of the current videos are less than one minute so it won't take much of your time.

Please leave comments using YouTube's comment feature. That'll help us improve the videos in the future to ensure we're always producing what you want.

The new tvTray - Now Shipping

January 19, 2009 - Bellevue, WA: H-Squared previewed the new tvTray at Macworld in San Francisco. The revised mount for the Apple TV now includes the USB backlight as a standard feature. The mount now also has a hand-sanded frosted edge that, when illuminated, casts a soft glow around the perimeter of the mount. This gives the effect of the Apple TV glowing from behind.

The new tvTray has a limited-time introductory price of $44.95 and is available now. After January 25th, 2009, the price will return to it's normal list price of $49.95.

Air Mount TC launches

The Air Mount TC is here! Designed around the same principals of the original Air Mount, the Air Mount TC is custom designed for Apple's Time Capsule. Like the Air Mount, the Air Mount TC can be mounted either horizontally or vertically. The streamlined design is low-profile, yet strong enough to securely hold Time Capsule. Check out the product pages to learn more!

Time Capsule will begin shipping within one week.

Time Capsule Mounting: UPDATE

We now have our Time Capsules in hand and will be working diligently to design a proper mount for it. As soon as we have something viable, we'll let everyone know. Here's a few notes so far:
1. There is no external power brick. There's just a power cable that's about 6.5 ft (~2M) long. This means that, for mounting, it can't go too high without using some sort of extension cord.
2. Time Capsule has the same dimensions as Apple TV. Our tvTray works beautifully with it nearly as-is, but it would only work in a vertical mounting application.
3. Time Capsule is much heavier than Airport Extreme. As such, any horizontal mounting will require extra support.

Other than that, we haven't even fired the ones we have up yet. Those of you waiting, the good news is that we now have something to measure against. Just give us a little time to confirm that everything works as advertised and we'll get a product to you ASAP.

Mounting Time Capsule

We've received several...no...many...no...an insane number of queries about mounting the upcoming Time Capsule. The first question is "Will the Air Mount hold Time Capsule?". Unfortunately, the answer is no. Time Capsule is a full 1.2 inches (that's a little over 30 mm for you metric folks) larger than the Airport Extreme. While we're actively working on a solution, we have yet to see, touch, smell, or get anything from Apple to aide in our quest to develop the perfect mount for you.

The other question that we often ask ourselves is "Will it be OK? What about those hard drives?". Time Capsule is both larger and heavier than it's non-hard drive-equipped counterpart. There's also the issue of heat dissipation that we have to consider. With Air Mount, the solution was rather straightforward. For Time Capsule, a few additional- yet critical- questions come into play. Since Time Capsule will function as backup storage for many people, the absolute last thing we want is for our products to contribute- in any way- to the early demise of those integrated hard drives.

The good news is that we're on it. The bad news is that you'll have to wait a tad longer. www.h-sq.co,

So. Hang tough. If there's a solution, we'll come up with it- and quick. Stay tuned and subscribe to our RSS feed to get the latest news from H-Squared.

2-25-08 UPDATE: From what we can tell, Time Capsule is set to ship very soon. Possibly this week. We'll keep a sharp eye out one of our 4 local Apple Stores and provide any additional updates that we may have when we have something to report.

2-29-08 UPDATE: We now have our Time Capsules in hand and will be working diligently to design a proper mount for it. As soon as we have something viable, we'll let everyone know. Here's a few notes so far:
1. There is no external power brick. There's just a power cable that's about 6.5 ft (~2M) long. This means that, for mounting, it can't go too high without using some sort of extension cord.
2. Time Capsule has the same dimensions as Apple TV. Our tvTray works beautifully with it nearly as-is, but it would only work in a vertical mounting application.
3. Time Capsule is much heavier than Airport Extreme. As such, any horizontal mounting will require extra support.

Other than that, we haven't even fired the ones we have up yet. Those of you waiting, the good news is that we now have something to measure against. Just give us a little time to confirm that everything works as advertised and we'll get a product to you ASAP.

iLumi debuts at Macworld

January 15, 2008. San Francisco, California. H-Squared introduced iLumi, an interactive lighting system designed for the Mac and PC. The USB-powered 3-LED system communicates with the user via color and intensity. While still under development, the current design can function as a iTunes visualizer, interact with the Growl notification system, and is compatible with Applescript for total customization.

iLumi works by responding to system commands for color and/or intensity changes. Each of the three LEDs can be independently controlled through a GUI interface, Growl notifications, and even Applescript. The system becomes most useful when it is tailored to the user's needs. Such as displaying the weather forecast, stock prices, new message notifications, or anything where color can convey information.

iLumi will ship in the summer of 2008. Pricing and final specifications have not yet been finalized and will be announced at a later date.

H-Squared at Macworld 2008

H-Squared will be attending the annual Macworld conference in San Francisco from January 15th to 18th at the Moscone Center. We'll be at the Dr. Bott booth (S-1912). We'll be showing off the Air Mount, Mini mount, tvTray, and a few surprises. If you just bought a shiny new hard drive for Time Machine, you may want to stop by. (hint, hint)

See you there!