The market for accessories for the iPhone and iPod is huge and lucrative. Many iPhone and iPod users have multiple dock stations, chargers and all sorts of other gear. A company called Cypress has announced the development and availability of a new iPhone and iPod dev kit for accessories.
The dev kit is called the CY8CKIT-023 PSoC Expansion Board kit for iPhone and iPod. The kit uses a PSoC with a programmable system-on-chip architecture. The kit uses the iPhone OS and the OS of other Apple products and the iPhone SDK to provide two-way communication between the dev kit and the device.
The kit features capacitive touch sensing controls, LCD segment drive and other features for developing audio docks, speakers, chargers, and produce for automotive use. The kit also has its own display for providing meta data and more. The kit is available for developers now for $249 and includes a MiniProg3 debug and evaluation device, prototype cabling kit, USB cable, 12V AC adapter, PSoC creator and PSoC Designer software.