iGrip: Slap that phone on your bike handle and e-mail on the go

A German gadget maker is at CES 2013, aiming to land U.S. retail partners to sell holders for phones and tablets. It showed its products at CES Unveiled.

iGrip's phone holder for bicycles Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

LAS VEGAS--The Consumer Electronics show never has a shortage of accessory companies aiming to serve the growing number of devices we all carry -- and CES 2013 looks like it'll be no exception. Most are easy to ignore. iGrip, made by the German company Herbert Richter, however, stands out, particularly because the mounts are solidly built.

The company's devices mount on car windows, attach to he back of seats and to bicycle handle bars, as you can see in the photo above. The holders adjust so that you don't have to take your phone out of it case. Some also charge the device while it's docked. They range in price from $29.95 to $39.95.

While iGrip mounts are now on the market, mostly sold online, CEO Harald Richter says he is in talks with retail partners to get broader distribution and expand its U.S. presence. It all sounds a bit dangerous -- reading e-mails while biking through traffic. Then again, if you're determined to keep your phone in view, this beats fumbling for your phone while riding.

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