The International CES is the industry's largest educational forum to help companies expand their businesses and understand new technology. Approximately 200 sessions and 500 expert speakers encompass International CES conference tracks and SuperSessions to discuss hot industry trends and topics. Keynote addresses feature executives from the world's largest and most successful companies and result in remarkable media coverage for the speakers. CEOs rank the CES as one of their top 10 most desired speaking opportunities, according to a Burson-Marsteller Most Valued Podium survey.
AblePlanet Lets Users Hear Things Like Never Before
AblePlanet, the winner of over 30 CES Innovations Awards, has created a technology called Linx Audio, which is a technology that passively filters out undesirable noise and reduces distortion. This allows users to hear more of the sounds they want but at a much lower decibel range.
From personal amplification systems and noise cancellation headphones to gaming headsets and even extremely affordable solutions, all members of the family can benefit from AblePlanet's patented technologies. The company even offers a new gadget not seen before in portable headphones, an in-line balance adjuster. For those who are hard of hearing in one ear more than the other, this discrete cord simply shifts the sound to center it across your ears comfortably, without amplifying one side and damaging your good ear. AblePlanet seems to have the consumer’s health in mind as their first priority.
Chrysler Introduces Via Mobile Package, Brings Integrated Life Into Your Vehicle
Talking with Chrysler at CES this year inside of a 2013 Dodge Ram took us on a very cool journey. Chrysler Group introduced the Via Mobile package, which allows full Internet radio into your vehicle from your phone. AM/FM, HD Radio and SiriusXM are all included, as expected, except Chrysler will be the first to offer the fully merged and integrated SiriusXM lineup into their vehicles with exclusivity for a limited time. There is also a media hub available in the center console. A USB port, SD port, aux port, USB charge-only port and Bluetooth streaming all compliment the 8.5" resistive touch screen that resides in the dashboard.
Enhancing the experience is a brand new navigation system that takes up the entire screen, complete with 3D models, pan-and-zoom, traffic (through SiriusXM). One cool, subtle feature that brings the entire nav together is called One-Step Destination Entry, where you can use your voice and give a command in one breath, such as "Navigate to (address)." You can also give the system points of interest, which commands such as "Find Nearest (name of place)."
Apps, with Buttons
What's cool about the Apps Button is that all of your embedded apps, plus all of the apps from your phone, are displayed together through the dashboard screen, fully integrated using the Via Mobile package. Apps like iHeartRadio and more all connect to the dashboard, forcing the phone to turn off when the vehicle is in motion, which reduces distracted driving. Chrysler has partnered with Sprint as well and has embedded a 3G radio into their 2013 vehicles. With that, pressing the 911 button will take you immediately to a 911 dispatcher and not to a call center and queue. Better yet, it's using Sprint's integrated signal to make the call without tying up your cell phone line. Using the Assist app will display three different call centers: roadside assistance, uConnect to answer questions about your online account and smartphone app and the vehicle-specific call center to answer questions about problems you may have with your vehicle.
No announcements on timing, vehicle availability or pricing has been announced yet, but Chrysler said to stay tuned for news on that very soon.
Ubisoft's Frag Dolls Talk Gaming, Lenovo, Conventions, More at CES 2013
The Frag Dolls are a team of professional female gamers recruited by Ubisoft to promote their video games and represent the presence of women in the game industry. We were able to catch up with three of the ladies, Valkryie, Pixxel and Daze, at the Lenovo and Social Media Club party, where they were in attendance to show off a new partnership between Lenovo and Ubisoft. Plus, all parties need some eye-candy, right?
We sat down and discussed a range of topics from how the girls all ended up with the Frag Dolls, best experiences at conventions and what's in-store for the all-girl FPS team in the future. You won't want to miss this one!
Corning Introduces New Gorilla Glass 3.0 with Native Damage Resistance
Each year Corning tries to outperform its previous class of Gorilla Glass. With 2.0 at the 2012 International CES, we thought they couldn't do one better, but this year we were proven wrong. Of course, with Gorilla Glass, it's all about the live demo, but here's a quick rundown. The new Gorilla Glass 3.0 with Native Damage Resistance (NDR) can be made as thin as .5 nanometers and up to 2nm and is able to withstand scratches of over 7 Newton of force and critical loads of up to 15,000 grams before cracks will start to appear.
Corning says that the glass should be available to over one billion devices moving forward. So, if you're in the market for a new phone in the coming year, be sure to be on the lookout for one with the toughest glass to-date on protecting that precious screen.
ION has Gadgets for Many Types of People, Whether You're Musical or Practical
ION introduced a bunch of products at the 2013 International CES. Some of the highlights include the DuoDeck, which is small and extremely portable turntable, where the vinyl record is larger than the device itself. This gadget is great for sampling, runs on batteries or USB power and needs no additional wires or drivers to work.
Something else ION debuted at CES was AirCopy, a world's first and something that makes you wonder why it wasn't invented sooner. It's a wireless scanner that generates its own Wi-Fi network so users can send any image over to their tablet or computer without needing to connect to an actual Internet network, or without having to load them into a computer, then sideload them to a mobile device. Call up the app from any device, slide the document in and off you go. It simply runs off a rechargeable battery that can charge via USB and gives you about four hours of use time in about half the time to charge and it works across almost every platform, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Toshiba Really Brings the Ultra with New Line of Ultrabooks
Toshiba showed off some of the sleekest ultrabooks we've seen at any CES to date that weren't just prototypes. I was able to put my hands on four different models, ranging from a 21:9 aspect ratio ultrabook made for watching movies without having any bars on the sides, to a really great convertible that maintains the battery life we've been expecting to find in ultrabooks today. Toshiba also introduced their first touchscreen at a very affordable price, proving that the big companies are really onboard with the Windows 8 user experience.
Nectar Power shows off their portable phone charger that gives up to 14 phone charges per device charge. This is ideal for an emergency kit, for camping or for those of us crazy enough to wander around conventions with phones, tablets and cameras - anything that can charge on via USB.
Sony brought the power at Digital Experience, showing off several new Handycam models. The Handycam PJ790 sports a 24.1 MP sensor and a PROJECTOR, allowing you to show people the videos and photos you have shot without crowding around the view screen. If that is not good enough, you also have dual HDMI ports to hookup to any other device.
Stern Pinball brought their machines to Digital Experience to show off what a modern consumer table could be. If you've interacted with consumer pinball machines before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that these actually work, and work WELL!
We all know that the thing that makes pinball machines most interesting the the theme, and Stern has licenses to bring big-name brands to their tables, such as Transformers and Avengers, meaning you can defeat the Decepticons at home on a pinball machine. Is it possible to beat that?
There are 3 grades of machine, and they start at only $2499. If you are a pinball fan, you will definitely want to check these guys out.
Canon Streams Their New Video Cameras to the Masses
Canon shows us their newest VIXIA line, including the HF-R40, HF-R42 and HF-R400. With a newly remodeled CMOS you get much better low-light response, and with WiFi, you can connect to the camera access app on iOS or Android, allowing you to control the device or even stream the video live.
Of course, like all Canon cameras, you get great zoom capabilities; 53x Advanced Zoom on these models. The R400 will run $299, R40 will run $399 and the R42 is $499.
Canon is changing things up with the newest addition to their digital camera lineup - The Powershot N. This camera moves the controls from the top of the body to around the lens, including shutter and zoom. If you're not comfortable controlling the camera from the front, good news, you can also control everything from the touchscreen on the back.
Like most newer mid-level cameras, this device also has WiFi, allowing yo to upload your photos right to Facebook, Twitter or even send through email. Another option is Canon's Image Gateway, a cloud storage option which provides owners of the camera 10GB of online photo storage.
You know your phone and tablet are vulnerable to all kinds of hazards. From water to dropping, it is easy to destroy your expensive technology. Fear not, though, as LifeProof has you covered, both metaphorically and literally, if you have an Apple product.
The engineers at this company have produced a case to protect your devices from you. These things are waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, all to military spec. If the military thinks this is the right amount of protection, you know it should be good enough for you, right? Just don't run your phone over with a tank.
Everything in the world seems to be getting smarter, and our home scales are no different. Withings showed us their Smart Body Analyzer scale, which gives a lot more information than just your weight.
Awarded a 2013 Innovations Award, this scale gives readings on body mass index, body fat, heart rate and household air quality, all geared at improving your personal health. The device also has WiFi and Bluetooth, allowing you to monitor the device's readings wirelessly.
Anyone with a standard hearing aid knows the inconveniences that come with them. For example, you have to take them out and put them back in depending on your current activity. Siemens has created a new kind of hearing aid, the Aquaris Micon, that does not require these measures
Another annoyance with hearing aids is the "whistle." Wearers cannot always hear it, but the people around them sure can. Siemens' audio processor eliminates the whistle, caused by mis-programmed devices causing feedback. The devices are available now from hearing enhancement professionals everywhere.
Bodymedia Fit showed off their Link Armband, a portable fitness tracking device. This Bluetooth device tracks your burned calories, step count, physical activity and sleep quality, all with a 90% accuracy rate.
The device is targeted at monitoring which activities throughout a person's day are most productive at burning calories for them. This is done through analysis of the data, and displayed through the mobile app or web app, helping the wearer to achieve their fitness goals. It even has the ability to interface with other devices to give an even more accurate picture of your personal health.
Masimo is a name familiar to medical professionals, but they plan to become a well-known name in the consumer health world as well. Their entry device, the iSpO2, is a mobile Oximeter, which means it can show the percentage of oxygen in your blood stream.
Of course, there's no way they enter the market with just that, right? This device also has heart rate and a perfusion index. This information is all used during a standard hospital exam, and now can be used at home as well. The device is currently available through Amazon or through iSpO2.com for $249.
HAPIfork was designed by French entrepreneur and inventor Jacques Lépine whose idea was based on research which shows that by eating slower, people can improve the way they feel, improve their digestion and lose weight. HAPIfork aims to modify eating behavior by slowing down how fast people eat and being more present with when and how long it takes to eat, leading to an overall healthier state of being and living.
Unlike other health related tools, the HAPIfork is inconspicuous and appropriate for out of home use. The Bluetooth enabled smart fork also collects information for future analysis or monitoring in clinical settings. All data is transmitted to a ‘personalized online dashboard’ when the HAPIfork is connected to the users computer or mobile device making it easy to monitor eating habits and health improvement at home or on the road.
Heart Math Inner Balance is a product designed to help keep your breathing and heart rate in sync. When we get stressed, our heart rate raises, and lowers when we are not stressed. Breathing can also be affected in very similar ways.
This device, when combined with the mobile app, allows a user to visualize their breathing and heart rate patterns. Through a colored graph, the user can also work to synchronize these processes to improve their stress levels. The sensor clip, plus the app, will both be available in February 2013.
It has never been easier to be the child of an aging parent. With products for tracking location and emergency call devices, you can always know the general status of your parents. But what if they have a medical condition that requires monitoring? What can you do then?
That is where Ideal Life comes in with their new consumer wireless biometric monitoring devices. Through a partnership with ADT Home Security, you can keep track of the physical status of loved ones as well. You can also feed the data to a doctor or nursing service so they can keep track of them as well.
Prescription versions are available now from your health care provider and ADT-powered options will be available soon.
It seems like you can monitor everything from your phone, and blood pressure is not to be left out. The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is part of a suite of devices aimed at improving fitness. The device is an FDA approved blood pressure wrist monitor in its second generation, and through its Bluetooth connection, is able to communicate with a wide array of mobile devices with a collection of mobile apps.
The application comes with cloud storage, allowing you to store your health information online so you can analyze the data on a computer instead of just a phone. The data also allows for trending, allowing you to monitor fluctuations in your health progress.
United Healthcare has teamed up with Konami, makers of Dance Dance Revolution, to bring an education version of the game to classrooms. We have talked many times before on the show about the health benefits of DDR, and it turns out people have been listening.
United will be running their multiplayer, school-based pilot program to schools that already have an established United Healthcare curriculum partnership. Of course, this program might have been better received 10 years ago when DDR was at the height of its popularity here in the States, but it is possible that a program like this could revitalize the falling DDR sales.
You know you want to make your brain more powerful. Dakim Brain Fitness is designed to do exactly that. Their system is built to help aging adults maintain their mental agility and sharpness. Using a tool like this, baby boomers and senior citizens can continue to be vibrant members of the community.
The system is clinically tested to help people improve memory, language skills, focus, attention and concentration. With consistent use, the system can help stave off the aging effects on the brain.
As the US population gets older, the need for technology to allow the older generations to live at home longer is more important than ever. Grandcare Systems has recognized this need and has come up with an in-home health monitoring device.
Initially created to help shut-ins socialize, the technology allows caregivers and medical professionals to get information patients' home. Using this information, problems that are common in the aging population can be caught and treated earlier, without the need to live in assisted living facilities.
We have all seen a pillbox. It is intended to help people remember what pills they are supposed to take and when. The only thing missing? A system to remind you to take them. The Medfolio Medication Reminder System is just that.
Julie Mason, pharmacist and creator of the reminder system, created the product because she saw so many people forgetting to take their medications and knew she needed to help. When it is time to take your medication, the proper compartment will illuminate and the box will chime. When combined with an online reporting system, caregivers can know exactly when patients have taken their pills.
Whether you are trying to podcast about podcasting or topics you know about, the ability to record on the go can definitely come in handy. If mobile recording is something you need, check out the Podcaster rig.
With a mounting bracket for microphone, lights and tripod, plus lens adapter, all this thing needs is an iPad, plus your normal broadcast equipment, and you are off and running.
While this might upset Bender, it should really excite you. Dream Bots has released the Whee Me, a robot that gives you a massage.
This little robot is capable of navigating the human back on its own, without falling to its doom below. With textured wheels and moving tentacles, this little guy has a lot of contact points all designed to help you reduce stress and relax your back.
What is the only thing missing from your Roku? The ability to project it on a wall while on the go! 3M has stepped up and made this problem non-existant, with their Streaming Projector. This little guy can project a 120 inch image for up to 2.5 hours on a single charge. It also has built-in speakers, or can be used with headphones or external speakers.
While current phones have a lot of bells and whistles, one thing they aren't very good at is holding a charge. This becomes a problem when you are in an emergency situation. When power is scarce and you need help, what can you do?
SpareOne has a solution with their new emergency phone. It takes a standard SIM card and a single AA battery and you can make calls for up to 10 hours. Paired with a lithium AA, you get longer life and even longer storage life. The device even comes with a waterproof bag to protect it in case of flooding.
If you travel as often as broadcasters do, you know the intense fear of losing your luggage. If you show up in Vegas in time for CES and your baggage is in Chicago, it can make your week really problematic. While it is impossible to improve the airlines, there is a solution to the fear.
Trakdot has a product to let you know at all times where your baggage is. Using GPS, the device will send you an SMS to alert you of its whereabouts when it stops moving. If your baggage does land in Chicago, at least you will know where it is. Coming in April for only $49.99, the device will only cost you $12.99 per year.
A second model of the device, intended for people who travel with equipment, will incorporate a gyroscope or accelerometer to let you know if your baggage has been dropped and rammed during transport.
Bluetooth audio is a great concept, but not everyone likes the feel of standard Bluetooth headsets. That is where Felt Audio comes in with their modular Bluetooth earbuds. Designed to look and function like standard earbuds, these headphones have a retractable cord from the buds to the transceiver.
In addition to the earbuds, Felt Audio has also introduced what they call the world's smallest speaker system, the Pulse. It can be used as wither a musical speaker or a speakerphone with its omnidirectional microphone. This mic is prefect for use on a conference table for a whole group, or on the desk for just you.
Tê is a new concept brewing device for tea. Similar to the capsule-style drop-in coffee machines, this device allows you to drop in a tea capsule and the machine does the rest. The difference here is that the capsule spins, helping to remove oxygen from the mix, which the company believes is the cause of bitterness.
The idea factory of Cambridge Consultants is responsible for the concept, along with many others. While the organization does not necessarily bring their ideas to market, they do work with manufacturers and licensing companies to make it happen.
CordCruncher Prevents You from Crunching Your Cords
If you are not a fan of tangled headphone cords and the Felt Audio headphones aren't your style, then perhaps CordCruncher is your solution. The headphones come with a special tube that allow you to manage the cord and keep it from tangling.
When retracted, you can plug the jack into the end and wear it as a bracelet or just store it in your pocket without fear of damaging the tip. You can pick up this little guy in one of four colors for only $24.99.
Before picking up your next guitar, you might want to take a look at what Gibson is doing to enhance your musical life. Gibson's new line of Min-ETune guitars will take the tediousness of tuning out of the equation and let you focus on playing.
While the brand is not new, the concept has been enhanced with the new models. Instead of being in the body, the new guitars have it in the head, keeping it in the player's vision.
Whether you're a content creator looking to get your media out or a consumer looking to pick up some new stuff, Red Touch Media might be a new part of your life. Offering secure and easy distribution channels, Red Touch Media works in three ways: Bridge, Express and Connect.
With kiosks all over the world, it is easy to download and transfer your media onto any device wherever you are. Whether a movie, music or even a screenplay, any form of content can be distributed through this system.
Since Apple installed the Lightning Connector, the question has been who would get the first accessory? It turns out it is Griffin with a really great accessory for anyone who does recording called the Studio Connect.
This stand gives USB capability to the iPad, along with microphone and stereo inputs. The stand is also designed to display the iPad at an angle, making viewing easier. You could even use this with some speakers to make watching a movie or TV show more pleasant. The Studio Connect will be available this summer for $149.
Our live broadcast of CES 2013 for the Tech Podcast Network was powered all week by two Livestream Broadcasters. The little red boxes are incredibly convenient; all you need is a camera with HDMI and a WiFi connection and you can be broadcasting.
While we were using the first generation of the device, Livestream introduced a new version that removes the requirement for WiFi. The new Broadcaster is Verizon 4G LTE powered and has planned availability for Q2 of this year. As the device is VZW-powered, the price is not yet available.
If you do a lot of on-the-go broadcasting, this is definitely a product you'll want to take a look at.
If the security of your portable data is a concern for you, then MyIDKey might be just the solution you're looking for. This little USB drive offers a biometric scanner which unlocks the drive when it senses the proper thumbprint.
While the 2GB of storage might seem small, not all of your portable data needs to be secured. This is an ideal size for password files, scripts, business documents, etc. Luckily, if you do need more storage, there is also a 16GB version available.
The 2GB will be available Q2 for $99 and the 16GB will be available for $199.
The idea of audio being spread throughout the house is one that everyone has tried to solve at some point. From power line transmitters/receivers to Bluetooth, everything has been tried. Unfortunately no one has managed to solve the problem in a way everyone will be happy with. That is until now.
Pure has launched a line of wireless speakers designed to produce high-quality audio throughout your house or office, all without wires. The Jongo series of speakers are powered by Bluetooth or WiFi, allowing you to control the music in a single room or from a central location for the entire space.
With the Pure Connect app, you can even stream from your phone to the speakers using your existing WiFi connection. The initial speakers are available now for $229, and the stereo speaker and the hi-fi adapter will be available this summer for $329 and $119 respectively.
One of the best part of CES is the unique and the unusual. We have possibly the most unique and unusual device from this year's show, the Joystick. This little handheld device has the ability to control nearly anything in your life.
When paired with an Android phone or Windows 8 device, you can use the analog stick on the top as a mouse, similar to using an eraser head pointer on a Lenovo laptop. You can also use the device as a speakerphone for the phone/computer it is paired with, using a speaker designed to sound great for its size.
Now, pair it with your television and turn your TV into an Android device. Add in the hidden keyboard and 1080p screen, and this device is the only remote you might ever need again. It will be available "after carnival season" and will run between $249 and $349.
Behringer Gives the Power to Record Anything, Anywhere
For musicians who want the ability to record their gigs, or for creating a simple home studio, Behringer has created the iStudio. With this dock for the iPad, you can connect instruments, MIDI controls, mics and a lot more.
From music mixing through GarageBand to virtual guitar pedals through Jambox Pro, you will be able to enhance your musical life with the iStudio from Behringer. The device was planned for Q4 2012, but the introduction of the 9pin connector delayed final production. Luckily, we can still expect to see it released this year for $199.
XLR adapters for phones are not new to the market, but something that might be new to you is the ability to use phantom powered mics with these adapters. Griffin has given us exactly that capability with the MicConnect.
Powered by 2 AA batteries, this adapter has a +48 switch, enabling you to power phantom mics without having to plug into the wall. With the 3.5mm jack on the other side, you can plug the MicConnect into just about any device for recording, from phone to tablets, iOS to Windows. Definitely a must-have for any portable recording setup.
There are many scenarios where the ability to charge a phone or other device is important, especially with the less-than-stellar performance of modern phone batteries. That is where the Nectar Mobile Power System comes in.
Unlike most portable power, this doesn't use a rechargeable battery, but instead used a hydrocarbon-oxygen fuel cell. Combining the hydrocarbon (butane) from the cell with the oxygen in the air, this fuel cell can produce enough electricity to keep a standard phone powered for 2 weeks. The cells cost under $10 to replace and are complete recyclable.
The system and cells will be coming to Brookstone later in the year.
As demand for mobile technology increases, we see more cars equipped with it show up at CES every year. Here we take a look at the Audi RS5, a 420 horsepower V8 sports car designed to enhance the mobile life.
With T-Mobile 3G data built-in, and T-Mobile and AT&T 4G coming, a QNX-powered system with Google Earth integration and the Audi MMI navigation system, this is the high-end vehicle for a high-tech lifestyle.
What happens when you combine the power of 18 super-bright LED flashlights into one super-light? You get the FourSevens Maelstrom XM18 Flashlight, a 15,000 lumen light that can get so hot they had to design a special power switching system for it.
With a 2-stage power switch, 3 power settings (600, 3,000 and 15,000 lumens) and a strobe option (possibly for emergency use, possibly for livingroom raves), this light is definitely the most intense and insane flashlight we have ever seen.
The XM18 will run you $2,399, but their other flashlights start at just $23.99.
Levo tablet stands are created to relieve the stress that the odd form factor of tablets has created. From tables that are too short to tired arms in bed, there seems to be no good way to hold and use a tablet.
Levo's tablet stands are available in rolling floor and clamp-on styles for attaching to a music stand or independent use, depending on your needs. They are currently only available through specialty catalogs, but will be available through standard stores soon and run about $150, depending on your desired model.
As major metropolitan areas draw more people, they also draw more toxins to the air. Big, sweeping air quality readings give a generalized picture, but what about a more localized idea of what is in the air? That is where the Netatmo Weather Station comes in.
This device can read the weather conditions and air quality for a local area and log it on your account via WiFi. You can see trends and graphs through and iOS or Android device through the smartphone app.
Lowe's has put together some security-systems-in-a-box that are easy to install and easier to monitor. Through a connection from a smartphone, you can monitor the hardware in these kits, and their add-ons, from anywhere in the world.
With area coverage monitors, intrusion alarms, medical alert, pet doors sensors, plant monitors, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and more, there is almost no part of your home or office that you won't know exactly what is going on.
Lowe's also offers monitored services to trigger alerts via SMS, starting at just $15 per month.
Having an LCD screen on a refrigerator is not new, but a full Android-powered tablet-like device is. With barcode scanning for live inventory management and the ability for the fridge to communicate the inventory and required shopping list to smartphones, this device can make home life simpler.
In addition to the unique features, there are the old standbys as well: note taking, photos, recipes and more. One variance on the recipe concept is the addition of the inventory management, allowing the fridge to help you determine which ingredients you might need to finish your planned meal.
While introduction to China will be soon, the US market should see this product within 12-18 months.
Working and traveling have a rather unpleasant partnership. You spend a lot of time sitting in airports with no comfortable to way to work on a laptop. That is where the Tripad Traveler TRT-500 comes in handy.
The idea started with photographers but has been amended for laptops, turning your standard rolling carryon into a portable workstation. Simply slide over top of your handle and it creates a flat surface to set your laptop on.
For only $39, this is a product that should be a part of any traveler's collection.
Nobody often thinks of home phones, especially not at CES time, but no one told that to Urban Hello. They are showing off an HD voice call capable home phone solution. In fact, the phone is the first to be recognized to support HD voice.
While unusual in that it is a home phone, it is even more unusual that this phone was being launched a Kickstarter project. Unfortunately the project was unsuccessfully funded, but that doesn't mean they won'tgive it another shot, perhaps on a different crowd-source site.
The refrigerator and the oven have been an unchanging landscape in the home for most of their lives. The fridge, even when it was just an ice box, looked similar to what it looks like today. Even the oven hasn't really changed - a box that contains heat to cook food.
Whirlpool wants to change all of that. Their research team is working on removing the boxes from the kitchen. From returning to a "gather around the fire" type setup to incorporating refrigerated food into the kitchen's décor, Whirlpool has some bright ideas. Expect to see these things start showing up as soon as 2020.
In a world of mobile, distributed workforces, secure file distribution is essential. The cost and overhead of a virtual private network can be out of the reach of many companies, and even if it is in place, they aren't always the best way to distribute files.
Usernames and passwords can be cracked, software can be clunky and VPNs can slow everything down. That is where USB-Cloud comes in. Simply plug the USB key into your computer to enable access to the remote file store.
No requirement for username or password - just plug in the key to your Windows PC. The service also works on Mac, but requires a special download.
While the process of getting a cellular repeater has recently been made more difficult by the FCC, it shouldn't stop you from trying. We all have places in our lives where reception is terrible. In our case, our software offices have no reception for 2 of the 3 major networks and is spotty for the 3rd.
Wilson Electronics wants to help you out with their line of LTE wireless repeaters. Covering 5 bands, their devices can cover Verizon and AT&T's LTE frequencies. If you have an area in your life that has poor reception, perhaps Wilson can help.
Whether you are preparing your emergency kit or your camping setup, being able to cook without electricity is essential. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to have a small kit that, when water is added, could produce heat for cooking?
You wish has come true with Magic Cook, a $35 set that can produce cooking heat for up to an hour. The kit includes 10 heating kits, which can be replenished for only $15 per ten.
Over the past few years, quadcopters have become a majorly popular hobby. The engineering behind keeping them in the air level is fascinating, and controlling them is even more so. A friend of the company has been building one from scratch, but not everyone has that ability.
RC Logger has introduced an entry level quadcopter for only $79. This device can fly for 7-8 minutes at speeds up to 20 MPH. Running on the 915 MHz spectrum, you will probably lose sight before it stops flying.
The Roku Streaming stick certainly made a splash this year. First we saw it integrated into a 3M projector, and now we see it becoming available on more televisions.
Connecting through the High Definition Link (MHL) port, this little stick can provide full Roku capabilities, including the Tech Podcast channel, on 15 new platforms. You can pick up one of these little guys for only $99 right now.
If you have ever been part of a video conference, you know they never work as well as advertised. Between weird lighting, low sound and interferences, it is always difficult for both sides to hear and see what is going on.
Steelcase has recognized this problem and has a solution: the media:scape, a workstation designed specifically for the audio and video requirements of Skype. In addition to being incredibly functional, it is also attractive. If your office is in need of an enhanced video conference experience, it might be time to check out Steelcase.
3D printing is a fairly fascinating concept: create a digital version of an item through software and then print a physical version of it. Everything from glasses to guns have been created using this process; even Nokia is getting in on the game with Lumia cases.
The problem is the resolution. Most 3D printing is done with a process that is similar to looping hot glue around in circles until it dries. This creates very obvious rings that make it hard to use for any kind of professional project.
Formlabs has created a new concept for their printers that uses a tray of liquid that is heated in very small layers (25 microns) with an even finer laser. The platform then moves up preparing for the next layer. The end result is a professional quality product with no major discernible rings.
Green screen technology has grown up over the years. From the days where you knew when it was being used, which wasn't that long ago, to the days where an entire virtual set can be created to rival the looks of a major broadcast studio.
vStudio, a product from Darim Broadcasting, is a collection of virtual sets that won't break the bank. Designed for small studios, such as podcasters, these virtual sets allow broadcasters to focus on content and not worry about context.
Just because it is CES doesn't mean everything needs batteries; sometimes you just need cool mobile accessories. That is exactly what we have here. This flexible phone holder fits into your cup holder, making it useful again.
You can pick one of these up at many truck stops on the Interstate, or you can order them online.
We all know what everyone thinks when they hear about robots: I want to see them fight! If you want to make robots fight, you have to build one from scratch - until now that is.
Combat Creatures have introduced a line of fighting robots called Attacknids. While about a year old, and getting some good press, this is a product that everyone should know about. You can arm your WiFi-controlled bot with Nerf missiles, ping pong cannons, flying discs and more. These bots can be had for an affordable price and could be a great gift for any tech person in your life.
With an additional battery integrated into the device, you can power your phone and the keyboard at once. The convergence of a wonderfully functional keyboard and power source certainly makes this a keyboard to consider.
It's not often than we see an alarm clock at CES; it is even less common for us to cover it. From time to time, however, someone will surprise us and we can't resist, and that is what we have here. Satzuma has announced an alarm clock that has features you wouldn't expect, like a 4-port USB hub.
Designed to look like a movie clapper, it features the USB hub, illuminated screens, snooze, creatively using the clapper itself, and multi-time display. If that's not enough for you, this little guy comes in in the $15-20 range.
Photoflash has released the only licensed flash drive for Apple's iOS devices through the new Lightning connector. Considering how many people use their iPhone for photographs, despite its lens issues, the ability to save those photos without connecting the phone to a computer can be incredibly useful. If you can't have a microSD slot, this is the next best option.
Of course, being a flash drive, means you can transfer files onto the device as well. You also have dedicated app support, AirPlay integration, contact backup plus security features. All of this starts at $99 for an 8GB drive and move up from there.
IBM's former computer business sure has come a long way since Lenovo purchased it. The Lenovo Thinkpad and Thinkstation computers have become a staple inside of the business world.
Lenovo's major entry into the Ultrabook lineup this year is the Helix - a combination Ultrabook and tablet in one. This $1499 computer comes with a 11.6 inch 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The whole machine is powered by an Intel Core i7 process. Accordingly, in laptop mode is advertises 4 hours of battery and in tablet mode, 6 hours. While not exactly optimal, it is better than that of the Surface Pro.
GoPro is a brand that only a few years ago was fairly unknown, yet today has made it outside the atmosphere and deep under water to capture some of the most incredible feats of human interaction, all in HD.
Always wanting to improve the video landscape, GoPro has launched a new version of their popular Hero series - the Hero3 Black Edition. 30% smaller than the previous model, 12MP sensor and the ability to record UDH (4K) video at 15 FPS. It also includes photo burst capability, dual mics for stereo audio, including capability for noise isolation in editing.
The Black Edition can be had for $399, the Silver Edition for $299 and the White Edition for $199.
Available through AT&T and Sprint, the LG Optimus G is a beast of a phone running Android on a quad-core S4 Snapdragon processor. In addition to being quick, it allows for an interesting multi-tasking model, allowing one application to be stacked on top of another.
We all know that the camera on a phone is important. If you don't know, ask an iPhone 5 owner. The Optimus G has a great camera, for both still and video. If you are in the market for a new phone, this should be on your list.
Several years ago I built a device to allow me to take the devices in my home entertainment center and watch them anywhere in my home. It required weeks of soldering in my free time and around a thousand feet of coaxial cable. It took a lot of time and a lot of resources.
IOGear has recognized that I am obviously not the only person in the world who would like this capability and has made it easier and significantly less expensive with their 5x2 HD Wireless Matrix. Similar to the existing 5x2 HDMI Matrix, this device adds the capability to push content wirelessly to the two televisions. With 5 inputs and 2 outputs, this device can definitely replace my setup and most of the cabling, and should be considered as a part of any multi-television households.
LG has decided to embrace NFC in an interesting way: connecting your phone to your television. Instead of hunting for a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect your phone, all you need is to get your phone close to the television in question.
Using Miracast as the communication foundation, anything that is displayed on the phone can be displayed on the television. The only requirement being the phone is close to the tag.
This is perfect for presentations with PowerPoint or collaborative document editing, all with the added bonus of not being physically tethered.
Portable power solutions are not a new concept, but do they all have to be so utilitarian looking? The answer to that question is an emphatic NO. myCharge announced a line of portable chargers that have both the power capabilities you need when away from the office and a collection of designs to match who you are.
The new line, which will include a Lightning connector edition, is expected in the second quarter, either April or May. Depending on the connector, the power capabilities and the style, the prices will range between $39 and $129.
Since the launch of Ford Sync, Ford has enhanced its install base, now including it in most of their vehicles. This is a great thing for Ford owners, as Sync is getting a pretty major enhancement this generation.
With the inclusion of Aha Radio, Amazon mp3, Glympse, The Wall Street Journal and The USA Today, there is almost nothing missing. The inclusion of newspapers sure sounds like a security issue, but you will be happy to know that the car will read you the newspaper as you drive, turning it into an eBook newspaper.
They have also opened the platform up for developers, and even our own network is getting prepared for the platform. The system can be upgraded by the user without having to go into the dealer, all via a USB stick.
On many smartphones and tablets, especially ones without high-end sound cards, the speakers are often a weakness. Luckily these devices have Bluetooth, so an ecosystem of Bluetooth speakers has been created to solve this problem.
Carbon Audio's entry into the ecosystem is the Zooka Wireless Speaker. The Zooka is designed as a barrel, allowing for a wider range of sound, especially deeper bass. With two 30mm drivers and 8 hours of battery life, this speaker is perfect for any travel bag.
Single sign-on devices are pretty popular, with a cloud-based storage and a flash drive, both with password management included. What these devices require, however, is USB. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do it on non-USB devices?
That is where YubiKey Neo comes in. This device, while supporting USB, also supports NFC. This could allow the possibility for a single sign-on between desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. The key is compatible with several types of password managers, including LastPass and PasswordSafe, meaning you don't have to recreate your existing password list.
You can get the original, non-NFC device now for $25 and the new NFC version for $50, though there is a back order on it.
It is a well-known fact that Otterbox has the biggest name in protective cases. You can buy them at almost all retailers and they are made for every major handset. The one thing that has lacked in these cases is an extended battery.
Fear not; the newest entry in the Defender series includes an additional battery. The device is capable of doubling the battery life of an iPhone 5 and includes an app to allow you to monitor the remaining life of the battery.
The cases will be chargeable via micro USB and will be available as soon as Apple approves it and will sell for $129.
Nikon has introduced a new camera, the D5200, a 24.1 megapixel DSLR. Shoot speed is 5 shots per second with a large range of ISO settings, 100 to 6400. The camera also includes a stereo microphone, useful for post-recording noise isolation, and of course the ability o record full HD video.
This isn't all Nikon has going on. The introduction of a pair of new adapters, the WU-1a, and the WU-1b. Both of these adapters give wireless capability to the new line of Nikon cameras, allowing for smartphone control, as well as wireless photo transfers. You can also use the phone's screen as a second screen for the camera, allowing you to frame yourself into a group photo and take it remotely.
Worth Avenue Group - Insurance for Your Electronics [Live]
The live team talks with Worth Avenue Group about their electronics insurance. Covering loss, theft, physical damage, fire and more and including unlimited incidents, this insurance plan is cheaper than Apple Care plus, as well as most other third party insurance plans.
The live team talks with BeFrugal.com, a free rewards program that gives members coupons to redeem for better prices on online retails as well as cash back for shopping with those retailers. Yes, you read that right - cash back on a program that is entirely FREE. Apps are currently available to integrate into Chrome and Firefox, with an iOS app coming soon.
The live team talks with Body Media, a lifestyle management company that has been tracking activity and caloric intake and burn rate since 1999. Their new sensor, which has the ability to store up to 10 days worth of data, can track data via accelerometer, galvanic response skin conductivity monitor, heat flow and skin temperature.
The data downloads via Bluetooth to a smartphone and logs activity online, presenting reports on progress against goals for activity, health and weight loss. In conjunction with IBM, Body Media has the ability to recommend activities based on goals and past activities.
The live team talks with Kirk H&J about their proprietary wireless charging system, called "Electric Transfer," for devices incapable of Qi wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S III, which was supposed to support inductive charging natively, requires replacing the back plate to enable Electric Transfer. To enable it on the iPhone, a special case is required, as there is no removable back plate. The system is available now, in the $50 to $70 range.
The live team talks with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation about their 5th generation device. The new UI is designed to encourage children's dreams and heroes to play a role in their learning by grouping applications and opportunities by these categories.
The built-in camera is included to encourage experimentation and applications are included to get kids out and explore the world with the camera. The computer is Android-based and the applications are Python-based. The device will be available through Wal-Mart, but pricing is not yet set.
The live team talks with RokForm about their single-block machined iPhone rugged mounts for vehicle and bike. Since their original machined base for charging, combined with their history of motorcycle parts, this company knows rugged.
The live team talks with Gary Stern, founder of Stern Pinball. If you have been following our coverage, you will recognize the name, as Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine spoke with them at Digital Experience and Chris Montera, special correspondent for Health Tech Weekly spoke with them on the show floor. Stern joins us to explain why the idea of owning your own pinball machine is no longer out of the financial grasp of average consumers.
With themed machines from AC/DC, Avatar, Avengers and X-Men, there is a machine for just about everyone. If you have ever wanted to own your own pinball machine, there has never been a better time.
The live team talks with VTech about the upgrades to their line of phones for older people living on their own. Communication is essential for many seniors living alone to provide a psychological connection to the outside world, providing peace of mind for both their family and themselves.
This new line is fully hearing aid compatible and provide volume and clarity boost options. The LCD screens are high contract with large font, allowing them be seen easily. There is also a DECT 6.0 pendant available, which, when pressed, can call any pre-programmed number.
Increase Your LTE Reception at Home or Work [Live]
The live team talks with Wi-Ex about their zBoost LTE range extenders. The devices are capable of extending the range of both 3G and 4G LTE reception within a home, office or warehouse and can accommodate multiple phones at once.
One of the biggest problems with screen protectors is that they are plastic and easily scratched. Bodyguardz has created a new screen protector that is made from a special tempered glass that is impressive enough to have earned them a CEA Innovations Award.
ScreenGuardz® Pure™ Premium Glass protectors provide a smudge-resistant surface that is highly capacitive, allowing for better touch sensitivity. The adhesive process is even improved, allowing you to prevent bubbles between the screen and protector.
R360UND Brings Science and Data to Your Action Shots
Action cameras have been one of the latest crazes at CES. From GoPro to one of our favorites, Liquid Image's Apex HD, the cameras have gotten better, have added Wi-Fi and can really take a beating. But something is lacking from those gadgets once you capture that stunt or trick – the data. Not the video itself, but the science behind the video, like the acceleration rate or G-force the rider got from that last jump. Well, R360UND (pronounced “rebound”) looks to give you all of that with a sensor device that captures anything you'd ever want to know about that successful (or not so successful) backflip you just pulled off. It can read altitude, location, acceleration, G-force and more. You can then take that data and lay it over the video itself or, if it was a failed trick, look at the data to see where exactly the problem lied. So before you jump onto the ski lift and hit Devil's Curve in Aspen, be sure to check out this video.
Jhoombox Combines Karaoke and Internet-Streaming and Makes Singing Fun for All
Jhoombox is the first streaming box that makes you sing. Running off of Android, think of it like a mix between a Roku and a karaoke machine, where you're connected to the Internet and you don't need any special cables to get the party started. Plus, just like any other TV enhancer, it's got movies, TV shows, music, games, social apps and a web browser. We personally like the fact that you can live search thousands of available songs, record your song, publish it and then share it across almost any social network, including quick YouTube uploading. The console itself looks like a little keyboard and you get a really nice air mouse controller with it as well. Jhoombox still has some time before it hits shelves, but at that point the company looks to have millions of songs in its library to sing to.
Displair Lets You Play with Air and a Screen at the Same Time
One of the most interesting and unique technologies we saw at Eureka Park at CES came from Displair. This company is the inventor of the first interactive airborne display, by the same name, complete with multi-touch support. This is perfect for anybody doing advertising, promotional campaigns or anything else that needs the “cool” factor. The best thing about Displair is that the image stays totally penetrable for physical objects. For example, we got to see a demo of Fruit Ninja and were able to slash those fruits into oblivion by slicing through the screen. This is a really great product that you've just got to see to get it.
The live team talks with Monoprice about their contribution to the podcasting space. Monoprice has become the go-to site for purchasing low cost adaptors, cables and hardware for people in audio or video production, from DJs to podcasters.
Recently added is a Professional Audio department, which will be popular among top podcasters and other new media producers.
The live team talks with PressReader about their Netflix-style newspaper aggregator. For $30 per month, you get access to replicas of over 2300 newspapers from around the world.
The newspaper industry has had trouble keeping up with the changing technology landscape. Online versions of print papers have failed to gain traction and profitability, while sales of the print version have slumped. The tablet form-factor and WiFi availability as made the digitizing of print papers finally a success.
It has not been easy for Dish Network and their Hopper DVR. When the original device was launched, everyone sued them over copyright infringement. Now, while it is surely a unique device in modern times, it is not the first DVR to skip commercials. Does anyone remember the original TiVo DVRs? Why else would people have paid that much per month for a DVR when the cable companies were giving them away free?
Their new model has had no less controversy. Announced at CES this year, it was initially awarded Best in Show for the Best of CES Awards, presented by Cnet. Because of the before mentioned lawsuit and Cnet's parent company, CBS, and their rule about being objective about companies they are actively in legal action with, Cnet was forced to drop the award. When CEA, who runs the International CES, found out about this, they removed Cnet as the official partner for the awards going forward and reinstated Dish as a co-winner of the award.
Now, FOX has decided to one-up their media conspirators and has filed a new suit against Dish and the Hopper with Sling. The newest complaint is about the Sling feature, which allows users to transfer content from the DVR to other devices, like tablets, for watching both online and offline. While it seems no different from recording a show on a videocassette and playing it at someone else's house, FOX claims that it is piracy. They have asked a federal judge to prevent Dish from allowing customers to transfer FOX content to their smartphones and tablets.
My guess is this will go about as well as the last time FOX asked for an injunction against the Hopper: not well. Last November they lost their attempt to prevent AutoHop, the commercial skipping feature, on FOX programs, and is currently sitting in appeals. This will probably go the same way, with a loss and an unending appeal. This request is a little closer to realistic, it still seems like it stands no chance in the courts. Thankfully.
This week the first hardware partner of Open webOS was revealed, and it is not what anyone would expect. In fact, it is a partner that is surprising and a form-factor that is even more unexpected. LG has teamed up with HP and Gram to produce the first ever webOS-powered smart television. Open webOS is replacing LG's own NetCast operating system, as well as the previously announced Google TV partnership. NetCast was unveiled at CES 2009, along with the original Palm Pre and webOS as a whole. While webOS has had various forms, as well as 3 master versions, NetCast hasn't really changed since launch.
Bringing webOS to a television is a bit of a challenge. Despite demand from the community, there has never been a Netflix app, official Pandora app, Yahoo!, CinemaNow or even a proper YouTube app since the original Pre. Though there is a Pandora app, even that isn't official, meaning there's a lot of work to be done. These apps are said to be in development in preparation for their debut on the LG television, and one can only hope we can see them in action on the existing webOS devices now that they exist.
The one remaining massive obstacle to overcome is the boot time. If you have ever interacted with a webOS phone, or any smartphone for that matter, you know it takes a while to boot up. It is one of the reasons the phones stay in hibernation most of the time instead of powering off all together. LG and Gram is going to have to work together to figure out how to fix this problem or the television is going to be a massive failure. They could always take the phone route and leave the processor running all the time so that the TV powers up quickly, but that would take a little more power.
We expect to see LG and HP figure out this hitch and we look forward to seeing Open webOS premiering on the big screen this January at CES 2013.