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Kodak: Kickin' Up the Selfie 360 Degrees

2015-01-10

Kodak's new PixPro SP360 brings the world around us right into our pictures and videos. Whether capturing sporting events, extreme adventures, vacations or your nephew's first birthday party, this 360 Degree camera will capture your fun like no other. Weighing about pound, this go anywhere camera offers features such as Full HD 1080p video, 10 MP Pictures, Boost Shooting, Time Lapse Mode and Wi-Fi/NFC Connectivity, among others.

Control the camera wirelessly and view/edit with iOS and Android devices.

There are various mounting kits available for every kind of adventure and prices run from $349 to $399.

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D-Link's Sci-Fi, Incredibly Advanced Wi-Fi Router [Live]

2015-01-10

As we approach 10 billion Wi-Fi devices, it is more important than ever for our wireless networks to be well-designed and well-built. D-Link announced a new wireless router, the AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router.

This product is no amateur device - it means serious business. It is a tri-band router with a huge array of antennas running in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums. It is capable of taking advantage of all 3 arrays to provide the best possible speed and quality, up to 3.2 Gb/s.

It also uses a technology to focus the antennas in the physical direction in which it is most needed. Therefore, if a group of people are in one room, it can focus the strength of the array to accommodate.

The AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router is available now for around $300.

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Audio and Video Products on a Budget [Live]

2015-01-10

Bringing a variety of products to market, Kinivo has audio products including headsets and speakers, some of which support Bluetooth. All competitively priced, like the Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker, which retails for $18.99. Their Bluetooth sports headphones, Kinivo BTH360S retails for $59.99.

In addition to their audio products, they also offer some video support. Included in the lineup is an HDMI switcher which offers 4 inputs and 2 outputs for under $65.

Interview by Don Baine, The Gadget Professor for the Tech Podcast Network.

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A Bluetooth Headset and Smart Battery Built-In to a Case [Live]

2015-01-10

iPhone battery cases are not an uncommon product category, but when you add in a Bluetooth headset and smart battery management you end up with a truly unique product. The On3 PowerCliq is just such a product. Featuring a 2,700 mAh battery built-in to a protective case for the iPhone, this case is a great start, but there's more.

Adding a Bluetooth 4.0 headset that holsters directly into the case makes this double trouble. Protecting a Bluetooth headset, or even just carrying it, can be a real pain, so having somewhere attached to the phone makes it convenient. When you combine it with the connected app, the case can actually determine when is the best time to charge the battery to protect its longevity.

The PowerCliq was available on Kickstarter for $88 and will be available soon.

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Monitor Your Home Security Yourself with iSmartAlarm [Live]

2015-01-10

One of the common problems with technology in a crowded market like home automation is not trying to solve a real problem. iSmartAlarm identified a problem and has attempted to solve it: home security.

With a monitored security system, the monthly fee can be exorbitant. In addition, most alerts that are triggered are false alarms, creating more hassle than benefit. The iSmartAlarm takes a different approach, making an expandable system around the CubeOne, the system's central hub. You can add cameras, motion detectors, magnetic switches and power switches, plus everything is wireless.

Alerts are sent via email, text or push to a smartphone. From there, you can view cameras remotely and call 911 if necessary. The Preferred Package is available now for $199.

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Individual Fitness Bluetooth Earbuds from FreeWavz [Live]

2015-01-10

Bluetooth headsets are everywhere at CES, and many of them are nearly identical. FreeWavz sets itself apart in this industry by making the two individual earpieces exactly that: individual. There is no cable or band running between the headsets, which means nothing the get caught or tangled on anything.

These earbuds are designed for the fitness enthusiast, taking a very Jabra approach to holding them in place. In addition to the sound aspect, these earbuds also double as fitness bands, as they can measure heart rate from the ear.

The FreeWavz will be available in summer and can be pre-ordered now for $219 with an MSRP of $249.

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Jack Ellis Talks of Test Flights and More [Live]

2015-01-10

One of my all-time favorite people in the world, Jack Ellis serves as the TPN studio director at CES every year. While you may never see him on camera, you can always see his work - he is responsible for everything that you see on the live stream.

This year, we convinced him to leave the controls and sit down with Don and talk. He is a retired pilot and test pilot, having flown all sort of interesting planes over the years. He talks about his experiences with planes that are now on display, but didn't tell us anything about what might not have worked correctly.

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Bluetooth Headphones from Sennheiser [Live]

2015-01-10

Sennheiser is one of the most loved names in professional and prosumer audio products. Their headphones are used in studios and on the road, by professionals and consumers alike. This year they show off the Momentum Wireless, a Bluetooth upgrade to their existing Momentum On-Ear headphones.

The headphones offer active noise cancelation, to keep environmental noise at a minimum; a must for a product designed to be on the go. It also has an integrated microphone for use with a phone, as well as improved earcups to make long-term listening more enjoyable.

The headphones are available now for $499.95 in white and black.

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Time Lapse and Live Stream from the New Brinno [Live]

2015-01-10

Over the years, TPN has used time lapse cameras in the studio to give viewers a different vantage point on the show. No single person could sit and watch a normal speed camera for the 6 days that the studio is setup, but you can watch the insanity unfold in a 15 minute super speed.

One of the best cameras on the market for time lapse videography is Brinno, a company who specializes in this type of camera. This year they debuted a brand new product on the show, the TLC120, and updated and smaller version of their TLC200 Pro model, which is available now. Adding Wi-Fi to the camera allows you to live stream the video directly onto a smartphone, making setup and angling easy. You can even turn the camera directly from the app, so if the angle isn't what you want, it is easy to fix.

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A Selfie Stick from an Expert in Mounts [Live]

2015-01-10

While the selfie sticks might have seen a lot of time on the show floor this year, they didn't receive the same coverage in the studio. For us, a product has to stand out for it to be featured live, which is why it took a lot of searching to find the iStabilizer selfie stick.

Now, this is not your normal product. Known for their stabilization products, the company thought about usability and comfort while holding the device, as well as ease of access to the controls. Featuring a Bluetooth button at one end, positioned directly under the thumb, this stick is the easiest way to take an Ellen-style selfie.

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Record Professional Audio on the iPhone Care of Marshall Electronics [Live]

2015-01-10

The quality of video recording might be getting better on smartphones, but the quality of the audio is not. It is unfortunate for small content producers who would like to use a Lumia 1020 and its amazing camera to film an interview, but can't trust that the audio will be usable.

Marshall Electronics, long known for pro audio and video products, is trying to fill in that gap. Announcing a line of iPhone accessories to allow professional gear to plug into the phone, you can now use the above average camera with truly professional sound.

Highlighted is the 4 channel, battery-powered pocket mixer which can connect via USB to a computer or into Apple's camera connector to record audio directly and digitally right onto the phone. The mixer will be available later this year for around $249.

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Connecting the Home with Bluetooth [Live]

2015-01-10

Ah, the Internet of Things: the promise of a connected world. But, how many of these connected devices work together? What if you buy a light bulb that is not part of your home system? It's completely useless, except on its own.

What if everything communicated via Bluetooth? Then you could choose what system you wanted to use and wouldn't have to worry about compatibility. That is the future that Oort sees. To get you started, they offer a starter kit for $350, which includes the Bluetooth connected hub, light bulbs, sockets and even a tracker beacon.

Through the smartphone app you can keep track of the status of devices, like whether a light is turned on or whether the garage door is open, and you can change them if needed.

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Improve Your Time on the Court with the Babolat Play Racket [Live]

2015-01-10

After a brief product demo on the show floor, we invited Babolat Play to bring their connected tennis racket to the studio and give the viewers a more in-depth demonstration. Ranging from $299 to $349, these rackets allow you to track your swing and get help to improve your game.

Connected to a smartphone or tablet, the application is capable of analyzing your swing for power, impact position, type and number of strokes, spin type and a lot more. It even has a 6 hour battery, allowing you to play all day. The best part is that it can be treated like a normal racket, with restringing, etc.

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Thermal Imaging for the Masses from Flir One

2015-01-10

You don't have to enlist in the military or fly a police helicopter to make use of infrared thermal imaging. FLIR Systems produces an add-on for iOS and Android devices that will make you see red. Infrared that is.

Thermal imaging has been used by military, law enforcement and the private industrial sector for years, but just 20 years ago a thermal vision camera was as big as toaster and cost more than 10 times as much as they do today.

FLIR Systems is debuting their next gen sensor which will be released later this year. They haven't decided on a price point yet, but the previous generation sold for $249.

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Wi-Fi Aware Looks to Challenge Beacons in 2015 [Live]

2015-01-10

While Wi-Fi technology is only about 15 years old, this year will mark the 10 BILLIONTH Wi-Fi certified device shipping to market. In our collection in the office we have PCMCIA cards dating back that far which added the wireless capability to laptops that did not yet have it built-in. Who could have predicted that the technology would come so far so quickly?

This year, the standard welcomes a new member: Wi-Fi Aware, which gathers local information and displays it. This is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, which allow you to receive information based on proximity to transmitters. Wi-Fi Aware will have a more global appeal, however, as seemingly all devices support Wi-Fi.

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Ditch the Cord with the 911 Boost Portable Battery

2015-01-10

Why is it that your phone hits 2% about 15 minutes before you know you're going to have access to power? It's almost as if the phone knows that you will be out of touch for a while. You can carry a large battery with you all the time, but that is inconvenient, especially if you don't have a laptop bag with you.

911 Boost offers a solution to this problem: a small backup battery that can clip directly onto your keys. About the size of a keyfob, this battery can recharge your phone without the need for cables or wall outlets, while not weighing you down. It is available now for $24.99.

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Oomi Makes the Smart Home a Reality [Live]

2015-01-10

The future of a connected home is one where the house is able to manage itself, from lighting to air conditioning. One of the problems with some of the technology out there is that they are designed for technology people, which doesn't necessarily make them easy to use. But not everyone wants to trouble themselves with setup - they just want it to work.

Oomi creates a smarthome product that not only automates the house, but makes setting it up a lot easier. In fact, the process is so easy that it is demonstrated in the video. If you are looking for a way to make your home life easier, then Oomi might be the first step.

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Element Case Teams-Up with Scheider Optics for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

2015-01-10

They say you take the most pictures with the camera you carry with you. These days you rarely see people lugging around a full size SLR. Why should you? Camera phones are super convenient for the average snap-o-holic and the quality is easily as good as a mid-range dedicated digital camera was a few years ago. Maybe the only drawback is the lack of interchangeable lenses.

Element Case aims to solve that problem by partnering with Schneider Optics to produce iPhone cases especially for the uncontrollable photophile.

The cases will be released for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this year. Price point is still undetermined.

To learn more check out our interview with Schneider Optics.

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Monoprice Brings New Electronics to Their Catalog [Live]

2015-01-10

Monoprice has been a leader in online retail for years now, offering a selection of house-branded electronics, cables and accessories for prices that seem impossibly low. This year the company is showing off all new products in their lineup that continue the trend of budget friendly.

First up is a multitouch, pressure-sensitive, 22" HD screen, designed to make working in the design industry easier. Competing in the same space as Wacom, this screen is compatible with both Windows and Mac, making it the perfect design accessory.

In addition, the company showed off an HD actin camera with 24-bit color and 30 frames per second record time. It is obviously designed for outdoor and sport usage, but with a mounting twist: it can be mounted back to 270-degrees, giving it a truly unique view.

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A Connected Hub for Presentations Without the Wires [Live]

2015-01-10

First announced on F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Eric Palonen stopped by the studio again to show off what Denon Professional has to offer. Entering an interesting and useful space, Denon is showing the KUDO, a multi-platform video streaming hub.

You can connect almost any device to this hub, whether it be Miracast, DLNA or AirPlay. This means Windows, Android and even Apple devices can all connect to the hub without any wires or adapters, and mirror their screens to a television or projector. Never again will you fumble for adapters or cables to do your presentation.

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Living In Digital Times Talks Health Products [Live]

2015-01-10

One of the staples of TPN's live coverage is Living In Digital Times, an organization that produces a showcase of technology solving real problems. This year, LIDT is focused on the increased pace of innovation in the health and wellness spaces.

The Digital Health marketplace at CES has grown faster than almost any other, with the exception of maybe the iLounge, but is also the most focused on solving problems that real people have in the real world. As health technology gets better, so does the overall quality of life for all of us.

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Protect Your Car Tires with FOBO Tire Sensors [Live]

2015-01-10

If you are anything like me, you have trouble making sure your tires are the right pressure. It seems like every time I see my father he is telling me that one of my tires is low. Unfortunately my car does not have tire pressure sensors built-in, so what am I to do?

FOBO Tire is my solution. Simply place the sensors on your tire valves and you can get individual readings from each tire over Bluetooth. It also includes an in-vehicle monitoring system so even if the paired phone is not in the car, you can still get information about your tires.

The unit is available now for $179.

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Marantz Professional Personal Recorder [Live]

2015-01-10

First announced on F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Eric Palonen stopped by the studio again to show off what Marantz has to offer. Sticking with their wheelhouse of journalistic and court recording, they have brought the Marantz PMD-901V personal recorder.

While there are a number of new personal recorders on the market this year, this one stands out in its dedication to its cause. The camera records GPS positions to track the activity, and prevents the wearer from accessing data or removing the memory. This ensures the integrity of the video, which is important for industries like law enforcement or other first responders.

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Dr. Who Takes Over Your Desk with Bluetooth Speakers [Live]

2015-01-10

Portable speakers are everywhere, and many of them look alike: black, white or grey boxes with a grill or mesh on the front. But what if you want your desk to represent you better than that? That's where Massive Audio's unique speakers come in.

Designed to look like the TARDIS or Dalek from the long-running British Sci-Fi show Dr. Who, these speakers will certainly set you apart from the other people at the office. These speakers even include built-in sounds from the show. If you're not really a speaker person, you can also get the designs in headphones.

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Snail Games Readies New Hardware for Gaming at Home and Mobiole [Live]

2015-01-10

Snail Games is a game company you may not have heard of yet, but that is okay. They were the first 3D online game developer in Chila and have been pioneers in the industry for the past decade. With a team of over 3,000 and recognized as one of the world's top game developers, Snail Games is ready to move outside of China.

With a line of products poised to hit the market, the company prides itself in its global approach. They partner with international companies and continue to win awards. Their free-to-play games, on mobile and their new home console, are and will be hits with markets worldwide.

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XOEye Talks Augmented Reality in the Real World [Live]

2015-01-10

While Google may have recently ended its Google Glass Explorer program, the concept of augmented reality is not gone. On the contrary - with products like Microsoft's HoloLens coming to market soon, it is proof that the industry is just getting started. A big name in the AR wearable world is XOEye, a brand that Avrma Piltch has spoken on The Piltch Point about.

XOEye sees a future for them in the industrial and manufacturing spaces, as opposed to selling directly to consumers. They imagine a world where a floor foreman can view a layout of their warehouse, or a repair technician can see live instructions on fixing an issue, all through AR.

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Burg Enhances Their Standalone Smartwatches [Live]

2015-01-10

The Galaxy Gear, LG G Watch and the like might be nice, but they all have one flaw in common: they require a phone to work. But, before the trend of smartwatches even got going, Burg was making smartwatches that required no additional phone to work.

Perfect for events where a phone would get in the way, get broken or stolen, these watches have cellular radios built-in, and require nothing more than an active SIM card to get going. With Burg, you don't even have to sacrifice any capabilities to go completely wireless: music, email, texts and more are all available directly on your wrist.

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Create a Virtual Set with Datavideo [Live]

2015-01-10

If you are a video producer and have tried to build and maintain a physical set like ours, you know that it is neither an easy nor inexpensive feat. Because of that, many producers, both recorded and live, are switching to virtual studios. One of the bigger companies to produce technology to make this easier is Datavideo.

For a single camera input, the company offers the TVS-1000 Virtual Studio, which retails for $5,995 and is aimed at the educational market. For larger scale projects, the HS-2200 Studio in a Box offers 2 HDMI and 6 HD-SDI inputs for $7,000.

If neither of these fit your needs, the company offers a wide variety of alternatives and add-ons for these units as well.

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Valeo is Bringing the Driverless Car Closer to Reality [Live]

2015-01-10

We keep hearing that driverless cars are 5-10 years away, but how is the technology that powers these vehicles being developed and, more importantly, by whom? Companies like Valeo are at the forefront of this wave with their innovative man-machine technology.

The company has 3 parts to their tech philosophy: he autonomous car, saving drivers time to do other tasks, and the man-machine interface. While the initial concept might be a little Sci-Fi for most people, Valeo believes that once the technology is in the market, people will enjoy the ability to do other things while transportation happens for them.

As for safety, Valeo VP Guillaume Devauchelle says that automated vehicles are safer than human drivers because they do not become distracted by their immediate or extended surroundings. This leaves the computer free to focus on driving.

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Merge Your Cards into One with Plastc

2015-01-10

While mobile payments are just getting started in the US, the idea of eliminating all of your cards is definitely an appealing one. Luckily, until the concept of mobile payments becomes more convenient than carrying a physical card, Plastc is here to lighten the burden.

Combining all of your cards into a single, programmable device, Plastc means you can carry only this card and nothing else. On the front is an eInk touchscreen and EMV chip, while on the back is a programmable mag stripe. Once the Plastc knows about your debit, credit or even rewards card, it is capable of replicating the stripe or chip to match, while the display shows the details of the card being cloned.

Plastc is available for preorder at $155, with expected delivery in Summer.

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Building a Large Scale SMART Wireless Network with Boingo [Live]

2015-01-10

Building a large-scale Wi-Fi network isn't the same as making sure your house has good coverage. By that I mean you can't just add repeaters throughout the building to ensure network coverage - you have to have a network capable of handling the capacity that the users will be drawing.

One of the best-known players in this market is Boingo. You will most likely recognize their name from airports and coffee shops, where they have set up lots of high profile networks. Their "SMART" network philosophy incorporates Secure, Multiple devices and models, Analytics, Responsiveness and Tiered services to accomplish this goal.

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Zolt, the World's Smallest Laptop Charger

2015-01-10

Love the idea of being able to charge your laptop on the go, but don't want to be stuck lugging around a big, bulky charger? Zolt is the perfect solution. Roughly the size of a roll of quarters, Zolt is the world's smallest laptop charger. But don't let its size fool you. Zolt packs a punch. Using Smart Charge technology, it can supply you with all the power you need to charge your laptop while simultaneously charging two additional mobile devices via USB. This gadget caught the attention of more than one team. Chris Davis got the inside scoop on this mighty little charger as did Nicholas DiMeo. Zolt will be available in early summer for $99.99, but can be pre-ordered now for $79.99 at www.gozolt.com.

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Stream UHD Movies and Television with MGO [Live]

2015-01-10

After the 3D craze ended, the UHD trend got under way. Just like 3D, however, its biggest challenge for acceptance is available content. Unlike 3D, however, the ability to film and stream content in 4K is far less expensive and more practical. That means that content for UHD televisions is already starting to show up.

Once such content provider is MGO. From this service, you can rent and stream movies and television shows in UHD. The service is available on a wide variety of platforms, including all major web browsers and many smart TVs and set-top boxes.

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Ventev Shows Off Accessories for Your Mobile Life [Live]

2015-01-10

Ventev manufactures a variety of products to make your mobile experience easier. From battery packs to cables, they brought them all to the studio to show off. Some products, like the USB battery packs and audio cables, are universal, some of their products are targeted at Apple products with Lightning connectors. Battery packs range from $39.99 to $99.99.

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A 3D Printer Designed for Every Home [Live]

2015-01-10

The possibility of a 3D printer in every home is a reality that might not make sense to all, but it does make sense to the team at New Matter. They have worked hard to produce a 3D printer, the MOD-t, that is affordable enough to be a home accessory. To show off the abilities of their printer, they brought in some printed items to show.

For a 3D printer in the home to be possible, it is important to be able to produce models without any experience. To help with this process, the company offers an online store with pre-made models that can be printed as-is - some for free and others for a fee. All major formats are supported, meaning you can use any designer to make your own models.

The only setback is that it is a single head printer, meaning that only a single color can be printed at a time. Of course, you can change the color mid-run, so there are ways around it. It just means that complex designs either cannot be accomplished, or must be single-color. The MOD-t will be available this summer for $400.

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Kodak Launches a Phone for Baby Boomers

2015-01-10

Polaroid wasn't the only iconic camera brand to show off a smartphone at CES. Kodak also showed off its new IM5 smartphone.

The phone has a bit of a different focus: baby boomers. It is an affordable Android phone that is easy to use and designed to make browsing and sharing photos quick and easy. It features a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera, and offers between 8 and 32GB of internal storage. It also supports dual SIM cards for international traveling.

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A Diverse Battery Line in a Crowded Market [Live]

2015-01-10

How does a manufacturer of USB batteries separate themselves in an incredibly crowded market? Powerocks has taken a two-way approach. First, the company has made the batteries stylish with a leather body. This is a nice divergence from the normal shiny black plastic.

In addition, the company offers a line of batteries with unique features. For instance, their Jump Starter unit has emergency features such as an LED signal light, a flashlight, an alarm, a glass-breaker and vehicle jump starter all with a 10 mAh battery.

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Secure Your Passwords With Biometrics [Live]

2015-01-10

Maintaining passwords can be a real chore. Some of us have hundreds of accounts to deal with, and some of them change passwords on a regular basis. You could have a piece of software on your computer that maintains your usernames and passwords, but what happens when you're not at that computer? You could sync them to your phone, but that means you have to trust the publisher.

A great alternative is IDKEY, a portable device designed for storing passwords. The company's M-Series offers a small screen, biometric sensor and 16GB of encrypted storage. To unlock the device, simply touch the sensor and the device can pass the info to compatible software. If the device gets lost and is opened up, the device will self destruct, protecting your data.

The IDKEY is availble now for pre-order for $279.

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Slingbox Enhances Its Line with Two New Models [Live]

2015-01-10

While Sling TV may have gotten a lot of press at the show this year, the company most sysonymous with the term "sling" is SlingMedia, makers of the Slingbox. The original technology for physically-shifted television watching. Unlike Aereo, it does require you to maintain your own hardware, but it has kept the company above-board.

The company introduced 2 models to the lineup this year. Starting with the Slingbox M1, this $149 entry-level model allows you to connect directly to Wi-Fi to stream your content. The second model is more advanced; dubbed the Slingbox 500 / SlingTV, this unfortunately confusingly named product adds the ability to browse content information within the Slingbox interface. Both devices are available now.

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Celestron Allows You to Control Your Telescope from Your Phone [Live]

2015-01-10

There is a lot of really interesting stuff going on in the sky. More people are getting interested in seeing farther into space, and Celestron is constantly making that easier. While mobile technology continues improving, Celestron keeps pace with those enhancement.

Scott spoke with Celestron on the floor about the newest features of their telescopes, and the live team also got a chance to see it up close and personal. Including a built-in battery to allow you to use it on the go and the ability to explore a digital representation of the sky and automatically see it in reality, this telescope has a huge collection of cool features.

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Upgrade Your Car to Keep Up with Your Phone [Live]

2015-01-10

Consumers often upgrade their phones biennially, or even more often with modern wireless plans. Cars, however, do not get upgraded as often, meaning that the built-in technology can get out of date. This leads to features of modern phones not being able to be used while connected to older cars.

AAMP of America provides a wide variety of aftermarket automotive technologies. Available at over 4,000 dealers nationwide, their offerings include rearview cameras, parking assistance, Bluetooth remotes and infotainment systems.

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Ultrasound Brings a New Way to Interact with Your Phone [Live]

2015-01-10

Touchscreen technology has been around for over 50 years, but it came to the public's attention with products like 3M's Palm Pilot, and the products it spawned. It has become synonymous with mobile technology over the past decade, though it is not always the best way to interact with a device.

The current trend in alternative interfaces is voice, with technologies like Cortana changing the way we interact with phones and soon computers. Elliptic Labs is adding ultrasound gestures to the mix, though. Creating a field around device, the sensor can detect the position and motion of a hand around the device, which can be converted into gestures.

The technology is currently in prototype phase, being pitched to manufacturers. Elliptic Labs hopes to see the technology in products in the next year or two.

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A Smartphone Case that Supports Camera Lenses [Live]

2015-01-10

For the last few years, we have seen a growing collection of external lenses for smartphones, like the iPhone and Galaxy S lines. The biggest problem with these lenses comes from the issue that they cannot be used at the same time as a case.

Schneider Optics have created a case that solves exactly this problem. The iPro Case is capable of both protecting the phone and attaching external lenses. The best part of this is that Schneider is known for top-quality lenses, meaning that you will get better pictures than with an unnamed lens.

The iPro Lens is available now for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S and Galaxy S4. The iPhone 6 and 6S will be available soon.

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Corning Shows Gorilla Glass 4 and Fiber Optic Cables [Live]

2015-01-10

Corning is a brand known for their glass-related products. In the past, the face of the company was kitchen equipment, but today things have changed. Today the best-known product out of the company is probably the Gorilla Glass brand. Gorilla Glass is used on most smartphones today, as it is incredibly strong and resilient.

The newest version, Gorilla Glass 4, is even more resilient than previous versions. Smartphone developers can alternately choose to use a 0.4mm thickness while still retaining the protection of Gorilla Glass 3 at 0.55mm thickness.

Another usage of glass in the modern technological world is fiber optic cables, which the company also produces. Creating fiber optic versions of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables, Corning is able to make significantly longer cables than is normally possible without some sort of inline amplifier, ranging up to 50 meters. Those cables are available now starting at $109.

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Never Drive Drunk with Floome [Live]

2015-01-10

Driving drunk is never a good idea, as alcohol significantly slows down your reaction times. If you do need to drive after drinking a small amount, it is best to know exactly how affected you are. That is where the Floome breathalyzer comes in.

Floome is a small device, capable of fitting in the palm of your hand. As you breathe into the device, it transfers analysis date to a smartphone to display blood alcohol concentration information. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone, it connects through the headphone jack, giving it the capability to transmit data at a significantly faster rate.

If you are above the legal limit, the app can help you deal with your impairment, including giving information about local taxi services, or it can even create custom "come get me" messages over top of photos.

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Program a Button to Control Your Phone [Live]

2015-01-10

Sometimes a product we find on the floor is so impressive, we feel we need to share it with our live audience. The programmable mobile button Flic is one of those products. After being interviewed on the floor by Nicholas DiMeo and Chris Davis, Pranav Kosuri came to the studio.

The device can be paired to a smartphone and programmed to perform just about any task. Including launching applications, playing music and transferring GPS coordinates, the Flic is a versatile device for many uses.

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Holster Your Headset Instead of Wearing It All Day [Live]

2015-01-10

It might have been cool to wear a Bluetooth headset everywhere, all the time in 2005, but today we need a safe place to keep that headset when we're not using it. You can put it in your pocket, but that doesn't make it easy to get to when the phone rings.

BluBen has a solution to his problem, creating a Bluetooth holster. It fits on your hip and gives you a safe and convenient place to store your headset when inactive. Then, when the phone rings, you can easily access it again and pop the headset back in your ear.

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Lock and Unlock Your Door with Your Phone [Live]

2015-01-10

Smart locks have been on the precipice for years, but they have finally arrived, thanks in part to UniKey. The company has developed technology to enable doors to be locked or unlocked without a metal key. Instead, you can use your smartphone to authenticate yourself to the physical lock.

Of course, the first place you might think about is your personal front door. Wouldn't it be nice to walk up to your front door and have it unlock for you, so you don't have to put down groceries to fumble for keys? However, there are commercial uses as well.

Think about being able to authorize and deauthorize your phone to unlock a hotel room, instead of having to carry a plastic card that will, inevitably get lost or confused. In our CES experience, the keys to our block of rooms were easily confused with one another, especially when carrying equipment late at night.

A Kwikset lock using UniKey's technology is available now for $219.

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Hold Your GoPro Like a Pro [Live]

2015-01-10

While a lot of the usage of GoPro is wearable, sometimes you just need to hold the camera. Unfortunately, the thing is so small, it can be difficult to hold on its own. Luckily, Gripix has a product to make this easier.

The new Wi-Fi Trigger Handle allows you to turn the GoPro into a more normal video camera. Adding to the ability to actually hold the tiny camera conveniently, the Handle also gives you the ability to activate the camera from the handle.

In addition, the system is expandable. The company offers a full, two-hand stabilizing system, complete with lighting and microphone. You can also mount the camera to a selfie-stick style pole, more likely for seeing over the top of a group. The mounting products retail from between $99.95 and $149.95.

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Octa Gives You the Ability to Mount Your Tablet Anywhere [Live]

2015-01-10

Though sales might be slipping, tablets appear to be everywhere. While they are generally light weight and convenient on their own, that is not always enough. For some circumstances, an accessory might be required, like a unique mount or holder.

Octa makes a collection of unique mounts and holders for just this purpose. With options like c-clamps, suction cups and even flexible poles, chances are if you need to mount a tablet somewhere, chances are Octa has a product that will work for you. Mounts are available now and range from $39.99 to $99.99.

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Tuning Your Guitar with Your Smartphone [Live]

2015-01-10

An out of tune guitar is never acceptable, but not everyone has a Gibson Guitar that can tune itself. For the rest of the guitar-playing world, there is Roadie Tuner, a Bluetooth-driven guitar tuner.

All you have to do is place the tuner over top of your guitar pegs and the tuner takes it from there, with the help of its connected app. It analyzes the sound from the guitar and automatically turns the pegs accordingly. The Roadie Tuner is available now for $99.

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Body-Worn Camera Mounts for the GoPro and More [Live]

2015-01-10

The thing that GoPro did best was designing their cameras to be mounted on a variety of body mounts. By doing this, they created a news type of videos on the Internet, and a new market for mounts.

ProGearX is a company that specializes in body mounts for GoPro and other body cameras. CEO and Founder, Noah Rasheta, wore one of the company's products to the studio - a shoulder/torso harness for mounting up to 2 cameras. He also showed off a selfie-stick type arm: a product category that was in abundance this year.

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Crowdfunding Pioneer Slava Rubin, Co-Founder and CEO of Indiegogo

2015-01-10

There's a new wave of entrepreneurial spirit being fueled by crowdfunding, the latest in creative capitalism. This is evident while walking the halls of the Sands during CES and engaging with the many young companies that are using crowdfunding to raise capital and more. More? In this interview Slava points out that these companies get much more from crowd funding than money. Among the many benefits are market validation, the creation of customer relationships and the generation of a feeling of being part of something for the early adopters/investors. Even TPN has even used Indiegogo to raise money for CES coverage. Prepare to be inspired.

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Ford Shows the Changes in Its BlackBerry-Powered SYNC 3

2015-01-10

Shortly before CES this year, Ford announced that they would be abandoning Microsoft's technology in favor of BlackBerry's QNX technology in their next generation of Ford SYNC. At CES, Todd got to see the QNX-powered Ford SYNC 3 in action.

This generation, the company is focusing on safety with its infotainment system. As part of the redesign process, Ford invited customers to their offices to experience the operating system and give feedback. Large hit boxes makes interacting with the system easier, keeping your eyes on the road while driving, while voice commands allow you to not have to physically interact at all.

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Smart Case for Smart Phone

2015-01-10

As everyone knows, cell phone speakers are pretty good for talking on the phone and not much else. Even the at their best they're not great for jamming to your favorite tunes or watching a movie. Have you ever cupped the back of the phone to hear better? I know I have.

PERI has an App for that. Well, more than just an App. The App connects to their PERI Duo Speaker Case for the iPhone. This Wi-Fi enabled speaker case also includes a 2500 mAh battery that can fully recharge an iPhone with juice to spare, or it can blast soothing sound waves for up to 4 hours.

One of the coolest features is that you can create a massively-parallel speaker system with your friends. Imagine everyone at a party has the Duo Speaker Case. One party goer can be setup as the DJ and everyone else, up to 64 other cases, can be part of the sound system. Fun for hours.

The PERI Duo will be available for iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and iPod Touch for around $139, but you can pre-order now for $99 at Indiegogo.

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Duplicate Your Hard Drives Care of Aleratec [Live]

2015-01-10

Everyone knows of the concept of a CD or DVD duplicator, but most people may never have considered a hard drive duplicator. That could be because it is far more difficult to determine the purpose of such a device. As an IT manager, though, you can see the benefit of duplicating a drive to flash new computers, etc.

For those who can use the benefits of a hard drive duplicator, Aleratec has you covered. Their 1-to-5 HDD Copy Dock Advanced gives you the ability to take one source drive and duplicate it onto up to 5 drives at once. The device can support 3.5" and 2.5" drives, meaning that you can use standard desktop, laptop or even SSD drives.

Impressively, the source and destination drives do not have to be the same size. If the source drive is larger than the destination, the only requirement for it to work is that there be enough drive space for the content on the destination. The company also offers larger duplicators for larger organizations, supporting 24 drives at once. You can also perform a secure drive wipe, actually destroying the content of the drive as opposed to just hiding it.

The 5-1 duplicator will be available soon for $899.

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Creative Aerial Video Unleashed

2015-01-10

When I was a kid you could buy an RC helicopter. With a great deal of patience and a lot of money to replace shattered rotor blades, you could probably acquire the skill to fly it. Flying one was dangerous because of the fast spinny things on top and the leaded gasoline required by the little engine. Obviously such a "toy" required attentive adult supervision.

Oh brother have times have changed! Today low altitude flight is dominated by small drones that, in some cases, literally fly themselves. The AirDog is just such a device. The AirDog is tethered to it's "pilot" by a controller wristband the company calls AirLeash. The aerial vehicle positions itself relative to the wristband based on parameters entered into the controller, such as height and distance. Max speed is about 45MPH and max distance is about 1000 feet.

Last but not least, the AirDog is designed to accept either a GoPro or Sony Action Cam. Now you can be the pilot, cameraman and star of your own action movie!

AirDog is taking pre-orders at about $1,300, but the product will be generally available for around $1,500 later in 2015.

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Audio-Technica Shows New Headphones for Sports and Quality [Live]

2015-01-10

Audio-Technica is a brand known for its high-end audio products, but it also offers a line of more consumer friendly products as well. The SonicSport line of headphones is one such brand, used by athletes and Olympians worldwide. This year, the company is adding to the line-up with a collection of different ways of keeping the earbuds in your ears. Everyone's ears are different, and the way they exercise varies, making for a very unique attachment problem. The SonicSport earbuds start at $35.

In addition to their sports headphones, the company showed off their newest audiophile headphones. Available soon for $249, these headphones are designed to provide lossless music replication in a comfortable, over-ear format.

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Perfect Your Tennis Swing

2015-01-10

Practice makes perfect, or so they say. But what if you practice the wrong thing, the wrong movements or the wrong grip? Consider the German version of the saying, "PERFECT practice makes perfect." If you're trying to perfect your tennis swing, the Babolat Play might be the perfect practice racket for you.

The Babolat Play racket has sensors integrated into the frame that inform the player of volumes of information such as power lever, ball impact position and type and number of swings. The player can access the information via an app on his Apple or Android device.

The racket will go on sale in March for $349.

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4k 360 Degree Camera Redefines Immersion

2015-01-10

Imagine a conference room with a single camera in the center that can see everyone at once, or a single ultra-HD security camera that can surveil a whole room with no seems or blind spots. The applications for the IC Real Tech Allie Camera are limited only by the imagination.

IC Realtech offers the Allie in three models; pro, home and play for $399, $599 and $1100 respectively. All three models will be available by the end of the first quarter.

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Protect Your Mac from Malicious Code with MacKeeper [Live]

2015-01-10

In the past there was a belief that Macs were safer than PCs because "they don't get viruses." That belief came from the fact that malicious software is only built for platforms that people use - particularly gullible people. When Apple was only able to give their computers away to schools, there was no money to be had in writing malicious code for Macs.

Today, an increasingly gullible population is switching from PC to Mac, partially because of a misconception that the platform is easier to use and partially because of the security belief. Because of this, more and more malicious code is being written to take advantage of those unprotected computers.

If you have made the switch to Mac without knowing the actual threats to the platform, then you definitely need MacKeeper. It helps keep those Macs safe from the onslaught of software designed to compromise those machines.

In addition, the software adds capabilities for security and optimization. The drive can be wiped, the computer can be located, etc. It also allows you to control the computer's boot and run time, by allowing you to turn off startup applications. Get it now for as low as $9.99 per month.

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Girl Scout Cookies Go Online for Easier Sales

2015-01-10

The Girls Scouts are probably best known for their cookies, sold either door-to-door or in front of local stores. Of course, while this does help promote the organization, it is not necessarily the best way to sell your product and raise funds. In a day where more and more shopping is done online rather than in person, a lack of online sales could certainly be limiting availability.

I, for one, have never had a Girl Scout come by to sell cookies, nor would it be likely to encounter them selling at 9PM on Tuesday at the local grocery store. Therefore, having access to the cookies online would make it far more likely for me to purchase. The good news is that now you can purchase Girl Scout cookies online, and your local troupe will still get the proceeds.

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Keep Track of Your Baby's Health and Whereabouts with Pacif-i

2015-01-10

The Pacif-i Smart Pacifier by BlueMaestro makes keeping track of your baby easier. Its main purpose is to monitor your baby's temperature, passing the data via Bluetooth Low Energy to your smartphone. It allows you to get an alert if the temperature raises beyond safe levels.

Because it uses BLE to connect to your phone, the device is also capable of alerting you if the pacifier leaves range. That means that if the baby is crawling around the house and gets away from you, or you walk too far away without realizing it, your phone will also go off.

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Wine Tastes Better When Properly Chilled

2015-01-10

The Kelvin Duo, a wireless wine thermometer, might be a must have for serious wine drinkers. According to experts various wines are to be served at different temperatures for the best taste. But how does a conscientious host ensure she is serving tonight's selection at a perfect 53 degrees? The answer is the Kelvin Duo.

The Duo consists of a temperature sensing band that wraps around the bottle. A magnified Bluetooth enabled screen attaches to the outside of the fridge. Simply wrap the band around the bottle, select the type of wine and wait until the screen glows green indicating the wine is ready to serve.

The Kelvin Duo is available in the UK for 39.99 and is coming to the US soon in the $70-80 range.

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A Wearable Hard Drive That Lasts All Day

2015-01-10

Solid state storage has created an interesting new collection of products. In addition to speeding up computers, and requiring less power, we have seen manufacturers come up with unique usages.

The Link Band is one of those truly unique products that couldn't have been possible before solid state. The device is a bracelet that doubles as a wireless hard drive. You can access the drive via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even NFC. It will even switch to the best communication style based on speed. It can even connect to 20 devices and stream to 7 at a time.

Obviously the product requires power, but that is a well-considered issue. The drive is capable of streaming HD video for 12 hours straight, making it more than capable of surviving a full day of use. The drive is available in 128GB ($199), 256GB ($279), 512GB ($449) and even 1TB ($799) models during pre-order.

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MobileHealth Keeps Seniors Connected to Health and Safety Services

2015-01-10

The concept of connected pendants for seniors is not a new one - we've all heard the "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial. The capabilities have continued to increase over the years, with the addition of features like cellular connectivity for usage anywhere.

In the past, MobileHelp has even added sensors to their pendant to detect falls on its own, so it can call for help even if the wearer is unable to press the button. This year, the company has added a new feature to its base station: Bluetooth low energy. This gives the system the ability to monitor other connected devices, like blood pressure monitors, blood sugar glucometers, scales, etc.

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Shortcut Labs Magic Button, Flic

2015-01-10

Sometimes a product is so catchy that more than one team checks it out. While Nicholas DiMeo checked out Shortcut Labs Flic button, so did Chris Davis.

The Flic is a wearable magic button. It allows you to control aspects of your phone without ever having to take it out of your pocket. You can use it to control Spotify, get directions to your house or even a custom macro. A single button cell battery can last up to 60,000 clicks, which could be over 15 years at 10 clicks per day.

The Flic is available for preorder now for $99 for 5 buttons.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road with a Heads Up Display

2015-01-10

As our phones are used more in the car, finding a way to make the process safer is essential. One of the best ways of doing this is to allow you to keep your eyes on the road and still have the benefits of the phone. While technologies like Cortana have made large portions of the phone easier, what about visually important applications?

RoadEyesCams shows off their M6 HUD, a small extra screen and mirror set that allows you to project the screen of your phone onto your windshield. The screen connects to your phone via Wi-Fi and allows you to see navigation information, etc. without taking your eyes off the road.

The M6 HUD will be available soon for $299.

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Manage Your Passwords on All Your Devices with StickyPassword

2015-01-10

As security breaches become more common every day, the need to maintain a catalog of impossibly complex passwords is more important. The team at StickyPassword, a group of former AVG employees, have created a cross-platform product to allow you to do just that.

Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon platforms, StickyPassword Premium allows you to maintain a single list of passwords across all of your devices. Of course, a syncing password manager would require high security, and with AES256 encryption, you can rest easily. You can even use the biometric sensor on the iPhone to secure your data.

The premium version is available for $19.99 per year, and the free version is available without syncing.

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The Size and Price of Lidar Technology are Both Getting Smaller [Live]

2015-01-10

Lidar is a version of radar that uses lasers instead of radio waves to determine distance. The technology has been around for 50 years, but has become popular in recent years because of its use in early driverless car prototypes. The technology is used to create a 3D map of the area surrounding the car to determine where it is safe to drive.

Velodyne LiDAR is a leader in the technology, and has been working on making the technology smaller. Just a few years ago, the technology was so large that it required the entire top of a car for its mount; today the technology is small enough that it can fit in your hand. In addition to size, they have worked on pricing. As the sensors got smaller, so did the cost - originally costing $80,000, you can now get one of the smaller units for $8,000.

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Power Your Devices with Hydrogen [Live]

2015-01-10

Portable batteries are all over CES ever year, but they have one major drawback: what do you do if the battery is dead? You have to find an outlet or some other way to charge the battery back up. But what if you could have the power you need without the need to charge the device?

Intelligent Energy has a product especially for that - Upp. The product is a hydrogen fuel cell, using a micro generator to produce power using reusable fuel cartridges. A single cartridge can charge a phone up to five times, and has a shelf life of nine years. Because of the shelf life, this is a perfect product for getting ready for emergencies.

The Upp is available in the UK for £149, which includes a single cartridge. Additional cartridges are £49 and recharges are £5.95. The Upp will launch in the US later in the year.

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Analyze Your Basketball Shots with ShotTracker [Live]

2015-01-10

When it comes to connected sports gear, some sports are well-represented, like football, running and cycling. Other sports are just beginning to see inroads, like tennis. One sport that has not seen a lot attention in the connected device market is basketball, but ShotTracker is here to change that.

The system exists in 3 parts: a wrist sensor, a net sensor and the ShotTracker app. The two sensors work together to determine attempt and success rate, keeping track of when the ball is thrown with the wrist sensor and when it makes it with the net sensor. They then communicate back to the app via Bluetooth to track the activity.

Once the app has the data, it is capable of displaying statistics on attempts, successes and failures. It also gives workout suggestions based on on-court weaknesses. Using a coaching version of the app, multiple devices can aggregate their data together and give full team statistics as well.

The starter kit is available now for $149.

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Amtel Shows How Their Microcontrollers Work in the Wild [Live]

2015-01-10

Atmel is a company that you may not be familiar with. The company makes microcontroller technology, meaning that their boards are likely in products that you own. They were at CES this year to show off their products, along with some of the cool things that they are powering.

Their "Powered by Atmel" zone was all about their core competency: microcontrollers. From here they were showing products from their partners and customers, all being run with Atmel technology. Their maker zone went the other way, showing the hardware out of context, inspiring makers to come up with their own ideas.

In their automatic zone, they were showing off their car-specific products. The jewel in the crown is AvantCar: a curved touchscreen infotainment system. Their IoT zone showed the different ways in which connected devices can use their technology.

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Add Gesture Control to Many Devices in Your House with singlecue [Live]

2015-01-10

Gesture-based interfaces are becoming more and more popular, thanks in large part to the work done by Microsoft with the two versions of the Kinect. Over the past couple of years, we have seen other companies try to launch hardware in this category, but they tend to lack purpose.

A company known as eyeSight is trying to fix that with their new singlecue. Building on the gesture concept found in the Xbox, singlecue allows you to assign gestures to actions on devices in your home. For example, making a hushing gesture could mute your television.

The signals are sent out using infrared, meaning nearly all devices with a remote can be controlled from the hub. For those that do not support IR, the singlecue also supports Wi-Fi, allowing you to control devices such as Google's Nest thermostats or Philips' Hue light bulbs.

The device is available for pre-order now at $129, and will retail for $199 this Spring when it launches to the public.

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Ion Audio Shows Some Fun New Speaker Products With a Twist [Live]

2015-01-10

One of the most interesting companies that visits our studio every year is Ion Audio. The company always has unique audio and DJ equipment. This year is no exception, as the company brought some unique products to show.

First we have a 50 watt PA speaker, named Block Party Live, is the upgraded version of the Party Rocker Live. Both units have a light on the top that can project a light show, making it a truly unique product. The Block Party also offers a battery for true wireless DJing.

Next is a product less for DJs and more for the adventurous music lover. The Sound Shine is a hybrid wireless speaker and light bulb. It screws into a standard lamp socket and streams music through Bluetooth. It can be used as a solo, mono speaker, or can be paired with another unit for stereo sound. They will be available soon for $69 each, or $129 for a pair.

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JamStik Makes Learning the Guitar Easy and Portable [Live]

2015-01-10

Playing a great guitar is always the goal, but how do you get there? You can take lessons from a professional, but not everyone can afford that, or not everyone has access to training.

Luckily, JamStik is here to help, with a 16" lightweight guitar neck. It's able to connect wirelessly to an Apple device and give you guitar lessons through their JamTutor app. Once you have learned to play, you can continue using the device as a MIDI controller.

The device works by using infrared to detect your hands' position in real time. It scans the fretboard to detect where your fingers are long before you ever get close to a string. The JamStik is available now for $299.

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Liquid Image Enhances Their Ego with XLTE

2015-01-10

At one time, the action camera market had only a single player: GoPro. When that happens, innovation stagnates, and products get boring and predictable. Luckily, the market has new players almost every day, and those companies bring new ideas.

Todd talked to Liquid Image, a company well-known for their line of cameras. Last year, they added Verizon LTE to their products. This year, enhancing the Ego series, the company has announced the Ego LS, which improves the LTE to XLTE. The body has been reconsidered - now shaped more like a traditional camera in a significantly smaller form factor. This change will make mounting the camera more convenient. The good news is, everything we already love about the Ego series is still there: LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Low Frequency RF. The camera will be available in quarter 1 for $399.

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Griffin Powers and Stores Your Devices in a convenient Place

2015-01-10

One of the great things about the Hub It is the ability to power and connect multiple devices to a single computer. One of its failings, however, is the lack of accommodation for those devices themselves. What if your intention is to charge 5 devices from the hub - where will you put those devices so they are not sprawled all over your desk?

Griffin thought of exactly that with their new PowerDock Pro. This upgrade to their PowerDock Dual and PowerDock 5, this device is capable of charging up to 5 devices, while providing a convenient way to store those charging devices. It also provides cable management in its base, giving a convenient way to charge and store devices without wires hanging all over the place, and without retractable cords to get tangled up. The device will be available in Q3 for $130.

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Preventing Head Injuries, One Player at a Time

2015-01-10

Reported sports injuries are on the rise. Most notably is the increase in the reports and repercussions of concussions. Trying to help with this problem is BlackBox Biometrics with their Linx IAS.

The device is about the size of a USB flash drive and is worn under a helmet, headband or skullcap. The device detects hard forces that can cause these concussions. It then sends that data via Bluetooth to a tablet or smartphone, which can show information to field medics or coaches to determine if injury has occurred. If out of range, the device will store the information until reconnected with its smart device. The Linx will be available in the first quarter for $199.

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OmniMount's New Products and Take on CES [Live]

2015-01-10

Our good friends at OmniMount, stopped by the show to talk about what they have been doing differently and to discuss their newest products. The company took a new approach to their booth this year, laying it out like an Ikea, with products displayed in categories of use.

The first of the company's new products is the WorkSpace Wall Organiser - a collapsible desk, the works similar to a Murphy bed. It gives the ability for a room to be converted into an office when needed, and space cleared back out when not. It retails for $399.95.

Next up is a built-in television wall mount. This mount is capable of holding a television almost flush to a wall, and supports screens up to 80". When mounted, it makes the television look more like a mounted picture frame than a television. It is available now for $349.95.

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An Atomic Clock-Powered Digital/Analog Converter [Live]

2015-01-10

When Justin Timberlake, Rhianna and Stevie Wonder are your customers, you know you've got a good audio product. Antelope audio, in addition to being well-loved by these celebrities, is also well known in the industry. Their new Zodiac Platinum Digital/Audio Converter can live at the center of any audiophile's home system.

The DAC is designed to keep audio as close to what was recorded as possible. It features support for DSD128, also known as Double-DSD and full 24-bit audio at 384 kHz. It even has the ability to upsample to DSD256, far above what CDs can create.

The DAC is available now from audiophile retailers.

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Improve Your Baking with Perfect Bake [Live]

2015-01-10

With the Internet of Things, it turns out that cooking has never been easier. You can program your oven with NFC straight from a digital recipe, and with the help of Perfect Bake, now you can even weigh your ingredients with the guide of a digital recipe.

Using a mic-jack connected scale and an accompanying app, Perfect Bake is intended to help bakers regulate and perfect the amount of each ingredient they use. Included in the app are hundreds of existing recipes, with instructional videos and step-by-step instructions. You can even add an oven thermometer to ensure everything is going smoothly.

The app is available from both Google Play and the App Store, and the scale is available for $69.99.

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OWC Shows Some New Mac Products [Live]

2015-01-10

One of the companies that always seems to find their way to our coverage is Other World Computing. The company is known for their Apple products and accessories, and this year they certainly did not disappoint.

Among their offering this year is a 240GB SSD, with a twist: it is designed to work like a USB 3.0 flash drive. The concept is not a new one, with hard drives in small USB form factors, but OWC has built the product to match their customer base. It has a brushed aluminum body and retails for $199. A 480GB companion will be available soon.

In addition to the drive, OWC showed off a laptop docking station. Unlike most docks, this device runs on Thunderbolt 2 instead of USB. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, five USB 3.0 ports, as well as FireWire 800, HDMI, gigabit Ethernet and audio in/out. Other than Thunderbolt support, there is nothing particularly unique about this device, except for the $299 price point.

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Siemens Enhances Its Line of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

2015-01-10

Last year, we got a look at the MiniTek hearing aids from Siemens, a Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid. This year, Siemens is back with a new hearing aid product: Binex. The Binex uses signal processing, similar to what audio editors use, to determine background noises and filter them out, especially in difficult environments.

An accompanying device, the easyTek is the device that allows the hearing aids to connect to Bluetooth. This gives the ability to listen to music from a phone or tablet, or to answer calls - all with the same signal processing in the hearing aids. You can also use your phone to control settings on the device, like equalizer settings, volume levels as well as microphone directions.

The Binex and easyTek are available now from a hearing professional for around $1,500 - $2,000.

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Diabetes Tracking Tools to Improve Life

2015-01-10

Diabetes is a chronic disease that 350 million people live with, but for most of its run, the disease is treatable. The use of insulin pumps and pens can greatly increase the normalcy of life for people living with the illness.

Vigilant has a line of products to make the process of managing your treatment easier. Bee Insulin is their award-winning dose tracking device, which connects to most pens and tracks insulin doses through its accompanying smartphone application. The Bee is available now and more products are coming soon.

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A Unique and Convenient Way to Carry Electronics

2015-01-10

The Tech Podcast team doesn't often cover products in the cases and carriers category, so when we do, it is certainly something special. Techslinger is definitely special, giving people an easy way to carry electronic gadgets that are larger than you could put into a pocket or purse.

Worn as suspenders, the Techslinger functions on a similar concept to a harness gun holster, allowing you to conceal your tablet or small laptop under your jacket or coat. It frees up your hands to do other things, and allows you to not have to carry an external laptop bag or backpack. The Techslinger is available now.

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Pain Relief Without the Medication

2015-01-10

Dealing with chronic musculoskeletal pain is something that millions of Americans have to do daily. Treating that pain can be just as difficult as the pain itself, as usually it involves major pharmaceuticals, most of which are highly addictive.

Neurometrix is releasing a new product, Quell, to help solve just that problem. A band that is worn on the calf, this FDA-approved device sends electrical pulses to the leg to distract the brain from the pain it is experiencing elsewhere. If you suffer from this problem, the Quell will be available this Spring for around $250.

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myCharge Shows Off a Range of Power Products

2015-01-10

If you regularly check our reviews section, you are probably familiar with myCharge. They produce a product called EnergyShot, a small portable power supply for phones. While that product may not have had a lot to recommend it, the company does have a large collection of products, many of which are popular among tech enthusiasts.

In fact, Jamie Davis, The Podmedic is a big fan of their products and shows off some of what they have this year. With products of all sizes, with all kinds of features, myCharge likely has a product to fit your needs. Included in that lineup are batteries that have folding plugs built right in, meaning you can charge the device without needing a USB cable, but instead plug into a wall outlet.

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Monitor Your Infant's Sleep with Monbaby

2015-01-10

The Monbaby infant monitoring device takes an interesting approach to the idea of a wearable: infants. This device is designed to ensure an infant's safety during sleep by tracking their position relative to the crib.

Connected to a smartphone or tablet, the device can alert parents and guardians if the baby rolls on its stomach, allowing you to go in and roll them onto their back. This is a great way to prevent Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is often associated with sleeping on the stomach. It will also alert you if the baby becomes restless, indicating that they have woken up.

The device is available for pre-order on the company's website, and will retail for $169 when it launches.

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MakerBot's Influences and Participation in the Medical World

2015-01-10

When we encountered 3D printed arms this year at Roboticon, we knew it was just a matter of time before the concept caught on big. The idea is that, with a 3D printer, someone can print all of the parts to produce a functioning prosthetic arm. The group we spoke to, Enabling The Future, paired up people with printers with people who needed the limbs.

This year at CES, MakerBot Director of Public Relations Jenifer Howard talked about her experience with the Robohand project, who similarly built a prosthetic hand for someone with 3D printed parts. She also talked about MakerBot's other implementations in the medical industry, where physicians are using printers every day to create unique parts and pieces for patients all over the world.

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How an Olympian Uses Technology to Train

2015-01-10

No one knows about physical training like an Olympic medalist. U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Dotsie Bausch uses a number of connected devices in her workout to help her get the most out of every moment. The devices she uses are Masimo.

Well known and renowned in the medical world, Masimo makes some of the best blood gas and oxygen monitoring tools in the industry. Recently they have branched out into the consumer world, bringing their quality to the home fitness user. Dotsie talks about how she uses their products, which are available now.

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A Health Tracker That Lasts Long Enough to Use Daily

2015-01-10

Wearable technology is obviously designed to be worn. Many of these devices offer features like sleep tracking, which we have seen in devices for several years now. The problem with this is, if you are to wear the device to get the benefits, what do you do about the battery? Normally we charge our devices while sleeping, but that kills the sleep tracking capabilities.

Luckily LifeTrak, the company that builds the heart rate monitor that is used in many brands of gym equipment, decided to tackle this problem for us. Their line of wearable devices offer all of the normal features, like sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, etc., but the batteries are capable of running for up to a year.

Designed to be worn all day, every day, the devices are waterproof up to 30 meters. They are available now for $60 to $120, depending on the device and its capabilities.

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A Device Hub for Connecting Health Devices Without a Smartphone

2015-01-10

Many connected devices could provide a lot of important information about older people, but there is a problem with this idea: the smartphone. Most of these devices require a connection, at least occasional, to a smartphone or tablet to provide any usefulness. That usefulness is certainly cut out when the person interacting with the device has no smart device.

Because of this issue, iHealth has announced Discover, a connected hub which allows people without a smart device to connect their devices to the hub instead. From the hub, your data is synced to their system, allowing access from any web browser - no smartphone required. From there, data can be shared with family members or doctors. The Discover should be available before the end of 2015.

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A Portable Way to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder Effects

2015-01-10

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), frequent traveling and depression have a common thread: a lack of natural sunlight. This lack of light produces melatonin in the brain, which is the hormone that makes people tired. Luckily there is a treatment known as photo-therapy.

This treatment can now be tried at your convenience with a product called Luminette. Already widely used in Europe, this device is headed to the US soon, and can help reset your day cycle and reduce melatonin production. Worn like sunglasses, this device allows you to keep working, unlike many other devices in the product category.

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iSwimband Helps Keep Kids Safe Around Water

2015-01-10

One of the leading causes of death in young children is drowning. Because of this, iSwimband has arrived to help parents and guardians know when kids might be in danger. The device clips to a child's goggles or swimsuit and sends alerts when something is wrong.

The alerts can be customized depending on the age of the child and their swimming capabilities. For a younger child, you can have the device alert as soon as it comes into contact with any water at all. For older children, or kids that are good swimmers, you can have it wait up to 60 seconds before alerting.

The product is available now for $79.99.

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Keeping You Hydrated with Technology

2015-01-10

H2O-Pal is an interesting little gadget designed to help keep you hydrated throughout the day. The device, invented by Penn State University student Matej Marjanovic, keeps track of how much water you drink throughout the day. If you don't drink enough, it will remind you when it is time.

The nicest thing about this device is that it is not an entire water bottle. Many of us have bottles that we like, and don't want to have to switch just to get the features of a gadget. H2O-Pal actually connects to your existing bottle and tracks your usage.

Using an app on your phone, the platform can even learn your habits and show you how close to a perfect day you've had. There is even a gamification aspect, designed to make drinking water fun, because we all know drinking water can be uninteresting on its own.

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GrandCare Attempts to Help Older People Stay in Touch

2015-01-10

As our world becomes increasingly connected through technology, the unintended side effect is an increasingly isolated elderly population. A population that has had little to no access to or need for connected devices is finding it harder to keep in touch with loved ones or even their doctors.

An increasing number of devices are being created to try and solve this problem, but most of them struggle to make the system easy enough to use with no on-screen clutter. A new entry into this market is GrandCare, which runs on an all-in-one PC. The product is intended to make connecting to personal and medical caregivers easier.

One of the benefits of the system is its ability to connect a collection of medical devices for monitoring of things like weight and blood pressure. The biggest thing the company will have to overcome is the incredibly cluttered screen. The various colors and gradient icons will make it significantly harder for older people with visual problems to see. The inclusion of unrelated information, such as date, time and temperature, can overwhelm those who are already not inclined to use the computer.

While the concept is a good one, it might be better to wait for an update that makes the system more usable or another company to get the UI right.

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Access a Personal Trainer Directly from Your Phone

2015-01-10

Having someone work with you during a workout can be really important, especially if you are like me and know little to nothing about the exercises and equipment. Unfortunately, not everyone has direct access to live personal trainers, and don't have access to a product like Xbox Fitness, or would prefer working with a human.

Fitnet has found the righty way to add connectivity to the workout experience, helping those who can't work with a trainer in person. Connecting you with real personal trainers, you can get the benefits of a personal trainer like encouragement, exercise suggestions and posture and style adjustments. The feature is available now in the company's app.

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A Thermometer That Helps Prevent the Spread of Disease

2015-01-10

Digital thermometers are nothing new - they have been around for years now. Even connected thermometers aren't a new concept, connecting your thermometer to your phone or tablet. These devices all have something in common, though: they all have to touch the person to get a reading.

By touching a sick person, the thermometer potentially becomes part of the infection process. If the thermometer is not cleaned completely, it could become a petri dish, spreading illness to the next user. Enter the ThermoFlash from BeWell. This connected thermometer can take an FDA-approved temperature reading without needing to touch the person.

The consumer device will be available in the near future for $100, and will come with the same FDA-approved sensor quality. It will also have the ability to connect to a smartphone for logging of data.

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Consumers are Open to Sharing Sensor Data with Doctors

2015-01-10

Many people in and around the tech world have had conversations about the viability, safety and interest in sharing consumer health information. The Federal Trade Commission seems concerned about the practice, while the Food and Drug Administration doesn't. The group that is always left out of these discussions, however, is the consumers themselves.

AND Medical, a manufacturer of consumer health and wellness monitors, such as blood pressure monitors and scales, recently surveyed average consumers to find out their take on sharing health information collected with consumer monitoring devices. They discovered that people were surprisingly open to the possibility, especially if the data is shared with healthcare professionals in a secure environment.

This is a diversion from the generally accepted belief in the health community that consumers are privacy focused. The massive success of both Facebook and Twitter could have also clued the industry in to the fact that people will share everything with anyone.

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CES 2015 TPN Picks - Awards Ceremony [Live]

2015-01-10

Our teams wander the show floor and see a variety of products from hundreds of vendors. Each team is looking for something different and brings a unique perspective to the show coverage. Because of this, we award our TPN Picks based on team, allowing a diverse selection of products to be shown and honored. This year we offer 10 awards to TPN's favorite brands.

- Techslinger (Jamie Davis, The Podmedic)
- ThermoFlash (Jamie Davis, The Podmedic)
- Kelvin Duo (Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central)
- Link (Chris Davis of Health Tech Weekly)
- Qi Power, Cordless Kitchen (Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology)
- Schneider Optics Case (Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central)
- Boosted Boards (Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch)
- OnKol (Todd Aune of The Elder Divide)
- Intelligent Energy, Hydrogen Fuel Cell (Jamie Davis, The Podmedic)
- LiFi, Internet Through Light (Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch)

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CES 2015 TPN Picks - Day 3 [Live]

2015-01-10

Today we award our day 3 TPN Daily Picks. Here are our picks.

Picks by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic, Todd Aune of The Elder Divide and Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch for the Tech Podcast Network.

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CES 2015 TPN Picks - Day 2 [Live]

2015-01-10

Today we award our day 2 TPN Daily Picks. Here are our picks.

Picks by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic, Chris Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Marlo Anderson of The Tech Ranch for the Tech Podcast Network.

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CES 2015 TPN Picks - Day 1 [Live]

2015-01-10

Today we award our first 3 TPN Daily Picks. Here are our first picks.

Picks by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central, Don Baine, The Gadget Professor and Jamie Davis, The Podmedic for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Polar Electro Makes a Fitness Tracker that Doesn't Stand Out

2015-01-10

Current wearable technology seems to have a focus on health and fitness tracking, and the Polar Electro A-300 is no exception. While some sensors track just one or two areas, the A-300 records almost everything. Keeping track of steps, sleep, heart rate, etc., this wearable manages to cover a number of areas that some other sensors have trouble doing effectively.

Another place this device shines is in its design. While other fitness trackers look like a cheap bracelet, this one looks like an ordinary watch. If you're looking for a fitness tracker that doesn't make you stand out as someone wearing a tracker, the A-300 is one to check out.

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Temp Traq Makes Having a Sick Child Easier

2015-01-10

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is having a sick child. It can be nearly impossible to focus on anything while worrying how they are doing and whether they are suffering a fever. A new product, Temp Traq, takes a lot of the worrying out of the situation.

The product is a temperature sensor that attaches to the child like a bandage. It allows the child to sleep comfortably while alerting the parent to fever spikes. The sensor send its data to any iOS or Android device to track temperatures, current and past.

Obviously, there is nothing about the technology that makes it child-parent specific. In fact, Jamie Davie, who is the TPN health correspondent, forsees a future where doctors could monitor patients in a health center like a hospital with the technology.

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Humanscale Integrates Health Tracking Software Into Office Furniture

2015-01-10

When you think of office furniture, health and wellness tracking might not be a feature you consider. The team at Humanscale is hoping to change that with a line of smart furniture that can track your activities and help you stay active and healthy. The furniture can track you while working, both sitting and standing, and let you know when you should switch positions or just get up and move around.

The trend of integrating health and wellness programs into the workplace has been growing in recent years. In fact, the practice has even been featured on sitcoms like The Office, where the branches competed to lose weight. With office furniture like this in offices, it could greatly increase the effectiveness of these programs. More importantly, it could greatly improve the health of employees.

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Wireless Charging From the Inside Out

2015-01-09

As you probably already know, we are big fans of the Qi wireless power standard. One of the biggest Qi partners is NXP Semiconductors, a company that makes devices connectable.

The company demoed a set of custom Qi-powered devices, and talked about their involvement in the industry. The demo included custom chargers, built directly into a table. They pulsed when nothing was on them and went solid to indicate they were charging a device.

While the demoed charging plates are not for sale, they do show that a plate can be a lot more interesting than what Nokia and others have built. They can compliment, or even enhance, furnishings instead of being generic black plates that sit on top of a desk or table.

In addition, we got to see some retrofitted phones; devices that were not shipped with Qi support, but had it added aftermarket. Some can be done simply, with small adhesive plates that stick to the back, or under a battery cover or case, and plug into the USB port. Others had been opened up, and the insides altered to add native support to the device. This is a hobbyist's dream come true.

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NFC Helps Automate Your Cooking Routine

2015-01-09

When you think of NFC technology, you might not immediately think of usages for an oven. That is why NXP Semiconductors employs some smart people to think about new usages for their technology. In an oven, it turns out there are some great usages, both for consumers and repair.

As a consumer, the idea of being able to use a recipe app on your phone, like MSN Food & Drink, you could not only plan your meal, but program your oven. In fact, you could program various levels, and automate temperature variances all with the tap of a phone.

As for maintaining your appliance, think of the possibilities of an oven that could tell you what was wrong. With NFC, the chip receives power from the receiver, not from the device that programs it. That means, even if the oven's power supply has failed, the NFC chip could still pass along its final readings. That could prevent a lot of guess work for technicians, and end up costing you a lot less.

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A Near Field for Your Car Lock

2015-01-09

NXP Semiconductors might not be a brand you're familiar with, but in a day of connectivity, they are a company you've likely interacted with. Formerly part of Philips, the company makes a lot of the connectivity technology that makes your gadgets work.

In a demo, the company showed us a Near Field Communication prototype that allows you to open your car with your phone. The phone communicates with the car via NFC, and can have various activities at various distances. In the demo, we saw the dome lights turn on as the phone approached the car, and the doors unlock closer.

The technology is not limited to vehicles, either. It could be used on a home door, or as part of a unified system, like Nexia Home Intelligence. You could even use it within the home to turn on lights as you enter a room. The technology is in the world today, and could make it into vehicles in the near future.

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Gibson Brands + Blue Microphones = Some Neat Products

2015-01-09

People the world over know the brand Blue Microphones. From recording studios to radio, podcasters and even videogame streamers use their line of cost effective products every day. When their founder, Skipper Wise, left the company to retire, Gibson approached him to create a new for them.

Enter Neat Microphones, designed by Skipper Wise and his microphone dream team, they aim to create a line of microphones to make recordings sound better. Currently offering the King Bee and Worker Bee, the line will be 6 strong by year's end.

All of the products in the line, as well as their accessories, are named after and colored to resemble bees. The distinctive yellow and black markings, as well as the accompanying bee figurines, make this line visually distinctive. Even the knobs fit into the branding, designed after a bee's stringer, and known as "stinger knobs."

The line, in addition to the microphones and headphone amp, has a small collection of accessories. Included in the accessories is a pop shield, shock mount and XLR cables. All are priced to be more than competitive, and could feel right at home in any studio.

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Gibson Enhances the Studio with Les Paul Monitors

2015-01-09

For his 100th birthday, Gibson is celebrating with new products in the Les Paul product line. Adding to the existing guitars and new headphones comes a set of studio monitor speakers. Like the headphones, using the same wood as the guitars, these speakers are styled to match both the guitars and headphones perfectly.

At the base of the speaker is a lighted Gibson logo. That logo, a seemingly simple detail, serves as the power indicator. When on, the logo is lighted; when off, it pulses. These are the types of details that make Gibson a great, professional design brand.

The monitors come in 3 sizes: 4", 6" and 8". This sizing describes the cones of the woofers, which are custom designed to create a perfect audio reference for a studio. You can get the speakers in cherry, cherry burst and tobacco burst. You can pick up your own set for %599, $799 or $999 righyt now.

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Gibson Adds Headphones to Their Iconic Line

2015-01-09

Gibson may be best known for their guitars, but that is not all the company has up their sleeves. This year, the brand is introducing a line of headphones, filling all of the same levels their guitars do.

At the top of the line is the Les Paul headphones. Styled to match the look of the classic Les Paul guitars, these headphones are made with the same wood as the rest of the Les Paul line. To ensure that the headphones are properly protected, they come in a specially designed hard-body case.

As you would expect from a Gibson product, the sound quality is amazing. The cones are tuned to produce sound exactly as it is being played. This, along with its other features, makes the headphones a perfect on-stage or in-studio companion for any serious musician.

Along with the Les Pauls, there are other models being released, both smaller and less expensive. The headphones come with a variety of features, including standard 1/8", Bluetooth and Thunderbolt. You can get a version with a microphone, to be used with your phone, and some models can even be fully customized, like Gibson Guitars.

If you are a Gibson fan, and want a high-end sound, these headphones are for you.

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Gibson Talks About Their 2015 Guitars and Features

2015-01-09

Whether you play guitar or not, you almost certainly know Gibson. The company is best known for carrying on the tradition of Les Paul, who was the creator of one of the first, and certainly best-known, solid-body electric guitars. The Les Paul line of guitars carries on in the visual tradition, making them incredibly distinctive.

This year, which would have been his 100th birthday, the company is celebrating by enhancing his legacy through enhanced and additional products. For example, his signature, as well as the number "100" in his handwriting, has been added to each guitar. There is also a hologram of what is believed to be the final photo of Les Paul on the back.

In the technology of the guitar, the company has made their robot guitar smaller, and will include it with every Gibson USA guitar this year. For those who do not know, this feature allows you to choose a tuning, and the guitar tunes itself. It requires no wood be removed form the guitar; instead, it sits at the top behind the tuning knobs.

As Daniele is a big fan of Gibson, and is really into their guitars, she was curious which Gibson guitar a beginner should own. Check out all of the cool new features of the Gibson guitars.

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BLU Products Talks About Their Windows Phones Devices

2015-01-09

Yezz wasn't the only company showing off Windows Phones; Miami, Florida-based BLU Products also had a pair of Windows Phone handsets on display. These devices have been available through the Microsoft Store for a little while now, but we wanted to get a better idea of why BLU decided to join the Microsoft family, how they have been doing and what the future holds.

The two current handsets are the BLU Win Jr ($89) and the BLU Win HD ($179). In BLU tradition, the handsets are all done in wonderfully crazy colors, and available unlocked for better than reasonable prices. More importantly, the specs manage to keep pace with the better-known brands.

Apparently, this combination is enough to keep the phones on the move. The company says that the Microsoft Store has big demand for the handsets. In fact, while discussing the current handsets, we had the opportunity to discuss the company's future in the Microsoft ecosystem. Luckily, we will see new handsets added to the lineup, likely to coincide with the release of Windows 10 for Phones.

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DXRacer Showcases Six Unique Chair Designs, Tailored to You

2015-01-08

The most comfortable interview of the International CES found us at the DXRacer booth, talking about their recent line of gaming and productivity chairs. Before making DXRacer chairs, the company's roots were in manufacturing high-level racing seats, which is where the attention to quality, comfort and detail came from for these chairs. The company also owns its own factory and has some of the oldest patents for a style of chair that they create.

There are six different series of chairs, starting with the Formula series, then the Drifting series, the Racing series, the Max series, the Universal series and lastly the King series. With so many choices, DXRacer goes above and beyond to understand their customers and tries to tailor the purchase to the body type of the customer and the use of the chair. Because a premium chair like this is an investment, it's important to make sure you get the right one that fits your needs.

DXRacer has also partnered with Major League Gaming and debuted the design for the MLG chair at CES. The company is diversifying its reach by getting involved in a new line of desks, to create a whole home office solution. After this interview, it was hard to get to the next one because after five minutes in the chair, Nick did not want to get up.

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Can I WeMo That? Yes, I Can

2015-01-08

Home automation is a growing and popular category of tech, but the problem still persists that most of the products out right now are fragmented, in that they don't speak to each other or to one universal system. There are only a handful of solutions doing that, and we can now add WeMo to that list.

WeMo is a home automation system under the Belkin umbrella. With over 25 products under its belt already, ranging from switches to lighting to sensors and coffee makers, you can absolutely WeMo anything. The difference with WeMo is that you don't need an overly-expensive kit to get started. You can simply begin with the devices that you want and grow from there.

Beyond the simple light switch turning on and off, WeMo is scalable so that if you want your electricity, temperature and even water being monitored and controlled by WeMo, it can all be achieved, giving you a fully smart home.

All of the products live in the same WeMo app. By partnering with top manufacturers in several categories, WeMo can make the smart features for the product, while companies like Osram Sylvania can continue to make the best lights, which is what they're good at. It doesn't stop there, as appliances like coffee makers, crock pots, heaters and air purifiers can now all be smart with the help of WeMo.

Unlike most systems, WeMo uses if this then that (IFTTT) technology, which it will be rolling out to almost all of its devices throughout the year. Using IFTTT, WeMo's Insight Switch allows you to monitor energy usage, which can be activated based on different events, like it being too hot outside.

Lastly, WeMo Water is a device that installs easily under your kitchen sink without any professionals required. It monitors your water usage from one single point in your home, including all your sinks, toilets and even sprinklers. WeMo Water can also detect leaks, which is especially useful while a user might be away from their house and not have the ability to get home right away. Home automation is not only convenient, but it keeps you safe.

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Beam Adds a Real Human Touch to an Otherwise Robotic Interaction

2015-01-08

If you want a unique and totally different interview, you have one right here. Nick stands with a Beam, a product by Suitable Tech that brings real human interaction to a robot. Beams are controlled by pilots, which are simply people who control the Beam. Standing at about five feet tall, a full, crystal-clear display sits on top of the Beam, along with 360-degree cameras (even one at the bottom of the Beam) and two microphones, allowing the pilot to see and hear everything going on at the Beam's location.

Beam is easy to use. Simply grab a laptop and connect to your Beam via WiFi, then all you have to do is control the device with your arrow keys. The Beam also has many uses. If you simply want to not be tired while roaming the show floor at CES, the Beam is perfect for you. Or, if you're needing to always monitor activity at your grandmother's house, the Beam can move around with her as she goes about her daily routine. While some may be okay with having Facetime or Skype on their phones, the mobility and personality of a Beam is what makes it so special.

Battery life on a Beam is about eight to ten hours, and comes with a docking station that it moves into to charge. While charging, the Beam is fully functional and communications can still take place. A hefty price tag of $19,995 will get you a Beam+ and allow you to teleport wherever you decide to ship it to.

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Stern Pinball Reinvents the Internals of the Pinball Machine

2015-01-08

Pinball is as American as apple pie and baseball cards. Sure, it might have originated in England, but there's nothing like visiting an old school arcade and seeing a classic Stern Pinball machine sitting in the corner, waiting for you to put a quarter in. Since 1986, Stern Pinball has been constantly coming out with new and exciting tables and at CES this year, the goal was to show off the latest innovations in pinball games.

In the past, pinball machines could be a diaster to fix. If something went wrong, and you weren't an expert, that machine was never going to get fixed. The old systems had a motherboard, and a bunch of wiring that ran through the entire game. The units were extremely heavy and plus, there was always this old, dusty LCD display that never really "popped" into today's world.

Now, with Stern's new technology, the machines feature a bus system, eliminating the giant wiring harnesses. There's also all LED lights, a much lighter power supply and it's now easier to maintain. Moreover, you can have a multi-colored LED display to really brighten a room, making the machine more noticeable. New machines even come equipped with WiFi, allowing multiple machines to sync up and communicate with one another for a more multiplayer experience. As you can see, with Stern's new innovations to an old classic, pinball is back with a new facelift and is ready to win over the minds and heart of the next generation of gamers.

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Razer Looks Sharp in the Living Room with New Gaming Devices

2015-01-08

Razer, the hardcore gamer's favorite peripheral company, has leapt from just the standard mouse and keyboard and is moving into the living room for your entertainment. Whether casual or enthusiast, Razer has something lined up for both of those gamers with their latest products.

Razer's mission was to bring PC gaming into the living room without needing an expensive and high-end computer. Razer's newest product, the Forge TV, an Android TV-powered microconsole that allows games, music, movies and PC gaming all from the device. For the skeptics out there, what's different about the Forge TV's Android box is the buy-in from developers. Razer is working with top-level game studios to have popular and well-known titles show up on the Forge in order to entice gamers to try out the platform.

Further enhancing the living room experience for gamers is Razer's PC game-streaming technology, called Cortex Stream. Coming later this year, you'll be able to stream desktop PC games to the Forge TV at only $99.

Lastly, Razer introduced their newest peripheral, made for the living room, called the Turret. The wireless mouse and keyboard combo will run you $129, and really makes living room gaming comfortable. The lapboard features a magnetic mousepad to keep the mouse from falling to the floor, and the keyboard has anti-ghosting technology to keep your keystrokes sharp and intentional.

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Xi3 Stands Tall Even with its Small Form Factors

2015-01-08

Xi3 has grown exponentially in the past few years. Shaking up International CES 2011 when the company debuted with an incredibly tiny computer, Xi3 won the Innovation Award that year for the Xi3 Modular Computer that only took 20 watts to operate. Three years later and the company has expanded to more form factors and styles to fit the needs of a broader market. And outside of the micro-computer, the Xi3 is launching a gaming console and a server this year as well.

For the computers, Xi3 showed off some new hardware as CES. The latest box features an AMD quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, up to 1TB of storage and can come pre-loaded with Windows or Linux. On the Intel side of things, Xi3 is working with the NUC line of hardware, allowing i3 and i5 Broadwell chips to live inside a unique and fully-powered case.

The X7A runs you $839 at the base model, up to $1,900 for all the features and power you need. For the NUC series, the Leon starts at $569, the Lear costs $599 and the Elli costs $469, all for the base unit of the computer.

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Gaming Gets Real, and Physical, with the Omni

2015-01-08

There's been a push in the gaming industry lately for a more immersive experience while you play. Sure, the Kinect does a great job and the 3DS makes looking at games a little more enticing, but what if you could get your whole body into it? Well, get ready to "enter a new world" with Omni.

Omni is an omni-directional treadmill-like device that allows a player to run, jump and walk in 360-degree virtual environments. With active sensors attached to the bottom of a pair of specially-designed shoes, the software and hardware detect what the player is doing, and based on how fast they move, it reflects that in the game. The player is also secured to an Omni Harness, which allows the user to stay within the confines of the walking surface.

The experience is further enhanced by a virtual reality headset, like the Oculus Rift. The Omni, however, is not tied down to one VR device, and instead can work with many of the devices currently in the market.

Out of the box, two games that were both developed in-house comes with the Omni. One of them is a training simulator, not only prepping you to take on the real baddies in Omni's Shadow Ops game, but also teaching you how to actually use the hardware. Popular games also work with the device, as the Omni is just a game controller. It only takes ten minutes to put the handful of pieces together and you can be off and running, literally, in no time.

The Omni is currently available for pre-order at $699 and comes with everything you need to get started. All you have to do is enter shoe and harness size and the Omni, upon release, will be delivered to your doorstep.

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A Unique Smartphone Makes Snail Games a Group to Keep an Eye on

2015-01-08

Snail Games first started in 2000 in China as a software developer that made several popular games. With the popularity of mobile, it made sense for the company to also get into the mobile space, becoming a telecom in China as well. Snail then bought a hardware manufacturer to round out the trifecta of logical endeavors to make a platform in which to have their games play on their own phones, all on their own network. Snail's focus at International CES was to spread its reach into Europe and naturally, the United States.

Snail's mobile device, the W3D, has four shoulder buttons, four face buttons, dual analog sticks - everything a normal gamer would expect to have on a controller. This takes mobile gaming to a new level, by building the controls into the phone and not requiring add-ons to play while on-the-go.

Moving into the home console, Snail Games also is launching an Android-powered gaming system. The company already has interest from a large number of developers and publishers to set the console up for success. With the console launching in China this year, Snail looks to bring its device to the US as soon as they can.

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Vysk Makes Your Smartphone a Secure Phone

2015-01-08

As expected, one of the tech trends this year revolves around the topic of security. Be it computers, the Internet and of course, our personal cell phones. In line with that, Vysk, a smartphone security company, is on a mission to make sure that everyone can have access to privacy. A smartphone case paired with an app makes this all possible.

Vysk introduced three different levels at CES. The entry-level option gives users private text messaging, private photos and a shutter for their camera, all within the case. The next level gives consumers all of those features, along with 120 percent extra battery life, to give you that extra juice you need. The final selection, the QS1, stands to be the world's most secure form of voice communication. Sliding a switch sends you into privacy mode so that someone cannot listen in on conversations, like in a private business meeting.

What's really unique about Vysk's encrypted photo gallery is its combination of three codes. The first code opens up one gallery, the second another, and then the third initiates a self-destruct process, destroying the contents of your photo gallery. A last resort indeed, but definitely a good option to keep in your back pocket.

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Qualcomm Flies Into Robotics with New Snapdragon Processor

2015-01-08

Qualcomm has been involved with robotics quite a lot over the past few years. A key reason the company set up their own mini-booth in the South Hall at CES was to show off how the Snapdragon processor is the perfect SoC for the robotics space. On display and demonstration was the Snapdragon Cargo - a robot that could fly, drive, pick up objects and see the world in 3D.

The processor is small enough yet still packs a huge punch, all while being extremely lightweight, which is important for robots, especially flying ones. We saw some interesting technologies specifically demonstrated by Qualcomm. One of them was depth-from-stereo, taking stereo cameras and creating a depth map, allowing the robot to see its world. It also knows where it is in 3D space. Based on these maps it draws, it can fly autonomously without crashing into objects. This is perfect for the drones that have been popular as of late. The range can essentially be as long as you wish, all based off of how far apart you space the cameras.

Another demonstration included a robot that could pick up toys and sort them into appropriate bins, all by looking at the color, shape and density of the toy. The bins could be placed anywhere in the room and the robot was able to find them without problem.

More information can be found at Qualcomm's Robotics website.

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Yezz Announces a New Windows Phone and Firefox Device

2015-01-08

While CES might see a lot of talk about Android, Yezz took the opportunity to speak about 2 other platforms: Windows Phone and Firefox OS.

The company currently offers a pair of Windows Phone devices: the Billy 4 and Billy 4.7. This year, they announced a new member of the family: the Billy 5S. This is their first LTE device in the Billy line, as well as the first to sport a 13MP rear camera, and a 5" IPS screen. It also sports dual SIM capability and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

In addition to the Billy 5S, Yezz also announced a new line of handsets: the Foxy, a line of Firefox OS handsets. As with most Firefox OS handsets, the specs are not traditionally spectacular, but are enough for the target demographic. A 1GHz single-core processor, 4GB of internal memory and 2MP rear facing camera are the common capabilities of the 2 new handsets. The Foxy 3.5 offers a 3.5" HVGA LCD screen, while the Foxy 4 offers a 4" HVGA TFT LCD screen.

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TazTag Creates a Physically Secure Android Device and Service

2015-01-08

Security was a big topic at this year's CES. From watches to USB keys, there were all sorts of products trying to solve the problem of security, in physical and virtual world.

TazTag has a new smartphone designed to ensure secure communications between devices. The devices have a combination of hardware and software security, helping to guarantee the person you are trying to communicate with is the person on the other end.

Using biometric sensors, the phone requires a physical unlock before any of the secured applications can be accessed. Currently, the system supports secure chat, email, SMS and others. Also available is an encrypted voice service, available between compatible devices. The company also provides a secure, private application marketplace.

The hardware of the phone is also secured, preventing a thief from simply flashing the firmware and getting around its security. Without the right configuration, the hardware will be come useless.

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Sketchers Adds a Matching Game to Kids Shoes

2015-01-08

One of the fun things about CES is getting to see companies who seem like they don't fit, and seeing what idea they bring to the table. This year, one of the companies that surprised us by showing off a truly interesting product was Sketchers, the shoe company.

This year, the company is releasing a line of shoes with a lighted matching game built directly into the side. Playing similar to the game Simon, kids get 8 rounds of increasing pattern to match. If they match all 8 rounds, they are treated to a light show from their feet.

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Qi Extends Its Capabilities, Powers Kitchen Equipment

2015-01-08

Fulton Innovation introduced us to the Wireless Power Consortium in 2012, and since then, our team has become big supporters of the Qi wireless power standard. Since its beginnings as an inductive charger for mobile phones, the technology has continued to improve.

Today, the standard supports higher amounts of power transmitted over longer distances than ever before. The Wireless Power Consortium is not complete, though. They showed us a prototype of an enhanced coil that supports 1 kilowatt and can be transferred through a kitchen counter. The same coil will be able to support over 2 kilowatts in the near future.

That type of power is obviously not designed for charging phones and tablets, but instead for powering real-life devices. In their prototype, they use a food processor being entirely powered through the countertop. They even show off controlled amperage levels, which increase and decrease as different modes are chosen, or as the distance from the coil is increased.

The prototype gained the Wireless Power Consortium F5 Live: Refreshing Technology's TPN Pick Award.

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Plantronics Shows Off a Line of Gaming Headsets

2015-01-08

In addition to their well-known phone products and their music headphones, Plantronics also offers a line of gaming headphones and accessories.

Plantronics RIG is a gaming headset which also offers a desktop mixer. You can bring in 2 audio sources so you can listen to the game and also bring in external sound. If you want to add your own music, you can; if you want to chat on Skype while you play a game on Origin you can. Plantronics has even heard of people using the external audio to bring in audio from a baby monitor - the options are pretty limitless.

Using the mixer, which supports line-in or fiber optic in, the headphones can be used with nearly any platform, including Xbox, PC and PlayStation. With dual microphones, the headset can also allow you to game chat and use the phone at the same time. They are available now for $129.99.

To focus on the PC, an altered version of the headset is also available specifically for PC gamers. Offering a shorter cord for desktop use, plus 7.1 surround sound, PC gamers get a bit of an advantage over their competitors. The mixer does not include fiber optic support or Xbox headset, like its multi-platform partner does. It is available now for $99.99.

Finally comes the simpler RIG Flex. It plugs in directly with a standard 3.5mm plug, meaning you can plug it in directly to a computer, Wii or mobile device. It has lost the mixer, making it ideal for mobile. What it doesn't lose is the sound quality, build quality and, of course, comfort. It is available now for $79.99.

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Plantronics Brings Their Bluetooth Know-How to Music Headphones

2015-01-08

When you think of Plantronics, you might think of headphones, but you probably go right to phone products. What you might not know is that, in addition to their phone/voice products, Plantronics offers a line of music centric devices as well.

The BackBeat GO 2 is a set of fairly standard-looking Bluetooth earbuds, but with a couple of traditional Plantronics features. Included with the earbuds is a charging case, which can add 2 full charges, so when you are away from power for long periods of time, you can keep them charged without a wall. They are available now for $99.99.

The BackBeat Fit is a set of Bluetooth earbuds that is unique enough to have earned them a CES Innovation Award because of its design. The material is designed to be completely flexible, while still preventing them from being tangled or kinked. Along with the headset is a matching case, which turns into an armband. To ensure outdoor safety, the surface of both are reflective, and the earbuds do not block outside sound. They are available now for $129.99.

Straying from earbuds, the company also offers the BackBeat Pro, an over-the-head set of Bluetooth headphones designed more for sound quality than for sports activity. It offers active noise cancelation and 24 hours of playtime. What sets this apart is the sensors - it allows the headphones to automatically pause your music when you take the headphones off, similar to how many Plantronics voice headphones work.

They also offer external mics, so you can turn on or off outside sound. If you're on an airplane and the flight attendant comes up, you can hit a button and hear what they are saying instead of having to move them off of your ears and shift them back. You can also use the headphones without Bluetooth if the battery dies or you're in a place where Bluetooth won't get the job done. They are available now for $249.99.

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Nexia Shows Off a Lot of New Connected Devices

2015-01-08

We first met Nexia Home Intelligence at CES 2012, and were immediately impressed with their system. Allowing you to control and automate your home, either local or away, through a single connected dashboard.

Since our first meeting, the company has added new partners and new products, and this year the company is showing a whole collection of new products compatible with the system. Ranging from home security to home automation, there is a little bit of everything available in the system.

Some of the products shown off include:
- First Alert smoke detector ($49.99)
- Linear Siren & Strobe ($69.99)
- Linear LED Bulb ($54.99)

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MEElectronics Brings Some Unique Capabilities to Bluetooth

2015-01-08

MEElectronics may not be a brand you've heard of, but if you are a fan of Bluetooth, you might want to add them to your list of brands to watch. At CES this year, they showed off a collection of new devices, all with price points that make them incredibly attractive.

First is an over-the-head headphone, called the Air-Fi Touch. Other than the single power/command button, this Bluetooth headset is controlled entirely with touch gestures on one of the ears. It can run over a day on a single charge while still being incredibly light weight. They are available now for $99.99.

Next is the Bluetooth upgrade to the company's Sport M6 earbuds, dubbed the X7. The headphones are sweatproof and also fit snugly in the ear, allowing for continuous sports use. They also have controls for volume and command on the cord, so you can keep your phone safe while working out. They will be available soon for $99.99.

In addition to headphones, the company also showed off a Bluetooth transmitter, which allows you to add Bluetooth capability to systems that do not have it. The thing that is really nice is that it can pair up to 2 separate headphones at once. It also has line in or fiber optic in, allows you to keep a digital signal from end-to-end. The device is expected to release end of second quarter.

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GoldKey Makes Us All Feel Like a Secret Agent

2015-01-08

At one point or another, everyone has fantasized about being James Bond, Dick Tracy or Maxwell Smart. GoldKey, a company known for security products, has added a new product to make you feel like one of your favorite secret agents.

The GoldKey Communicator is a smartwatch that is an independent phone. While there are other products that match that description, where the Communicator stands apart is in its security features. Offering secure email, text, data, voice and payment, the Communicator allows for completely safe communication with other GoldKey users.

To ensure you feel like Bond, you are assigned a 007 area code phone number that allows you to communicate with other 007 GoldKey voice customers for the secure communications. That ensures that everyone knows when you are or are not speaking over encrypted VoIP service.

In addition to the huge collection of security features comes the capabilities of full Android 4.4 KitKat. Rather than Android Wear, you get the full Android Marketplace. You also get a camera for 5MP stills or HD video. The GoldKey Communicator is available now for $299.95.

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Goal Zero's Line of Travel and Emergency Power Products Expands

2015-01-08

At CES, portable power is essential; in the real world, it can be just important. Goal Zero knows this, which is why they are constantly trying to improve and enhance their line of emergency and travel products.

This year they added the new Venture 30: a 7800mAh charger for phones and tablets. That equates to 3 charges on a phone, with the ability to charge up to 2.4amps on each of the 2 USB ports. The charger comes complete with built-in flexible cables for charging the device and a product. To ensure it is protected, it is rated at IPX6.

In addition to the charger, is a solar flashlight. While that might seem insane, the Torch 250 is extremely useful. While camping, or even at home, you can charge the flashlight during the day and use it at night. You can also charge it via USB, or even with a crank, or use the battery to charge your other devices, making it double as a solar charger. You can get one right now for $79.99.

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Eton Improves Its Line of Emergency Radios

2015-01-08

Eton is well-known for their emergency products, which they are always wanting to improve. This year the company has improved their famous emergency radios. Their larger radio has changed the solar panel to allow for more charging capability and has the largest battery, and added an ambient light. It also includes SAME weather alerts, to let you know of weather issues coming your way.

All of the radios also come with flashlight capability, solar charging, USB charging for other devices and the well-known hand crank. The two larger models are available now with the smaller radio coming this Spring, ranging from $49.99 to $129.99.

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Ericsson Changes the Way We Think About Cloud Security

2015-01-07

With the cloud becoming an ever-expanding, highly-vulnerable space, there comes a time where businesses need to start caring about their customers' data. That time is now, and many companies are working towards building better infrastructure to put customers' minds at ease. One of those companies is Ericsson, one of the world's largest mobile infrastructure groups.

Ericsson is taking the charge to make the cloud more safe and secure. By 2020, Ericsson estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices, and a majority of those devices will live in an industrialized cloud system. The problem is that the cloud isn't secure nor efficient enough to sustain those devices.

Because of this, Ericsson is working on a platform that is highly programmable, highly accessible, highly governable, and controllable, but above all else is secure. The hope is that this work will change the way businesses think about security and the cloud, and the easiest way to explain the concept is to say that we need to build a bigger wall around our data.

Ericsson is just starting with its mission to roll out a better way to authenticate, validate and confirm your data and its transmissions. The ability to forensically prove your data during a breach and after a breach becomes crucial to understanding the severity of the breach, and Ericsson has made a series of acquisitions and partnerships to start to make this possible. If the infrastructure contains governed policies and profiles, the end users can feel safer knowing their data is authentic.

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Denon Professional Unveils a Dozen New Products at CES 2015

2015-01-07

A trip to CES is never complete without visiting our good friend Eric Palonen. Now spear-heading Denon Professional, a high-end audio product company, Eric is responsible for showing more people some of the company's great products. At CES 2015, Denon Professional debuted 12 new and exciting products, all launching in the spring.

Denon Professional showed off the Solution Series, designed for the A/V integrator or consultant. They're little boxes made for very specific tasks. For instance, the DN-2000BR is a Bluetooth receiver with balanced audio outputs. For someone who's upgrading a building, you no longer need to buy all new equipment to outfit the space with the latest tech. Other products in the Solution Series handle things like AirPlay, DLNA, audio routing without drilling holes, and Android mini-computers.

Denon Professional also demonstrated the Envoi. It's a portable and powerful PA system perfect for places where a user might not have access to a large bank of power but need sound reinforcement. With the Envoi, you get a 360-watt speaker with a myriad of functionality and inputs. You can stream music from your smartphone, off an SD card, Bluetooth or even plug in your audio mixer. You can then unplug it and operate it for up to 12 hours on a single charge. Even better, there's a built-in wireless microphone. Envoi will retail for $599.

We also got to take a look at the DN-300Z. It's a poly-media player, so it'll play almost anything you can think of. Slot-loaded CDs, USB, SD card reader, Bluetooth and AM/FM radio all come in a concise 1U device and perfect for clubs, places or worships or other larger venues. $399 gets you a DN-300Z.

Lastly, Eric showed us another Solution Series device, taking a page out of the on-the-desk KUDO device, with a covert presentation manager. Typically mounted under a table or in a rack, it supports Bluetooth, DLNA, MiraCast, Airplay and is 4K-ready.

All these devices, and more, can be found at Denon Professional's website and it's definitely a place you'll want to check out to see the entire line-up.

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Crosley Mixes Old School and Today with New Line of Turntables

2015-01-07

The retro-style record players are coming back with a bit of flare, all thanks to Crosley, a name that has been around since the 1920s. During the '20s through '40s, it was pretty much the household brand when it came to spinning some vinyl. The brand was then sold and brought back as a retro radio company, and now has started to join in on the resurgence of vinyl in the new millennium.

At CES 2015, Crosley launched a couple of new products aimed at getting people back into records again. First, the Cruiser turntable will make it easy for someone who wants a plug-and-play way to enjoy their favorite records. No longer do you have to buy components and piece them all together. The Cruiser comes in dozens of colors and styles, and some even feature your favorite cartoon characters or TV shows. The turntable will generally run you about $69 and is available at all major retailers, including specialty stores.

For those who want more added functionality or features, Crosley has launched a myriad of different turntables to fit different needs and styles. Things like Bluetooth, CD players, nicer speakers, wood housing and more can all be found in several different product lines from the company. Prices range depending on the flavor, but typically run between $150 and $400. All of the products can be found at Crosley's website.

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Canon Continues Camera Excellence with New Line of HFR Camcorders

2015-01-07

As avid Canon fans and users of the company's cameras for our coverage and shows, we always make the Canon booth a yearly visit at the International CES. This year did not disappoint as Canon has continued to improve upon their "bridge" grade of video camera, the level between beginner and advanced amateur.

This year, Canon showed off a trio of Vixia HFR series cameras: the 62, the 60 and the 600. The only differences in these are internal memory storage. 32GB comes with the HFR62, along with WiFi and NFC. The HFR60 comes with 8GB and the same features, while the HFR600 comes in either black or white and contains no internal storage at all. All the cameras come with a 3" touch panel, 57x advanced zoom and image stabilization, in a small and compact body.

The WiFi and NFC features are the key components to the new line of cameras, which compliment Canon's other new product, the Connect Station CS100. Just by touching the R60 or R62 to the station, you can wirelessly share and send your videos. You can also use the SD card slot to transfer the videos as well.

The HFR62 will be $449, the HFR60 will be priced at $399 and the HFR600 will run $299, all launching in March.

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Celestron Makes Stargazing Easier and Educational

2015-01-07

As astronauts get to see farther into the universe through their equipment, those of us bound to Earth have the same desire. Celestron's telescopes make that easier for everyone. Their newest addition to the lineup provides for ease of use away from the city, where you can get the best views without all of the city lights.

The telescope is self-powered, allowing you to use it without the need for a high amperage 12-volt inverter. You can use it away from your car, or without having to lug around a huge battery and power technology. It even offers the ability to plug in other devices, though it will, of course, limit the runtime of the telescope.

In addition to the portable power capabilities, it also integrates Wi-Fi right into the telescope. Using the Wi-Fi, you can use your smart device to control the telescope. View the night sky through your screen, point at an area and the telescope will position itself so you can see the sky through the lens.

The app can also help you learn the positions of objects in the sky by allowing you to tap on an area and get information about what you are seeing. If you're looking at a galaxy far off in the distance, the app can explain distances, etc.

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The Race to Challenge the Surface is On

2015-01-07

In terms of Windows tablets, Microsoft's Surface series is definitely the one to challenge if you are a manufacturer. Manufacturers seem to agree, as this CES showed us a collection of tablets trying to enter that space.

One of the brands throwing their hat into that ring is Southern Telecom, a company that usually builds products under licensed brands, but has their own tablet for the market. Running an Intel Atom processor and 32GB of internal storage, this guy isn't headed for the Pro 3's territory, but it could certainly do some damage in the abandoned Surface RT space.

With the ability to run full applications, which the RT models were not, it makes this computer far more usable. With a price point of $249, with the keyboard included, it even undercuts the RT models by more than half. Unfortunately, what the Surface has going for it is the easily removable and attachable keyboard, while this keyboard is not nearly as easy to attach or remove. For some users, however, this won't be a killer. Take a look and decide for yourself.

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Polaroid Brand to Release a Set of Android Handsets

2015-01-07

Polaroid is obviously a company known for their camera technology. As standalone cameras have become a smaller market, it was time for Polaroid to find new outlets for their cameras. As most people tend to use their phone as their primary camera, this was a natural place to explore.

The new Polaroid Android phones, shown off at CES 2015, might not revolutionize the industry, but they could certainly carve out a nice niche for themselves. Both handsets offer a 5.5" screen and claim stock Android. Included on the handsets is a Polaroid photo app that simulates the experience of using a Polaroid Instant camera of days gone by.

The Selfie, which has an octa-core processor and a 13MP camera, has the ability to flip the camera around, allowing you to take a selfie or use Skype with the full power of the camera. The Flip, the lower-priced handset of the pair, is a quad-core phone with an 8MP camera that does not, as the name would suggest, offer the flip camera.

Both handsets will be available this Spring unlocked for $199 and $179 respectively from various retailers.

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A 3D Projection that Can Scale to Huge Heights

2015-01-07

We often find products at CES that are newsworthy, but it is not often that we find a display technology that is worth talking about. The technology behind the display at the Altec Lansing booth, presented by PM Screen was certainly an exception to that rule. In fact, it was their display that caused us to stop and interview Altec Lansing in the first place.

The display featured 3 of the company's new Bluetooth speakers being emphasized by fire and water, showing off the speaker's fireproof and waterproof capabilities. What was interesting about the display, however, is that it was all created with 3D projections.

In addition to the small screen presented at CES, the company's technology is capable of scaling to large surfaces, too. In fact, they were responsible for a 12 projector setup on the ice hockey rink at the ice hockey world championship opening ceremony, whose video is available on their website. This is a truly interesting technology with wonderful potential. I look forward to seeing the places they find to implement it in the US and abroad.

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Businessfriend - A Business-Oriented Social Network with a Purpose

2015-01-07

When it comes to the world of social networks, purpose is not necessarily a requirement. LinkedIn is good for finding a job, I guess. Facebook is good for... I'm really not sure what. But, in recent months, that trend is changing. Ello was created to rebel against advertising, but that isn't exactly a purpose, at least not for the user.

Businessfriend is a social network with a true purpose, though. Created to help people collaborate with their colleagues and favorite brands, Businessfriend offers a number of personal and business-related features missing from any single platform.

For example, their Instant feature is a chat platform that allows you to keep your content private. No message boxes popping up when a new message comes in, making your private business public. There's also the DigiDex, an organized contact list filled with your direct contacts and the companies you are connected to.

In addition to the unique takes on common features, Businessfriend also offers cloud features. You can share files through the system in a way that is controllable. You can revoke access to files and folders at will, and know that the content has been secured. You can also organize your content into Notebooks, making it easier to find.

It is definitely a platform worth trying out, currently available on web, iOS and Android, with Windows Phone currently in development.

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Altec Lansing Creates a Range of Almost Indestructible Bluetooth Speakers

2015-01-07

Altec Lansing has long been known for their mid- to high-end audio products, but recently the company has been expanding their product lineup, bringing their brand and quality to consumer products. This year, the company is expanding their lineup of Bluetooth speakers.

The products, mostly known for their "Jacket" branding, are waterproof, shockproof, and in some cases bulletproof, fireproof and bombproof. The product line ranges from $39 to $149 and many are available today.

In addition to physical quality, these speakers also offer Altec Lansing's well-known sound quality. Even the small speaker, at only $39, sounds great and can still withstand quite a beating.

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Intel Shrinks Down the PC with New NUC Line

2015-01-06

In a screening at Intel's suite, the company showed off their latest Next Unit of Computing devices, or NUCs. These super tiny PCs feature the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 Broadwell processors, with some of them even running Braswell chips, all within a 4-by-4 design.

This latest series of NUC has ditches the mSATA storage interface and moved into M.2, allowing for lightning fast read and write speeds to the disk. USB 2.0 ports are also a thing of the past, and the NUCs all feature USB 3.0 ports only. Some of the higher-end models also feature a mini-DisplayPort v1.2 output, giving the ability to connect three monitors to this mini PC. All of this power packed into such a small frame means that it can not only replace your home theater PC, but could easily replace most users' desktop PCs.

There are three distinct enclosures for the NUC, depending on which processor you select. The two that will be commonly sold are 115mm x 111mm wide and are either 29.8mm or 48.5mm tall. Your differentiator there is going to be whether or not you want to fit a 2.5" SSD inside the NUC.

What I found most intriguing was the customizable lids that can be interchanged on the NUC. One of the prototypes on display was a Hauppauge TV tuner that was attached to the top of one of the NUCs, allowing full TV capture and playback, built right into the top of the PC. There was also a NUC that wore a lid that had NFC capability built into it, and Intel said there would be another dozen or so lids to choose from in the near future, with hopes that more partners will join in to create other lid styles.

One surprise was saved for the end, and that was the Intel Compute Stick. Donning Windows 8.1 with Bing, 32GB of storage, 2GB RAM and a Baytrail processor all within a device that can fit in your pocket, the Compute Stick can plug into any TV or monitor. Intel looks to sell this extremely compact computer for only $149.

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Kiband Helps Keep Your Child Close to You

2015-01-06

A trip through Eureka Park at any CES is always bound to lead to new and exciting products and individuals who are passionate about those products. That's the exact case with Kiband, a company that formed around a direct necessity and problem that impacted its CEO.

Kiband started with its CEO that lost his child at a 4th of July event for about 15-20 minutes. After trying leash solutions and other methods that really didn't work out for him, he created his own company to try a change up the market.

The key with Kiband is prevention and less of informing you of when your child actually gets lost. Using the parent's phone, the Kiband sets up a local geofence around the smartphone, and as the child approaches the perimeter set by the parent, the Kiband will first vibrate. If they then venture outside of the proximity, the device will then use an audible tone to alert the parent.

The distance is totally customizable by the parent and allows them to give the child as much leeway as they deem safe. The Kiband is also easy to set up, as it instantly connects to the phone and the app is made for those who are less tech savvy.

Still in research and development, the kids who have tested the device have really taken a liking to it and didn't want to remove it because it looked cool and was minimally invasive. Pricing will be around $100 to $120, with pre-orders available through an Indiegogo campaign, and delivery estimated to be in the summer.

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Meccano Introduces Your Favorite Robotic Pal, the Meccanoid

2015-01-06

Robots are something we all know and love, regardless of age or experience with technology. They're just one of those things that you want to play with and learn more about. Luckily, Meccano is looking to make all of that possible by introducing a robotic friend that can be fully programmed to do a variety of things through a multitude of input methods.

For those familiar with the Erector Sets of the past, you may have already been familiar with Meccano, just under a different name. But now, Meccano will be bringing its name, along with its flagship product the Meccanoid, to stores across the world, beginning in August of 2015.

The Meccanoid stands four feet tall and comes in a simple-to-build kit. Once built, you can use different ways to tell the companion what to do. The easiest is the "mirror" method, where you press the record button on the robot and move its limbs around. Upon pressing the play button, the robot will do what you made it do, along with playing back any audio it recorded along the way. You can also program it via a smartphone that you connect to the Meccanoid via Bluetooth, or with a computer connected with USB. There's even the possibility of hooking up a Kinect or similar device, and having the robot follow your every move using tracking, which is really cool.

The Meccanoid can be built into a bunch of different forms, from a normal robot friend to an automated trash retriever, to anything else you can think of. With the ability to fully code the bot, the combinations of forms and functions are practically endless.

Meccano also won the Last Gadget Standing event at CES 2015 with its Meccanoid product.

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Zolt Proves That Great Things Come in Small Packages

2015-01-06

It's no secret: Everyone, at least once in their life has forgotten a charger or brought the wrong one on a business trip or vacation. What if there was one charger that you could bring that could handle 2 devices and a laptop? And what if the charger automatically knew what voltage and wattage to deliver to the devices? Meet Zolt.

The world's smallest laptop charger was a 2015 International CES Innovation Award Honoree. Zolt's ability to charger a laptop and two other devices at the same time is what makes it so unique and truly a product that stands out from the pack.

Zolt comes with a 6-foot proprietary cable that's the same color as the charger, which comes in an assortment of flavors. It also features the a bunch of different laptop tips that charge almost every device on the market today. Your Lenovo laptop, Apple iPad and any micro-USB device are all on the list of the hundreds of devices in total that can work with Zolt.

Weighing in at only 3 ounces, and available for a special pre-order price of $79, or $99 when launched, Zolt looks to makes its debut sometime in Spring 2015.

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A Glasses-Free 3DTV and Gaming Experience with Ultra-D

2015-01-06

One of the things that were considered a "sleeper pick" in this year's CES trends was 3DTV and gaming combining on the big screen in your living room. Up until now, the implementation hasn't really been great and the technology used has caused eye strain for many who have used it. Luckily StreamTV Networks' Ultra-D product looks to alleviate all of that with their latest announcement.

Introducing a glasses-free 3DTV experience for gamers and TV-watchers alike. For the TV, standing in a certain spot isn't required. The 4K TV's cones overlap, giving 140-degrees of viewing angle, and comes in different sizes all the way up to 89". You can also set the depth of the 3D, so for sports you can tune down the 3D effect but can turn it up when you want to. This is one of the few on the show floor where my eyes different hurt when I was viewing the TV.

For gamers, the company has partnered up with a bunch of different game developers in order to create a gaming experience unlike any other. On that list of dev studios is Epic Games, who you may know as the creators of the Unreal Engine. The company also wants to target any developer who wants to use the Unreal or Unity engine and also wants to add in a 3D experience via the SDK. All five companies that have partnered with Ultra-D so far had the 3D up and running in 25 hours or less.

The key here is the zero-latency method that is used in order to not frustrate gamers, especially those who play first-person shooters or other "twitchy" game titles. Game developers, like you, also hate lag. So to make 3D work, it's all done through algorithms that create a real-time depth map of the camera that is already in place, leaving essentially no extra work for the developer. This conversion process causes 4 milliseconds of lag, however, the SDK eliminates the lag entirely. It just needs a little bit of information from the video game and puts little stress on the GPU in order to make that happen.

If you're a developer and want to get a hold of this, you can visit www.movebeyond3d.com. They are also working on launching some hardware in a style similar to the Oculus Rift, just to get it out there and get people to use it.

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Shortcut Labs Announces the Flic, a Programmable Button to Simplify Your Life

2015-01-06

Lots of talk surrounded the Shortcut Labs booth at Eureka Park this year at CES. The company had taken to Indiegogo to launch a new product, Flic, that is set to make life easier with the literal touch of a button.

This Bluetooth-enabled, programmable button has three different ways to press it, and each of those can be programmed for a specific task using the Flic app. Whether you want to select a certain playlist on Spotify, navigate to a destination on your GPS app or create your own command, all of that can be done with Flic.

A 6-pack was going for $99 on Indiegogo during CES, and Shortcut Labs managed to blow past their goal reaching over $700,000 in funding, 801% of their goal. That's a truly impressive feat for something so unique, and it's simplicity is what wins over consumers.

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Monster DNA Headphones Get Customized with Chris Nunez from Ink Master

2015-01-06

Something we like about the Monster DNA headphones, aside from the Pure Monster Sound of course, is the fact that they really do come in all different sizes and styles. The DNA On-Ear headphones have over 50 different color combinations, and sometimes, a style will be completely done by an artist.

In this case, it's tattoo artist Chris Nunez, from the hit show Ink Master that created a unique design so popular, that it crashed the Monster website when it released. Chris attended CES this year to take in the show floor, meet his fans, and talk about Monster DNA headphones.

His passion for music is as equal as his passion for tattooing and the two have combined under the Monster brand. Whether you need something for the studio or on-the-go, the Monster DNAs are an excellent choice and are made for long periods of listening.

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AspectSolar Brings the Power, in Several Different Form Factors

2015-01-06

When it comes to solar power, there are a lot of options for you to choose from. However, if you're looking for a company that makes a broad range of products to fit your varying needs, then you may want to give AspectSolar a bit more attention.

AspectSolar had several interesting things to show off at the International CES. First, the company's turnkey solution and entry to solar is the DuoFlex 2. It's a 13-watt panel that is flexible and made with monocrystalline silicone. What that means is that if one panel breaks, the unit will keep working, only at less power. The unique design of the DuoFlex 2 is what makes it special. Several zippers and loops allow you to configure the device however you want. And for $179, you can pick up a DuoFlex 2 and a 10,000 MaH battery today.

The other product that has me excited is the Power Rack. Its batteries are not the standard lithium-polymer and instead use LiPO4, making the unit weigh almost 40% lighter than its competitors, under 60 pounds. The batteries, of which there are five, are all 300 watt-hours, pushing a total output of 1000 watts in order to replicate the most natural A/C output possible. You can also pair it with two slave units to be up to 4,500 watt-hours total. The Power Rack will launch later this year at $2,500.

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Zofie Aims to Personalize Your Workout Equipment Quickly and Easily

2015-01-06

Keeping to a fitness routine that works can be hard; the only thing harder is starting a new routine. I never know what I should be doing, and know almost nothing about how a particular machine works, or how best to take advantage of it. That is where the Zofie system comes in.

Using fuzzy logic and Kinect sensors, the machines can recognize you and provide a workout based on you. It even takes into account your activities at any given moment, and tailors the experience accordingly. The given example, on a treadmill, the track came move faster or slower, as well as change the incline, based on your heart rate. It can even suggest alterations to your posture if you move too far out of a safe zone.

The technology is currently being implemented in fitness equipment, so expect to see it showing up in a fitness center near you.

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Voiceboard Brings Gesture and Intuitive Speech Controls to Presentations

2015-01-06

Being involved with TEDxTampaRiverwalk, one things I can say for sure - controlling a presentation is difficult. Whether it be an inability or unwillingness to know the presentation, fumbling with the buttons on a controller, or needing to move around more than just a slide at a time, presentation software and hardware are not friendly.

Enter Voiceboard, a new way to think about presentations. With Kinect-style voice controls and a ring-powered gesture system, a presenter can focus less on the slides and more on their presentation. You can skip through slides with the wave of a hand or even go to particular slides using your voice. No more hoping the button advanced to the right slide, or peering back over your shoulder to see if you're in the right place.

If you are a regular presenter, either in a conference room or on a stage, Voiceboard is certainly something to consider adding to your presentation kit. It is available now for $599 and comes with the software, gesture ring and headset for voice control.

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Vievu's Prosumer Wearable Camera, Squared

2015-01-06

Vievu may be known for their wearable first responder cameras, but recently the company discovered that other markets are interested in the same general capabilities, without the need for the security features. That is where their new camera, Viewvu Squared comes in.

Perfect for bus drivers, construction workers, etc., this camera can record video up to 1080p, stream live via Wi-Fi and even transfer the videos directly to a phone, which allows you to share them without needing to plug it into a full computer.

The camera is available now for around $349, or if you need to order in quantity, you can do that directly from Vievu.

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TREWGrip Shows QWERTY Can be Portable

2015-01-06

One of the major problems with small, portable keyboards is that creators keep trying to reinvent the keyboard layout. We've seen this type of keyboard at Gulf Coast MakerCon, but it will be difficult to convince people to learn a new keyboard paradigm.

TREWGrip has figured out a way to provide small portability, without the need to retrain your brain. A portable Bluetooth, QWERTY keyboard that holds your phone, phablet or mini tablet, this device has split and rotated the keys on a traditional keyboard to allow touch typists to transition quickly, while giving the ability for visual typists to see what they are doing.

Finally, a mobile keyboard for a mobile workforce that works for anyone. Launching this Spring, you can pre-order yours today at Prelaunch.

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SmartSafe Brings Security to Your Wrist

2015-01-06

Digital and physical security has become quite a major topic, especially with issues like the Sony Pictures and iCloud hacks. So, how do you ensure security in a time when the rest of the world wants in?

SmartSafe believes they can help with their combination physical and biometric security watch. The watch is activated via biometric scan and can then be used to unlock computers, doors or any other system capable of accepting the watch's commands.

One of the big problems with physical password keys, such as USB managers, is that once they leave the possession of the owner, the security is breached. With SmartSafe, however, once the watchband is broken, the authorization is broken as well and has to be reauthenticated via biometrics. The watch also ensures that the watch is being worn and the wearer is alive, meaning that you can't steal the watch through other means.

The watch will hopefully hit the market this year, with a varying pricepoint based on number purchased, as it is not intended directly to consumer.

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Phonotonic - A Strangely Shaped Digital Musical Instrument

2015-01-06

At CES, there are a few categories that products fall into, like productivity or wearables. One of my personal favorites, however, is the truly odd and wonderful, which describes Phonotonic. This product is a honeycomb-shaped object that, when paired with a phone, allows you to create music.

With a single item, you are able to create lead. By adding a second item, you can add rhythm. It is all accomplished through motion sensors, like accelerometers, paired with an app that is able to translate those motions into sounds. Softer motions produce softer sounds; harder motions create more intense sounds.

After seeing the product from a distance, I was skeptical. Nicolas Rasamimanana, founder and CEO demonstrated their usage, however, and completely changed my mind. The product is currently available only in France for 80 euros, but will be coming to the rest of the world soon.

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OIO Brings the Amp to Protect Your Ears and Tablet

2015-01-06

If you are concerned about the safety of your tablet and the quality of your audio, then OIO might just have a case for you: the Amp. One part tablet case, two parts Bluetooth speaker, the Amp can turn any room into a party while maintaining stereo audio separation.

The internal battery gives up to 7 hours of playtime, allowing you to work through the day or watch several movies or television episodes. In addition to the speakers, the case includes a stand designed for 2 different angles: a high angle for watching video and a low angle for onscreen typing.

While the case is not available yet, you can pre-order now.

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Juiceboxx is Here to Save Your Expensive Macbook Power Supply

2015-01-06

Apple fans and haters alike can agree on one thing: the MacBook power block is a disaster. Almost everyone who owns a MacBook, or knows someone with out, has witnessed the untimely death of one of these powerblocks because of fraying or breaking. Luckily, Juiceboxx is here to rescue you!

The product is a cover of sorts for your MacBook power supply, which uses a trumpet design to keep the power cable from bending over sideways in your bag; the most common cause of the problem. In addition, the case gives you the ability to customize your block to match your computer bag, your outfit or your personality.

Estimated to ship in early February, you can preorder your Juiceboxx right now for only $19.99 in one of 6 colors, available for 3 different models. If you have a MacBook, this is a must have for you.

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iSet - The Connected Counter for Tennis

2015-01-06

Keeping score and tracking stats is one of the least fun parts of playing a sport. If you're not careful, arguments can break out (we've all been there, right?). Luckily, if you play tennis, iSet is the watch to solve that problem.

The watch can pair with another watch, allowing each competitor to track their score and sync up with the other player's watch. If only one player has the watch, no problem, you can still control the counter yourself for both sides.

In addition to pairing with one another, you can also pair with a phone, allowing you to share your score live with the accompanying app. If you are not at the field, you can follow along remotely with the app on your own phone. Players can use the data to keep track of their stats, comparing scores against the same competitor, on certain dates, etc. Coming later this year, this is the watch for serious tennis enthusiasts.

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Gaming Gets Bigger With the Immersis Projector

2015-01-06

One of the problems with gaming is how easy it is to lose your sense of immersion. When your television is across the room, no matter the size, it is easy to get distracted by other things in the room. That is the problem Catopsys is trying to solve with Immersis.

This 180 degree projector can scan your room and turn half of it into a fully immersive video experience. Any game can be easily adapted to passively support the wrap-around projection, but that is just the beginning. If the product catches on, developers can begin to take advantage of the extended real estate for extending the gameplay, not just the environment.

The product is not yet available, though they are running a Kickstarter campaign where you can get quite a discount on the MSRP. If you are a game developer or a really hardcore gamer, this might be the next gaming accessory you need.

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Connected Cycle Keep Track of Your Bike, Whether You Are on It or Not

2015-01-06

Connected Cycle is a bike pedal that connects to an existing bicycle that helps you keep track of the location of your bike. If you are riding it, it will keep track of your path and let you know things like distance traveled and calories burned. If you are not with the bike, it will alert you that the bike is in motion and allow you to keep track of where it has gone.

With a built-in internet connection, you never have to worry that it will be too far out of range to alert you of position. You can even bike without your phone and still log your route. It is especially important for keeping track of theft.

One of the really great things about the pedal is that it never needs to be externally charged. Using the motion produced by biking, the pedal is able to charge itself whenever it is in motion. The product is not yet available, but they will be launching a crowd funding campaign in the coming months.

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Child-Angel - A GPS Tracking Bracelet Your Kid Will Want to Wear

2015-01-06

Many products come from a personal problem, and Child-Angel is no exception. When the creator's child was lost for a short while in a shopping center, it got his mind going. He gathered a tech team and a design team to put together his idea to protect other families from the same panic he experienced.

Running on traditional GPS, Wi-Fi location and GSM, Child-Angel keeps track of your kid at all times. You can also setup geofences to alert you when they have gone somewhere they aren't supposed to go. More importantly, the kid can trigger an alert if they are uncomfortable, simply by opening up the back part of the band.

The problem with many trackers is that they are not something that kids want to wear. Child-Angel solves this problem by making it more like a bracelet, with customizable covers that can be snapped on at will without exposing the electronics. Now, when they wake up, they can choose to wear a princess, racecar driver, or anything in between.

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aiFi Stackable Bluetooth Induction-Based Speakers

2015-01-06

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers on the market, which is why it was refreshing to see the unique things aiFi is doing with theirs. Not only can you use a single one like a traditional speaker, but you can combine them to add functionality.

Whether you are looking for portability, music or television, there is a configuration for you. Odd numbers of speakers act like a soundbar, adding virtualized surround, while even numbers add depth through enhanced bass. Stack them speakers into both configurations to get both capabilities. The added range is endless.

Using induction and an internal computer system, the speakers can determine their position and configuration, and even pass the sound from the main speaker to its partners; no need to any wires or special connectors.

The speakers are not available retail yet, but you can pick them up on Indiegogo right now, or wait for them to hit store shelves this may.

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Monster Teams Up with Adidas to Launch New Line of Athletic Headphones

2015-01-05

You can always count on the International CES to be a monsterous event. This is especially true when Monster announces big news, along with big celebrities.

The pairing of Adidas and Monster seems to be a natural fit, and together they've launched a new line of headphones and earbuds tailored to the active and athletic lifestyle. What stands out is the wireless Bluetooth in-ear buds that pack a Pure Monster Sound in a compact footprint.

Johan from Adidas and Kevin from Monster both spoke on the finer points of each of the new products coming from Monster, all the way up to the full over-the-ear headphones. Moreover, the headphones connect to the Micoach smartwatch that Adidas has launched.

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beZilch - A New Way to Buy and Sell Online [Live]

2015-01-05

If you're trying to sell an electronic item you own, there are a lot of ways to do it. However, if you have ever tried, you know that it is incredibly easy to get lost in the mass of listings, and you have to do it the way the marketplace wants you to.

Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Todd Aune of The Elder Divide talk with beZilch, where you can decide how you want to sell. If you are more interested in getting a good price, you can post a listing, but if speed is more important, you can browse listings of people looking to buy your item.

On the buying side, obviously you have the same capabilities: if you care about price, you can list that you are interested in buying, including your price. If you are interested in speed, you can browse listings for people who are currently trying to sell one.

Even better, you have the ability, as both a seller and buyer, to limit your activity to your local area or national. So, why trade your device in for, at best, 50% of its value when you could sell on beZilch for a price of your choosing?

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FoneBud Smart Power Bank [Live]

2015-01-05

Don Baine, The Gadget Professor speaks to FoneBud about their multipurpose power bank. To call it that, however, is an understatement, as the device can do so much more. In addition to providing power to your devices, it is a Bluetooth handset, allowing you to talk on the phone while it is charging without getting all caught up in cables. It is a selfie button, which can trigger your phone's camera feature via Bluetooth. It can alert you when you have gotten too far away from your phone. It even has a self-contained flashlight.

While it is not available today, the FoneBud should be available during the first quarter, meaning you won't have to wait long to find out just how useful this little device could be.

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Brilens Portable Laser Projector [Live]

2015-01-05

Over the past few years, portable projectors have become more popular, but most of them run on small LEDs, not capable of producing enough light to make them useful. Brilens changes that, with the first Laser-powered portable projector.

Don Baine, The Gadget Professor talks with the team about this projector, which offers 50,000 hours of life on a Texas Instrument DLP display with up to 3800 lumens of power. While the output is 720p, the image quality seemed to take full advantage of every pixel. You can feed video into the projector with almost any consumer connector, making it easy to use with most devices. You can pick up one of these projectors right now for $999.

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HearNotes Shows Off Truly Wireless Earbuds

2015-01-05

In addition to their experience with us on the show floor, wireless earbud brand HearNotes visited the live show to go into detail about their product with Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Todd Aune of The Elder Divide.

Using Kleer® wireless technology, HearNotes is capable of producing sound quality above that of standard Bluetooth headphones while removing the connecting wire between ears.

"We're cutting all the wires - not just from your earbuds to your device, but also from ear to ear," said Patrick Donohue, Founder and CEO, HearNotes. "The revolutionary technology and design enhances your music, your way: the songs you love, wirefree, streaming in crystal clear high fidelity with a new standard of mobility and freedom so you can finally cut loose."

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Todd Aune of The Elder Divide for the Tech Podcast Network.

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HearNotes Dives into Wireless Earbud Details [Live]

2015-01-05

While wireless earbuds are not a new concept, they traditionally have a cable that runs between left and right, making them not truly wireless. Fortunately, HearNotes is here to fix that problem, without sacrificing sound quality.

Jamie Davis, The Podmedic, spoke with founder and CEO Patrick Donohue about what inspired the product and what sets these earbuds apart from others on the market. When they release this spring, HearNotes will bring a serious challenge to the wireless headphone market.

Interview by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Terri Willingham @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Terri Willingham is always our favorite interview at these events, because she represents so many sides of the tech and educational world, and she does it with a passion that is difficult to match. As a creative partner for Eureka! Factory, she was instrumental in creating Roboticon Tampa Bay. As the Regional Director of FIRST in Central Florida, she helps new and existing teams start and maintain their programs. She is also part of the FRC Orlando Regional planning committee.

Terri is also responsible for our participation in Robocon Tampa Bay 2013, the FRC Orlando Regional 2014 and Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014, and of course Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014. We look forward to seeing where she takes us next.

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Dan Swando @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Dan Swando, from The RoboShow and alumni, talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program and why he continues to participate in the program. Through the show, Dan and team hope to bring more attention to the program and educate people on the benefits, all through sports-style coverage.

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DJ Jake Dela Cruz @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

DJ Jake Dela Cruz, a 13-year-old local Tampa, Florida DJ talks about his year since we last spoke with him and some of the incredible things he has been working on. From his own show on a local radio station to DJing events all over Florida, he is doing it all.

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Ninjineers @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

FRC Team 2383, The Ninjineers, Drive Team Coach Mayuri Viswanathan and Driver Andrey Gubanov talk about their team and this past season. Both members, who are seniors, also discuss their experiences with FIRST and their plans after graduation.

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Daniel Fischman @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Daniel Fischman, Captain of FRC Team 180, S.P.A.M. talks about his team, their past season, their interactions with Roboticon and how they have done in the past. He also discusses his personal experiences in FIRST, his favorite game and what he plans to do after graduation.

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Hernando Torrealba @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Hernando Torrealba from FRC Team 5276, Edgar Allan Ohms, talks about the team and their host, the Pasco County Library System. He also talks about his experiences in creating the team, how they market membership and how the team has grown for the second season.

The team, now in their second year, is the first ever library-sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition team in the country, hopefully showing other libraries that they can and should host a team.

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Paul Stonebridge @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Paul Stonebridge from the Pasco County Library System talks about the team they sponsor, FRC Team 5276, Edgar Allan Ohms, and why it is important to the library. The team, now in their second year, is the first ever library-sponsored FIRST Robotics Competition team in the country, hopefully showing other libraries that they can and should host a team.

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E-nabling The Future @ Roboticon Tampa Bay 2014

2014-10-12

Laird Popkin and Toni Moore, representatives of E-nabling The Future, talk with the team about the organization and its interesting mission. Pairing up people with 3D printers with those who are in need of inexpensive artificial hands, the organization is able to help give more natural mobility to those with the need.

Providing schematics, sizing and plans, all a provider need do is print and assemble a 3D printed hand and arrange delivery. The printed parts in total cost only between $30 and $50, depending on the size and style, meaning someone could enhance their lives for very little money.

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Watson - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this second part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, we move to Watson, IBM's deep learning and cognitive reasoning technology. The experts discuss several different fields where Watson could improve life. This is the tech that not only has solved problems in the healthcare and finance industries, but has given us amazing food concoctions out of the by using cognitive cooking.

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Internet of Things - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this first part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, the Internet of things was the point of conversation. From the estimated 20 billion possible connected devices to how to actually use the data these devices are giving you, it was definitely an interesting discussion. Where are we now? What is the future of our data and devices? All of that is talked about in this segment.

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Attendee Reactions - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this short video from IBM Innovate 2014, we wanted to ask a few attendees what they thought about the convention and what they learned or hoped to take away from it. For Nick, while there was no 3D printer to take away, there is butternut squash BBQ sauce on the horizon!

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Part 3 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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Part 2 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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Part 1 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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FRC Team 1649 EMS - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Long standing fans of our shows and events will know that seeing a FIRST team at IBM Innovate 2014 was quite refreshing for Nick! FRC Team 1649 EMS was the center of attention for a PitStop Meetup hosted by Veronica Belmont. The team discussed its recent successes in the past two seasons of FIRST competitions and some of the members talked about their plans after high school, which include wanting to become an engineer. There is a lot of crossover between robotics and software development, and that point is really driven home by this panel.

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Sky Matthews - Connected Car, Jaguar F-Type - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

A seat in a custom Jaguar F-Type led us to speaking with Sky Matthews about the connected car and the Internet of things. Expanding beyond just a buzzword from a few years ago, Matthews digs deep into what the future could hold for all connected devices around the planet. He also talks about the Jaguar and the potential of what it can do. From advanced notifications about traffic and weather conditions, to giving you real-time information about things happening inside your house or place of work, your car could have the potential to be just one of many devices providing you with useful information at all times.

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Clinton Bonner - topcoder - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

topcoder has been around longer than most "Top" shows you might have seen on TV and in fact, has over 600,000 people signed up to the site from all over the world. Their mission? To compete in challenges in different aspects of software design. The site also has a community aspect where members improve their skills, demonstrate and gain reward for their expertise, and provide the industry with objective insight on new and emerging technologies.

One of the cool things about topcoder is that the site launches challenges that require an extremely fast turnaround. So fast that they actually launched one during IBM Innovate 2014 that lasted only 22 hours. The task was to work with a Twitter data scraper to create beautiful and useful experience. Developers everywhere took this challenge head-on and the results of their efforts were very impressive!

Clinton Bonner from topcoder talks about all of that, as well as some really cool things the site's members have created.

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Gene Kim - The Phoenix Project - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Gene Kim, former CTO of Tripwire, and author and researcher of "The Phoenix Project" was gracious enough to talk with us at IBM Innovate 2014, where he was a special guest and keynote speaker. Kim dives into a few different points of his reasons for being at Innovate, along with a couple of funny anecdotes and comparisons.

Kim also touches on the principles of developer operations and says that his passion is to turn horses into unicorns, something you have to listen to in order to understand what he means.

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Meg Swanson - BlueMix Overview - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Meg Swanson, Marketing Director with IBM's BlueMix cloud-based development platform, talks with us before the show floor opens for the day about BlueMix as a whole. She gives a brief overview and then gives a call to action for developers who might be interested to try out the software. In this segment, Swanson says that BlueMix has been really well received by almost everyone who has tried it, with IBM's support team rapidly making requested features and changes available to developers based on dev feedback.

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Cloud Discussion - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, FL, the crew sits in and records a quick panel on some information regarding cloud computing and the IBM platforms.

A team of experts discuss different aspects of the cloud, including things like security and deployment. The panel was hosted by celebrity tech enthusiast Veronica Belmont.

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Tom Banks - Liberty Speedway and RC Cars - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

In this interview, Nick talks to Tom Banks, the Technical Evangelist for WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile. Tom might have the coolest job, as he tries to find new and innovative ways to show off IBM technologies to the masses and has done so with a car that can be driven via your smartphone.

The car has sensors to prevent it from crashing, speed limiters and more, and it is all run off of Raspberry Pi. The application is so compact that it only takes up a small percentage of the resources of the mini-computer.

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Sanjay Joshi - Cloud Development with BlueMix - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

Nick talks with Sanjay Joshi with jStart Cloud Projects and Client Outreach - Emerging Technologies Software Group IBM. In this discussion, Joshi speaks on designing secure applications in IBM's new platform-as-a-service, BlueMix.

Sanjay also touches upon some interesting projects he's working on and things to watch for.

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Veronica Belmont - Cloud PitStop - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, FL, the crew sits in and records a quick panel on some information regarding cloud computing and the IBM platforms.

A team of experts discuss different aspects of the cloud, including things like security and deployment. The panel was hosted by celebrity tech enthusiast Veronica Belmont.

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Jason Michael Paul - rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes - Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL

2014-04-19

Scott Ertz from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology sat down with Jason Michael Paul, executive producer of rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a live-orchestrated video game symphony. The show made its North American premiere at historic Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL, performed by the Florida Orchestra. The two discuss Paul's beginnings, his influences and how this wonderful show came together. For more information or to see if rePLAY is playing in a town near you, visit replay-symphony.com.

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Wayne Rasenen - Tampa Bay Inventors' Council - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Wayne Rasenen of the Tampa Bay Inventors' Council. He talks about the organizations goals and participation in the local maker community. He also shows off his own invention, a new keyboard which only requires 10 keys, designed for mobile use. #gcmakers

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Teresa Emmons - Bait Dipper - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Teresa Emmons of Bait Dipper. She discusses the features of her invention, which is a bait bucket that makes it easier to get to your bait without getting your hands all wet. She also talks about the process by which she developed her idea into a product. #gcmakers

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Brian Johnson - Johnson Arms Props - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Brian Johnson of Johnson Arms Props. He discusses his replica props, his process and how the details can make the prop come to life. Brian's focus in the prop world is painting, which he says can make the difference between okay and great. #gcmakers

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Jason Rawley - Fireblade Comics - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jason Rawley of Fireblade Comics. He discusses his replica props, his process and how new technology like 3D printers have changed the game. #gcmakers

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Bryan Gallo - USF Robotics Interest Group - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Bryan Gallo from the University of South Florida Robotics Interest Group. He talks about the various aspects of robotics, including the Battlebot competition that was run here at MakerCon. #omgrobots #gcmakers

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Chuck Stephens - Local Maker - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Chuck Stephens, a local maker. Chuck is a true tinkerer and he talks about the maker movement, what he enjoys in the space and why makers are so important. Chuck also dives into the collaboration aspect of making and the local drive to bring people together. #gcmakers

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Lance Eppley - Free Fab 3D - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Lance Eppley of Free Fab 3D. Lance talks about the company and why it's so interesting. Free Fab 3D made a 3D printer, from a 3D printer. In fact, the printer can make gears, adjustable wrenches and even parts for the 3D printer. The crew at F5 said they wanted to leave Gulf Coast MakerCon with a 3D printer and Free Fab 3D actually brought one to their table. Will they walk away with it? #gcmakers

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Mo Eppley - NerdTag.Me - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Mo Eppley of NerdTag.me. Mo discusses what NerdTag.Me is all about and how it came to be. The company makes various pop culture items. Each tag is custom-designed and printed by a 3D printing robot. #gcmakers

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Marissa Scheireck - FTC Team 2845 Team Duct Tape - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Marissa Scheireck of FTC Team 2845 - Team Duct Tape. Marissa discusses how she got into FIRST, starting with Lego League, and working her way into the FIRST Tech Challenge, and her team's season. She also discusses her other group, the ASCII Warriors, a programming club currently competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup. #gcmakers #omgrobots

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F5 Live Event Experiences - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology discuss their combined experiences at the event. When one room can hold robots, replica props and digital music, there is likely to be a lot of great experiences to discuss. #gcmakers

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Kanad Sarkar - FTC Teacm 6433 Neutrinos - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Kanad Sarkar of FTC Team 6433 - Neutrinos. He discusses his time in the FIRST Robotics organization, his team's season so far and his plans post-season. #gcmakers #omgrobots

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Jon Adair - Tampa Hacker Space - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jon Adair of the Tampa Hacker Space. The organization is designed to give makers of all kinds an opportunity to use equipment that they might not be able to afford on their own, while fostering the ideals of the maker movement. #gcmakers

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Cameron Eckelberry - The Digital Berry-Bot - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Cameron Eckelberry, a digital artist who goes by the name The Digital Berry-Bot. He discusses how he got into music, why he does it and his inspirations. He also talks about his entertaining live performance style. #gcmakers

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Teresa Morales - Sarasota Scientific Instruments - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Teresa Morales of Sarasota Scientific Instruments. A certified teacher, Teresa works with schools, home schooling and educational organizations to help bring science to life by bringing equipment and experiments to them. #gcmakers

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Terri Willingham - Life Unlimited - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Terri Willingham, Event Coordinator for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014. Her organization, Life Unlimited, organized the event to help promote the growing maker movement within Tampa, Florida. The 3rd annual event has grown in popularity each year, with 2014 being the first 2-day event, also moving to the Fairgrounds. Terri discusses why the maker movement is so important to Tampa. #gcmakers

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FTC Team 7477 Super 7 - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Nikhil Chittaluru and Varadha Anandakumar of FTC Team 7477 - Super 7. They discuss their experiences in FLL (FIRST Lego League), their transition to FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and their reactions to FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). #omgrobots

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Terri Willingham - FIRST in Central Florida - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Terri Willingham, Regional Director of FIRST in Central Florida. They discuss her involvement in and the state of the FIRST program, both in Florida and worldwide. They also discuss how anyone who is interested in getting involved in the program can, whether an alumni or not. #omgrobots

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Michael Holman - Team 1902 Exploding Bacon - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Michael Holman, Mentor for FRC Team 1902 - Exploding Bacon and Electronic Arts employee. They discuss EA's participation in FIRST, including their sponsorship of his kids' team. They also talk about the team, its challenges and their odd and wonderful dedication to their brand, as well as the overall feeling of FIRST and why it is so important for the program to be well-funded and well-received. #omgrobots

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F5 Live Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology discuss their combined reactions to the competition, the game and the coverage so far. Drawing on 15+ years of reference material, Scott speaks about the differences between the game then and now, while Nicholas talks about the interesting differences between FRC and FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge). #omgrobots

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Griff Pattrock - Team 4024 Jokers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Griff Pattrock, Captain of FRC Team 4024 - Jokers. They discuss the beginning of the team, including him, as a sophomore, being the oldest member of the rookie season, as well as how season 3, this year, has been compared to their first season. They also discuss how the build process differs when you do and do not have mentors and sponsors, as well as the decision process for building this season's robot for the game. #omgrobots

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Joseph Hoot Coachman - Team 21 ComBBAT - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joseph Hoot Coachman, Team Member of FRC Team 21 - ComBBAT. They discuss some of the team's long-standing history, along with comparing the team number to other FRC teams in the competition. They also talk about Hoot's love for robotics, how he got started and the roles and responsibilities he has on the team. Finally, Hoot tells the crew about some of the crazier things he's seen in the competition so far. #omgrobots

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Adam Behar - Team 2383 Ninjineers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Adam Behar, Mascot of FRC Team 2383 - Ninjineers. They discuss how the Ninjineers helped out the PLuGHiTz crew at RoboCon, why team spirit and enthusiasm matter so much in the competition and some of the challenges the team has faced so far. #omgrobots

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Nicholas DiMeo - Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talks about his experiences with the FIRST organization over the past 6 months. Having not grown up with the program, most of the wonders of FIRST are completely new. FRC in particular can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, but he is able to handle it like a champ! #omgrobots

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Joel Croteau - Team 5276 Edgar Allan Ohms - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joel Croteau, Mentor of FRC Team 5276 - Edgar Allan Ohms. They discuss the nation's first known public library-based FRC team, their rookie season and the challenges of a large group spread out over large distance. They also discuss Joel's other role within FIRST, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where he helps spread the FIRST program to low income schools. #omgrobots

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Ivy Bennett Ford - Team 2425 Hydra - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Ivy Bennett Ford, Vice President of FRC Team 2425 - Hydra, as well as the Hillsborough High School Robotics Club. They discuss the school's incredible focus on robotics, with 7 separate robotics teams, including 3 FTC teams, in addition to the FRC program. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Jason Bernstein - Team 79 Krunch - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jason Bernstein, Vice President of FRC Team 79 - Krunch. They discuss the team's origins, early years and how this competition is going. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Greg Hale - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and a member of the FIRST Robotics game design team. They discuss the founding of the FIRST organization, Disney's participation in the early days of the competition and why it is still incredibly important to the company. They also talk about the New Fantasyland at Disney World Orlando, the Disney Engineering YouTube channel and the Disney accelerator program. #omgrobots

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FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Hands-On

2014-02-16

The team from FLIR brought their product to the live show, but we wanted a closer look at the technology, so we sent Chris Miller out to put his hands on this unique case.

This iPhone case has the ability to take infrared thermal imagery and combine it with standard photos to create a unique and incredibly useful picture, right on your phone.

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Canon EOS 70D - A DSLR Designed for Video

2014-02-08

Until now, no professional videographer would have considered recording video using a DSLR. The focus has never been designed for it, and the lenses and sensors are all designed to take perfect stills, with video added in as an after thought.

Canon has come out with the EOS 70D, which they describe as a game-changing DSLR. This is because it is the first time a DSLR has been designed with video as an integral feature, as opposed to added in because you can string still frames together.

Canon has released special Stepping Motor lenses and the "dual-pixel CMOS AF" sensor, both designed specifically to capture video, as opposed to stills.

Finally, the first DSLR a professional videographer can be proud to use.

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Interview by Daniel J. Lewis of The Audacity to Podcast.

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Military Grade Wearable Camera from VIEVU [Live]

2014-02-03

VIEVU is a company that manufactures heavy duty, wearable cameras. Their general target market is military and law enforcement. In fact, over 3,000 agencies in 16 markets are already using their cameras.

The acceptance rate is because of its incredibly rugged design, waterproof aluminum housing and incredible light weight. Their current models have the ability to record for 2.5 hours on a charge, rechargeable through mini USB. You can also send photos and video directly to a smartphone or upload them to a computer through the USB connection.

Just because the devices are targeted for law enforcement doesn't mean you might not be interested. Pick up a VIEVU PRO right now for around $270.

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uPnP Forum - Connecting Devices Through Standards [Live]

2014-02-03

The Universal Plug and Play forum is meant for those networking devices together, but consumers have to know that there is someone out there working on their behalf. As more devices are being networked together, from cameras to phones and even door locks, the universal ability to use those devices is important.

uPnP came by to talk about their work to ensure when you buy a wireless device, it will work with what you already have. We all know there are companies out there, such as Apple, who refuse to follow standards for as long as they can, or until the consumer revolution comes, but uPnP is trying to make it more difficult for that to happen.

Find out about all the great work the uPnP does for technology standards on their website.

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Tomorrowish Layered Screen Social DVR [Live]

2014-02-03

Most people have friends and social media contacts that post about a television show or movie as they watch it. It is so common that people who watch programs later end up disconnecting from social media for a while to prevent finding out about things ahead of time. For example, Nicholas DiMeo will go into a full social media blackout when the Giants play during the show.

But, just because you don't want to know ahead of time doesn't mean you want to miss the social engagement live viewers enjoy. That is what Tomorrowish comes in with the social media DVR. Now, you can enjoy a replay of social media as you watch pre-recorded content as if you were watching live, through a curated experience.

This layered DVR experience currently works with Hulu, TruTV and others. For more information on the technology, head over to their website and try it out.

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Siemens MiniTek Hearing Aids [Live]

2014-02-03

First discovered on the showfloor, Siemens brings their MiniTek hearing aids to the live show. As Jeffrey says, Siemens has made the hearing aid cool.

With directional microphones, Bluetooth and external audio sources, this hearing aid can, in addition to the normal case, be used as a hands-free headset for a phone and also listening to music while exercising.

If you are in need of hearing aids, this device is one to talk to your hearing specialist about.

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Scanbuy Helps People Get the Information They Need [Live]

2014-02-03

Scanbuy is a mobile engagement company who, through QR codes, Microsoft Tags, NFC and object recognition, helps people find information about the products they want. Once the information is presented, the company can use the information gathered to help manufacturers better target their products.

For example, if a particular product is consistently scanned by phones with a Spanish language option, but the product is only available in English, the manufacturer can then create a Spanish-language product or packaging option.

The company currently receives an average of 40 data points per scan, meaning there is a lot of information that the product makers can access to make their products better for consumers.

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Roocase Tablet Cases [Live]

2014-02-03

One of our more interesting interviews, Roocase showed up with a mascot - one of their Roo Girls. The company manufactures cases for electronics tablets and smartphones.

One of the useful features of the case shown off at the top of the interview is the rotating center for portrait and landscape. The rotating piece is removable, as well, allowing you to strap it to your arm for presentations or broadcasts.

In addition, we got to see an executive style portfolio case, which also features the rotating center piece. The case is removable from portfolio, again allowing for presentations, etc.

These cases are available right now, along with all of their other products.

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QardioArm and QardioCore - Maintaining Heart Health [Live]

2014-01-31

Qardio is a series of digital health products designed to help people get a handle on their heart health. Currently there are two products in the line, demonstrated live on the show.

The QardioCore, available in June for $449, is a sensor that wraps around your chest and can provide clear, comprehensible data that assists your doctor with clinical assessment leading to optimal heart-health. This can prevent constant visits to the doctor if you are having issues with your heart, while the doctor can get all of the data that is required to keep you healthy.

The QardioArm, available for $99 pre-order, is an advanced blood pressure monitoring system. The device provides accurate, trackable information on your systolic and diastolic blood pressure right on your smartphone screen.

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Polaroid Joins Tradition with Technology [Live]

2014-01-31

Everyone knows Polaroid for the original instant print cameras, but in a world of digital cameras, Polaroid has found trouble remaining the company we all know and love. Luckily, there is hope.

The Polaroid Z2300 is a new entry in the Socialmatic line of cameras which combines the tradition of instant printing with digital photography. Either printing directly from the 10MP camera or printing over Wi-Fi from another device, you can enjoy and share your physical photos immediately.

They have also gotten into the action camera game with the Polaroid XS100, a 16MP waterproof camera that can connect to and be controlled by your smartphone.

Both of these cameras are available right now.

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Brinno Time-Lapse Cameras [Live]

2014-01-30

Brinno is an HDR lime-lapse camera that has the ability to record in multiple framerates, giving the ability to record all sorts of environments. From sunrise and sunset, to conference or construction projects, whatever you want to record, this little camera can do it.

Brinno runs on only 2 AA batteries and can run up to an entire day on a single set of batteries. You can even replace the lenses to ensure you get the perfect shot.

You can pick up the Brinno TLC200 right now, and check out the other cameras the company offers.

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Pelican Vault - Whole Device Protection [Live]

2014-01-30

Pelican, a company long known for their electronics cases, has introduced a new line of mobile cases, the Vault. These cases fully enclose the device and protect it using military spec in drop tests up to 6 feet.

These full-enclosure cases are available for the iPhone and iPad mini and Air, with planned expansion into the Samsung Galaxy S5 soon. They include a built-in screen protector and also offer water, dust and shock resistance to the device.

If you live in a world, such as fire, medical, industrial, etc. where a highly protected device is essential, you can pick one of these Vault cases right now.

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OKIDOKEYS - Your phone becomes your key [Live]

2014-01-30

The race for the smart home is heating up, and OKIDOKEYS has a product to help eliminate the standard metal key. Their smart lock allows you to unlock your door with any phone using easily creatable and easily revocable keys.

This easy-to-install lock fits on top of any existing standard deadbolt, meaning there is no need to disassemble your existing lock, leaving you with the ability to still enter with your regular key. You can even add on NFC wristbands and keycards, increasing the versatility of this lock.

Whether you are a home owner, a timeshare manager or even run a pool, this lock could be for you and it is available now.

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Nixplay Eases Transition to Digital Frames [Live]

2014-01-30

We all have someone in our lives we would love to share our digital photos with, but who is just not ready for or interested in a computer. The NixPlay Cloud Frame is designed to help with that scenario, allowing you to upload photos to it remotely.

Another interesting usage is at a wedding reception. You could grant access to people from their smartphones and, as the night goes on, the frame, or frames, could constantly be receiving a stream of new photos that all can see.

One of the unique and really cool features is, if no one is in the room, the frame will turn itself off, preserving both the screen and power consumption. You can pick up one of the NixPlay Cloud frames, available now.

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News Republic - Smart News on All Platforms [Live]

2014-01-30

With over 800 publishers and availability on all major platforms, News Republic is a news application that everyone should check out. The UI is very attractive and focused on providing information that the user wants to read.

The company, Mobiles Republic, was at CES to show off the app and to attract new publishers. Using an advertising revenue sharing model, publishers might want to consider publishing through News Republic. If you are a content publisher, check out the video and contact the company. If you are a reader, download the app on whatever platform you have.

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Netatmo June - Protecting You from the Sun [Live]

2014-01-29

While it may look like a plain bracelet, that is part of the plan. Not all wearable technology needs to scream "I'm wearing technology" and the Netatmo June will keep it quiet. This device does something unique in the wearable world, too: it helps protect you from sun exposure.

Using a Bluetooth LE connection to a smartphone and a metal alloy face that looks like a crystal cut, this device can track your sun exposure and alert you to dangerous levels. The charm can also be removed from the bracelet and attached to the body or worn on a chain, as long as it has normal sun exposure.

This is great for a day at the beach, an amusement park or any vacation, when we usually forget about how long we are outside, but can be worn every day to prevent normal over exposure. June will be out just before summer, so presumably in time for June.

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Keeping Truck Drivers Healthy with Technology [Live]

2014-01-27

When you think fitness product, your probably don't go immediately to truck drivers, though perhaps it should. National surveys suggest that 86% of drivers are overweight and 57% are obese. This makes sense considering the incredibly long stints that truck drivers take on, almost entirely sitting and laying down.

An employee for Prime Inc., a trucking company, came up with his solution to the problem after personally gaining 15 pounds joining the company. The product measures small, incremental changes in the drivers and alerts them to things they need to change to maintain or improve their health.

This product is so impactful on the health of truck drivers that they received a Digital Health Award because of the average 25 pound loss per driver.

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Amps & Watts - Speakers and Batteries for Mobile Phones [Live]

2014-01-27

One of the big ideas inside of our company is that where things suck is where the opportunity for products exists. One thing that sucks is playing music out and about on your smartphone and having the phone die.

Obviously, using the phone constantly is going to drain the battery faster, and as more music moves to streaming with services like Xbox Music, that requires even more power. How can you solve this problem at the park, for example?

Amps & Watts is the answer to this question. Producing a Bluetooth speaker that also powers your phone, Amps & Watts has certainly taken the problem on head-first. And, if portability isn't your issue, they offer products in a more Hi-Fi range for home or office.

While this might not be a problem everyone has, it is common and this is the perfect solution.

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Chug Plug Powers Your Macbook for 4 Extra Hours [Live]

2014-01-27

One of the products that we found on the floor that we felt the need to bring on the live show was Lenmar's Chug Plug, the only external battery for the MacBook Air and Pro. Lenmar made a very smart move deciding to display at CES because a large percentage of their target market was on-site for the event. Because it is so relevant to the CES croud, we awarded them a TPN.tv Innovator Pick.

So, how does it work? The battery is designed and certified by Apple to connect to the magnetic power connectors on the MacBook series and can add an extra 4 hours of power to the machine. That means when you're at a coffee shop writing your "big screenplay" or your next novel, you can power your computer all day without having to wait for a power outlet to open up.

You'll be able to pick up one of these batteries for $159 when they become available.

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HeartMath Makes Handling Stress Easier with iOS [Live]

2014-01-27

Managing stress can be incredibly difficult in a modern world full of pressures. When you have HeartMath, however, managing stress becomes significantly easier. This biosensor plugs into the headphone jack on an iPhone and clips to your ear and communicates with the paired app.

Combining blood oxygenation level with pulse rate, using a special algorithm, the app is able to determine your stress level. From there, directed by an interactive on-screen dial, the app gives suggestions on breathing and muscle relaxation techniques to help you level out your emotional stress response.

If you have trouble handling stress, pick up a HeartMath sensor, available now for $99.

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FYI Watches - A Designer Smartwatch [Live]

2014-01-27

Geneva Watch Group, one of the largest designers of watches in the world, was frustrated with the lack of visual design involved in the emerging smartwatch market. Where there is something that sucks comes the inspiration for a product, and so the FYI Watch line was born.

The FYI started with visual design, creating a stunning looking watch; something for which Geneva is known. Offering several faces, bands and colors there is an attractive FYI for anyone. But, behind the beauty is a full-featured Bluetooth enabled smartwatch. Text, call and email alerts, plus a proximity alarm to let you know you are leaving your phone behind all make this smartwatch, available now, a perfect balance.

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Neat Scans Your Important Files to the Cloud [Live]

2014-01-27

Scanning paper documents is a great way to keep receipts, contracts, etc. organized and Neat has long been associated with document scanning and organizing. In fact, their product is easy enough to use that we've been using one for years.

Where do the documents get stored, though? Usually somewhere on your hard drive, meaning if the computer goes away because of theft, damage, etc. your documents go with it. You could set the Neat to scan to a OneDrive folder, but what if it could handle all of that for you?

Neat Connect: Direct to Cloud, a document scanner that scans directly to the cloud. Able to handle 15 business cards or receipts or 50 pages of regular documentation at a time, this scanner can certainly simply your home or office life.

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My ithlete Helps Determine How to Exercise [Live]

2014-01-27

Finding out how long to exercise is a challenge, even for the professionals. The team at ithlete have created a product to help you determine when you should exercise and for how long to maximize results.

For example, if you haven't slept well, an exercise session might not be as effective. Adding in the My ithlete finger sensor can even tell you what types of exercises are good at the moment. A green light suggests intense workout, red indicates more recovery time is needed.

The sensor, co-developed by the University of Sydney, and app are available now for $85.

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World Wide Web Consortium Celebrates 25 Years of the Web [Live]

2014-01-27

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first standards for what would become the World Wide Web. In the time since March 12, 1989 the rules have changed a little and the industry has changed a lot.

The W3C is now in charge of the standards that are supposed to be followed on the Web, despite their incapability to enforce those standards. In the next 25 years, as music, healthcare, media content and more go online, the W3C expects to be involved in more of the world. As more software moves to native apps, however, the Web itself is on its way out.

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MXL: Enhancing Mobile Phone Sound Recording [Live]

2014-01-27

MXL's Mobile Media microphones are designed to enhance the sound of videos recorded on a smartphone. Perry Goldstein said,

People will put up with grainy video, put up with shaky video - not centered. As soon as they can't hear, they shut it off.

It's true, too. Any time I see a video with terrible audio, I move on. This device, which plugs into the microphone jack on any phone, allows you to mount the phone and hold it with a mounted external microphone. You can also monitor the audio as it is recording.

When combined with a top-quality camera phone, like the Lumia 1020, this could be an excellent replacement for a larger consumer video camera.

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Mobile Help: The Panic Button Enhanced [Live]

2014-01-27

We've all seen the "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial, and gag, enough times to know what it is about. We've probably also all thought, "What if she had been knocked unconscious?" The answer, of course, is that she would have just laid there and no one would have known.

That is why Mobile Help is here to change the panic alert. Instead of just hitting a button when you need help, this pendant uses sensors to know if the wearer has fallen and can alert EMTs to the location of the incident.

In addition, this pendant is cellular-enabled and had a GPS tracker included, which means it will work just about anywhere you might go. This is a nice change from the ones that are tethered to your home phone.

The complete system is available now for $40 per month.

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SANUS iPad Mount and Stand [Live]

2014-01-27

SANUS, a company known for its home theater mounts, is venturing into the mobile space with the VTM1 iPad stand. This stand allows you to set the iPad upright at an angle that makes the device useful or allows you to mount the device.

Combined with the Magfit case, you can mount the iPad on a wall or under a cabinet. The stand/mount is available now at a suggested price of $119.

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Decibullz Creates Custom Earbuds at Home [Live]

2014-01-27

A lot of people have trouble finding earbuds that fit, and those who do still have issues with sound isolation and pain after a while. The alternative is custom molding, which can be expensive.

The new Decibullz Contour is a kit that allows you to create custom molded earbuds in your home for far less than the cost of a professional fitting. For only $49 you can use the special molding material, which sets in the microwave, and a silicon tip to guide the earbud into the ear.

The new kit is available for pre-order now.

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MDLive's Virtual Health System [Live]

2014-01-26

MDLive is a system of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that can make a virtual house call. These doctors have the ability to diagnose certain issues and can even prescribe certain medications.

Between video chatting, wearable technology and location-aware applications, a local doctor can be chosen to review vital information and help people through their issues. In addition to standard physicians, therapists can also be engaged through the system.

All information is recorded and encrypted to protect sensitive information. A virtual house call will set you back only $49.95, about the cost of a standard doctor's visit.

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KidzVuz - A Video Sharing Site for Kids [Live]

2014-01-26

Kids are creative; there is no getting around that. Unfortunately, the Internet is not a place for creative kids, because so many of the sites require users to be 13-years-old to post content.

KidzVuz is a free service that allows kids to create and publish video content in a safe place that is for them. All content that is uploaded to the site is owned entirely by the children, no data is ever collected about the uploaders and content can be completely deleted at any time. Also, after getting old enough to venture away from the system, and content that was posted can be transferred to YouTube, Vimeo or anywhere else without issue.

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iDevices' New iGrill and Kitchen Thermometers, Others

2014-01-26

iDevices is a favorite of Jeffrey, who personally uses one of their thermometers. This year, the company is launching 4 new thermometers which connect to your iPhone or iPad to help you know when the food is done.

The company also manufactures other products, such as the iSwimband, which allows parents to keep track of their child's time in a pool. When the device is under water for a pre-determined period of time, the device can alert a phone so that you know there could be a problem with a child or other person under the water too long.

The Kitchen Thermometer is available $39.99 to $79.99 and the iGrill ranges from $39.99 to $99.99.

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D-Link's Network Video Recorder and Webcam

2014-01-26

D-Link always has a lot to show off at CES. One of the products they demonstrated was a network video recorder, which has the ability to record the video from up to 9 IP cameras. All video is stored on an internal drive and can be displayed via HDMI or D-Link's mydlink.

In addition to the NVR comes a low-light IP webcam. Capable of capturing video with light levels as low as 0.1 lux standard, with a built-in LED to illuminate up to 50 feet when the light levels dip below 0.1 lux. Obviously, this camera is compatible with the NVR above.

Both of these devices will be available in April for $379.

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Kanex Bluetooth Keyboard

2014-01-26

While replacing the touch keyboard is good for shorter text input, sometimes you just need a physical keyboard for large text entry. During CES, we write articles from the floor, and there is no substitute for the physical keyboard.

If you are an Apple user, the Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard can fit that space. This full-size keyboard has the ability to connect to multiple devices through Bluetooth, with easy switching through the function keys.

Unfortunately, the keyboard uses the chicklet-style keys, which is not much better than typing on a screen. Hopefully we will see a future version of the keyboard using keys that are designed for real typing.

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OmniMount PJT40 Projector Mount [Live]

2014-01-26

OmniMount has been a big part of our broadcast this year. Even the table in the broadcast booth is built based on their sit/stand desk base. It was obvious that we needed to bring them on to talk about some of their products.

One of the mounts the company is particularly proud of is the PJT40 projector mount. This new, universal projector mount is easy to install, requiring only a single person. I have installed other projector mounts in the past and it has not been an easy process.

The new mount is available now for $179.

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BeeWi Wireless Combat Toys [Live]

2014-01-26

Not all of the products at the show are for business, health or security; some are just for pleasure. That is certainly the place where BeeWi succeeds, bringing us a collection of mobile-controlled battle bots.

The robots, which will run $35 when they become available this year, are controlled by a smartphone or tablet. These bots can be controlled by devices running Android, iOS or windows Phone, meaning anyone can enjoy the ridiculous fun these toys provide.

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GoProng - Case With Built-In Plug [Live]

2014-01-25

When traveling, or even just in the course of a normal day, having a charger for your phone can be an issue. Somehow, you never have it when you need it. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to charge a phone without the charger.

That time is now. GoProng is a smartphone case, currently available for the iPhone, that has a charger built-in. Just flip the plug out from the back of the case and plug it into the wall.

The iPhone cases start at $59.95, with common Android models to follow.

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Goji's Smart Home Lock System [Live]

2014-01-25

Goji Access is a smart lock that makes securing your home easier. With the built-in camera, you can see who is at the door before opening it, or see who was at the door if they have access and unlock it themselves. You can also send a custom greeting to the lock's screen.

There are 3 different ways to gain direct access: Bluetooth LE, smartphone and keyfob. Through the different key options, you can control the access based on time. For example, if a cleaning crew comes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the lock can prevent access to their key on Mondays.

Goji Access is expected to be available in March 2014.

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GeoNaute 360 - A Camera for All Angles [Live]

2014-01-24

Awarded one of the TPN.tv Innovator Picks, GeoNaute 360 is an action camera designed to take a full 360 degree photo or record 360 degree videos.

The video can be watched using the GeoNaute viewer, which enables the viewer to adjust the viewing angle at any point during playback. You can also edit the video using a standard video editing program, and play back in the app continuing to have the 360 degree option.

One of the really interesting aspects of the camera is its ability to record in 2K video at 25 frames-per-second. 2K is the resolution between standard HD and UHD, or 4K. The video is also compatible with the Oculus VR glasses, giving a virtual tour of a location. The camera will retail for only $499.

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Gazercam Creates a Small Stabilizer for Your Camera or Smartphone [Live]

2014-01-24

When a product comes to the studio that completely steals Jeffrey's attention, you know it is a cool product. Gazercam's line of camera stabilizers is one of those products.

Designed for phones, cameras and DSLRs, this digital stabilization system can keep photos and video stable in even the most stressful conditions. Jeffrey tests the Gazercam all through the interview and is consistently surprised by its ability to keep up with his movements. With the calibration system, you can even keep the camera stable at an unusual angle, allowing for comfortable holding and stabilization.

The Gazercam product line is not yet available, but, through the success of their Kickstarter campaign, hope to launch within North America in the first half of the year.

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FLM.TV - A Publishing Platform for Independent Filmmakers [Live]

2014-01-24

Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant are great if you are Paramount or Universal, but what if you are a small, independent filmmaker? How can you get your content onto the web without just giving your content over to YouTube and hoping it plays? Also, how can you monetize your content?

FLM.TV has created a platform exactly for this purpose. Publishers can add content and charge a fee to watch it. Along with standard publishing, there is a concept for party watching, allowing a group of people to watch together, including with the publisher. This is a great way for the filmmaker to get feedback on the content being shown. The creators and cast could even create a live Q&A session through the system.

This is a great platform for any independent content creator - film, television or even podcast. For more information on the technology, you can check out FLM.TV.

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Fleksy Introduces Easier Mobile Keyboard [Live]

2014-01-24

Fleksy is an interesting take on the traditional mobile on-screen keyboard. Designed for typing while looking away, Fleksy analyzes your typing habits and customizes its replacement patterns to match your writing. This could certainly help out when typing in a situation where you shouldn't.

The keyboard also offers larger letters, so if you have issues seeing a smaller screen, this might be worth a shot. You can download a free 30 day trial of the keyboard on iOS or Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. After the trial, the keyboard will only cost you $3.99.

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Fitbug Orb and Kik - Your Portable Personal Coach [Live]

2014-01-24

Fitbug, one of the best known wearable health technology companies, brought by their new Orb wearable to show off. This device can track the normal stats: steps, sleep cycle, etc. What makes the Orb stand out is Kik, a digital coach that comes with the device. Paul Landeau says,

Most people need a bit of hand-holding, positive reinforcement to achieve what they are looking for. arranged different programs, like "no more baby bump," "ready for the big day," and "manage diabetes." Here is a plan that supports you.

Each plan comes with articles on the topic, audio and video encouragement tracks, plus other things to keep you motivated.

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DataWind Offers Inexpensive Android Ubislate [Live]

2014-01-24

DataWind displayed a new product that was a little surprising to all of us: the Ubislate. This new Android-powered tablet runs a Cortex A7 dual-core processor, runs Android Jellybean and comes complete with a 7" screen, Wi-Fi, micro SD slot and 3 hour battery.

Oh, and the product line starts at only $37.99. Now, of course with that price comes a few oddities. For example, the device offers mini USB, as opposed to the industry standard micro USB. This means none of your current cords will have any value on this device. Also, the screen's resolution is on 800x480, which is significantly lower than standard. In addition, the camera is a 0.3MP sensor, which is lower than the cameras found on the cheapest non-smartphone prepaid devices.

Now, this is not to say this device doesn't have a market. For example, there is definitely a place for a device like this in retail displays, in payment systems or point of sales systems where none of the bonuses are relevant.

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Cerwin-Vega Studio Monitors [Live]

2014-01-24

At this year's show, Cerwin-Vega is showing off a new collection of speakers, including the XD3, XD4 and XD5 studio monitors. As is the company's signature sound, these speakers have strong bass response.

These new monitors have auxiliary and balanced inputs, allowing just about anything to be played through them. Adding the XD8 subwoofer, you can add even more bass to the set.

Find out more about Cerwin-Vega and watch for the new speakers' availability.

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Blue Microphones Joins the Headphone Market [Live]

2014-01-24

Blue Microphones have long been the go-to brand for podcasters. Many new podcasters grab an entry Blue to get their show started because of the low price and high value. With USB input it means digital recording is much easier and a sub-$100 price point, anyone can afford the product.

One category within the podcasting audio market that has, so far, been left out from Blue is headphones. The company announces that this will no longer be the case, as they are looking very carefully into the headphone space. They believe that mobile devices don't have the power to run big headphones, and they believe they have a solution for power and quality.

There is currently not a product on the market, but they expect to have some announcements about specific headphones over the next few months.

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Protect Your Online World with AVG's PrivacyFix [Live]

2014-01-24

Tony Anscombe from AVG and PLuGHiTz Live's online security advisor stopped by the live booth to discuss AVG's PrivacyFix product. Adding to his product announcement on F5 Live. This product has the ability to help recommend your privacy settings, because we all know understanding what the settings on Facebook mean is difficult. AVG is helping to make this process easy for everyone. At CES, they added to the capabilities with their family mode.

In addition to the social settings, PrivacyFix also allows you to protect yourself from Wi-Fi tracking with the Wi-Fi Do Not Track. This gives you the ability to turn off Wi-Fi when you are not in a place you have marked as a Wi-Fi safe zone. You can pick up this product for iOS and Android for free.

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Blake Leeper - American Blade Runner [Live]

2014-01-24

Blake Leeper, who was born without legs, is an American Paralympic runner, who wants to be the first handicapped American runner to compete in the Olympic games. He has won 5 medals in Paralympic competition, but he has his sights set higher.

Friends with 50 Cent, he is here to help promote SMS Audio, but also here to spread his inspiring message at American Blade Runner and Challenged Athletes Foundation, who gave him his first pair of legs. He says,

I'm out here trying to push the barriers and let the world know what's next. I'm running on these things and breaking world records, but we're ready for the next generation and we're ready for the next thing.

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HipShotDot Enhances Your FPS Accuracy [Live]

2014-01-24

For years, first person shooter players have been creating physical sights for their games in an attempt to improve their accuracy. With a piece of Scotch tape and a red Sharpie comes some help, but the dot often gets lost into the gaming environment.

What doesn't get lost is a bright, glowing red light, just like an actual red dot sight. With that idea in mind, HipShotDot created a USB-powered red dot sight that can stick onto your television and give you a physical sight for the game.

With a physical sight comes the ability to use an extra accessory for your most powerful guns, instead of having to use an in-game sight. You also don't have the problem of losing the sight when an EMP grenade goes off, keeping your accuracy up. Check the product out in the video, then pick yours up here for $29.95.

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FLIR Thermal Imaging for iPhone

2014-01-24

In an odd and incredibly cool combination of technologies, FLIR showed off an iPhone case that, with some magic and infrared technology, creates a thermal imaging camera right on the iPhone.

But this is a little more complex and a little more awesome than just thermal. The camera combines the thermal image with the actual visible image to create a truly unique and even more useful image than either technology on its own.

The product is not yet available, but is slated to launch at a retail price of $349.

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Monster Products Enhances a $4.5 Million Lamborghini's Audio

2014-01-23

The DNA Pro Wireless headphones weren't all Monster Products had to show Chris Montera. They also wanted him to see a $4.5 million Lamborghini, whose sound system had been completely made over with Pure Monster Sound products.

Jaramy Kaufman from Findlay Customs got to cut into this car and install 13 speakers, including individual left and right speakers for driver and passenger seats. The riders also have the ability to listen to their music through headphones, each with its own custom sound source.

Only 7 of this vehicle were made, but only this one has a Pure Monster Sound experience.

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YubiKey Helps Secure Your Online Info

2014-01-23

By now, we all know that online identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. It is made easier by a couple of factors: malware, phishing and common passwords. The junction of these issues is where the YubiKey from Yubico comes in. This USB and NFC device allows you to secure your online presence on your computer and smartphone with even less work than is required to give it all away.

Using the YubiKey as your authentication method means that a new, secure password is created and set every time you sign in to one of its connected services. This means you cannot accidentally give the password away and no one can try and trick you into giving it to them. Even if you were to authenticate it once, it would be replaced immediately.

In addition, it requires that you have the physical key and a PIN to access, so even if the key is stolen, it will still be difficult to access your online accounts.

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Monster Products Enhances Their Sound with DNA Pro Wireless

2014-01-23

One of the most interesting places on the CES show floor is hidden from most people, but Chris Montera is not most people. In the same private boost where Nicholas DiMeo interviewed Swizz Beats and Noel Lee in 2013, Chris got the opportunity to check out the newest member of the Monster headphones line: the DNA Prop Wireless.

Following along in the tradition of the DNA and DNA Pros, these new headphones have the same unique triangular earpiece shaping and collection of incredible colors and finishes. New to the line is the touch-sensitive volume and tone controls right on the headphones.

These headphones are available now for $449.

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PeoplePower’s Presence App Turns Old iPhones Into a Security Cameras [Live]

2014-01-22

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Korus Portable Wireless Speakers [Live]

2014-01-22

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HAL TV Remote Set Top Box, Watch and Ring [Live]

2014-01-22

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Eyetech unveils new eye-tracking technology [Live]

2014-01-22

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XOEye Safety Glasses [Live]

2014-01-22

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Seal Shield Protected Keyboards and Cases [Live]

2014-01-22

Aimed at both the healthcare industry, as well as regular technology users, Seal Shield has a collection of medical grade and washable keyboards. Everyone who has spent a lot of time in front of their computer knows just how gross they can get. With the ability to easily clean the keyboard, you can help prevent the spread of disease.

In addition to these keyboards, we also get to see the new Life Proof Shield for the iPad. This line of products is designed to protect your phone or tablet from the things that life naturally throws at mobile technology. Our resident medical expert, Jamie Davis, has had lots of great things to say about these cases in the past.

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Livio Discusses Their In-Vehicle Development Platform [Live]

2014-01-22

Livio, a company that is a new property of Ford, stopped by to talk about their in-vehicle development platform. Their new platform is, despite their ownership, will be available in many major vehicle brands, including competitor GM, and allows developers to interact with the capabilities of the vehicle's entertainment system.

If this new standard comes to pass, it will streamline the development process for companies looking to get their apps into cars across brands. As it stands now, it is similar to the mobile platforms, where, other than Windows and Windows Phone, you have to completely redevelop your app for each platform.

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Action M Foldable Scooter [Live]

2014-01-22

One of the products we saw on the floor that we just had to invite to the broadcast studio was Action's M Scooter. This scooter weighs only about 70 pounds, folds up for non-riding portability and can run for up to 15 miles.

This scooter is designed for the urban commute where you have to park in a garage and walk to the office. Action is also in the process of certifying it as a medical scooter. You can pick one up today for around $1799.

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iMedicpac to Help Families Monitor Medication Intake

2014-01-22

For families with older family members living independently, one of the biggest concerns can be medications. Some people take several different types at different intervals and it can be confusing for anyone. If you are in this situation, iMedicpac can give you some peace of mind.

A connected pill box of sorts that is filled at the pharmacy with special blister packs, the iMedicpac is designed to help keep people on track with the medications they take. When a medication is removed from the blister pack, an alert can be sent to family members informing them that the medication has been taken.

The product is currently under review from the US FDA, and upon approval, will retail for $250. Because of the secure nature of the information, there will also be an $8 to $10 monthly fee for management.

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Liquid Image Adds LTE to Wearable Cameras

2014-01-22

Liquid Image, a well-known manufacturer of wearable cameras, has added a brand new feature to their product line: Verizon Wireless LTE. With the addition of LTE, these cameras will now have the ability to stream their videos live from anywhere Verizon LTE is available.

The obvious use for this product is sports, but there is a need for something like this for first responders, as well. With the ability to stream what they are seeing to people not on-hand, ambulance drivers, for example, could show the hospital they are taking a patient to what is coming their way.

The LTE version of the camera will run $399 starting this summer, while the Wi-Fi model for around $199.

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Attractive Bluetooth Connected Jewelry

2014-01-22

Most wearable technology looks like it is designed for people who want people to know they are wearing technology. The problem is, there is a huge segment of the population who doesn't need everyone to know their devices are connected. To fill this need, CSR.com brought some Bluetooth connected jewelry to ShowStoppers.

These pieces have the ability to be completely customized. From changing the color of a necklace to fit your mood or outfit to being used as a wireless notification device, there are plenty of uses for this wearable technology. These prototypes are not available for purchase yet, but based on the reaction at the show, their availability is inevitable.

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Hearing Aids with Smartphone Integration from Siemens

2014-01-22

Siemens showed off their MiniTek hearing aids, which are Bluetooth enabled and able to connect wirelessly to your smartphone. In addition to the obvious features you would expect from any Bluetooth things in your ear, the ability to make calls and listen to music, these hearing aids add some unique capabilities.

Rather than fiddling with a remote in your pocket or dials and buttons on the sides of the hearing aids, you have the ability to adjust the settings right from your phone. Now, instead of looking like a lunatic poking at your ear or pointing a remote at it, you can just look like you are checking your phone like everyone else.

The MiniTek is available now through your local hearing professional.

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Track Your Brushing Habits with Kolibree Conected Toothbrush

2014-01-22

As everything is quickly becoming a computer, or at least having a computer embedded, we are seeing some odd and creative uses. One of last year's surprise computer devices was the HAPIfork, and this year we have another computer you put in your mouth. Kolibree brought a connected toothbrush that allows you to track your brushing habits in the same way the wearable health trend is tracking your daily health.

One of the truly interesting features is the ability to create family profiles and even create competitions between family members. For example, you can pit your children against each other to see who brushes their teeth better. This is gamification of the real world in a way that makes everyone healthier.

The toothbrush will be available this summer and retail between $99 and $199, with the mobile app will be available for free.

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Mercedes Benz Bringing Information to Your Wrist

2014-01-21

Mercedes Benz has just made the Pebble smartwatch a little more useful, bringing alerts from your car and control of your car right to your wrist. With the Pebble app, owners can stop music adjust the air conditioner and more. Almost any functionality you want easy access to is available.

You can even setup the system to alert you to exceptions for the car: low fuel, low tire pressure and other emergency alerts are available. You can even have the watch locate your car or check if the doors are locked.

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WhiteClouds: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. One of the team's picks brings 3D printing to people who cannot afford a printer: WhiteClouds. Even if you don't have any CAD capabilities, WhiteClouds is for you.

Scratch your ideas out on a napkin, write it out in a Word document, or design it completely in a CAD program, send it in to WhiteClouds and they will have it made for you. It's truly that easy. If you've been considering getting into 3D printing, but didn't know how, this might be your best way in.

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Tablo: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Todd Cochrane's pick lives in the world of digital broadcast: Tablo. This product allows you to record your local over-the-air broadcasts and watch those DVR videos on your smartphone, tablet or computer anytime, anywhere.

This product is the next step in the cord-cutting generation; allowing people who have ditched cable to still watch broadcast television on their time wherever they want. In addition to watching on the go, you can also use devices like Roku or chromecast to watch on any television in your home.

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Gibson Min-ETune Guitars: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Jeffrey Powers, our resident musician, picked a product that certainly fits him: the Gibson Min-ETune guitars. These robotic guitars feature custom and automatic tuning, making the customization of these guitars the easiest and most unique anywhere.

Also in the product line is the Min-ETune stand-alone tuner. This little device can tune a guitar up to 100 times on a single charge, with 12 popular alternate tunings or to pitch perfect settings. You can even tune to match the sound of another instrument.

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Beam+: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Don Baine's pick is certainly a unique one: Beam+. This device is a wheeled, remote controlled teleconference computer.

Essentially, the Beam+ allows you to interact with an environment remotely as if you are there. While most people won't use this product like Sheldon, the possibility exists for exactly this. With 2 wide-angle cameras, a 6 microphone array for noise cancelation and a 17" 4:3 screen, plus a built-in speaker, this is as close to real life as you can get remotely.

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PowerMate Bluetooth: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Daniel J. Lewis's pick comes to us care of a regular to the TPN CES broadcasts: Griffin. Their new PowerMate Bluetooth is a wireless jog/shuttle designed for casual video editors.

This wireless device can be programmed to interact with many features of an editing application, such as scrolling through the timeline, clicking like a mouse, etc. While limited in its market possibilities, working only with Mac, focusing a product like this to amateur editors could have success, especially with a price point at only $59.

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GeoNaute 360: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Jamie Davis's pick comes to us from a slightly surprising company, as it does not fall into the health field: GeoNaute. Their product, the GeoNaute 360 sports camera, debuted at the show and caught Jamie's attention immediately.

The 360 degree camera allows sports fans to see a whole new view of their favorite sports: in 360 degree full HD. Through the accompanying mobile app, the viewer can watch the video from and angle and adjust the perspective during playback.

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Chug Plug Battery: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Chris Davis's pick goes to a product that could help amateur editors and writers alike: the Chug Plug from Lenmar.

This product, featured in a floor interview earlier in our coverage, is the first external battery designed specifically for the MacBook series of laptops. Now, when writing your award-winning screenplay at the coffee shop, you never have to worry about running out of power again!

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G4 Platinum Monitor: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Chris Montera's pick goes to a company that falls into his wheelhouse: Dexcom. Their new product, the G4 Platinum Monitor, a continuous glucose monitor.

This process is significantly more accurate than occasional readings, helping patents manage their blood sugar levels better. This monitor can be worn for 7 consecutive days before needing to be replaced. The technology not only earned the company our award, but a Digital Health Innovator award, as well.

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Isonea Asthma Sense [Live]

2014-01-21

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Ventev Battery [Live]

2014-01-20

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Hipsters Rejoice with the Chug Plug Battery!

2014-01-20

No more feeling like you've wasted your time writing that screenplay at that popular coffee shop.

The Chug Plug from Lenmar is the first of its kind. It's an external battery pack for the MacBook that plugs into the brick portion of the laptop power adapter that comes with the computer. It adds about four hours of battery life. You don't need any extra cables, you just charge it with your Mac laptop's charger.

Lenmar is working on producing a larger model to cover the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, the Chug Plug is only available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and all models of the MacBook Air. Lenmar has released that the Chug Plug will be available for purchase in March for about $159.

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IonAudio Introduces a Bluetooth Audio Cassette Adapter [Live]

2014-01-20

Long-time friend of F5 Live, Eric Palonen from IonAudio, stopped by the broadcast studio to show off a product that will probably surprise you: a Bluetooth cassette adapter for your vehicle. While the cassette might be a dead technology, there are still a lot of cars out there with cassette players and no CD/Aux jack. This little guy allows you to connect your phone or MP3 player to your vehicle without the need for wires all over the car.

In addition to this little surprise, Eric also brought by the Flashcube. This second Bluetooth device is an all-in-one sound system, but with a twist. This sound system has flashing lights and can be linked together and controlled to blink together.

Neither device is available now, but the cassette adapter will run $39 and the speaker will run $129, both available this spring.

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Ford's Solar-Powered Energi C-Max Project

2014-01-20

In addition to the 2015 Ford Mustang, Ford also showed off a new and exciting hybrid: the Energi C-Max. This plug-in hybrid can be powered 3 ways: wall-power, gasoline and solar power.

Yes, you read that right: this car can be charged partially from the solar panels on its roof. The panels, which are high efficiency Monocrystalline cells, can even charge the vehicle on overcast days, meaning you get even more time without gasoline. With an additional lens, the efficiency can even be increased.

This concept vehicle is, obviously, not yet available for the public, but I hope we will see it, or something built off of the concept, on the roads sooner than later.

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Chevy Brings the App Market to the Car

2014-01-20

Ford wasn't the only one to show us some new car love. Chevy also showed off some of their new additions to their vehicle lines. Their two new, exciting features are the in-vehicle hotspot and App Shop.

First, we all want easy Internet access in the car. Whether we are just looking to stream music or a group of people are traveling together and want to play games, Internet in the car would be nice. Chevy's OnStar system has added just that capability, adding a phone number and Wi-Fi access to your vehicle.

That Internet access is going to come in handy, too, because Chevy has also added an App catalog to their vehicles, named App Shop. Launching with 12 available apps, such as Pandora and Priceline, the available API will allow app developers to bring their creations to your car.

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Never lose your stuff with the help of StickR TrackR

2014-01-18

Do you often lose your keys, wallet or purse and take a ridiculous amount of time searching for them? I know I do! Well let me introduce you to StickR TrackR from Button-Trackr.com. It may just save you loads of time.

Using your iPhone or Android smartphone, you're able to find the location of any lost item within moments with the StickR TrackR. Simply connect the StickR TrackR device to any of your more frequently misplaced items. Using the app, you can make the TrackR device "chirp," making it easier to locate. The app allows to see if your misplaced item is on the move and can also tag the last known location on a map.

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A Gym and Trainer in Your Pocket

2014-01-18

Getting to the gym and working with a personal trainer is a great way to get into shape, but it doesn't fit into everyone's schedule. To help with this problem we have Tao-Wellness, a small device that connects to your mobile device and coaches you through a series of exercises.

In addition to coaching, the device is able to track your movements through pressure sensitivity and helps you stay in the correct positions and exercises. Similar to Pilates and isometrics, these variobics are variable aerobics.

If the rewards of health are not enough to entice you, the Tao-Wellness puck can track your steps, nutrition, sleep, etc. and dole out achievements for progress.

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The Hospital Room of the Future

2014-01-18

The future is now and can be experienced at hospitals owned by Intermountain Healthcare. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to one of these hospitals to take a tour, so Chris Montera gives us a virtual tour right here.

Featuring tiny, powerful computers from Xi3, this room can give healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, enough information to help patients heal and return home. These tiny machines are found supporting patient care and entertainment systems, nurses' stations, communications systems and much more.

Xi3 also makes tiny computers for companies outside of the healthcare system, including dedicated gaming and entertainment computers.

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2015 Ford Mustang

2014-01-18

Every year we get an in-depth close-up with the new cars at Ford, care of Jeffrey Powers. This year is a little special because the Ford Mustang, one of the best known vehicles in the Ford lineup, turns 50 years old.

With any new year comes a collection of changes to every vehicle, but an anniversary year is something else. This year, Rakesh Patel shows off some of the changes, including airplane-style buttons and controls and a new, streamlined dashboard; there are even changes to the engine selection, including a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine with 305 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque.

From sight to sound, everyone around will know this is a mustang on the road.

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GreatCall Launches 5Star - A Product for Independent Seniors

2014-01-18

GreatCall, the people who bring you the Jitterbug, have expanded their line of mobile devices for independent seniors. 5Star, a small cellular device that can be clipped onto clothing or a purse, allows the carrier to call for help simply by pushing a button.

The first thought is that the device and service are similar to LifeAlert, but there are a lot of differences. First, being cellular and GPS enabled allows the service to be used wherever you are and first responders can know your location. Secondly, GreatCall Link is available, which allows contacts to connect to the device remotely and get information about the status and whereabouts of the carrier.

If you have an older family member who lives independently, this is something to consider to provide peace of mind to everyone involved.

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Omnimount Makes Standing at Your Desk More Convenient

2014-01-18

One of the health trends in the modern office is standing desks. Standing more throughout your day can help prevent diabetes improves cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, no work environment can allow for a constant standing scenario.

Fortunately Omnimount has created a line of products that can allow you to use the same workstation for both sitting and standing. Our CES live studio broadcast desk was built using Omnimount's full desk option, but what if your desk is provided by the office and you can't replace it?

There is now a solution to this problem as well. Omnimount's Workfit is a desktop or laptop stand that attaches to the back of your desk through the cable hole and can be raised and lowered at will, similar to our desk.

These workstations will be available later this spring and will retail starting at $649. For more information about the Workfit series and the standing lifestyle, check out JustStand.org

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Stern Once Again Brings the Pinball Fun to CES

2014-01-18

Last year, the TPN team enjoyed the products from Stern Pinball so much we interviewed them twice, and invited them to the live show. This year, Jamie Davis checks back in with the company to see what they have in store for 2014.

Stern has machines in several sizes, so no matter where you want pinball, you can fit it. With the full-size commercial style and the smaller home size, any pinball enthusiast can play whenever they want. With licenses from The Avengers, X-Men and Transformers to Metallica, you can event play in nearly any genre.

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Seal Shield Protects Us from Our Dirty, Dirty Keyboards

2014-01-18

One of the dirtiest things in our home or office is our computer keyboard, so it's a good thing we don't have to touch it constantly. Seal Shield knows that the last statement was sarcasm and has come to our rescue with a line of dishwasher-safe computer keyboards.

Finally, an easy way to wash all of the gunk, grime and germs from our keyboards. This can help prevent the spread of illness within a workplace and help those who are already sick heal faster. Because of this, they also have a line of phone and tablet accessories to help protect them in the same way.

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Scanadu Scout is a Real Life Medical Tricorder

2014-01-18

Every tech person has wanted a Star Trek tricorder since the late 60s, but this has been just a sci-fi dream... until now. The Scanadu Scout is a vital sign sensor that tracks five key signs by holding it above the person's forehead. It feeds temperature, heart rate, oxygenation level, blood pressure and heart ECG to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Through the app, you can create individual profiles for your friends and family members, tracking vital signs over time, allowing you or a doctor to look for anomalies. For people who need to have one or more of these tests administered regularly, this device and app allow you to collect the information without a trip to the doctor.

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Reebok Creates Impact Sensor to Detect Critical Hits

2014-01-18

One of the biggest topics in sports right now is the prevalence of head injuries. Not detecting a concussion soon enough can cause a player to cause further harm by continuing to play. In some cases, these injuries can be permanent; the NFL has been dealing with past players encountering these issues a lot lately.

Enter Reebok, one of the best-known names in sports equipment. They have created a cap that can be worn under sports equipment, like helmets and hats, or in a sweatband for sports like soccer, that can detect the severity of impacts.

While it won't detect actual injury, with this information, coaches and players can make educated decisions on whether or not it is safe to continue playing. Priced at around $150, this product is within the range of anyone's equipment bag.

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Improve Your Posture with Lumo Lift

2014-01-18

As modern people become increasingly immobile, proper posture has become the biggest victim. To help us deal with this issue, Lumo has launched a product to watch and report on our posture: the Lumo Lift.

This device is small enough to hide under clothing, but collects and provides enough information on your activity level and physical position to help remind us to use proper posture, which requires less energy and is easier on your body.

Launching in late spring 2014 for $99, you can pre-order yours today for only $79 direct from the company, while supplies last.

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Eton Increases Its Home Protection Line with Blackout Buddy CO

2014-01-18

We've all seen rechargeable flashlights; many of us own them. One of the best is a product from Eton and the American Red Cross: the Blackout Buddy. This product, in addition to being rechargeable, comes on automatically when the power goes out.

Eton has decided to build on this idea, creating a new member of the family: the Blackout Buddy CO. Adding in a home security feature: a carbon monoxide detector and alarm, this device is part of a growing trend of products helping keep people safe in their homes.

This is definitely an appropriate combination of security and safety products, all for a price that could allow it to be a normal part of every home: $59.99. Look for it this summer, just in time for hurricane season.

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Google's Nest Launches Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

2014-01-18

Shortly before announcing its acquisition by Google, Nest, known for their smart thermostat and mobile application for controlling the system remotely, announced the Nest Protect. The newest addition to the Nest family, the Protect is a carbon monoxide and smoke detector, but with traditional Nest capabilities.

Tied into the existing Nest applications, the Protect can inform you, near or far, if there is a problem. If it is a self-contained problem, like a burned pizza, you can disable the warning without having to get something to fan at the detector. You can even get a message when it is time to replace the battery.

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Vuzik's M100 Smart Glass Wearable

2014-01-17

Obviously, this year had a lot of wearable technology and our resident wearable expert, Jeffrey Powers, spoke to Vuzik about the M100. Jeffrey, who is a regular wearer of Google Glass, has an interesting take on the technology.

The M100 is geared more towards industrial use, with the ability to snap onto an existing pair of glasses or safety goggles, allowing the wearer to maintain protection or standard visibility. The Android-powered device allows for tracking of events, managing of calendars, scanning products, taking photos and videos and much more.

While designed for industrial or commercial use, these are not the only uses for the M100. Healthcare, retail, etc. all have potential with this portable computer, as well as the same limited personal uses that Google Glass offers.

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A Rolling, Jumping, Spying RC Vehicle

2014-01-17

What could make a small, mobile phone or tablet controlled rolling drone better? A VGA camera that transmits live video back to your phone. Now you can explore around you, up to 160 feet away, with a 1st person view without having to leave the bed using only 2 finger gestures.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the drone can jump. That's right: this device, named the Jumping Sumo, has the ability to leap into the air up to 3 feet! This crazy little guy isn't available just yet, but for those of you who want one (and who doesn't), you can keep up with its release schedule here.

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Lou Reed Can Tune Your Bluetooth Headphones

2014-01-17

Would you like one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 best guitarists of all time to tune your headphones? That is exactly what you get when you purchase Parrot's Zik headphones tuned by Lou Reed. In addition to incredible sound quality and precision, you also get the benefits of Bluetooth technology, allowing for a wireless experience.

If it turns out that you aren't a fan of Lou's settings, you can adjust them yourself, creating a soundscape that matches your individual tastes and moods. You can even create the feeling of being at a concert: front row or back.

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Avoid Downtown Walking with the M Scooter

2014-01-15

Working in an urban center can be a weird combination of public transportation, parking garages and walking. That is exactly the problem that ACTION Global is trying to fix with their M Scooter. This motorized scooter has 15 mile range and is designed for those times when you would normally have to walk between the garage and the office, for example.

To help it in its goal, the M Scooter weighs in less than 70 pounds and can accommodate riders up to 300 pounds. A full recharge takes just under 2 hours, so it will be ready to go when you're headed to the office, out for lunch and back to the train station to go home.

If you are in the market for a little less walking in your work clothes, you can pick this scooter up today for $1799.

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A New Way to Manage Asthma Health

2014-01-15

Chris Montera stopped by the Isonea booth to take a look at their Asthma Sense app, designed to help patients with asthma manage their condition through detailed information. Based on conditions at the time of an attack, Asthma Sense can help you determine your atmospheric and activity triggers.

The TPN health team was so impressed with the capabilities of the Asthma Sense app that they awarded it a Podcast Network Innovator Pick Award. Their innovative way of helping chronic illness patients in management and prevention and their ability to keep patients out of the ER all contributed to this award.

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Dexcom's Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring System

2014-01-15

Descom's CEO Terry Gregg spoke with the Tech Podcast Network team on a new device coming from the company that monitors glucose levels in a whole new way. The Dexcom G4 Platinum glucose monitor is a continuous monitoring system that has a 20 foot wireless range, displaying trends and stats on a video monitor, and comes complete with a small receiver available in classic black, ocean blue and tickled pink.

Having a system that displays continuous glucose monitoring is literally vital for patients who require this service, because their bodies cannot regulate glucose on their own. A "Share Cradle" feature also allows users to connect the monitor to a charger and then share the data to up to 5 connected mobile devices. This is perfect if other family members or a caregiver needs to check up on the patient.

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United Healthcare Educates the Whole Community Through New Online Programs

2014-01-15

The Digital Health Pavilion at International CES was so large that we spent almost an entire day covering all things health-tech. United Healthcare had a booth and Tom Paul spoke with us at CES about how the company is looking to connect with its customers in today's digital age.

Now more than ever, patients want more information about their health and want to be educated on treatments and healthy lifestyles. They also want to be able to see their insurance information online and have it readily available. United Healthcare is working in several spaces to bring more connectivity between patients, their health and their life choices. The company is promoting healtheir living through community involvement and have even teamed up with the popular dance-step game Dance, Dance, Revolution to introduce games and contests in schools to bring more education to the younger generation.

United Healthcare introduced "My Easy Book," which is a new program allowing customers to find healthcare providers, schedule appointments, pay fees and more, all online. The organization is also looking to bring more information and education to those with diabetes, by creating a program solely focused on the disease. These new programs will be available to both members and non-members, which truly shows the committment from United Healthcare to better the community as a whole.

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Obesity a Big Target for InBody Systems from Biospace

2014-01-07

Chris Montera visited the InBody booth at CES 2014 to learn more about a company that is looking to help decrease obesity in the industrialized world. One way InBody does that is through monitoring your body, defining problems to fix and then setting targeted goals to fix them.

InBody systems from BioSpace give a person access to a bunch of information that could help improve their lifestyle and health. Using an 8-point tactile electrode method, the InBody system determines your body makeup and is already FDA approved to be used in the US. InBody says its system is extremely accurate and can return high-quality results that can really turnaround your life, improve your body fat and increase your wellness.

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Fitbug Introduces a New Way to KiK You Into a Healthier Lifestyle

2014-01-07

After a pretty successful 2013 for Fitbug, they were back at CES this year to talk about their new KiK initiative. The endeavor matches up Fitbug's unique fitness gadgets with a fully-interactive application that gives users personalized health care planning, accompanied by a weekly goal to attain and how to get to it.

Chris Montera speaks with Fitbug founder Paul Landau on how Fitbug KiK works and what it's all about. Not only can you set fitness goals and achieve them through the system, but some of the health care features include nutrition and wellness goals that come with webcasts and helpful videos to learn more about what you're putting into your body. The new Fitbug devices also track steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled, and all data is passed through the Fitbug app and cloud system so that KiK can start tracking you effectively.

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The Vision Council Works to Protect Your Eyes from HEV

2014-01-07

Chris Montera spoke with the Vision Council, a non-for-profit focused on making life better with glasses. Maintaining good eye health is a constant battle in today's era, with people looking at so many screens with artificial, bright light emitting from them. Vision Council looks to alleviate some of the very real pain by putting high-tech coatings onto corrective lenses, keeping eyes happy and healthy.

HEV, or high-energy violet light, is the typical blue light that most monitors put out a lot of and the human eye has a tough time blocking out that light spectrum and in fact, are more sensitive to that particular range. The Vision Council says that both corrective lense wearers and not can benefit by putting HEV coating onto a set of glasses to protect their eyes from macular degeneration and weakening of the eye.

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Interview by Chris Montera, The Geeky Medic.

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Have Light and Power in Emergencies with Waka Waka

2014-01-07

What's better than a solar-powered charger combined with a light? A company that makes said product and then helps third world countries by making the devices available at an affordable rate to people who make less than $2 per day in countries that do not have an electrical grid. Wakka Wakka does just that.

Dubbed the "iPhone of solar chargers," in an emergency situation, a single charge can give you 200 hours of LED light or can fully charge a dead smartphone. With a five month shelf life for discharge, you can leave this device in the drawer and save it for an emergency situation. The Waka Waka Power is available now and the Plus version will be available in April.

We also got to take a sneak peek at a power and light emergency kit, similar to a first aid kit. A power bank with multiple USB outs and LED lights that can be daisy-chained come inside a simple pouch and will be released in June. Fozzy Bear not included.

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Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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The Neptune Pine Smartwatch, A World of Information on Your Wrist

2014-01-07

A trip to the IEEEatCES TechZone in the halls of CES 2014 led us to discover the new Neptune Pine Smartwatch. Having all of the smartwatch exhibitors in one confined area made this company easy to spot. Not only does Chris Miller talk to the CEO, Simon Tian, about Neptune and their latest wearable, but he also got to put his hands on the smartwatch.

Chris has had some time with Neptune in the past, interviewing CTO Aaron Wilkins and discussing more of the technical aspects of the Pine. This time around, we learn about the features of the phone and what it can do in a broader sense.

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A Quick Look Into CES Unveiled 2014

2014-01-06

What is CES Unveiled? For someone who's never been before, the event before the official kickoff of International CES 2014 allows attendees to get a closer, early look at about 100 different exhibitors. The booths are packed with the best of the best, along with some previews of what's to be announced later in the week.

From audio gadgets to new health tech, CES Unveiled has it all and Chris Miller of IdoNotes took some time to go through the entire event. He identified five major categories at the showcase and breaks them all down for you.

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Living in Digital Times - Real Products for Real People

2014-01-06

Jeffrey Powers decided to start the show off right by talking with Robin Raskin, a former PC Magazine editor now with Living in Digital Times, who has brought products that people really need to CES 2014.

Canary is a home automation hub, in a similar vein to Nexia, but with the added bonus of temperature monitoring, noise detection and other less automation-focused sensors.

Through their focus on families, Living in Digital Times also showed off Kurio, a smartphone for kids without the full smartphone price tag. In addition, the phone sports some family-friendly features, such as app-specific time limits so parents can turn off games at 8pm and texting at 9pm.

Robin also discusses a product to help coaches better determine whether players should stay on the field or not after a hit.

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Personal Wireless Privacy

2013-12-15

Tony Anscombe from AVG Technologies discusses the new trend for retail to track customers through stores and malls using Wi-Fi and smartphones. He also talks about how AVG's PrivacyFix product for Android can help consumers who are concerned about privacy avoid being tracked by these retailers.

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Barry Bohnsack @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Barry Bohnsack, a former FIRST competitor, talks with Scott Ertz about how he got into FIRST and how he continues to stay involved after high school. He talks about the FIRST Florida alumni group and hosting events statewide.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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DJ Jake Dela Cruz @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

DJ Jake Dela Cruz, a 12-year-old local Tampa, Florida DJ talks with Nicholas DiMeo about how he got into DJing, his favorite types of music and his experiences so far in the industry. He also talks about ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013 and some of his favorite things he saw.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Grady Delp @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Grady Delp, Team Member for S*M*A*S*H, Team 2152, discusses his participation in the FIRST Robotics program. He also discusses how a team housed at multiple school works and can be as creative as they are. He also talks about the awards their most recent robot has won for its creative approach to the game.

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Brian Richards @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Brian Richards, Drive Team Coast for The Ninjaneers, Team 2383, talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program and his role on the team. He also discusses the many opportunities for non-engineers on the team, including spirit and strategy.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Irv Cohen @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Irv Cohen, Board Chairman of Learning Is For Everyone (li4e.org), talks with us about the FIRST Robots program and how it continues to drive engineering in Florida. He also discusses the other initiatives he and LI4E is currently involved in, including a robotics lab and testing facility in Tampa, Florida.

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Joel Croteau @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Joel Croteau, Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) for the FIRST Robotics organization and alumni, discusses his time in the program and how it changed his life. He also discusses the AmeriCorps organization and how it fits in with FIRST.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Jason Howard @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Jason Howard, President of Middleton Robotics (middletonrobotics.com), talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program over the past 3 years. He also explains what his responsibilities in his high school's program include, as well as his vice-president's responsibilities.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Kelley Jones @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Kelley Jones, Fluid Systems Design Engineer for NASA (nasa.gov) talks about the importance of the FIRST Robotics program, and programs like it, to the future of engineering. She also refuses to discuss the secret moon base that we all really want to know about.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Andrew Rudolph @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Andrew Rudolph, Host of The RoboShow (theroboshow.net) and alumni, talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program and why he continues to participate in the program. Through his show, Andrew hopes to bring more attention to the program and educate people on the benefits.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Terri Willingham @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Terri Willingham, Regional Director of FIRST in Florida (usfirst.org) and Program Director of Learning Is For Everyone (li4e.org), talks with us about the FIRST Robots program and how it continues to drive engineering in Florida.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Digital Newspapers from Around the Globe [Live]

2013-03-24

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.

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Monoprice Makes Podcasting Less Expensive [Live]

2013-03-24

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.

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Displair Lets You Play with Air and a Screen at the Same Time

2013-03-24

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.

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Jhoombox Combines Karaoke and Internet-Streaming and Makes Singing Fun for All

2013-03-24

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.

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R360UND Brings Science and Data to Your Action Shots

2013-03-24

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.

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ScreenGuardz Pure Premium Glass Smartphone Protectors [Live]

2013-03-24

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.

These protectors are available now.

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Increase Your LTE Reception at Home or Work [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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Home Phones for Assisted Living [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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Stern Pinball's Consumer Machines [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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Rugged iPhone Mounts for Bike and Car [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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One Laptop Per Child's Next Device [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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Wireless Charging for Non-Qi Devices [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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A Tiny Wearable Body Monitor [Live]

2013-03-10

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.

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BeFrugal - Coupons and Cash Back for Free [Live]

2013-03-09

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.

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Worth Avenue Group - Insurance for Your Electronics [Live]

2013-03-09

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.

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Nikon's Newest Camera and Accessories

2013-03-08

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.

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Otterbox Adds Charging to the Defender

2013-03-08

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.

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NFC-Based Single Sign-On

2013-03-08

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.

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Carbon Audio Brings the Zooka

2013-03-08

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.

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Ford Upgrades Sync Again

2013-03-08

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.

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myCharge Powers Your Mobile Lifestyle

2013-03-08

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.

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NFC Connection Between Phone and TV

2013-03-08

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.

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Wireless HDMI Streaming to Multiple TVs

2013-03-08

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.

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LG Optimus G Quad-Core Phone

2013-03-08

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.

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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

2013-03-07

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.

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Lenovo's Thinkpad Helix Ultrabook

2013-03-07

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.

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Apple Certified Photo Drive

2013-03-07

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.

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An Alarm Clock With Flair

2013-03-07

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.

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Laser Keyboard and Additional Power

2013-03-03

Laser keyboards were certainly popular products at CES this year. What makes CTX Virtual Technologies' product stand out is the ability for it to also power your phone.

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.

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Battle Bots for Everyone

2013-03-03

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.

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Let Your Cup Holder Hold Your Phone

2013-03-03

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.

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Pro-Grade Video Production for Small Studios

2013-03-03

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.

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Higher Resolution for 3D Printing

2013-03-03

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.

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Predesigned Skype Conference Workstation

2013-03-03

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.

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Roku Stick Now Available on New TVs

2013-03-03

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.

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RC Quadcopter on a Budget

2013-03-03

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.

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Portable Cooking Without Electricity

2013-03-03

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.

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Extend Your LTE Reception Strength

2013-03-03

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.

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The Cloud on a Key

2013-03-03

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.

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Whirlpool Wants to Rearrange Your Home

2013-02-26

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 d&Atildecor, Whirlpool has some bright ideas. Expect to see these things start showing up as soon as 2020.

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Home Phone Redefined

2013-02-26

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.

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Turn Your Layover into Productive Time

2013-02-26

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.

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Hisense Brings Some Intelligence to the Kitchen

2013-02-26

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.

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Lowe's Helps Increase Your Security at Home

2013-02-10

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.

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Measure the Quality of the Air Around You

2013-02-10

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.

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Tablet Stands that Adjust to Your Needs

2013-02-10

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.

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15,000 Lumens From an LED Flashlight

2013-02-10

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.

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Audi RS5 - A High Tech Sports Car

2013-02-10

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.

The Audi RS5 starts at $69,700.

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A Portable Fuel Cell for Mobile Devices

2013-02-10

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.

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Phantom Power for Your Phone, Computer or Tablet

2013-02-10

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.

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Behringer Gives the Power to Record Anything, Anywhere

2013-02-10

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.

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Control Your World with the Joystick

2013-02-10

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.

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Colorful Sound for the Whole House

2013-02-10

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.

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Secure Portable Data Through Biometrics

2013-02-03

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.

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Livestream Introduces Verizon 4G LTE Broadcaster

2013-02-03

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.

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Griffin's First Lightning Connector Accessory

2013-02-03

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.

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Red Touch Media Makes Distribution Easier

2013-02-03

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.

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Gibson Tunes Your Guitar for You

2013-02-03

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.

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CordCruncher Prevents You from Crunching Your Cords

2013-02-03

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.

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An Epic Keyboard for Your Tablet

2013-02-03

Smartphones aren't cool anymore - everyone has one now. Tablets aren't cool anymore - even your mom has one. So, what is the next cool thing? How about a portable laser keyboard?

Yes, you'll be the hit of the coffee shop with the Celluon Epic. This Bluetooth laser keyboard is compatible with iOS and Android devices and projects a virtual keyboard on just about any surface.

This new device has planned availability for March for a $149 price tag.

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A Whole New Way to Brew Tea

2013-02-03

Tea 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.

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Belkin Enhances the iPad's Media Capabilities

2013-02-03

Belkin, who has been attempting to enhance their poor brand image, is also trying to enhance the poor media performance of the iPad. With their new Thunderstorm Handheld Theater they have added both a kickstand, similar to the HTC Evo, and an enhanced speaker, to replace the built-in speaker.

All of this currently works through the Apple 30-pin connector, though a Lightning Connect version is coming soon. The standard connector is available above for $199.

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Felt Audio's Modular Bluetooth Earbud System

2013-02-03

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.

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Always Know Where Your Luggage Is with Trakdot

2013-02-03

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.

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SpareOne's Addition to Your Emergency Kit

2013-02-03

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.

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3M Also Makes Business Portable

2013-01-31

While the 3M Projector with Roku Streaming, this little projector is designed to be portable. Unlike the Roku projector, however, this one is designed for business.

With a 60 lumen bulb, 2 hours of battery life and HML support for mobile device connection, this projector could be the perfect addition to your business proposal setup.

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3M Makes Roku Portable

2013-01-31

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.

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A Robot Slave to Make You Feel Better

2013-01-31

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.

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iPad Mobile Recording Studio

2013-01-31

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.

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Stern Pinball Brings the Game Home Again

2013-01-31

You know you love pinball. We love it so much, we talked to the guys from Stern TWICE! While their setup was good at Digital Experience, their setup on the CES show floor was even better.

If you have ever dreamed of having your own home pinball machine, then you have to check out this video and then grab your own Transformers Pinball Machine.

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The Pillbox - Evolved

2013-01-31

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.

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Living at Home at an Older Age

2013-01-31

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.

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Dakim Wants to Strengthen Your Brain

2013-01-30

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.

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Dancing Your Way to Health

2013-01-30

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.

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Monitor Your Blood Pressure with Your Phone

2013-01-30

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.

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Wireless Health Monitoring for an Ideal Life

2013-01-30

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.

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Inner Balance Through an Earpiece

2013-01-30

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.

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Feel Healthier with HAPIfork

2013-01-30

HAPIfork was designed by French entrepreneur and inventor Jacques Lepine 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.

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Masimo Brings Professional Devices to Consumers

2013-01-30

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.

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Bodymedia Fitness Tracking Armband

2013-01-30

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.

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Siemens Makes Hearing Improvement Waterproof

2013-01-30

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.

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A Scale that Can Analyze Your Entire Health

2013-01-30

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.

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