CES 2014

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Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Torque, who released the innovative t103z (in-ear headphones with interchangeable sound filtering valves) last year are back at CES this year with a prototype for their next offering, the t402v.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Roku has joined forces with Chinese TV manufacturer, Hisense to offer a Roku TV. When the TV is first turned on, it will display a Roku home page similar to the menu on a Roku Box streaming device
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
If you’re tired of paying the Man – ie: the exorbitant rates demanded by the cable or satellite provider – for your TV content, but have held off on cutting the cord because you can’t stand the thought of parting with your program guide or DVR and the sweet, sweet awesomeness which is time-shift viewing, then Tablo might be the solution you’ve been looking for!

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
The third (and final) installment of the Hi-Res panels brought together experts from the retailing side of the business. Each panelist has a footprint in the hi-res market, and is knowledgeable of the inner workings of the market. They discussed ways to promote and retail hi-res products. Also on the agenda were challenges such as the need to demo hi-res playback to customers, and ways to educate and engage young generations of listeners.

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There are two problems with most motorized, smart locks. First, they’re usually big, bulky, and require removal of your current lock. Second, they’re expensive – almost always selling for well over $200. Danalock claims its smart lock is “the smallest, most revolutionary and affordable smart lock ever.” When Danalock says the company’s locks are the most “revolutionary”, it doesn’t mean that they turn more than any other company’s motorized locks. Instead, it refers to the fact that the Danalock installs over your existing lock hardware. In reality, the Danalock isn’t really a motorized lock but rather a motorized attachment for a door lock. There are two versions of the Danalock – a round, sleek, hockey puck-like model and a more traditional looking long, semi-rectangular one. Each style of lock is available with Bluetooth connectivity, Z-Wave connectivity, or both, enabling the locks to be easily integrated into home automation systems or more basic app-driven lock control. The locks are currently available with pricing starting at $99.95.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Samsung has redesigned its smart remote for 2014. It offers voice, motion, and direct control as before, but with enhanced usability. The Smart Hub feature it controls now will let you surf the web as you watch TV and multitask in a split screen mode. Manufacturers have determined that most TV viewers are surfing the web on their computers and/or using their smart phones to talk, text, or surf as they watch TV. The show was alive with redesigned Internet TV features to satisfy this increasingly ADD social trend.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
NYNE is a relatively new company that made a big showing last year at CES and is back, ready to impress again this year. Although they’ve discontinued their gorgeous home product line, NYNE, a division of BOSS Audio Systems, is jumping into the small-speaker market with both feet. However, unlike other manufacturers to make a single portable speaker to fit a variety of needs, NYNE is here at CES with a variety of speakers, each filling a specific niche.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Many people care about the look of their homes, their furniture, and the accessories they buy, but even though audio components are shrinking, most speakers still look like large, decorator-unfriendly, black and grey boxes. In-ceiling speakers may look more discreet but they can be difficult an expensive to install. ClearView Audio’s CEO Stefan Bokamper claimed, “We wanted to design something that was as invisible to the casual observer as an in-ceiling speaker. When a friend walks into your house they wouldn’t know where the music was coming from.”

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
The Thiel TM3 monitor is the brainchild of new designer Mark Mason, who is rising to the task of filling the enormous shoes of the late founder Jim Thiel. Among other things, he prizes a good mix of on- and off-axis response and wants his speakers to be easier to drive. The 6.5-inch fiberglass woofer and one-inch aluminum tweeter nestle in an enclosure made of twelve 1/16th-inch layers, mostly of plywood, with one metal layer. The product is made in Lexington, Kentucky and will sell for $2999/pair when it ships in summer 2014. There will also be two new centers priced at $3999 and $1999 as well as two new subs priced at $2499 for a 15-inch and $1999 for a 12-inch. Oh, and three new towers as well, which will be covered separately.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Southern rock kings Lynyrd Skynyrd—anchored by founding member Gary Rossington (guitar), original drummer Rickey Medlocke (guitar), and Johnny Van Zant, brother of original frontman, the late Ronnie Van Zant—mesmerized fans with a greatest hits show played to gritty perfection at the Hard Rock last night.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
No information was offered on this Ultra HD set, which appeared to be a show special and not a commercial product, but it’s clear that showing a BIG, big screen set was the in thing to do this year. Unlike the ginormous Samsung and LG sets, however, this Toshiba was flat and not curved.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Vizio showed the Lyve photo sharing service app as part of its smart TV Vizio Internet Apps. When the Lyve app is set up, photos and videos are instantly sent to friends/family that have signed into a shared Lyve account (referred to as a "mesh") including the connected Vizio TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Samsung showed a 4K UHD TV with the M-Go Premium App. This app will stream 4K movie titles to the TV. It also will stream titles that have been “optimized for 4K.” These are movies that were not shot in 4k, but because M-Go is owned by Technicolor, the titles have been optimized in the lab and made available for streaming. While M-Go limited their announcement to Samsung TVs, it was clear (yet unspoken) that the Premium service will extend to other manufacturers’ UHD TVs.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Proclaiming that “the era of smartcookers” has arrived, Instant Pot displayed its new “iPot” – a programmable electric pressure cooker that the company calls “the Industry-First Bluetooth Smart Connected Smartcooker”, which is shown to the right in the photo above. (iPot is a much better - but easily misinterpreted – name for the kitchen appliance.) According to Instant Pot, rather than being a gimmick, Bluetooth was added because the product designers had run out of space on the smartcooker’s control panel to support all the programming features that have been requested by users of the other Instant Pot models. Instant Pot says, “Once the limiting factor of a control panel is removed, the “iPot” app can implement complex cooking functions, expand and upgrade those functions at will. This offers unparalleled simplicity, a huge variety of functions and most importantly a consistent result.” The iPot is expected to be available for sale in the US sometime in the second quarter of 2014. Pricing info was not released. Belkin is also joining the smartcooker revolution. The company announced it has partnered with Jarden Corporation, the maker of Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee to incorporate Belkin’s WeMo technology into everyday kitchen appliances, such as the WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker shown on the left in the photo above, which is to released in the spring of 2014. The MSRP will be $99.99.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Okay, there are lots of portable Bluetooth speakers. LOTS. But sometimes you need one that has special capabilities, or at least looks cooler than all the others. Enter the NYNE Aqua speaker.

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