CES 2015

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The Philips Pronto touchscreen remote control revolutionized what a non-professional programmer could do when it came to customizing their personal controller. User groups traded graphics files, created games, and spent hours tweaking and refining their beloved Prontos. But this venerable remote was discontinued by the manufacturer several years ago, and the Pronto name was all but lost, only to be spoken of in hushed and revered tones.

But, good news, Pronto and iOS lovers! The new Pronto Peel is going to bring some of the love and control back in a new form factor and simple to use way!

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Most of the current DIY smart home automation systems suffer from multiple drawbacks, many of which become apparent during the setup of the smart home hub and identifying the smart devices in the system. When it comes to market, OOMI’s Cube is designed to change all that.

The OOMI Cube is the heart of the...

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
SeeQVault technology will make it possible to download Ultra High Definition (4K) and High Definition movies from your UltraViolet library and other sources.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Most of us have made hand gestures at the TV at one point or another over the years, and they haven’t always been the nicest of hand signals. eyesight Technologies’s singlecue is an AV remote control and home automation interface that wants you to use hand gestures to control your AV system as well as all sorts of home automation devices in throughout your home.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Stumbling through the Sands Expo, I came across one of those seemingly insignificant products that turn out to be an elegant and simple solution to a never-ending problem. In this case, I found the NEET booth and its assortment of Cable Keepers. Something the company calls the “World's Simplest Cable Management Solution”.

Using one of NEET’s Cable Keepers is like having...

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Bang & Olufsen showed a trio of new products including new headphones, a 75-inch 4K TV, and a music player that learns what music you listen to at different times of day. The newest addition to the BeoVision Avant line fits in between the previous 55-inch and 85-inch models. BeoPlay headphones include the H8 top-of-the-line, noise-canceling wireless model and the low-end over-over-the-ear H2. But it was the BeoSound Moment music system that stole the show.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
If you’re one of the 83% of adults that drinks coffee in the US, then you probably care about the quality and flavor and freshness of your morning Joe. And if you are in the group of people that is looking to press the boundaries of freshness beyond just grinding your own beans, then you are definitely going to be interested in Bonaverde’s Dalia.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Most equipment stands just hold your gear. The Bell’o Manhattan is one of two Bell’o stands to which you can add a fireplace module and keep things warm and toasty...
Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
High-end loudspeaker company Definitive Technology has announced its first ever headphone, the Symphony 1.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
You could crank up the sound system in your car. You could open your windows and use your home theater. I guess you could even turn on your phone and have everyone keep really quiet. But the best way to enjoy tunes out on the patio is to buy an outdoor speaker. Outdoor speakers are typically portable, cordless, and water resistant, provide a bit of fidelity even if it's not always high. AR has some nice new ones for your outdoor listening pleasure

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
The country is loaded with 3rd Avenues but the one referenced in Thiel's new 3rd Avenue Collection is in Nashville, the company's new home.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
LG announced a bewildering array of 4K Ultra HDTVs backlit either by LEDs or the new kid on the block, Quantum Dots...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Micromega is not a company associated with speakers, so we were astounded when we heard how good the $349/pair MySpeaker sounded.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Can your desktop speaker do this? Show time, news, deadlines, temperature or any other data you're interested in? Stream music services like Spotify, Pandora and iTunes from your phone or tablet? Smart Atom's LaMetric can. In addition, this speaker is hackable. In all my years as an audio reviewer, I have never before written the words, "this speaker is hackable."

Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
While its pixel-splitting Beyond 4K sets were the ones that grabbed the most attention at Sharp’s CES press conference, there are other 4K TV highlights to be seen in a visit to the company’s CES booth.