CES 2016

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Back in the day, canaries would be carried down into mine tunnels to warn of any dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide. When the canary died, you knew it was time to get the heck out of dodge. This modern Canary is designed to protect your house while you’re away and notify you of any break-ins.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  4 comments
I speculated a few months back that what the world needs is an Atmos soundbar. The industry must have been listening, because we now have at least two such products, one from Samsung and the other from Yamaha. I haven’t heard the Yamaha, but the Samsung HW-K950 was being demonstrated at this year’s CES...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Manufacturers are starting to realize that some folks locate their televisions where the back is visible. In the past the rear panel hasn’t exactly been a showpiece, but this TCL design shouldn’t embarrass anyone.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
A photo shot with a point and shoot camera, viewed on your computer monitor can't really convey how fine this LG Signature 77-inch flat screen OLED looks in the flesh, but this shot from a short NASA video used for demonstration gives you a fair idea.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
Two of three members of Anthem's new receiver line do Dolby Atmos.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Both Samsung and LG were showing huge 8k displays (Samsung's is shown here) and drawing crowds (I couldn't get near enough to LG's to shoot a photo!). While clearly technological demonstrations (with 16 times the resolution of 1080p "Full HD,") someone in Korea thinks this would be a nifty idea. But on the size sets most people buy, I'm not at all sure, apart from the Wow factor at a CES.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Thiel's SmartSub 1.12 is the company's first wi-fi sub.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Like many demos CES, this 2.35:1 (21x9) “scope” curved LCD widescreen Ultra HD design was likely brought in to test its commercial viability with the army of retailers who attend CES. According to the information I received, however, TCL (a Chinese company) does plan to distribute it in Hong Kong, at least initially...

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
There’s certainly no lack of interesting DIY home monitoring cameras at CES2016. The original Oco is here, still featuring self-learning sound and motion-detection algorithms, night vision capability, and two-way audio communication. But the diminutive 1280 x 720 (25 fps) camera isn’t alone at the company’s booth.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Even if your music tastes differs from your family and friends, Prizm will stream music that will satisfy everyone listening. A french start-up has won an innovation reward for Prizm, a music streaming device that plays music customized for everyone in the room
John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
For decades, First Alert has manufactured products designed to keep families safe through smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Onelink takes the company’s legacy forward into the connected world with a group of products designed to protect and inform you no matter where you are. One of the coolest monitoring products I ran across was the new Wi-Fi Envirocam that is designed to give peace of mind to parents and caretakers alike.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Skybuds look like ordinary wireless earbuds, but they have so much more going for them.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Samson is known in the studio world and educational forums as a supplier of good, solid, reliable headphones. At CES 2016, they’re showing off a new line of headphones that cater to both the artist and the end-user.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Most battery-powered smoke detectors are designed to give a warning when the battery is running low, and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it’s almost inevitable that your smoke detector will wait until the middle of the night before it starts emitting that purposely annoying chirp warning sound. The Roost Smart Battery For Smoke Alarms is a dead-simple, very affordable device that will prevent middle-of-the-night chirping and also add some smarts to your “dumb” smoke alarm.
Rob Sabin  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
The introduction of a flagship Ultra HDTV and a smattering of lifestyle products were among the key video and audio announcements at Sony’s pre-show CES press conference, but the booth demonstration of a remarkable prototype backlight technology may prove to the be most significant news for Sound & Vision readers.