Gadgets: Consumer Electronics Show 2010 roundup

Gadgets: Consumer Electronics Show 2010
roundup
14 January 2010, By Gregg Ellman
With the annual Consumer Electronic Show taking
over Las Vegas last week, an endless number of
products were introduced and on display.
Many are gimmicks and not practical for daily use
but here is a sample of some that caught my
attention:
The Klipsch LightSpeaker combines efficient LED
lighting and wireless ambient sound in a single
unit.
It's installed just like a light bulb and works
anywhere a standard light bulb is used, including
can lighting, hanging fixtures or floor lamps.
To play music, just connect the included
transmitter to any music source (iPod, laptop, etc.)
and the sound is wirelessly sent to the
LightSpeaker. Each transmitter has the wireless
ability to accommodate up to eight LightSpeakers.
In addition to the speaker, each unit contains a
dimmable LED bulb, which is rated for 40,000
hours of use and can last more than 15 years.
It will be available as a bundled package with two
LightSpeakers, a transmitter, radio frequency
remote, mini jack to RCA plug cable, lenses and
trim for $599. Single LightSpeakers will cost $249
each.
Klipsch will have them on klipsch.com later this
month, with broader distribution slated for March.
This week they introduced their fastest hard drive
ever with the My Book 3 external hard drive.
The new desktop external drive is certified with the
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, which is
considerably faster than USB 2.0.
According to WD, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0
interface on My Book 3.0 drives provides transfer
rates of up to 5 gigabits-per-second, allowing users
to open and save files up to 4.7 times faster than
USB 2.0. WD does note this can vary depending on
the computer system.
What this means to a user is it will significantly
reduces the time it takes to transfer, open and save
large files.
The 1 TB capacity drive is at WD retailers or on
shopwd.com in a USB 3.0 kit ($199.99) or as a
standalone unit ($179.99). Later this month a 2 TB
model will be available.
Details: westerndigital.com
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Pandigital has an innovative digital picture frame,
The Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame.
The frame is e-mail-connected and powered by
AT&T, which accepts the photos e-mailed directly
to its dedicated e-mail address without any ongoing
service fee.
Details: klipsch.com
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The 8-inch LED frame comes with a dedicated email address and anyone who knows the address
can e-mail photos to the frame.
If you thought it was a great jump from USB 1.0 to
USB 2.0, Western Digital (WD) will help you make
the move to USB 3.0.
Once the photos are received, the user simply
accepts them and they are then available for
viewing.
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The frame comes with the ability to have 300
photos e-mailed to it and once they are used up,
additional photos can be purchased for $9.99 for
100 e-mailed photos, $29.99 for 400 and $49.99 for
700.
Photos are sent via ATT wireless network without
the need of WiFi.
The Snapfish photo service handles the photo
management and makes the images viewable on
the frame's Snapfish.com account.
In addition, the frame has all the standard features
of Pandigital digital frames including a large 8-inch
back-lit LED display in 800-by-600 resolution, 1GB
of internal memory and a 6-in-1 built-in media card
reader for uploading photos.
The frame will be available in later this quarter for
$149.
Details: pandigital.net
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Dual Electronics Corp.'s GPS Navigation and
Battery Cradle (model XGPS300) turns an iPod
touch into a portable GPS unit.
A GPS receiver is built into the cradle, which
houses the touch and also acts as an addition
battery source.
Dual's NavAtlas app is included, which gives users
turn-by-turn navigation with TTS technology and
the latest U.S and Canada maps from NAVTEQ.
Users will also benefit from many additional
features including an amplified speaker, auto out
connections, a Mini USB port and a rechargeable
battery.
The cradle works as a handheld device or as an incar unit. It provides GPS location data to any app
that needs it including those for hiking, geocaching
or even hiking.
Expect the device to be available sometime during
the first quarter in the $179 to $199 range.
Details: gpscradle.dualav.com
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Everyone has heard of wireless Internet, but how
about wireless power?
Fulton Innovation is creator and exclusive licensor
of eCoupled intelligent wireless power.
Once the wireless power transmitter is installed in
things like desktops or countertops a simple device
such as a blender or laptop computer will function
like it is plugged into an outlet.
If the device has a rechargeable battery built in, it
will also charge while in contact with the
transmitter.
The company is partnering with computer, mobile
phone, home appliance, furniture, and other
manufacturers to integrate eCoupled technology
into devices.
Companies such with Motorola, Bosch, Dell and
Texas Instruments are working with the company to
make some of their products wireless power
compatible.
When pressed for an answer if Apple was on board
for the wireless power, company representatives
wouldn't budge for any kind of answer except to say
that Apple would be a very good partner.
Prices depend on the device needing to be
powered. For example a blender, which has the
wireless power receiver built-in, would require you
to put a $50 - $60 transmitter into a countertop.
The transmitter would be able to power high
wattage appliances or any other device with the
built-in wireless power receiver.
Details: ecoupled.com
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Three new portable iPhone and iPod speaker
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accessories with rechargeable lithium ion batteries
have been announced from iHome.
Designed for portability, they let you travel with your
music away or just you can place it in any room.
The iP48 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Alarm
Clock for iPhone/iPod is in a protective travel case
for portability.
The unit also has a flip up clock display and a time
sync feature to set the clock to local time when you
dock an iPhone.
The iP48 is expected to sell for $149 this spring.
With the iP49 Alarm Clock & FM Radio for
iPhone/iPod, users will get a unit that features
iHome's high-end clock radio functions.
This includes the choice of waking up or going to
sleep with music from an iPod, iPhone or FM radio.
The unit can get an audio boost with the inclusion
of Bongiovi Acoustics' patented Digital Power
Station technology and four neodymium
compression drivers.
Expect it out in the spring with a price of $169.
For those who just want speakers, iHM79
Rechargeable Mini Speakers are available for $49.
The speaker pair is small enough to fit in the palm
of your hand and can be charged via USB.
Users can hook them up directly to an iPod,
computer or any other device with a 3.5mm audio
jack and can be collapsed down for great
portability.
Details: ihomeaudio.com
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Many people spend several hundred dollars for a
portable GPS unit and Lowepro, a product design
company known for their storage solutions for
photography equipment and portable electronics,
has launched the Navi collection to house these
expensive gadgets.
The line has six protective models, which will be
available in February for both handheld and
portable mobile GPS devices.
Some highlights include the 3.5-inch Navi Bag to
protect a GPS unit in the wilderness.
It has a fast-action draw cord and carabineer to
keep the device easily accessible even with gloved
hands. The exterior is made of stretchy neoprene
with a soft interior fabric to protect the touch screen
from dust, scratches and abrasion. A built-in,
zippered side pocket holds two AA-sized batteries,
making the pouch an ideal solution for a long hike.
The Navi Plus has two cases in one compact
design.
The main case has two outer side pockets sized for
USB and power cords, and mesh pocket for a
battery, extra cords or a small manual. It also has a
padded adjustable divider to create space for a
dashboard/windshield mount.
Fitted within the main compartment is a second
removable GPS case with brushed tricot fabric and
reinforced exterior which can be transported
between vehicles
Details: lowepro.com/gps, prices of the six models
range from $19.99 to $34.99
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Scosche Industries has some additions to its
iPod/iPhone accessory lineup.
These days everyone has multiple electronic
gadgets needing a daily charge, which is where
Scosche's handy reviveLITE comes in.
The unit has been given an upgrade to act as a
nightlight, charge and iPod/iPhone.
Now the design has an additional USB charging
port for other USB powered devices while charging
an iPod or iPhone cable free.
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Also new are IDR655m earphones with tapLINE II
Remote and Mic.
It has an improved noise isolating, which feature
11mm drivers to deliver brilliant highs, silky smooth
mids and powerful bass.
Scosche placed the headphone controls where the
earphone wires split, making switching tracks or
adjusting the volume easy.
A microphone for handsfree conversations is on the
headphone cord. Also included are small, medium,
and large single and dual flanged silicone inserts to
get the proper comfort and sound.
Details: scosche.com
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For those wanting to show some fashion while
using an iPod or iPhone, iWave has launched
another line of personal technology accessories.
The Crystal Clear Collection consists of earbuds,
headphones and cases ranging from $12.99 to
$29.99 and is expected to be available in the
second quarter of this year.
Designed for women, the products are described as
adorned with awe-inspiring Crystallize - Swarovski
Elements in a company press release.
For the most part they are designed so women can
use the media devices as matching accessories for
daytime or eveningwear.
Details: iWaveAudio.com
(c) 2010, Gregg Ellman.
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