Category: CES

Complete coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows you to control...

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Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless Surround 5.1 Speakers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSEnjoy your movies and music the way you want with the Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless speakers. The next generation in the Fidelio line with Surround on Demand (SOD) : A set of speakers with subwoofer that contain 2 extra wireless speakers which can be put behind you for 5.1 surround without running wires. When done, simply replace on the main speakers to charge for the next movie. “The consumer enjoys 2 movies, maximum 5-6 hours a week. But you always have two speakers sitting in the back of the living room” as Ken Chan from Philips explains. The Fidelio wireless speakers also can be used as independent Bluetooth speakers, connecting to any device you need. When connecting Google Cast or Spotify Connect, you can conveniently listen to your music without turning on the TV. The main speakers also feature the center audio configuration which...

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Turn Your Light Into a Computer with Beam Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSYou might think “Why would I want to turn my light into a computer?” I was thinking that, too, until I saw what the folks at Beam Labs are up to. This is a ingenious bulb that has a full Android OS inside. Simply screw in the Edison bulb, turn it on and use the lamp as a projector. The first application I thought of was for a restaurant. You could  easily have a menu project onto a table. When you don’t want to see the menu anymore, flip the switch and it’s a regular light bulb. With the app, you could also turn that menu-light into an Internet Connected game system or video watching system. While the family waits for breakfast, they could be watching the latest news projected on the table from the overhead lamp. Most portable lamps could be converted to smart...

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Get Hydrated with H2OPal

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSMany of us don’t drink enough water. We are fatigued and sore. But raising our water levels can help. That is where H2OPal comes in – they track how much you drink. The bottle comes with a special disc that affixes to the bottom. It is Bluetooth enabled and talks with your smartphone to let you know how much water you drank. You can get notifications, see your progress and more. The system works with most phone health tracking systems to give you a better idea of how healthy you’ve become. H2OPal works on a watch battery and the app can also adjust your numbers in case you drink from another glass. The system is only $99 and available now. More information at H2OPal.com

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Blocks Modular Smartwatch with Smart Band

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSSmart watches have one major downside – they’re tough to upgrade. Maybe your favorite watch doesn’t have GPS or Wifi. That is where Blocks comes in. It’s a modular smart watch that uses the watch band to add what you need. From extra battery life, gesture control, and sim card modules to extra sensors, haptic modules, programmable buttons and more, Blocks can adjust to your need. The band links are interchangeable so you can add or remove what works for you. The watch itself is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core ARM Cortex processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB storage. It also has a 400 mAh battery, WiFi, BLE Bluetooth, a microphone and runs Cyanogen Android for Smart watches. The modules are hot swappable and are designed to be waterproof and keep dirt out of the electronics. Blocks was a successful Kickstarter and...

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New Energy in the Fitbit Blaze with FitStar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSAt CES I got to check out the Fitbit Blaze smartwatch / fitness tracker. This is the first device by Fitbit to be more of a fashion statement over a health wearable. This takes Fitbit into new realms of possibilites. Similar looks to the Fitbit Surge or even an Apple Watch, the Blaze is a square device with modular bands to swap out at a moments notice. Including the FitStar software – a company acquisition Fitbit made back in March 2015 – the device can now craft custom exercise programs based on user’s body data. This turns the blaze into a more tuned personal trainer. The watch itself is a 1.66 inch 240×180 color touchscreen with Gorrila Glass 3 on the face. The watch works on iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile devices. To change out the band, simply detach the Fitbit from the...

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Create Ultimate Split Screen Video with Skreens Streaming Box

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSAs a video content creator, I am always looking for new ways to create screens that hold the most content for the viewer. Skreens is a successful crowdfund product that can give you split screen options to bring people together into one conversation online. Gamers can add their screens to one large monitor and see the face of their opponent as they take them out. While at CES 2016, I talked with the folks at Skreens to find out more about this product. After all – it’s contained in a box that is the size of an HDMI splitter. Inside is a powerful FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip that can take whatever video signals are coming in and allow you to mix and match them to the screen. Using an IOS device (Android coming soon), you can order your video inputs to whatever configuration...

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Empower Yourself to Quit Smoking this year with Quitbit Lighter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI quit smoking over 6 years ago and it was a long, hard process. That is why I really liked what I saw in Quitbit. It’s a lighter that helps you quit smoking. The Quitbit is an electric lighter with bluetooth connection to your smartphone. Every time you light up a cigarette, it will log your light. Once you know when and where you light up, you can start reducing the times you smoke in a day until you are down to zero. You can use it to light other people’s cigarettes, simply go to the app when done and tell it so. The lighter also will not count if you have too short of a light or have to re-light a cigarette within a certain time period. The lighter itself can be recharged via USB cable. The connected lighter also can be found if...

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Exclusive First Look at MyKronoz ZeRound Smartwatch

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSMyKronoz is a swiss company that not only makes smartwatches using their own hardware and software, they also make some great quartz timepieces. In March MyKronoz will debut the ZeRound – the newest product in their smartwatch portfolio. This new watch in their line connects to any iOS or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0, notifies you of calls and other messages, selfies from your wrist through a camera remote, find my phone features and of course monitors your steps, distance and calories burned. More information on the watch will be out at Mobile World Congress next month. It will have a price of $99 US when released in March. More information at MyKronoz.com

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Powerful LG-V10 Smartphone Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSFirst I have to say I am not a fan of the larger smartphone. However, the LG V10 is a phone I saw myself using. It does have some downfalls that make it tougher to recommend. Verizon Wireless gave me the phone to test out while I was in Vegas for CES 2016. LG V-10 Specs This is a removable battery and memory expandable smartphone. The LG V10 contains a Quad-core Snapdragon 808 chip for a nice crisp screen in day or night. This phone is also called a two-screen phone; the 5.7 inch IPS Quantum display with Quad HD resolution and a separate strip at the top of the phone to access time, basic apps (like flashlight and camera), weather and more. You can even customize the message on top. The main camera is 16 MP, and the front facing facing camera is...