Denon Innovates Presentations with Kudo at CES

Denon logoWe’ve all heard the horror stories of presenters who showed up to a location only to find that the venue’s in-house presentation system isn’t compatible with whatever gear they’ve brought with them. Usually, a combination of NASA-like engineering and prayer follows and eventually, the presenter’s device is made to work with the venue’s A/V system. Denon’s new Kudo presentation device should make these kinds of nightmare scenarios a thing of the past.

Nick and Jamie met with Eric from Denon. Eric showed off the new Denon Kudo, a portable device that will hopefully be found soon in every conference room or meeting hall with a projector. Kudo takes a number of different inputs: USB, HDMI, LAN, WiFi, bluetooth, micro SD, AirPlay, MirrorCast and DLNA. It then takes that input signal and outputs it in glorious 4K to any projector or other A/V device. Kudo is platform agnostic, so it fully supports the bring-your-own-device movement. Got an iPad or Android phone? Mac or Windows laptop? No problem. Kudo works with all of them.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Nick of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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Element Case Turns Your iPhone Into A Pro Camera At CES

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There’s no doubt that smartphone cameras have improved immensely in the past few years, but they still haven’t reached the quality of a DSLR. Element Case is partnering with optics company Schneider to transform your iPhone 6 into a photography star.

Jamie spoke to Jeff Sasaki, CEO of Element Case, about Element’s new iPro 6 lens case. The sturdy case protects your phone, and the attachable lenses securely fasten to the case to drastically improve the quality of your iPhone’s camera. The range of interchangeable lenses includes wide-angle, super-wide-angle, macro, fisheye, and telephoto so you can create the perfect image every time. And with the ability to attach a handle and/or tripod, iPhone photography has never been better.

The iPro 6 case and lenses will be released Q2 of 2015 with prices between $100-$300 depending on your chosen lens configuration. For more details, check out the Element Case website.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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aiFi is a Stackable, Configurable Speaker System at CES

Aifi logoWith the invention of portable media players and earbuds, music listening moved from an inherently social event to an isolated experience. The problem has only been exacerbated over time, as boomboxes and portable stereo systems have fallen out of favor with consumers. aiFi is a new speaker system that’s looking to bring music back out into the open.

Scott met with Fredrik from aiFi. Fredrik explained that aiFi is a unique speaker system that can be used in multiple ways. One aiFi speaker works just fine on its own. But when it’s stacked with another aiFi speaker or setup with two or more other aiFi’s, the speakers will configure themselves, depending on the location of each aiFi. For example, stacking two aiFi’s will increase the bass response of each unit. Or, three aiFi’s could be placed together to create a sound-bar system for TV viewing. aiFi speakers accept input thru either bluetooth, optical line-in or standard audio line-in, so these speakers can be used with nearly any type of sound source.

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Schneider Optics Interchangeable Lenses

Schneider LogoDigital pictures and cameras on smartphones have changed the photography beyond recognition in the last twenty years and the quality of the imagery is such that innovative filmmakers are using iPhones to record footage. One restriction remains and that is the lens itself; there’s only one and it’s fixed in place. There’s no swapping in a macro lens, though Schneider Optics might have a solution. Todd finds out more from Don.

Schneider Optics iPro Lens systems provides a selection of high quality optical lenses for Apple iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy S4, including macro, wide-angle, super wide, tele and fisheye. The system works by fitting the smartphone itself into a case and then mounting the lens onto the case with a bayonet connector to ensure the best possible optical alignment. The smallest offset can lead to aberrations and a loss of picture quality, which the iPro Lens case and lens combination avoids.

The iPro Lens is available now for the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus variant will be on sale shortly. Lenses cost from $39 to $99, the case is $31 and there are kits available too.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Flic Smart Wireless Button at CES

Flic logoFlic is a bluetooth-enabled button. That’s it. But it’s a simple idea that has a thousand uses from taking pictures with a smartphone to autodialling or even working as a personal distress alarm. Nick and Todd go “ah-ha” with Pranav Kosuri, co-founder of Shortcut Labs.

Flic is a coin-sized button that can be stuck or clipped onto nearly anything. When pressed, it sends a signal via bluetooth that is actioned by the Flic app (available for both Android and iOS) and actions include controlling music, dialling phone numbers, sharing GPS position, taking pictures, dimming lights and more. It’s a bit like a local version of IFTTT. Different things can be done depending on the number of clicks or if the button is being held down: one click could be take a picture, two clicks take a video. The possibilities are huge.

The Flic is currently on Indiegogo and $99 gets 5x Flics with delivery in April 2015.

Interview by Nick DiMeo of F5 Live and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Octa Presents Award-Winning Tablet Accessories at CES

Octa logoTablet computers have become such mainstays in our everyday lives that it’s nearly impossible to remember what life was like before them. And while tablets are often lightweight and easy to handle, sometimes it’s necessary to get them into more comfortable or convenient places. That’s where Octa and its full line of tablet accessories come in.

Todd and Nick were fortunate to get a hands-on demo from Prometheus of Octa. He showed off several of the company’s products, noting that they had won an award at this year’s CES. Octa has an impressive line of accessories for turning tablets into truly hands-free devices. Prices run from $79 and up.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Nick DiMeo of Plughitz Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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Roadie Tuner Automagically Tunes Your Guitar at CES

Roadie Tuner logoWhether you’re a musician or a music lover, no one appreciates an out-of-tune instrument. And while there are many solutions available to help players keep their strings properly tuned, they usually require clunky workarounds or inaccurate devices.

Todd and Nick met with Sam Force of the company Band Industries. Sam showed off the Roadie Tuner, a mechanical Bluetooth-enabled guitar tuner. Just place Roadie Tuner over your instrument’s tuning pegs and the connected smartphone app takes over, analyzing the sound coming from the strings and commanding Roadie Tuner to turn the pegs accordingly.

Roadie Tuner would be a great accessory for beginners and seasoned players alike. It is currently available for $99 direct from the Roadie Tuner website as well as a growing number of retail outlets.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Nick DiMeo of Plughitz Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock at CES

OWC logoOther World Computing (OWC) always turns up at CES with new toys and this year Todd looks on with desire as founder Larry O’Connor shows off the latest accessories from the Mac shop.

First up is a 240 GB SSD with USB3 crammed into a memory stick form factor. Made to match most Apple products with a brushed aluminium finish, it’ll set you back a cool $199. A 480 GB version will be coming soon!

Next is OWC’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock which brings five USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 2, FireWire 800, HDMI, gigabit ethernet and audio in/out ports into a single unit. On order for delivery in February, this will set you back $249 as a CES limited-time special ($299 normally). Very handy if you have legacy FireWire gear that you want to use with newer Apple computers.

Other products mentioned but not shown include SSDs for Mac Pro upgrades, software RAID solutions and portable backup drives.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Todd Aune of The Elder Divide for the TechPodcast Network.
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Scosche Adds to Award Winning magicMOUNT System at CES

Scosche magicMOUNTScosche is expanding on the success of the original, award-winning magicMOUNT at CES. There are now some new additions to the magicMOUNT family of products. Each provides a convenient, universal mounting system for the home, office, vehicle, or boat.

All magicMOUNT models affix mobile devices using a high-powered magnetic system made of 100% device-safe neodymium magnets. The magnetic mounts make hands-free calling, GPS navigation, audio and video media streaming and internet browsing a breeze.

The devices can be mounted in a 360 degree fashion, permitting either landscape or portrait viewing and giving full access to the device’s controls and ports. To use a magicMOUNT, all you need to do is hover your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device over the magnetic surface to instantly secure it in place.

There are several magicMOUNT products to choose from. The magicMOUNT Mini Mat is a portable magnetic mount with stickGRIP mat that attaches easily to car dashes or flat surfaces.

The magicMOUNT power is a magnetic power mount that permits mobile devices to charge, via either one or two 12 watt Fast Charge USB ports. The two port model features illuminated ports. The mounts’ flex-neck design and 4-axis adjustable angle gives uses the ability to position their smartphone or other device in multiple view angles and heights.

The magicMOUNT XL surface safely and securely mounts tablets and smartphones flush on almost any surface. That includes dashboards, office walls, or kitchen backsplashes. It lets users easily view or listen to movies and music, check their Facebook, make hands-free calls, check recipes, view a traffic route, and more.

The magicMOUNT XL Dash/Window is a magnetic mount for tablets that easily and securely affixes to any vehicle’s dash or window. It allows for hands-free navigation and media streaming. Its flex-neck design allows users to position the device at almost any angle to allow for maximum viewing convenience and comfort.

The magicMOUNT Rear Seat Headrest mount for tablets easily attaches to the back of most vehicle’s headrests. This allows backseat passengers to watch movies, play games, and be entertained while on-the-go.

Visit Scosche in the North Hall at Booth # 3806 at CES.

Patriot Launches MFi Certified FUEL iON Charging Case

Patriot FUEL iON Charging Case. jpgPatriot released the FUEL iON Charging Case for the iPhone 6. It is a MFi certified case to make charging the iPhone 6 “unconsciously addicting and easy”.

The FUEL iON Charging Case for the iPhone 6 offers consumers a simple charging solution that uses patent-pending magnetic connectors to charge the phone without the use of a plug-in cord, eliminating wear and tear on the Lighting connector and increasing the longevity of the device. The case has been designed with an elevated bezel to prevent scratches.

Patriot FUEL iON Charging StandsConsumers can choose from three different charging bases. The FUEL iON Charging Stand is ideal for the office with an ergonomic angle for viewing your phone while charging. The snap to position rotational access allows the user to manipulate the phone from vertical to horizontal positions.

The FUEL iON Car Charger installs on any windshield and can mount and rotate your phone. It is optimal for GPS use. The FUEL iON Charging Pad allows you to simply lay your phone at any angle on it to charge. It is perfect for nightstand charging.

In addition to the iPhone 6 Charging Case, Patriot offers FUEL iON cases for the iPhone 5/5, Samsung Galaxy S4/5, and the Samsung Note 3. For those that are on-the-go, Patriot also has a 2100mAh magnetic portable battery that connects to the back of the phone and provides a full charge without the restrictions of connecting to a cord.