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Catalyst Case for AirPods Named CES Innovation Awards Honoree



Catalyst, the award-winning manufacturer of the world’s most protective and stylish waterproof cases and accessories for electronic devices, announced it has been recognized as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for the design and development of the Catalyst case for AirPods.

The Catalyst Case for AirPods was selected as an honoree in the Portable Media players and Accessories product category, scoring highly across all judging criteria and was featured at CES Unveiled in New York. The award winning product was entered in this prestigious program and judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 categories.

This is the second CES Innovation Award for Catalyst. The Catalyst case for Apple Watch Series 1 was named a 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree.

AirPods are an amazing technology but are slippery, easy to drop and easily lost. Catalyst created the first of its kind, Catalyst case for AirPods: a premium protective case that is a stylish, essential everyday accessory.

Made of a sort premium silicone, the case is waterproof to 3.3ft. (1m) and drop proof to 4ft (1.2m). It’s slim, minimalist and designed so users have convenient access to the charge port. The included carabiner allows the case to be easily attached to a belt loop, bag or backpack so that you can always find your AirPods and they are easily accessible.

Catalyst case for AirPods can be purchased for US $24.99.


MSI Awarded 6 CES Innovation Awards



MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, received the distinction of an International CES 2018 Best of Innovation at Gaming Award for its powerful, small form factor Trident 3 Arctic gaming desktop.

In addition, other MSI products, including the high-performance Z370 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard, cutting-edge GTX 1080Ti Lightning graphics card, innovative Optix MPG27CQ curved gaming monitor and the next generation Infinite X gaming desktop, received the distinction of International CES 2018 Honorees in the Computer Hardware & Components and Gaming categories.

Trident 3 Arctic was recognized under “Best of Innovation at Gaming” and “CES Innovation Honoree at Computer Hardware & Components” categories. It is the perfect gaming solution for those with space constraints or design requirements. It is equipped with the latest Intel Core processor and up to NVIDIA GTX for the ultimate performance in a wide variety of applications.

The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard was honored under the “CES Innovation Honoree at Gaming” category. It is quality built and loaded with exclusive features for maximum performance.

GTX 1080Ti Lightning Graphics Card was recognized under the “CES Innovation Honoree at Computer Hardware & Components” category. The cutting edge MSI Lightning graphic cards have been at the top of the overclocking world for years. The latest iteration, the GeForce GTS 1080 Ti Lightning Z, is the best choice for those looking for top level performance.

Infinite X Gaming Desktop was honored under the “CES Innovation Honoree at Gaming” category. The Infinite X is the next generation gaming desktop. It is equipped with Intel’s 8th gen. CPU, Mystic light RGB LED, dual steel/tempered glass side panels, MSI’s award-winning gaming graphics cards, and MSI Silent Storm Cooling 3 Pro thermal design.

Optix MPG27CQ Gaming Monitor was honored under the “CES Innovation Honoree at Gaming” category. It is a new curved gaming monitor made for ultimate gaming. More information about it will be announced at CES.


CES 2018 Coverage by Geek News Central



Geek News Central’s CES 2018 coverage is going to be a huge departure from previous years. This year the Geek News Central team will have our broadcast studio at the Sands Expo.

What we have found is that startup space in sands and the associated vendors in that building are more aligned with what our team and audience have come to expect from us.

CES has grown so massive it is impossible with the number of people we have on the ground to cover it all. The GNC team in conjunction with the Tech Podcast Network will be broadcasting from the lower level of Sands Exposition center the full four days of the show and to our knowledge, we will be the only group that will have a dedicated broadcast center in that hall.

This means a big change for the vendors who have been accustomed to come seeing us in the North Hall at LVCC or scheduling booth visits at LVCC. We will only have a small number of folks roaming that will be covering specific areas of LVCC and the surrounding lots. This opens up a huge opportunity to all the startups that found it hard to come see us in the past at LVCC. This will also give us access to the Sands second-floor vendors who are introducing innovative products on their own.

New this year our roving team will be equipped to transmit back to our broadcast booth to our viewing audience allowing us to broadcast directly from the vendor’s booths.

Vendors in Sands that want to appear live during the week are encouraged to apply for a broadcast spot today. Broadcast appearance application open!


Real and Virtual Play Combine with Sam’s Curious Cars



Learning is best done when fun and what’s more fun than play? Sam’s Curious Cars fall right into this sweet spot and Todd gets an interactive demo from Joachim.

Sam Labs have created a series of component-based toys (think chassis, wheels, motors) that can be built up to make a vehicle – in this instance a car. The components are compatible with Lego bricks, so builders can really express themselves.

Once constructed, the car can be controlled by other components, like a switch for power and a slide for left and right. The car can also be controlled by an app and for advanced learners, the cars behaviour can be built up using control blocks in the app. It’s designed to introduce some of the key concepts of programming without actually having to code.

There’s a series of six different sets, priced from US$99 and the Curious Cars are $199. Additional sensors and motors can be bought separately. Available now from the Sam Labs shop and other good retailers.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.

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Owlet Smart Sock for Sleeping Babies at CES



The technology to measure physiology is becoming commonplace: any smart watch worthy of the name can record heart rate. The trick now is to incorporate these sensors into other useful gadgets. A good example here is the Owlet Smart Sock which brings reassurance to parents that their baby is sleeping normally.

The Owlet Smart Sock monitors a baby’s heart rate and blood oxygen, alerting parents or carers if either measurement causes concern. The Owlet Smart Sock system has three components; the smart sock or bootie which is worn by the baby on its foot, a monitoring unit and the companion app. The bootie communicates with the monitoring unit via Bluetooth and if there is a problem, parents are notified by visual and audible alerts on the Owlet unit and smartphone(s).

The app is available for both iOS and Android but check compatibility before buying.

The Owlet Smart Sock is available now for $249 direct from Owlet.

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PapaGo’s Geko Smart Whistle is Keeping Things Safe at CES



Papago GekoA personal whistle may seem like a fairly old-fashioned thing to bring to an event like CES. But PapaGo’s new Geko smart whistle is anything but old-fashioned. Todd met with Paulina from PapaGo who listed out all of the features of this award-winning product.

The Geko smart whistle connects to a user’s mobile device via Bluetooth. If the user triggers the whistle, either by blowing thru it like a standard whistle, or pressing a button built into the whistle, the whistle sends a signal to the user’s phone, which in turn contacts three different people by text, e-mail, and telephone (phone calls available on Android devices only). These messages are predefined to let the recipients know that the sender is in trouble, along with a map of the sender’s location. When the whistle is triggered a second time, it sends an “all clear” message to let recipients know that the user is now safe.

The PapaGo Geko smart whistle is already available for purchase for $49.99. The whistle will send up to 30 messages for free, but users can purchase more messages if needed.

 

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Drone n’ Base is The Gaming Drone at CES



There are plenty of drones that can be used to take videos from the air or to take aerial photos.  That’s great for photographers, but doesn’t do much for gamers.  Drone n’ Base has created The Gaming Drone.  Use these little drones to play augmented reality video games.

Todd spoke with Matus, who explained what The Gaming Drone can do.  There are two styles of video game that you can play with The Gaming Drone.  One is an augmented reality game where you play against a computer.  You control your physical drone and battle the computer’s drone that is inside the game.

The other video game is a multiplayer race and battle.  Each player places a game board on the floor, and flies his or her drone over it.  This enables the player to race and battle with other players in the video game.

The Gaming Drone by Drone n’ Base is priced at $199.  Each package comes with one drone, one base, and two batteries.

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SwiftPoint Z is an Award-Winning Gaming Mouse at CES



SwiftPoint logoFor most computer users, a mouse is a pretty boring input device that has probably two buttons and maybe a click wheel installed. But there’s a whole world of high-end computer mice out there, many of them aimed at the gaming market.

Todd spoke with Grant from SwiftPoint about his company’s latest gaming mouse known simply as Z. SwiftPoint’s Z Mouse has more buttons than a typical mouse, allowing for up to 50 different click-based actions. Z Mouse has a built-in gyroscope that makes it easy to control things like pitch and yaw used in flight-sim games, replacing the need for a joystick or other type of controller. Z Mouse is being brought to market thru a successful Kickstarter campaign. Once the campaign is fulfilled, the mouse is expected to make it to the retail market in March of this year, where it’ll retail for $229.

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Avido WiBa is a Contactless Power Charger at CES



Avido has created something that many people have been wanting.  The Avido WiBa is a contactless power charger that you can take with you when you travel.  Todd spoke with Kevin about this amazing new charger.The Avido WiBa is a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree.  It is the first of its kind.

The Avido WiBa wireless charging power bank does not require cables.  It is very simple to use.  First, put the Avido WiBa portable power bank onto the charging dock.  In just a few seconds, the power bank begins to charge wirelessly.  Put your phone on top of it, and it instantly begins to charge.  The portable power bank and the phone charge at the same time.

The Avido WiBa is priced at $79.95.  It comes with everything you need to get started, including the power plate and the Avivo WiBa itself.

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PowerVision’s Underwater Drone is Exploring the Deep at CES



PowerVision LogoAerial drones and quadcopters have been mainstream items for a few years now. It seems like every day, amazing new videos are posted online of landscapes, cities, or large events. While everything happening on the ground is being recorded from the air, there’s another part of the planet that’s being completely ignored: Under water.

Todd had a chat with Merlin at the PowerVision booth. Merlin talked about his company’s impressive new underwater drone. This drone uses a 100-foot tether that can go up to 30 meters deep. The drone comes with integrated lights and a 4K video camera that can take 13 megapixel photos. The drone also has a built-in sonar to help find fish. There’s even an attached fishing hook that can carry bait to help lure hungry fish to the drone’s location.

PowerVision’s new underwater drone will go on sale at the end of next month, and begin shipping in the spring quarter. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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