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NewTek and Wowza Deliver Joint Streaming Device



NewTek and Wowza Media Systems announced the immediate availability of MediaDS, a revolutionary real-time encoding and live streaming video delivery system.

MediaDS is a hardware and software solution merging NewTek’s industry-leading live production technology with the powerful, proven Wowza streaming software in an IRU footprint. The result is the industry’s first end-to-end streaming solution to allow producers to launch their own multi-channel content networks from their production site and deliver a live video stream directly to their viewers.

For enhanced scalability, producers can also create a virtual CDN or edge network by connecting together multiple MediaDS  – either through a local area network, or remotely over IP to cross wide geographic boundaries. Video production to content delivery over IP makes enterprise deployments effortless.

MediaDS also organized to extend their brand beyond actual video content. The system not only acts as a media server, but also will host all required content – including web pages which are independently customizable – for audience viewing, to ensure that the on-screen experience adheres to organizational brand guidelines. Embed codes are also available to insert the Wowza Player into existing webpages to complement your current web presence.

MediaDS ensures the optimal audio-visual experience for viewing audiences right from the system by introducing another layer of quality control into any signal flow. With support for dedicated multiviewer monitoring, a local operator can observe all video streams in real time or focus on a specific channel full-screen, and manage image and sound quality with integrated waveform and vectorscope displays, independent of color correction tools, and multi-channel audio level control available for every stream. Producers can also stack multiple channels from the same source, and encode them into different renditions as a grouped stream to enable adaptive bitrate streaming.

MediaDS is available immediately for $11,995 USMSP. International pricing may vary.


D-Link Delivers Simplified High-Speed Whole Home Wi-Fi System



D-Link is a global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. D-Link made several announcements at CES 2017 about their new products, including the Covr Wi-Fi System and the Covr Powerline Wi-Fi System.

The Covr Wi-Fi System (DKT-883) technology transforms the traditional router-extender solution into an easy to use Wi-Fi system that blankets the entire home with a fast, reliable, signal. While other mesh network solutions rely on multiple access points, a premium router is the backbone of the Covr Wi-Fi System. Combined with the seamless extenders to cover hard to reach areas, the system delivers a Wi-Fi signal to all areas of the home including upstairs, basements and backyards.

The Covr Powerline Wi-Fi System (DHP-732AV) is one of the first Wi-Fi solutions to utilize PowerLine technology as a foundation. Covr uses the existing home router and a set of adapters to create a comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage solution. PowerLine users the home’s existing wiring to transfer network data, essentially turning electrical circuits into a high-speed network The Covr PowerLine System extends Wi-Fi coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the home, as well as wired networks.

The new D-Link HD 180 Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCH-8100LH) and HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8000LH) deliver an intuitive and affordable way to monitor homes and loved ones. The two cameras are designed for a variety of surveillance applications and lighting conditions – offering premium features, wide viewing angles, night vision, sound and motion detection, and crisp HD video.

Visit D-Link System at CES 2017 at Titian 2301A, Titian 2301B, and Titian 2302.


Qube Debuts Smart LED Light Strips at CES 2017



Qube is the maker of the Qube smart light bulbs (which launched last year and are now shipping). Qube debuted its Qube Smart Light Strips at CES 2017. Qube Smart Light Strips can make smart home lighting affordable for everyone.

Typical LED light strips with a similar lumen output can cost up to $14 per meter, and when you add smart functionalities the cost doubles. At just $19 per meter – with no additional costs, as no hub is needed – Qube Smart Light Strips are a truly affordable way for consumers to reap the full benefits of smart lighting.

The new Qube Light Strips stick right where you place them and plug in to a power socket. They are connected 24/7 with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and there is no need to purchase a separate hub. This means maximum ease-of-use, affordability, and functionality –right in your home. Simply place them wherever you want customized, controllable lighting. The possibilities are endless.

Unlike other Bluetooth-powered lighting, Qube Smart Light Strips are 100 percent connected to the cloud, enabling remote access from anywhere. You can use your mobile device to turn the Qube Smart Light Strips on or off from wherever you are.

Qube not only costs less than other smart light strips, it contains unique technology that allows users to create personalized automations within their smart homes. Based on the users relative position to the Qube Smart Light Strips, schedules can be programed with specific instructions. For example, instructing Qube to keep lights dim at night keeps sleep-interrupting glare to a minimum should the user awake in the middle of the night to get a glass of water. The Qube app will also have the ability to to integrate with major third-party services like Amazon Echo and IFTTT, allowing for almost unlimited customizable lighting scenarios.

Qube Smart Light Strips are now on Indiegogo with preorder pricing for a 2-meter light strip set at $24 for the first 1,500 early adoptees. Qube Smart Light Strips are currently in production and the first units are slated to ship in March 2017.

Visit Qube at CES 2017 at the Innova Technology PTE LTD booth # 51013.


iDevices Introduces Instant Switch at CES 2017



iDevices, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, introduces Instant Switch at CES 2017. Instant Switch is a wireless, remote smart home control.

Instant Switch is a remote wireless, Bluetooth Smart wall switch that allows users to designate additional points of power control anywhere in the home, with no installation or wiring required. Instant Switch’s patent pending design secures flush to any wall like a traditional light switch, and, through Bluetooth technology, pairs to any iDevices power and lighting smart home product to offer users unlimited flexibility and extended control of their home, with Android, Alexa-enabled, and HomeKit-compatible functionality.

No longer limited to the light switches installed in a home, users can instead place Instant Switch anywhere, without the usual construction, wire-running, or electrical installation. Designed to mimic a permanently installed light switch, Instant Switch can be fitted over an standard two-screw wall plate and comes with an iDevices wall plate for added convenience. Stick-on,Command adhesive backing makes it possible to mount the Instant Switch with just a peel-and-stick to the wall. A built-in ball level ensures perfect placement and the batteries have a two-year lifespan.

When Instant Switch is paired to a hard-wired iDevices Wall or Dimmer Switch, it creates an instant 2-way control configuration. Users can add an Instant Switch wherever they’ve always wanted to have a standard wall switch. One by the bedside can control lights on the first floor or one can be added to a room with no switches at all. The possibilities are endless and now anyone in a home can control connected products.

Instant Switch will be on display at CES 2017, Sands Expo Level 2, Halls A-D, Booth # 41624.


First Alert Connects Safety and Simplicity at CES 2017



Today’s connected home technology meets common sense functionality and excellence in design with the expanded Onelink by First Alert portfolio of home safety and security products. Onelink by First Alert brought five products to CES 2017.

The Onelink by First Alert portfolio includes a range of home monitoring devices designed to seamlessly integrate with today’s most secure connected home platform, Apple HomeKit. Additionally, the Onelink lineup conveniently connects users to their homes via the Onelink Home App, providing one location for all devices and security and peace of mind from anywhere, anytime.

Onelink by First Alert Smoke + Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm

This 2-in-1 wireless combination smoke and CO alarm offers premium safety features and sensing technologies. In the event of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency, the alarm will sound and send push notifications to the user’s mobile device. Exclusive voice and location technology will alert users to the type of danger and its location. The sleek, modern-designed alarm is Apple HomeKit-enabled and works with Amazon Alexa, where users can ask Alexa the status of alarms or to help develop a family fire escape plan.

Onelink by First Alert Envirocam

Parents will benefit from this revolutionary device that offers non-contact respiration rate monitoring. The Onelink Envirocam features a patented design that detect micro-movements to monitor breathing directly from the smart camera, eliminating the hassle of other respiration monitoring devices that require physical contact with the child. The camera also monitors environmental conditions. The Onelink Home app dashboard offers critical information such as sleep data, temperature, low and high carbon monoxide levels, and humidity at the parents’ fingertips.

Onelink First Alert Environment Monitor

This smart device features advanced sensing technologies to monitor both high- and low-levels of carbon monoxide (CO), both of which can be harmful. Compatible with Apple HomeKit and enhanced to be compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Onelink Environment Monitor monitors temperature and humidity and notifies users of any changes.

Onelink by First Alert Safe

Ideal for homes and small businesses, this smart safe combine’s best-in-class security with smart home functionality. Users can unlock the safe with their mobile device using the Onelink Home app with Touch ID and passcode verification. It also features tamper and motion detection, sending push notifications to the user if a disturbance or tampering is detected by the safe. The Onelink Safe is fire-rated and waterproof to protect valuables against unexpected emergencies, and features exclusive Bolt Down Technology that allows the safe to be bolted directly to the floor, without compromising fire and water protection.

Onelink by First Alert Wi-Fi Thermostat

This programable smart device connects easily to Wi-Fi and enables users to control their heating and cooling directly from their mobile devices via the app. It works seamlessly with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, allowing users to integrate with the smart home platform of their choice. With these virtual assistants, users do not even need to touch their phones – simply speak aloud and with hands-free commands to adjust or inquire about the temperature.

Onelink by First Alert will be at CES 2017 at the First Alert Booth in the Sands Expo at booth #41330.


Sengled Smart Lights Honored at CES



Sengled has a history of winning awards at CES and this year is no exception with two Honorees in the ‘Best of Innovation’ and ‘Eco-design and Sustainable Technologies’ categories. The former was won by the Sengled Pulse Link, which is an interesting way of improving television audio with the need for wires or expensive  AV amplifiers.

By way of explanation, the Sengled Pulse is a Bluetooth-controlled LED lamp with a built-in speaker, so music can be streamed from a mobile phone or tablet to the Pulse. I’ve reviewed some of these lights and I’m not going to pretend that they’re hi-fi quality audio and just leave it at that. The Pulse Link adds a transmitter into the mix so the (rear surround) audio output from the TV is input to the Pulse Link, which then transmits to a pair of Sengled Pulse lamps. The Pulse lamps can be positioned conveniently near the TV viewer, bringing the soundtrack closer. The Pulse Link Starter Kit is US$199.

The second Honoree is the Sengled Element, which simplistically, is a hub-controlled LED smart bulb. What makes the Element a little bit different is a focus on green credentials and a promise by Sengled to plant a tree for every bulb, making the Element CO2 neutral. The complementary smartphone app shows the energy savings compared with incandescent lighting so owners can see how they’re saving the planet. Price for the Element Classic hasn’t been set, but the Element Plus Kit is $59.99 for hub and bulb. Bulbs are $17.99. The Element Plus bulbs (shown) have white colour-temperature tuning and dimmer switch compatibility.

And purely because I like the idea, I going to mention the Sengled Everbright. This is an LED lamp with a built-in battery providing over 3 hours of lighting in the event of a power cut. Impressively, the lights can tell the difference between normal on/off switching and a power failure. Very clever and perfect if you live with a less-than-stable electricity supply. US$19.99.

Sengled are at CES 2017 at the Sands Expo, Level 2 Hall A #41336.


Cognitive Systems Launches Aura at CES 2017



Cognitive Systems, an advanced RF technology company, today announced the launch of Aura, a thoughtful security system for the home that uses patented spectrum analytics technology to detect and monitor motion, without using cameras.

Aura is a home security system that uses technology patented by Cognitive Systems to monitor the disruption of wireless signals caused by the movement in the home, without the use of cameras. Household members are notified on their smartphones of unauthorized motion that occurs anywhere in the home. With the simple two-piece system, Aura provides full coverage for the average home, even in rooms where people are typically unwilling to place cameras. Aura can also recognize the presence of known members, show motion patterns in the home, and provide a timeline of activity, deliver tailored notifications to homeowners’ smartphones, and interact with other smart home systems.

Aura is powered by a custom chipset from Cognitive Systems that monitors and analyzes wireless signal patters that occur when movement takes place within an home, and alerts the user if unauthorized motion is detected. Aura is more accurate than other motion detectors since the system is not dependent on light and it understands the difference between human and non-human movement (e.g. a fan, shadows, drapes blowing, etc.) Aura will be launching with IFTTT integration so that it can connect with other smart home systems as desired.

Aura is set up and managed via a free app available in the Apple Store and on Google Play. The app allows homeowners to see three different views of motion: Live, 12 hour, and Weekly. Consumers can also use the app to see who is currently at home, a timeline of household activity, arm or disarm the system, and more.

Aura is available for preorder with MSRP of $299. However, for CES fans, Aura will be available at a special pre-order price of $399 for a limited time. Orders will ship by February 28, 2017.

Cognitive Systems will be at CES 2017 in the Sands Expo Smart Home at Booth #42124.


Hatch Baby Debuts Three New IoT Parenting Products at CES 2017



Hatch Baby, the leading smart parenting company, announced the debut of its new line of smart nursery products at CES 2017. Hatch Baby has added new “Grow”, “Listen”, and “Rest” products to its smart nursery suite to help make parenting and pregnancy easier.

The three new Hatch Baby products, “Grow, “Listen”, and “Rest” are smart IoT nursery devices that connect wirelessly to a parent’s smartphone to make pregnancy, parenting, and sleep easier and more intuitive than ever before. Rest is available for purchase on the Hatch Baby website. Grow and Listen are now available for pre-order on the website and will hit store shelves in the first half of 2017.

“Rest” is a combination smart night light, sound machine, and Ok-to-wake device that parents control from their smartphones, to help create the ideal sleep environment as their child transitions from baby to toddler.

“Listen” is a fetal doppler that allows expecting parents to listen to their growing baby’s heartbeat from home, see visualizations and share recordings with loved one online.

“Grow” is a second generation smart changing pad that tracks key baby health metrics like weight, feedings, and diaper changes wirelessly. It syncs with a parent’s smartphone to track baby’s health over time.

The new line follows the smashing success of Hatch Baby’s flagship product, the Smart Changing Pad, which debuted at CES and on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2016. The new products are available to demo at the Hatch Baby booth, located at BT108 in the Baby Tech Pavilion at The Sands.


HD Portable Recording with Go Mic Mobile at CES



Smartphone cameras have developed incredibly over the past few years and broadcast quality video can be obtained from even mid-range phones. Audio can still let the side down as the built-in microphones simply can’t hear clearly from six feet away. To solve this problem, Samson Technologies have developed the Go Mic Mobile, a professional wireless microphone for mobile filmmakers, journalists, podcasters and vloggers.

Announced today at CES, the Go Mic Mobile will be available in with three different microphone configurations – dynamic handheld, lavalier and shotgun. The compact unit wirelessly mixes HD digital audio on two channels from up to 30 m away and connected via cable to both iOS and Android devices, the Go Mic can operate for up to six hours on battery power. For convenience, the receiver can be mounted on the back of a smartphone using the supplied bracket or fitted to the shoe mount on a DSLR.

Our goal is to provide passionate creators with a wireless system that delivers superior, clean audio while on-the-go,” says Sean Meagher, Samson’s Director of Marketing. “The Samson Go Mic Mobile continues the evolution of our highly portable microphones as creative consumers like filmmakers and journalists increasingly demand more mobile options.

For the techies, the Go Mic Mobile uses uncompressed, low latency audio and can operate up to 30 m on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Frequency response is 10 Hz–22 kHz with a bitrate of 48 kHz which is better (in theory) than CD quality sound. The receiver also includes a switchable 1/8” headphone/mic output with volume control for monitoring or connecting to an analogue input.

The Go Mic Mobile is expected to go on-sale in May 2017 for US$199.

Samson are at CES 2017, Booth #21427 in the South Hall.


VDO360 Introduces the CompassX at CES 2017



VDO360 releases the next version of their award-winning Compass series USB 2.0 cameras at CES 2017. The new version is the CompassX and it is an improvement upon their Compass series.

The CompassX, also referred to as the VPTZH-04, is built on the strengths of the Compass series enterprise grade construction and appearance, smooth and quick motor response, and multiple means of control interrelation – with improvements such as increased FOV (62.5 Hor.), UVC 1.1 standards compliance, extreme low light capability, and new true full-grid auto focus.

CEO of VDO360, Dan Freeman, said: “The CompassX is also a key part of our AutoPilot (AP) offering, becoming the first USB 2.0 camera with RTLS tracking capability. This really is a ‘sea change.’”

VDO360 will be showing the CompassX at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, January 5th – 8th, booth 45438 in the Education Marketplace, The Sands/Venetian Convention Center.