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SolPad is Disrupting the Solar Power Industry at CES



SolPad logoFree energy. It’s a dream shared by every homeowner when it’s time to pay the monthly utility bill. The closest thing we’ve got to a true “free energy machine” is solar power. These systems harness light from the sun and convert that light into electricity that can then be used by anything and everything in the home. For years, solar power has been a steady but still kinda slow-growth industry. That may change soon thanks to new technology being developed by SolPad.

Tedd stopped by the SolPad booth to speak with Chris, where he learned about SolPad’s new portable and home-based solar power offerings. Some highlights from their discussion:

  • SolPad has a complete solar solution that includes panels, battery, and an efficient inverter
  • Wireless connectivity to control SolPad systems from mobile devices
  • Portable SolPad panels use the same technology as roof-based panels
  • SolPad panels “snap” together like Lego pieces, which can reduce the cost of installation by up to 50%
  • SolPad systems run on a “net zero” concept designed to not push power back into the electrical grid
  • SolPad panels come with a 25-year warranty, SolPad batteries come with a 10-year warranty

Pricing is not yet available for SolPad products but the company will be releasing that information soon.

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Norton Introduces Norton Core Router at CES



Norton LogoNorton has been a mainstay in digital security for decades. The company is best known for its suite of antivirus and anti-malware tools that runs on many PCs. Norton is now taking the next step in secure computing with the introduction of the Norton Core router.

Todd spoke with Shagorika from Norton. She noted that this is the first piece of hardware ever developed by Norton. Here are some noteworthy specs from the device:

  • Norton Core takes action to secure a network when it detects a problem
  • Puts IoT devices on a separate network from computers and can quarantine devices if a compromise is detected
  • High performance router supports up to 2.5Gb per second data transfer
  • Easily configurable guest access networks
  • Mobile app provides easy interface for configuring the router
  • Router provides a security score that helps you keep your network(s) secure

The Norton Core router is available now for pre-order at a discounted price of $199.

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Elgato Unleashes Thunderbolt 3 Dock at CES



Elgato LogoMuch publicity, good or bad, was made over the recent updates to Apple’s MacBook Pro line of laptop computers. “Where are all the ports?” was a constant refrain from critics who didn’t like the line’s lack of traditional I/O. It’d definitely be inconvenient to carry a collection of dongles around with that shiny new MBP in order to get all those old ports back. That’s why clever companies like Elgato have designed powerful laptop docks like the new Thunderbolt 3 Dock.

Todd spoke with Lars from Elgato at CES 2017. Lars gave some impressive specs on the Thunderbolt 3 Dock, including:

  • One cable will charge your laptop and carry all data
  • Connect up to two 4K displays
  • 3 USB ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio input and audio output jacks

The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be available for purchase within the next month and will sell for $299.

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ECOVACS is Cleaning Up CES 2017 with UNIBOT



EcovacsWho’s ready to leave the housework to someone else? I know I sure am. Unfortunately, my life choices haven’t really worked out in such a way that I can afford to pay for housekeeping. Regardless, we are now truly entering the World of Tomorrow here in the 21st century. And that means robots. More specifically, robots that will clean your house. The future is indeed a wonderful time to be alive!

Robotics company ECOVACS returned to CES this year to show off its latest creation, UNIBOT:

UNIBOT combines floor cleaning and air purification with aspects of household monitoring and security, as well as the control of various household devices in the owner’s home. The new home management robot combines quality and efficiency with cutting edge technologies from existing floor cleaning modules, home management modules, air purification modules and humidification modules into a single, programmable, versatile unit.

So, this UNIBOT is like a Roomba combined with an air filter and a humidifier? That’s a pretty versatile thing to have around the modern home:

…floor cleaning robot, and is further enhanced with other modules to create a totally customizable, intelligent and novel customer experience. This allows ECOVACS to advance to the next stage in its long-term plan – that is, household appliances which are no longer just single-function tools, but are now multi-functional home management systems.

Looks like UNIBOT isn’t the full solution for all of your housekeeping needs. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction. No information is yet available as to when UNIBOT will be on the market or how much it’ll cost.


PuddingBeanQ is a Robotic Companion for Kids at CES 2017



RooboOne of the promises of the 21st century is a world full of robots. While we haven’t exactly made it to that automaton-filled vision yet, artificially intelligent technology is becoming more and more commonplace in our everyday lives. This has definitely been evident during this year’s CES show. One of the latest robot-inspired devices to debut at the trade show is PuddingBeanQ, billed as a robotic companion for kids:

…small robot, PuddingBeanQ, that can answer those innumerable “why” questions from young children at the CES 2017. According to company sources, PuddingBeanQ answers the questions under eights ask of life, the universe and everything. It also teaches music and basic maths and will understand up to 50 languages.

PuddingBeanQ harnesses the power of the internet to access various types of stories and education material. This large knowledge base allows the little robot to keep kids’ minds engaged, helping them to grow and learn:

Roobo has established a strategic partnership with Nuance to integrate learning and data-driven AI to create a conversational interface and encourage human interaction.

PuddingBeanQ has rich, human-like emotions that appeal to young kids and will react to human touch, plus instigates interactive games that encourage movement.

Roobo is expecting to officially launch the PuddingBeanQ product line in March of 2017. No word yet on pricing for this robot.


SCOSCHE Launches MagicMount CHARGE at CES 2017



SCOSCHE Industries, innovators of award-winning consumer technology and car audio products and accessories, has combined the latest in advanced wireless charging technology with its award-winning MagicMount series of magnetic, cradle-less mobile device mounts and announces a major new addition to the MagicMount line-up – MagicMount CHARGE.

MagicMount CHARGE will be available in two models – for car (MPQWD) and for home/office (MPQHD). Touted the number one mount brand un the U.S., SCOSCHE’s MagicMount now integrates the latest in Qi wireless charging technology and performance with its multi-award wining mounts line, providing Qi-Certified 15W of charging power, three times the charge power of most wireless charging products. MagicMount CHARGE is designed to work with an array of Qi-Enabled devices, including phones, cases, receivers, and battery covers.

MagicMount CHARGE (MPQWD) uses SCOSCHE’s stickGRIP suction base to secure a driver’s mobile device to their vehicle’s window or dash, allowing them to keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while making hands-free calls, activating Siri or Cortana, and carefully navigating via GPS. Equipped with the latest Qi 15W wireless charging technology, the mount eliminates the need to plug a mobile device into a car charger or to use a USB cable.

It also features an open design for full access to all controls and ports and a four-axis adjustable angle, allowing for different viewing angles, and a lock-nut for securing positioning. The versatile mount enables drivers to select the optimum location to securely mount virtually any mobile device for maximized visibility and significantly enhanced safety on the road. The MagicMount CHARGE (MPQWD) includes a metal plate with 3M adhesive plus you get a free, interchangeable, low-profile dash mount option. The unit is backwards compatible for phones that charge at less than a 15W rate.

MagicMount CHARGE for home/office (MPQHD) offers a wide variety of home and office uses by those who crave less wires in their space. It offers quick and easy magnetic mounting and rapid wireless charging. The stickGRIP suction base provides a strong hold to any desk or kitchen table and boasts an open design for full access to all controls and ports. The four-axis adjustable angle conveniently allows for different viewing angles, and its lock-nut keeps user’s mobile devices securely positioned. The MagicMount CHARGE for home/office includes a metal plate with 3M adhesive and is backwards compatible for phones that charge at less than a 15W rate.

MagicMount CHARGE models will be available in Q1 2017. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Visit SCOSCHE at CES 2017 at LVCC North Hall booth #7900.


Extreme Flyers Demonstrate Micro Drone 3.0 at CES 2017



Extreme Flyers is the creator of Micro Drone 3.0. They are at CES 2017 showcasing four new features of Micro Drone 3.0, which is at the forefront of drone technology.

Micro Drone 3.0 made crowdfunding history in 2015, becoming the highest funded Drone campaign of all time on Indiegogo. Micro Drone 3.0 is an advanced, sophisticated and personal Drone, with a HD camera that allows you to stream live video directly to your smartphone. With its completely modular design, Magnetic Wi-Fi Camera and cartridge battery system – Micro Drone 3.0 is totally unique.

Micro Drone 3.0 has four new features:

Wide Angle Camera Lens

The new module incorporates a wide-angle lens and auto light balancing; allowing pilots to capture the best footage and adjusts to their environment. This snaps on much like the original camera module.

Micro Gimbal

After two years miniaturizing the technology, Extreme Flyers will be showcasing Micro Gimbal at CES. It is the world’s smallest gimbal, combining an integrated camera, gimbal, compression engine, and Wi-Fi Module (that synchronizes sensor data with video footage frame by frame) to create smooth aerial shots.

WiFi HD Downlink

Extreme Fliers new WiFi HD Downlink feature allows pilots to wirelessly transfer raw HD footage to their smartphones. This app update does away with the need for any wired connections, as SD card footage can now be downloaded directly to your phone over the air.

Carbon Fibre Racing Kit

Building on Micro Drone’s modular design, Extreme Flyers have developed a new Carbon Racing kit to allow all Micro Drone 3.0 users to place their existing Flight Board and motors into a limited edition carbon fibre frame. Alongside a new Analogue camera, users will now be able to take part in professional FPV Racing.

Extreme Flyers are at CES 2017 in the LVCC South at Booth #21764.


Polaroid Debuts Polaroid Pop at CES 2017



Polaroid celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, and they are kicking off their milestone year with the debut of the Polaroid Pop. It is the latest camera in the Polaroid Instant Digital Print line, and it pairs wireless technology with the iconic Polaroid 3″x4″ print.

The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera combines a sleek, modern design and digital technology with the classic 3″x4″ instant print format that is reminiscent of the brand’s iconic legacy instant print cameras.

Just like the Polaroid Snap and Polaroid Snap Touch instant digital cameras and the Polaroid Zip instant photoprinter, at the heart of the new Polaroid Pop instant digital camera is an integrated printer using ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology. This gives users the ability to automatically print full color photos in the iconic 3″x4″ format with the Polaroid Classic Border Logo resulting in a 3.5”x4.25” print.

The Polaroid Pop also featured a traditional camera experience. The camera includes a 3.97-inch touchscreen LCD for framing shots and navigating the camera’s menu, a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and dual LED flash for high quality images, image stabilization, as well as 1080p full HD video recording capability. All images and video are stored on a micro SD card (up to 128GB).

The Polaroid Pop can quickly and easily connect to a mobile device using a dual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, transforming the camera into an instant photo printer. Via the Polaroid print app, available free for iOS and Android, users can edit and enhance their prints with a number of creative filters, digital stickers, effects, and controls. No matter what device they use to capture images, users will be able to share the fun with their own creative flair. The Polaroid Pop is ideal for today’s selfie shooters thanks to a self-timer. Additionally the Polaroid Pop has three color modes – black and white, color, and vintage sepia to give users that iconic Polaroid look and feel.

Visit Polaroid at CES 2017 in Central Hall at the Polaroid booth #16614.


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.


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.