Promise Technology Announced Advancements to its Apollo Cloud 2 Duo at CES 2018



Promise Technology, a leader in data storage, announced at CES 2018 additional advancements to its Apollo Cloud 2 Duo. It is a simple to use device that allows users to safely store, access, and share documents, photos, videos and music with their own personal network of family, friends, and business contacts from anywhere in the world via the internet.

The 8TB and new 4TB Apollo Cloud 2 Duo, which already features quick camera roll backup, location based and facial recognition photo album syncing, Time Machine support, mirroring, Selective Sync and iOS 11 compatibility with the Files App and Drag & Drop feature, will now add IP camera integration and cloud service syncing.

Whether you’re at work or on vacation, monitoring your home inside and out brings great peace of mind. Wi-Fi security cameras are becoming increasingly popular, however, recording and saving sensitive footage of your loved ones can be costly and not very secure.

Apollo Cloud offers consumers a more cost-effective solution since there are no monthly subscription fees and information is kept safe and off public cloud networks.

With this new update, Apollo Cloud 2 Duo will now support IP cameras from multiple brands for non-stop video recording and live stream viewing. The new feature will enable users to control cameras remotely and watch live footage via the Apollo Cloud App from anywhere in the world.

The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo will allow users to automatically sync their cloud data from Google Cloud and Dropbox. Now, users can always have a local copy of their files, know their files are safe, and share those files directly using the Apollo Cloud App.

The 8TH Apollo Cloud 2 Duo is available now at estore.promise.com/us, Apple, and B&H for $449. The new 4TB version is available at estore.promise.com/us and Amazon for $369. Both are compatible with iOS, MacOS, Android, and Windows. Latest updates will be available for users starting by the end of January 2018.


Sennheiser Introduced the GSP 600 Gaming Headset at CES 2018



Sennheiser, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones, and wireless transmission systems, introduced the GSP 600 gaming headset at CES 2018. It is multi-platform compatible for gaming with PC, Mac as well as consoles, featuring at 3.5mm jack input. Use with lower-powered mobile devices is improved thanks to reduced impedance acoustic system that makes it easier to game on the go.

Building on the success of GAME ZERO, acclaimed as the ultimate closed gaming headset, the new GSP 600 improves on its predecessor with even better audio performance, as well as increased comfort and durability. No matter how long the gaming session and no matter how intense the action gets, the GSP 600 lets you keep cool and in control.

It features a range of ergonomic enhancements that include an all-new ear pad design, an innovative adjustable headband to customize contact pressure, new materials and an advanced hinge system for a better fit.

The new GSP 600 delivers a truly excellent sound performance that shatters expectations of what a gaming headset can do. It features a new and improved speaker system designed and manufactured by Sennheiser, with improved aluminum voice coil speakers that ensure an exceptional audio experience with an increased sub-bass range that powerfully adds impact to games and movies.

This warm deep bass never overpowers the well-controlled mid-range and finely detailed high frequencies, for incredible fidelity and realism that lets you hear every detail and react faster.

With its advanced, broadcast quality microphone, the GSP 600 provides high-end noise cancellation that ensures crystal clear gaming communication. Controlling game audio is fast and intuitive: the mic can be quickly muted by lifting the boom arm, while a volume control wheel integrated into the ear cup offers brilliant convenience.

The GPS 600 also introduces an advanced solid metal hinge system that gives even more freedom of movement and also increases the durability for which Sennheiser products are renowned. This innovative mechanism improves the fit by catering to a wider range of face shapes – pivoting smoothly to conform just as well to narrow or broad jawlines.

To adapt to different head sizes, Sennheiser has introduced an innovative Adjustable Contact Pressure feature to the headband that can be customized according to each user’s preference to ensure the headset feels perfectly snug and secure without ever feeling too tight.

The GSP 600 is available from the end of January 2018 at the recommend retail price of €249.00 or $249.95. As all Sennheiser products, the GSP 600 is built to last and comes with a two-year worldwide warranty.


Fibaro Debuted Smart Plug that Monitors Energy Uses at CES 2018



Fibaro, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices debuted a new Z-Wave smart power adaptor at CES 2018.

Wall Plug is a small outlet that gives any electrical device the ability to be controlled by popular Z-Wave smart home hubs, including Fibaro’s Home Center 2 and Home Center Lite, and also monitors power levels and energy usage.

Available in two versions, with a standard plug or standard plug with additional USB port, Wall Plug is an intelligent outlet adapter that monitors power consumption. Easy to set up, users can insert the Wall Plug into any standard outlet and push a button to connect it to a Z-Wave network.

Once a device is connected, an LED ring provides a visual cue of the device’s current power load, changing color according to the amount of power being drawn. If the device temperature increases, a purple warning light flashes.

When Wall Plug is connected to Fibaro’s Home Center Lite or Home Center 2, users can identify the devices that are using the most energy and set a maximum power limit for each connected device. If power consumption goes beyond the specified amount, the Wall Plug will automatically shut down power to that device. The system also instantly alerts users of any problems via SMS or email and can activate pre-defined scenes via any connected devices.

Unique to Wall Plug is a feature that allows users to test the Z-Wave network range indicated by a change in the LED ring’s colors. Perfect for households with young children, Wall Plug includes a soft glow setting that can be activated when used as a night light.

Users can also check the current energy consumption of other connected devices throughout the home within the configuration interface of Fibaro’s Home Center 2 or HCL controllers.

Using a computer or the Fibaro mobile app, users can see clear and detailed graphs of historical data, pie charts showing the energy drain of each connected device, and a list of the top five energy consumers in the home. Users can make changes on the fly to improve efficiency.

The Wall Plug with USB will be available in Q1 2018 for $59.00 USD, followed by a non-USB version for $49.00 USD.

Visit Fibaro at CES 2018 at Sands Smart Home Marketplace booth # 40952


Fibaro Adds Voice Control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri



Fibaro, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, is pleased to announce its vast ecosystem of smart home products now integrate with leading voice control platforms – Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and most recently the Google Assistant.

Fibaro is one of few premium smart home hub and device manufacturers to offer homeowners their choice of voice control platform in the home to control lights, blinds, security cameras, sensors, as well as many customized scenes with a simple voice command.

All three assistants allow for verbal interaction with Fibaro’s devices, and select products connected to Fibaro Home Center hubs. Users can give voice commands that turn the lights on and off, adjust a room’s temperature, check which doors and windows are currently open, or instruct the Fibaro system to simultaneously perform several similar tasks by giving a pre-defined verbal command.

Fibaro customers that use iPhone X to control their Fibaro smart home system can also disarm their Fibaro alarm system using Face ID, Apple’s face recognition feature.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice integration is available in English immediately using software version 4.130 or higher. Fibaro will continue to expand the number of voice commands available for each platform in 2018.

Also new in 2018, the Fibaro system is compatible with devices from leading AV brands including Bose, Sonos, Yamaha, Russound, iEast, Bang&Oulfsen, Musaic, Cocktail Audio, Pioneer, Onkyo, Denon and Nuvo, among others.

When integrated with the Fibaro system, the compatible multimedia devices can be programmed to automatically lower music volume after a certain time, to turn itself on along with other connected devices when watching TV, or to play lullabies in a child’s room at bed time.

Fibaro’s voice integration and smart-home device integration with the Fibaro system and its many IoT partners are on demo at CES 2018 in the Sands Smart Home Marketplace booth # 40952


Fibaro Debuts Home-Kit Compatible One-Touch Controller at CES 2018



Fibaro, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, introduced a new product to its existing HomeKit-compatible device ecosystem. The Button, an award-winning wireless, battery-powered, control device currently available with Z-Wave technology, is now available as a separate version compatible with Apple HomeKit.

The Button is the first of its kind in the HomeKit ecosystem of products that, unlike similar products and technologies, does not require a gateway hub or bridge to connect. At less than 2-inches in size, The Button is one of the smallest and handiest home control devices that can be mounted anywhere, including on the wall or tabletop in any room to easily activate a device or scene.

Recognizing up to three different actions, you can program the HomeKit-compatible Button to turn off the lights with one click, activate the AC with two clicks, or trigger a customized scene by holding it down.

It can activate scenes, synchronized actions involving several devices, such as a “goodbye scene” which closes the blinds, turns off electrical devices, and sets your lights to away mode, or a “good morning scene” which opens the blinds and turns on the lights when The Button is pressed.

The Button is also equipped with a buzz feature that provides audible confirmation of a proper click with one buzz, two buzzes, or a lengthened buzz. This feature can be turned on or off depending on user preference.

The HomeKit-compatible Button will be available in red, white, and black when it begins shipping in Q1 2018, followed by five additional colors later this year, allowing users to assign a color for each member of the family or match The Button to their décor.

Visit Fibaro at CES 2018 at the Sands Smart Home Marketplace booth #40952


Audeara “Hearing Test” Headphones at CES 2018



We’ve covered Audeara’s headphones on GNC before but they’re so interesting that they’re worth a second shout as it’s CES and all manner of advanced technology is on show.

Audeara are the world’s first full fidelity headphones with an built-in hearing test to protect user’s ears and deliver a completely personalised listening experience.

Everyone has a degree of hearing loss. Not just as a result of every loud gig they’ve been to, every busy street they’ve walked down, or every police siren that’s ever gone past but also damage can be sustained purely by listening to their headphones too loud. More and more young people have some loss of hearing, with an increasing number with the same hearing health usually associated with a 60 year old.

Audeara headphones can be used to test and retest hearing over a lifetime and adapt music to the user’s individual needs. They make music better, not louder, and provide perfect sound as it’s personalised for each person’s hearing. The first time the headphones are worn, the user undertakes a hearing test – the results of which, are subsequently stored in the headphones themselves. The headphones use this hearing profile to adjust the sound signal as it passes through them. They adjust the right ear differently from the left, making sure each part of the signal reaches the user’s brain in a way that’s heard as a perfect reflection of the intended signal.

What makes the Audeara headphones especially powerful is that all the technology is inside the headphones themselves. After the first test, the app isn’t required again unless the user wants to retest. This means headphones are no longer passive magnets for signal conversion, instead, they’re sophisticated tools for personalised sound reproduction.

The A-01 headphones are on pre-sale for AU$399 (that’s Australian dollars) with delivery expected in February 2018.

There’s video explaining the technology here.


Damson S-Series with Dolby Atmos at CES 2018



A good surround sound system makes the difference between just watching TV and a home cinema experience. The only snag is that it’s all too easy to end up with wires and cables everywhere.

For something neater, there are wireless speaker systems, though even then it’s hard to get a decent level of audio quality. Fortunately Damson are bringing Dolby Atmos to wireless home cinema speaker systems in their new S-Series.

The S-Series is the first wireless modular home cinema speaker system to support Dolby Atmos, enabling sound to be precisely placed and moved anywhere in a three-dimensional space, including overhead. This brings entertainment alive all around you, delivering moving audio with greater clarity and depth.

With the S-Series powered by Damson’s wireless network, JetStreamNet, users are able to seamlessly connect and expand sound throughout their homes. JetStreamNet has the capability to connect up to eight speakers. This means users can place the wireless speakers in a variety of arrangements, or in individual groups, to stream sound throughout different rooms. Each speaker has a range of up to 50 metres (approximately 150 feet), which goes far beyond the power of any ordinary wireless speaker system in the market.

The S-Series: Home Cinema system with Dolby Atmos features a soundbar, subwoofer, 2 S-Cubes and a Dolby Atmos Speaker, allowing the system to decode all Dolby formats, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos, providing cinema-level audio experiences in a powerful, compact, and elegant package.

 Available for pre-order for US$799.99 / GB£799.99 / €849.99, the S-Series Home Cinema system will be the most advanced wireless speaker system for home entertainment to date while staying affordable for consumers.

Still at CES? Find them in the Flamingo Hotel.


FOREO Launched New UFO Smart Mask at CES 2018



FOREO is short for “For Every One”. They strive to create groundbreaking, accessible solutions that bring happiness and benefit to everyday lives. FOREO launched its newest beauty-tech device, the UFO at CES 2018, making it available to pre-order in partnership with crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

The FOREO UFO is described as the world’s first smart mask treatment to offer spa-level facial treatments in just 90 seconds, combining LED light therapy with cryotherapy, thermo-therapy, and T-sonic pulsations activated via your smartphone.

Face masks were 2017’s biggest beauty trend in skincare, officially the category’s number one searched term in Google and accounting for more than 40% of online sales for beauty companies worldwide. With the launch of UFO (Ur Future Obsession), FOREO is aiming to kickstart a face mask revolution, tackling the core issues of limited penetration, poor facial coverage, and the time spent using them.

The FOREO UFO (Ur Future Obsession) has been in development and shrouded in secrecy for four years until now, when it was unveiled at CES 2018. The UFO is set to retail at $279 USD while the UFO mini, an entry level design, will retail at $179 USD. For the pre-launch phase on Kickstarter, customers can enjoy savings of up to 50% off.

The UFO Features:

  • Utilizes hyper-infusion technology, combining heating to open pores, T-Sonic pulsations to infuse active ingredients more deeply into the skin and cryotherapy to seal the active ingredients and firm the skin
  • Includes a range of LED light therapy treatments to offer three photofacials, including anti-aging (red LED), brightening (green LED) and anti-acne (blue LED)
  • Each treatment incorporates a carefully chosen combination of temperature and pulsation intensity for maximum effect and soothing facial massage

The device works hand in hand with the specially invented UFO-activated sheet masks. These ultra-soft microfiber masks ensure flawless skin from dawn to dusk and each formula pares with a unique UFO treatment routine designed to give a wake up call, or to help relax when people are ready to call it a night.

The UFO and UFO mini are planned to launch in top retail stores in April 2018.

Visit FOREO at CES 2018 at Tech West, Sands Expo, Halls A-D booth # 43534


We.Stream Launched World’s First Secure Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot at CES 2018



We.Stream, is a new initiative of Mondicon, an international mobile data provider that specializes in delivering connectivity in places and situations where this is a challenge. This Dutch company recently opened its office in Santa Monica, California. We.Stream launched the world’s first Secure Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot at CES 2018.

We.Stream is the world’s first Secure mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot with embedded Cloud SIM Technology that enables unlimited data access in more than 100 countries.

Joachim de Wild, Co-CEO at We.Stream explains the problem solved: “Roaming charges and international data plans through traditional providers are often prohibitively expensive. Travelers use public WiFi as an alternative to high data roaming charges, but that comes with big security risks.”

“We.Stream offers the solution to this problem, with affordable mobile data plans in more than 100 countries, including China, Australia, Brazil, USA and all of Europe. With We.Stream, travelers can carry their own pocket-sized secure Wi-Fi hotspot with them at all times.”

The embedded Cloud SIM technology enables users to experience the best mobile data rates worldwide. They can easily activate data plans with a single click on the touchscreen of the device. With the built-in VPN solution, travelers can conduct sensitive business online enjoying peace of mind, knowing their data is secure and private.

The upfront price point for the device will be $179, which includes 2GB of global mobile data. Frequent travelers can save even more over their current data roaming charges by purchasing We.Stream’s unlimited data plan for only $259 per year.

Visit We.Stream at CES 2018 at Eureka Park booth # 51522


HYPER Announced Kickstarter Campaign for HyperDrive at CES 2018



HYPER, by Sanho Corporation, makers of the HYPER line of Apple and mobile accessories – announces its latest Kickstarter campaign for HyperDrive which will launch on January 15 (8am PST/11 am EST) and which will be showcased at HYPER CES 2018 booth.

Building upon last year’s HyperDrive USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro which is the most successful crowdfunded MacBook and USB-C accessory having raised over $3.1 million, the latest HyperDrive combines the award winning USB-C hub with the most fully featured and fastest 7.5W Qi wireless charger for the iPhone.

Notables:

  • New HyperDrive combines the award winning 8-in-1 USB-C Hub with the World’s fastest 7.5W wireless charger for the iPhone
  • 8-in-1 USB Hub with built-in retractable USB-C cable turns a single USB-C port into 8 ports (4K HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, microSD, SD, 3x USB-A 3.1 and USB-C Power Delivery).
  • World’s first wireless charger that supports all 4 Qi wireless charging standards (7.5W, 5W, 10W and 15W) for iPhone and Android high speed wireless charging
  • Full charge iPhone X from empty to full in under 3 hours (2h58m) faster than mophie (3h21m) and Belkin (3h33m) wireless chargers
  • Convertible wireless charging stand with unlimited adjustable viewing angles
  • Not 1 but 3 wireless charging coils to allow iPhone to charge in any position (flat, standing up, landscape or portrait)
  • Digital LCD displaying wireless charging voltage and current
  • Power efficient low temperature (36.5°C / 97.7°F) wireless charger keeps iPhone below the 36.5°/97.7°F temperature requirement for 7.5W charging
  • Uses fixed charging frequency designation by Apple that will not interfere with Touch and Face ID
  • Supports both USB Quick Charge and USB-C Power Delivery inputs that allow for future device firmware updates
  • MSRP of HyperDrive is $149. Kickstarter Early Bird Backers will get the HyperDrive for $69, more than 50% off MSRP.

    HyperDrive is expected to ship in March 2018, upon successful Kickstarter funding.

    Visit HYPER at CES 2018 at South Hall booth # 31850