Pepcom, October – On Thursday, October 27 Pepcom hosted its Holiday Spectacular press only event at Metreon City View in San Francisco. Over 50 companies were showing the season’s hottest new products and services. Last week Holiday Gift Guide produced by Roadway Media www.roadway.media was on the air on Comcast channel 27 and AT&T Uverse channel 99. Now is available at:
Pepcom event, June 2016 – There is nothing not to like about Pepcom’s press only events. They are always well organized and have so many innovative products to see. The event happened on the evening of Thursday, May 19th, at the Metreon in San Francisco and focused on mobile products. 21 companies showcased their automotive, mobile and lifestyle innovations at the venue.
Here are take some of the products that I was most excited about:
Moshi, a designer of fashion bags, presented the Helios Lite and Helios backpacks that can carry laptops up to 13”(Helios Lite) and 15” (Helios). Made from ultra-lightweight and durable materials with water-repellent coating that protects in different weather conditions. All Moshi bags are very practical with enough pockets to put your valuables and accessories such as pens, chargers, smartphones and cables, as well as being fashionable for a generation of professionals that lead a busy and demanding lifestyle.
Looking over their other products at the Moshi’s table, I found another nice surprise that was on display. They presented the Avanti; Moshi’s flagship on-ear headphones. This stylish product has good sound and featured a nice ergonomic design. The curved stainless steel headband with soft adjustable ear cups made of soft leatherette lets us solely enjoy the music, which is being isolated from noise and with minimal pressure on the ears. Avanti headphones features high-efficiency 40 mm drivers with high dynamic range.
At the Kingston booth, along with their flagship products, the company division HyperX showcased their latest gaming headset; the HyperX Cloud Revolver, which is now shipping on Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg. The HyperX Cloud Revolver is made with a steel frame suspension design, memory foam and premium leatherette ear cups and headband. It is compatible with PC, console and mobile devices. Their latest version continues to bring high performance products from Kingston Technology using the Cloud.
Escort Inc. and Cobra Electronics, held by Cedar Electronics, showcased an array of dash cams: DriveHD Dash Cams and Drive HD CDR895D, which provide help capture against unexpected accidents on the road. The newest addition, CDR 895D is a dual channel dash cam that simultaneously captures the road ahead and road behind in HD video, offering front view resolution of full 1080P HD and rear view of 720P HD. The CDR 895D will be in Q2 with a MSRP of $229.95.
As we live in the mobile era we can’t forget that every device needs to be charged.
Ventev at its booth offered an array of charging hubs and power solutions. Along with new USB charging hub rq600, there were desktop charging hub s500, USB charging hub 400, global charging hub 300 and wall charging hub 200. On the portable power site, Ventev showcased power cells 10000+, 6000+, 6000c, 6000 and power dash r900. The company is also well known as a producer of cables that are strong, tangle-resistant and optimized.
At the end of my list, I would like to mention TripIt, a mobile application that allow you stress-free travel. The program allows to create a master itinerary for your trips and store your travel plans along with maps and directions in one place. It’s a great addition to your busy lives.
January, CES 2016 – With a theme of a summer time Beach Blowout the Pepcom Digital Experience event took place before doors officially open for CES 2016 in Las Vegas. 225 exhibitors were showcased their various products and services to the press representative hoping to attract the media eyes on their new innovation or on the update to previous version of the product. Most of their products were electronics or accessories marketplace. There were some debuts along them and some products which already got the recognition. All of them were worth to see and have the editors get a chance to put their hands on them.
The list of exhibitors held at the Pepcom Digital Experience event we stopped into along with a short description what they brought to CES 2016 in alphabetical order below:
Aerodrome – owner and operator of teaching airports for commercial drones, discussed the groundbreaking of the world’s first droneport.
Amped Wireless – showcased their latest, award-winning innovations in long range wireless solutions.
Antenna79 – showed the new one-of-kind R79X iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus cases, which contain a multi-patented, micro-thin antenna that automatically couples with your phone to expand and extend your phone’s antenna.
ARM – mobile and IoT experts showcased the latest ARM-based connected devices (smartphones, wearables and IoT).
Atmel – showed the latest wearable devices to its secure, connected ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi lighting system, Wi-Fi camera, and force sensing technology on a large touchscreen.
BACtrack – showcased new developments for its award-winning BACtrack Mobile smartphone breathalyzer; featuring Bluetooth connectivity and iOS and Android compatibility.
Beddit – showed convenient and clinically proven sleep tracker that makes any bed a smart bed and helps improve sleep by combining an ultra-thin sensor placed under the bed sheet with an App on an iPhone and Apple Watch, or Android device.
Belkin- showcased a variety of new technological innovations. The Linksys brand introduced a new lineup of Wi-Fi MU-MIMO and Cable Modem solutions, while Belkin debuted new USB-C accessories and charging solutions for smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.
Bitdefender – presented its new product – BOX. As a hardware – cloud – mobile apps play, BOX is the all-inclusive cybersecurity solution packed into one smartphone controlled device that protects every device connected to the Internet.
BLACK+DECKER™ – announced SMARTECH™ Technology, which merges DIY with technology for Power Tools, Home Products, and Outdoor Products.
Bowflex – showed the first-ever smart dumbbells with advanced 3DT™ technology designed to guide users through each exercise while tracking reps and weight lifted, and wirelessly transferring data to a free mobile app.
Canon – displayed its latest products offerings in Digital Imaging solutions.
Carl Zeiss Smart Optics – launched the first curved and stylish data glass lens with unobtrusively integrated optics for augmented reality applications.
Chamberlain – demonstrated their latest strategies for creating a safer and more connected home, including the next phase in their partnership with Nest.
CooperVision – believes that it’s time to change the perception that digital eye fatigue — experienced by seven in ten adults living in the United States – should be considered “normal.”
D-Link – displayed a range of exciting new products across its home networking, home security and home automation product lines.
Dell – showed the newest additions to its consumer and commercial product portfolios, including sleek notebooks, versatile 2-in-1 devices, gaming systems, and displays.
Delta Faucet Company – made its debut CES/Pepcom appearance to showcase its latest innovation as it relates to smart home technology and water.
DocuSign – showcased its smart contracts and payments prototype co-developed with Visa for its Connected Car Initiative. The payment app revolutionizes auto-leasing and buying by making it 100% digital so consumers can sign a lease, select insurance and more right from the driver’s seat in the showroom.
Epson America, Inc. – showcased the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank printer, which comes with up to two years of ink in the box; the Home Cinema 1040 and Home Cinema 1440, MHL-enabled home theater projectors featuring high brightness, Full HD 1080p and high contrast.
EyeLock – showcased iris identity authentication developed for end-points across the Internet of Things.
Garmin – showcased its latest GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle.
GE Lighting – showcased its Bluetooth-connected LED product family – C by GE, designed for sleep and everyday illumination.
HARMAN – JBL and Harman Kardon showed the next generation in wireless audio.
Hunter Fan Company – the manufacturer of ceiling fans, debuted two Wi-Fi enabled fans at CES: the all-new designs, named Symphony and Signal, retail for less than $400 and can be connected with other Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home.
Hyundai – showcased an augmented reality owner’s manual app called Virtual Guide.
iBaby Labs – presented Connected Home at its best with iBaby’s IoT solutions – from baby monitors and home monitors to air quality trackers.
IEEE – featured out-of-this-world technologies through truly unique AR/VR environments.
LifeProof is unveiling the newest addition to the waterproof case line.
Lutron Electronics – a leading manufacturer of energy-saving light, shade, and temperature control solutions, showcased new features of its HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless system, an affordable, expandable, smart home solution available in both DIY and “do it for me” options.
Master Lock – showed its new line of Bluetooth Smart Padlocks, a new level of convenience and security that turns your smart device into a key.
Moshi – debuted on-ear headphones, and presented stylish tech-savvy bags and new portable batteries.
Nest – showed it’s full family of products.
Nikon Inc. – showcased its latest DSLR, Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras as well its NIKKOR lenses and accessories.
OSRAM SYLVANIA – showed the newest additions to its smart connected LIGHTIFY® portfolio, including the industry-first LIGHTIFY Switch and Outdoor Flex RGBW Strips.
Performance Designed Products (PDP), the #1 third party accessory manufacturer in North America introduced a new product for the gamers.
Petcube – maker of the Petcube Camera that allows owners to watch, talk to, and play with pets on their iOS and Android devices unveiled early details of Petcube Protect: a new cloud-based subscription service that gives owners peace of mind when it comes to their pets and their home property.
Plantronics – showcased its top 2015 products including the CES Innovations Award winning BackBeat SENSE and Voyager Focus UC.
Rambus – showcased its revolutionary Lensless Smart Sensors, a revolutionary new approach to optical sensing that delivers on package, power and price by replacing traditional lenses with tine diffractive optics.
Raumfeld – extends its product portfolio of WiFi speakers to include TV and movie sound with the introduction of the world’s first WiFi sounddeck for use as both a television and music sound system. A new soundbar with innovative flat wireless subwoofer was presented.
SanDisk – showed its latest mobile memory solutions with supersized capacities for fast and easy content transfer and expanded storage for all popular mobile devices and its brand new, rugged portable SSD for techies who need fast, reliable storage on-the-go.
Schlage – showed its most advanced lock system offerings to date, Schlage Control™ Smart Locks and The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt providing smart home access for both renters and home owners.
Seagate – showcased the company’s latest storage offerings from both the LaCie and Seagate branded product lines.
Shure – showcased the newest additions to its robust listening portfolio, including its exclusive innovation: the premium KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System—the world’s first Sound Isolating™ electrostatic earphone and amplifier system, for use with portable and traditional media players—and the new standalone Shure SHA900 Portable Listening Amplifier, designed for use with premium-quality headphones and earphones.
TomTom will be showing its new GPS fitness watch with on-board music – TomTom Spark, its action camera that enables footage editing and sharing in minutes – TomTom Bandit, and its new Golf GPS watch – TomTom Golfer.
Toshiba – showed its latest innovations in PC and Branded Storage.
TP-LINK – showcased the next evolution of 802.11ad wireless technology, products for the smart home and its comprehensive line of innovative routers.
TripIt – showed new additions to trip planner services.
TYLT – unveiled several new wireless chargers capable of charging 3X faster than the pre-2015 standard.
Wacom – showcased the power digital stationery, turning notes into text files with the brand-new ink-to-text conversion.
WD – showed new products, including the My Cloud Mirror Gen 2!
Whirlpool – showed the completely and intuitively re-imagined, pantry-inspired shelving system in the Whirlpool® Smart French Door Refrigerator that uses space more efficiently among with leading French Door Bottom Mount refrigerators
Withings – showed the connected health revolution products.
ZAGG – highlighted its latest mobile keyboards and portable power and introduced new products for audio lovers and social media users.
Zolt – featured the world’s smallest, lightest and smartest multi-device laptop charger, capable of charging today’s laptops and two mobile devices simultaneously.
Audio manufacturer JLab was showing their new EPIC wireless Bluetooth earbuds. Designed for the active user, the earbuds are waterproof for all weather and heavy exercise use. The design has a single wire connecting the two earbuds with an in-line microphone and control for both audio playback and phone call use. The EPIC earbuds are available in several colors to help match the fashion sense of the user.
Following in the path of the over the head headphones, the Epic earbuds are focusing on the quality of the sound. To maintain an even listening experience the earbuds have a clip to hold them in place. The new design is claiming a 10 hour battery life, and the earbuds worked close to that. The 10 hours is based on certain play and pause times, the reality is with waiting, phone calls, and playing music, a single charge will make it a full 8 hour day.
The headphones identified that they use a pair of neodymium drivers, the EPIC earbuds did not identify the driver type, but on a scaled down basis they are similarly clear. The earbuds were pretty clear for talking on the phone, however they did pick up a bit of wind and background noise due to the location of the microphone. Listening to music was fine, and would work well during exercise and on transportation and still make lyrics understandable.
The Epic earbuds are available on-line from the company website and major retailers.
iBaby Labs, is a company that has operated for the last four years in the baby monitoring space, is well known for its unique design, easy setup and user-friendly interface. As well as broadly awarded including Mom’s Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Creative Child’s Product of the Year 2015.
Now the company is plunging into Connected Home under new brand iFamCare. No wonder when the new product, camera monitoring system, named Helmet, was launched on Indiegogo in July 2015, it surpassed its original goal within few days.
Helmet has elegant design and comes in four colors – white, black, silver and gold. The monitor boasts 1080p HD video, the ability to hear and speak, supports 360 degree horizontal and 110 vertical movement, sound and air quality sensors, smog detector and sound and motion alert. A built-in laser beam allows to interact with family and pets being away from them. They people and pets in the room can hear and speak to the helmet. The helmet also has a connection to social media platform.
The unit is designed to be controlled from a smartphone on iOS or Android systems. The app is easy to find at both iTunes and the Google Play Store. The main functions of the web cam works well. The images are clear and the sound is good. The streaming to the smart phone works when the phone is connected to WiFi, but does not pass images when there is just 3G or 4G coverage on a standard cellular network. The night time mode is not a detailed one but good enough to evaluate what is going on.
The product is available at Amazon, and some other retailers for competitive price 149 dol.