WeMo announces new home sensors for Internet of Things ecosystem

wemo sensorsWeMo has announced a handful of new home sensors in its Internet of Things ecosystem. These new sensors include a door and window sensor, keychain sensor, alarm sensor, and room motion sensor, all of which are great improvements for a digitally connected home.

The door and window sensors are magnetic and attach to any doors, windows, or any type of opening latch in your home. This means you can put it on anything from your front door, your refrigerator, or even just a box you want to monitor. Whenever that door or container is left open (or even opened while you’re not at home) you can keep up with it to know what’s going on in your home. These sensors also integrate with other WeMo devices, so you can pair up a door sensor and the AC sensor, so the air conditioning can kick on when the back door is opening, for example.
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Parrot unveils new aftermarket dashboard head unit, brings Android Auto to consumers

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Seasoned manufacturer of aftermarket smart dashboard units, Parrot has now unveiled their newest gadget, the RNB 6. The goal of RNB 6 is to bring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to vehicles produced before the automotive industry’s adoption of Google or Apple’s new automobile technology.

Parrot describes itself as a manufacturer in “Connected Automotive Infotainment”. While it is true that they’ve been making dashboard head units for a few years now (#cablets, anyone?), they also produce a pretty awesome selection of remote controlled cars and drones.

For more Talk Android coverage of CES 2015, you can follow along all week by clicking here. If you want to see more about the Parrot RNB 6, keep reading after the break.
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SanDisk announces new USB flash drive for Android phones and tablets

SanDiskAndroidUSBDriveWith some OEMs getting rid of microSD card slots in favor of fixed storage size options and cloud storage, some worry that they may eventually run out of room on their phone or tablet. Those of you who worry, SanDisk has your back. The company just announced at CES a brand new — and improved —USB flash drive for android devices.


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Official Galaxy S 6 accessories confirmed

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I know it might not seem all that exciting, but if you’re a Samsung fan and looking forward to the Galaxy S 6, anything is exciting right? One thing you can bet on is there will be a Galaxy S 6, and the second thing you can bet on is there will be accessories. To bad you really can’t bet on them.

Anyways, the official accessory list has leaked and you can expect the usual S-View, Flip Wallet, and Wireless Charging accessories to further empty your wallet. We have the full list along with their code names after the break.


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Google’s Nest announces new partners at CES 2015

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Nest started out as merely a way to automate climate control in your home by leveraging the power of new technology then started branching out into alarm systems. Google clearly saw even more potential in the platform though and proceeded to scoop up Nest and then work on opening the platform to third-party developers. Those efforts have now produced some results that are being shown off at CES 2015 as Next has announced 15 new partners that are part of the Works With Nest program. Using the Nest platform, Google is clearly positioning itself to be a major player in the Internet of Things market, especially within your home.

Some of the new partners that will be demo’ed at CES 2015 include:
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Google Glass accessory will give you thermal vision

third_eye_picture1 As CES 2015 kicks into gear, companies will be throwing out press releases like Mardi Gras beads in order to draw attention to their products they plan on demoing at the show. One company, Round Concept LLC, has announced a rather interesting device that will be a side attachment to your Google spectacles. The purpose you ask? To give you thermal vision, brought straight to your Google Glasses’ visual overlay.

The attachment is called Third Eye, and the product will appear at Round Concept’s booth during the CES event. For more articles about the electronics show, click here for our full coverage of CES 2015 throughout the week. For further reading about Third Eye, click the “Read More” link below.
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ASUS planning to release three more wearables in 2015

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It hasn’t been very long since ASUS released the ZenWatch but according to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, the company is already planning a follow-up smart watch to the ZenWatch. In addition to the ZenWatch 2.0, two other wearables were mentioned by Shen that will focus on health related data, like step counting and blood sugar monitoring.

Shen, when speaking about a possible time frame for the release of the successor device, said that he is shooting for a third-quarter unveiling. The first ASUS ZenWatch was announced back on September 9th at IFA 2014 and hit the shelves in the United States on November 9th, so the Taiwanese company may stick to this release pattern. 
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Acer launches projector with Chromecast port inside

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In advance of the upcoming CES 2015 in Vegas, Acer unveiled a new projector yesterday that has a hidden compartment for you to connect your Chromecast into. The projector’s designation is H7550ST and it packs some pretty impressive specs, outside of that bit about the Chromecast.

Acer is hoping that besides home use, the business and education sectors check out this projector. Once the Chromecast is connected inside of the device, the projector can be operated via smartphone or tablet, which would allow for easy usage by the corporate world during meetings or by professors during lecture.
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The Nabi Square HD is a kid-proof 4K action camera

nabi square hdNabi has announced a new action camera that’s designed specifically for kids so you won’t have to worry about your children destroying that new $300 GoPro you got for Christmas. The Nabi Square HD is a rugged action camera that shoots 4K video and comes with its own sturdy case. Even without the case, the camera is rated to withstand being submersed in 30 feet of water, so you shouldn’t have to worry about little drops and spills tearing this thing up.

The camera is able to shoot 4K video at 15 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps, plus a super slow-motion 120 fps mode at 720p. The camera works with Nabi’s own tablets, allowing kids to edit and upload videos to share with family and friends. The parental controls are definitely still in place, too, so the videos won’t end up anywhere you don’t want them to go. The app will also be made available to other Android and iOS users, although with less features.
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ZTE to sell WiFi-only model of its SPRO portable projector

ZTE sproZTE announced a portable projector/hotspot/battery charger mismash of a device at CES last year that Sprint did end up carrying in 2014. This year, it looks like they’ll be offering a new version of the device that has all of the same hardware and features, just without the 4G LTE connectivity.

The ZTE SPRO still runs Android 4.2 with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor inside to power the 4-inch display, and it still holds an extra battery for juicing up your devices while projecting media on a 10 ft x 10 ft area. The little device will cost you $399, which seems pretty hefty considering just how weird this thing is, but if you want to purchase one without cellular capabilities, at least now you’ll have the option to do so.
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