Energous shows off WattUp wireless charging router


Energous visited CES 2015 this year to show off their WattUp system for wireless charging mobile devices. By wireless charging though, Energous does not mean a charging pad that you have put your device on. While convenient, charging pads still limit the availability of mobile devices. The Energous WattUp system actually charges devices over-the-air up to 20 feet away from their most recent router. To showcase the technology, Energous setup a suite at CES 2015 to serve as a typical home with founder Michael Leabman moving around while charging his devices.

AT&T will carry ZTE’s second portable hotspot projector


After showing off the SPro 2 at CES this year, ZTE has announced that the portable projector and hotspot will be coming exclusively to AT&T’s LTE network later this year. There’s always a chance that they’ll eventually release a WiFi-only model like they did with the original, but for the time being AT&T is going to be your only option.

The SPro 2 can connect up to 10 different devices to its wireless hotspot and can stream media from Google Play or several other connectivity options. The projector will blast a 720p image up to 120 inches, and it’s a fairly small, compact device, so it’s easy to carry around.

Samsung CEO says everything company produces to be IoT capable within 5 years


Yesterday during CES 2015 Samsung joined several other companies in announcing major expansions in their efforts to turn home automation initiatives into full blown Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. Samsung’s announcement primarily focused on their SmartThings platform which the company is showing off during CES 2015. During his keynote address last night, Samsung CEO BK Yoon claimed IoT “has already started” and that “it’s not science fiction anymore — it is science fact.” Despite the claims of Yoon and others regarding the maturity of IoT, only 2% of consumers have invested in IoT devices according to Samsung’s research. That is not stopping Yoon who says Samsung is on a path to having everything the company produces IoT capable within five years.

No stylus, no problem: Lenovo AnyPen allows many pointy objects to scribble on Yoga Tablet 2’s screen


Have you ever had a shared computer at work and seen one of the most infuriating atrocities ever committed to a computer’s monitor, i.e. marks and scratches from someone dragging their pen across the screen? Now picture seeing this done to a beautiful tablet display. I’ll wait for your cringes to end.

Fear not! That person in the corner of Starbucks writing on their tablet with something other than a stylus isn’t wrecking their Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s screen, they’re taking advantage of Lenovo’s newest technology: AnyPen. AnyPen will allow owners of a Yoga Tablet 2 to ditch their stylus and grab a regular pen to mark all over the display with the same, or sometimes better, accuracy as a stylus. (I say sometimes better because I’ve yet to find a stylus that isn’t complete rubbish.)

BMW teams up with Samsung, slaves your Beamer to your Samsung tablet


Riddle me this, dear reader: when is a car no longer a 1.5-ton machine? When it becomes an accessory to a 1-lb tablet, perhaps?

The common motif at CES 2015 this year is the highlighting of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how all of our physical possessions can be controlled by one another with the user at the helm. Talk Android reported yesterday about Viber’s new Android Wear app that will allow consumers to start their vehicles, lock and unlock the doors, and track their automobiles via GPS from their smart watch (of course, so long as the car has Viber’s SmartStart 4.0 installed).

So what will BMW’s Touch Command bring to the masses? Keep reading after the break for more information. 

Sony announces two new SmartEyeglass models

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Sony has announced two new models of its SmartEyeglass platform at CES today, including an attachable module for regular glasses and an all-in-one headset focused around fitness. These two are in addition to the original SmartEyeglass development kit that Sony showed off at IFA last year.

The smart module is called Attach! and clips onto a pair of eyeglasses that you already own, effectively turning a normal pair of glasses into a smart device. Sony has released a development kit for the device, and so far there are several fitness and sports performance apps for the module, but there will be a wider variety before a consumer release is hammered out.

ZTE Spro 2 smart projector announced at CES 2015


Last year at CES 2014, ZTE announced the ZTE Spro, a small, smart projector that was a unique device at the time. To build upon the foundation that was laid with the Spro, ZTE announced today at CES 2015 the successor device, the ZTE Spro 2. The latest device adds features like auto focus and auto keystone to mobile hotspot and media streaming capabilities.

These Might Be the Ultimate in Stylish Smart Glasses


The market for Google Glass-esque headwear, or smart glasses, has hardly taken off in the way the nascent smartwatch market has. Google Glass, once one of the most hyped devices in tech circles a few years ago, has lost some of its lustre. And full-blown virtual reality in the vein of Oculus Rift is still gaining traction in the minds of consumers and is hardly a household commodity.

Here is where Osterhout Design Group (ODG) comes in, having produced a prototype pair of smart glasses that bring together all sorts of “smart” functions and in a package that looks less like Google Glass or a VR headset and more like those “hidden” camera glasses you used to see on TV shows in the late 90s.

AT&T pushes Digital Life through partnerships with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG, Lutron


More home automation and Internet of Things news from CES 2015, this time coming to us from AT&T. The communications giant has developed its own platform for home security and automation called Digital Life. At CES 2015, AT&T announced that they have struck deals with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG Electronics and Lutron Electronics to expand their offering and compete with other systems. According to Kevin Peterson, senior vice president of Digital Life with AT&T, “Innovation in home automation is skyrocketing, but to really drive mass adoption, we need to leverage the strong platform that we have built working with key industry leaders and developers to bring the best ideas together to benefit the customer.”

WeMo announces new home sensors for Internet of Things ecosystem

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WeMo 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.

Parrot unveils new aftermarket dashboard head unit, brings Android Auto to consumers


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.

SanDisk announces new USB flash drive for Android phones and tablets


With 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.

Official Galaxy S 6 accessories confirmed


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.

Google’s Nest announces new partners at CES 2015


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: