As one who has been in the market for quite some time now for a smartwatch, I’m highly anticipating a slew of devices to come out of CES before I make my choice. The Galaxy Gear has great aesthetics but is extremely over priced for the amount of battery life you get. The Qualcomm Toq is certainly on my radar and then there’s the steadily popular Pebble smartwatch that continues to gain ground rapidly in the wearables department. Well, in steps E-Fun with their contribution to CES and the smartwatch arena, introducing the NextOne Smartwatch. » Read the rest
One of the new devices announced by LG at CES 2014 is their version of a fitness tracker, the LG Lifeband Touch. We got to check out the new device on the floor of CES 2014. The LG Lifeband Touch includes a variety of “workout” functions like a calories burned counter, speed, work out time, progress toward goals, and heart rate which is measured via ear buds. The Lifeband Touch will also function as watch, enable users to control music playing on their smartphone, and provide notifications about text messages and phone calls in a subtle manner.
Users can access full workout information via an LG app on their Android or iOS powered smartphone. The Lifeband Touch comes in medium, large and extra-large sizes. LG says the Lifeband Touch will be available some time this spring, but no pricing has been announced other than it will be “competitive.”
Is a 7-inch tablet big enough for you? How about a 10.1-inch? Ok, there’s always the up and coming popular 12-inch? No? Well, if you’re finding yourself an overwhelming shortage of large tablets you might want to give Lenovo’s new PC/tablet a try. The company today announced at CES 2014 a 19.5-inch Android tablet running a pretty close to stock Jelly Bean 4.2 experience. However, the device is being marketed as of more of a family PC work station than a tablet. Overall, at the end of the day, it’s a big monster sized tablet. The difference of course is the fact that Lonovo made it possible for you to take this bad boy off the desk and make it more mobile, adding 3 hours of battery life off the charge and unplugged for the occasional family couch gathering. » Read the rest
Although it does not seem like a product that would attract buyers, Samsung must be on to something with their Galaxy Camera devices as they are getting ready to release the Galaxy Camera 2. We got to check out the newest Galaxy Camera device at CES 2014. This updated version comes with a 1.6 GHz processor; 2 GB of RAM, double the previous version; a larger, 2,000mAh battery; and Android 4.3 compared to Android 4.1 on the older model. The Galaxy Camera 2 comes with an assortment of connection options, although at this time Samsung is only committing to making a WiFi-only version available. Pricing and an expected date of availability have not yet been announced.
As a geek and lover of all cool gadgets, I’m filing this one under the “hell yeah, that’s what I’m talking about” category. For some reason Sony chose to quietly announce this little tidbit at CES 2014 this year dubbed the XSP-N1BT. The product would have been missed entirely by the tech blogosphere if it wasn’t for the folks over at @evleaks tweeting about it. Being called the world’s first double-DIN handset cradle receiver, the XSP-N1BT (this thing needs a cooler and shorter name) allows you to place your device on it, adjusting the slider for a firm fit. With NFC/Bluetooth functionality you can pair the devices instantly, allowing you to play audio through your speakers, make hands free calls and charge your phone via the USB port.
In addition, the company is further reporting that future Xperia devices may be able to charge wirelessly. To wrap up the cool device, the company has also added a little remote for easier functionality and access to all of the devices features. With a Sony remote application, you can even use an AM/FM radio app for those who have not jumped on the Pandora/Slacker bandwagon. To check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage click here and feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below.
Toshiba is set to launch a brand new camera module with unique hardware which will refocus all of the photos you take on your smartphone. Known as the TCM9518MD, the module packs dual 5MP sensors and a separate processing chip which will capture all image and depth data in a picture. With this new technology, Toshiba says that consumers will soon be able to take pictures that are not currently possible with normal lenses.
The TCM9518MD is currently being shipped to phone manufacturers right now for testing, and the module should hit the market in devices within the next year (perhaps in the HTC One+).
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Smart glasses and smart watches are not the only wearable tech making an appearance at CES 2014. Companies continue to try to help users improve their health through “fitness” bands. The Garmin vivofit is one such device. Similar to a watch, fitness bands like the vivofit are designed to be worn 24 hours a day as they continually collect data about the activities you are engaged in. The Garmin vivofit is capable of collecting information like number of steps walked per day, miles per day, calories burned, and even heart rate if connected to an appropriate heart rate monitor. Garmin has also added a feature that will display a red bar on the display if you have been sitting for too long. » Read the rest
GlassUp hopes to compete against Google and others in the “smart glasses” wearable tech market segment with their own take on how such devices should work. The company has been working on a prototype for the past year and is ready to make a U.S. debut this week at CES 2014. The GlassUp devices plan to set themselves apart from devices like Google Glass in a number of ways, one of which is price with an expected retail price point of $399. Unlike Google Glass which can run as a standalone device, GlassUp will operate as a second screen for Internet-connected devices via a Bluetooth connection. » Read the rest
At CES 2014, Garmin decided to announce its HUD+ device to make driving safer. Like the original HUD did, information is projected onto the driver’s windshield. The difference is on the software side. Before, the HUD only worked with select Garmin apps that users had to purchase from the Play Store. The HUD+, however, allows drivers to use its own companion app. The original HUD will stick around for $149 while the new HUD+ will retail for just $179. Not bad for people that want a heads-up display.
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Sony’s new Smartwear products include a bunch of really neat devices— included are the SmartBand and the wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. They even released some information regarding the SmartWatch 2.
The all-new SmartBand is a bracelet (seen above) that keeps track of the user’s activities throughout the day. Not only is it comfortable, but you can also wear it in the water, and the battery lasts up to five days. You can toggle music using the button on the bracelet, and a companion application called LifeLog lets you look at all of the data being collected by the SmartBand.
The SBH80 Bluetooth headset features NFC, HD voice, and aptX. It surely makes a great companion for exercising or multitasking throughout your day.
As for the SmartWatch 2, there were some minor updates to the device, and more apps are now available, bringing the total to around 300 globally and 250 in the U.S.
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