Polaroid Announces Three New Hi-Definition Mountable Sports Action Cameras at CES 2014

Wi-Fi Enabled XS100i Now Shipping; Two Additional POV Cameras Debut

Polaroid expands their existing line of hi-definition sports action cameras at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10 in Las Vegas, NV. With performance-friendly features including high-definition resolution, Wi-Fi, auto rotation, waterproof technology, and ultra wide angle lenses, the new cameras are tailor-made for all athletes and action enthusiasts. The point-of-view cameras also come with mounting equipment, allowing photos and footage to be taken practically anywhere and from any angle.

Polaroid XS100i

Polaroid XS100i

“Polaroid is all about capturing fun, in the moment images and video from the user’s unique point of view and that is what this fast growing sports action camera category does the best,” says Polaroid President and CEO Scott W. Hardy. “Adding Wi-Fi connectivity to our popular XS100 model will now allow users to share their unique videos and images instantly, which is the heart of what Polaroid is all about. With these cameras, whether it may be biking, skiing, snowboarding or surfing, we want to provide users the ability to capture and share their finest moments and moves with the best possible coverage, at vantage points like no other.

The Polaroid XS100i camera builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly with friends, family or social media. The XS100i has a distortion-free ultra wide lens offering 170° of coverage and records video in 1080p, 720p, and 960p, and can capture still images in 3MP, 5MP and 16MP. It has a G-Sensor (Auto Rotation) assuring the greatest shot possible, regardless of the camera’s position. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m and offers 32MB of internal memory and up to 32GB on a micro SD card. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99.

The Polaroid C³ model camera is a uniquely innovative camera with a square design, professional 5MP CMOS Sensor and a wide angle lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in hi-definition 1280 x720 and 640×480, and still images at 1.3MP, 3.0MP and 5.0 MP. The newPolaroid HD sports video camera is waterproof up to 2M, features a microphone and LED light and offers 2MB in internal memory and supports up to 32GB with micro SD card.

The Polaroid XS1000i model camera is a professional HD sports video camera with a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a professional 16MP Aptina CMOS Sensor and ultra wide angle lens offering 170° of coverage. In addition, this camera will feature anti-shake technology and a gyro sensor to help keep the shot still even when the user isn’t. Action footage can be captured in 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps), 960p at 30fps and 720 at 60 fps. In addition, users can simultaneously capture video and still images with single, burst, continuous and time lapse mode. Lastly, this new Polaroid sports action camera is waterproof to 10m, and protected against drops and bumps with high impact and shock proof technology.

Offered by C&A Licensing, LLC, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the new Polaroid hi-definition sports action cameras are perfect to take on-the-go, mount and document life’s greatest, action-filled adventures. The Polaroid C3 and XS1000i camera models will be available in the summer of 2014. For more information on all the Polaroid products that will be launched at the 2014 CES show, visit: http://www.polaroid.com/ces-2014.

Toshiba to Showcase World’s First Ultra HD 4K Laptops at 2014 International CES

New Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t to Feature Ultra HD 4K Resolution Displays, Taking Laptop Visuals to a Whole New Level

Toshiba Also Introduces the First Chromebook with 13-Inch Screen

CES 2014, LVCC Central Hall Booth #10926 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., is showcasing the world’s first laptops featuring Ultra HD 4K displays during CES 2014. The Tecra W50 mobile workstation is ideal for engineers and 3D designers and the Satellite® P50t for professional photographers, graphic designers and 4K movie enthusiasts. Both laptops will be available for purchase in mid-2014.

Toshiba Tecra W50

Toshiba Tecra W50

As a leader in Ultra HD, we are leveraging our 4K TV expertise to deliver a display capable of four times the resolution of Full HD to provide smoother images with astounding details

As a leader in Ultra HD, we are leveraging our 4K TV expertise to deliver a display capable of four times the resolution of Full HD to provide smoother images with astounding details,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have applied years of experience and engineering resources to bring Ultra HD 4K technology into our premium laptops for consumers and businesses so they can usher in the next generation of content creation and consumption.”

Toshiba Satellite P50t

Toshiba Satellite P50t

The 15.6-inch diagonal displays1 of the Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t deliver native 3840 x 2160 resolution at 282 PPI. To further enhance the viewing experience, the displays are also color calibrated with accurate color gamut and feature wide viewing angles.

Tecra W50

A portable powerhouse built for the most intensive visual and engineering tasks, the Tecra W50 mobile workstation features a 15.6-inch diagonal Ultra HD 4K display, plus unsurpassed durability and one of the thinnest, lightest designs in its class at less than six pounds. The Tecra W50 features high-precision performance for today’s most demanding tasks – including SolidWorks® and AutoCAD® – with a full-voltage 4th generation Intel® Core™ processing technology2.

The Toshiba Tecra W50 mobile workstation, with the Kepler-based NVIDIA® Quadro® K2100M GPU and 2GB of dedicated video memory, delivers uncompromised performance and rich visual experiences for graphics-heavy applications that creative professionals demand,” said Shawn Worsell, product line manager for the Quadro Professional Solutions Business at NVIDIA. “With the addition of an integrated 4K display, this is an ideal machine for designers, engineers and digital content professionals looking to be productive, and stylish, anywhere.Continue reading

CES 2014: TI innovation shapes the future of consumer electronics

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Texas Instruments plans to demonstrate several of its new products in action at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, that are shaping the future of personal electronics. From wearables to automotive infotainment systems to intelligent display to advancements in health technology, TI’s advanced analog semiconductors and embedded processors power nearly every type of electronic device a person touches.

Consumer electronics are becoming more sophisticated and feature-rich. As a result, the need for technology advancements that enable longer battery life, real-time connectivity, and smaller, smarter, more efficient electronics will continue to increase. TI will showcase dozens of product demonstrations in its TI Village (#N115-N118) that will help meet these needs, including:

  • Automotive: From curved screen, free-form infotainment display, and advanced driver assistance systems, to wireless connectivity, power management and solutions for hybrid/electric powertrains, TI is changing the way the industry thinks of automotive innovation.
  • DLP® display: TI’s DLP Pico™ technology enables a big screen viewing experience from the smallest devices. Broad ranging intelligent display applications incorporating DLP Pico will be demonstrated, including near eye display, augmented reality, handheld mobile products, ultimate big picture entertainment products, and interactive surface computing.
  • Across the board:
    • The Internet of Things (IoT): From smart watches, fitness gadgets and entertainment devices to connected lighting, home automation applications and more, TI is helping manufacturers connect more for the growing Internet of Things.
    • HealthTech: Showcasing the latest advancements in health, fitness and medical imaging technology, TI’s components help enable live-saving devices and wearable health monitors that allow individuals to take charge of their wellness.
    • Wireless power/energy harvesting: Advancements in wireless power and energy harvesting technologies are helping to power the IoT, as well as relieve dead battery anxiety that consumers often experience with portable electronics.
  • Audio: TI products help bring sound to life by enhancing quality and clarity for all types of audio systems. TI will show advancements in streaming audio, sound enhancement and system integration.

TI will also be showcasing its latest and greatest technologies inside end equipments at Pepcom’s Digital Experience! at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday, Jan. 6, from 7-10:30 p.m.

LG Announces Advanced Audio Video Lineup with Convenient Smart Features and Explosive Sound

With Newest AV Products, LG to Offer Breathtaking Auditory Experience, Enhanced Versatility and Stylish Aesthetics

LG Electronics (LG) today announced its U.S. audio video lineup which will be showcased at next month’s 2014 International CES® (booth #8204). The premium selection of products offer consumers solutions with rich, deeply satisfying sound along with the plethora of convenient smart connectivity features*.

Combining Smart TV with Astonishing Sound
LG has expanded its offerings in the emerging SoundPlate Category with an all-in-one home entertainment unit, (model LAB540W). At a mere 39.5mm high, this stylish device is space efficient and can be placed directly underneath a variety of 32- to 55-inch class TVs to minimize clutter. The new model is equipped with a robust 4.1 channel, 320W sound system and an external wireless subwoofer.

The SoundPlate can also serve as a connectivity portal and features a built-in 3D Blu-ray player along with LG Smart TV functionality, transforming any flat screen TV into a Smart TV with powerful sound performance. Additionally, customers can wirelessly stream music to the LAB540W from a compatible smart phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Streaming High Quality Music to Multiple Rooms
LG extended its audio lineup to include a versatile home audio system with a selection of networkable wireless speakers. LG’s Multi-Room Speaker System provides a great solution for consumers by allowing them to wirelessly stream audio files from their compatible smartphones, tablets, or computers to multiple speakers simultaneously. Several speakers can be set up in any combination of rooms, connecting an entire house under a single system.

The embedded network technology makes it possible to choose between playing the same song throughout the home (Party Mode), or different songs through each speaker (Personal Mode). LG developed a downloadable app to turn a smartphone into an easy-to-use master control unit with an interface that lets users seamlessly stream locally saved music or audio from online sources. Overall clarity is enhanced by a dual-tweeter arrangement and 24 bit/192kHz offers studio-like sound quality. The two speakers in the lineup include:

NP8740 – 70W Speaker, with built-in Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth enabled and MESH network  capable.

NP8540 – 40W Speaker, with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth enabled and MESH network capable.

Compelling Audio Sophistication in Minimalist Design
LG refreshed its Sound Bar options for 2014 with two new models that are the perfect complement for a wide variety of TV sizes and styles. The NB5540 is LG’s flagship model with an aesthetic meant to match LG’s modern thin-bezel TVs. The system features 4.1 channels and a powerful 320 watts output and a wireless subwoofer. Despite its low profile body, the NB5540 delivers rich, room-filling audio thanks to two forward-facing and two rear-facing channel configuration. The unit will employ a Hi-Fi DAC and Analog Class D amp to ensure superior HD audio quality, minimizing the loss of detail and producing clean, natural sound.

For easy connectivity, it supports HDMI with Audio Return Channel (ARC), and is also Bluetooth enabled, facilitating wireless audio streaming from compatible smart devices such as a Smart TV or smartphone.

Also key to the 2014 bar lineup is the NB3740A, which offers consumers premium streaming content from embedded partners including Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, Pandora and vTuner*. It is also a 4.1 channel, 320W system that features HDMI/ARC and Bluetooth connectivity.

Winning Track Record
The 2014 lineup includes a number of other premium products to deliver convenient wireless connectivity and an unforgettable auditory experience. LG will introduce three new Blu-ray Disc players in 2014. The flagship model (BP740) will offer a range of comprehensive Smart features via Built-in Wi-fi capability. Content options include premium services such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Netflix and YouTube as well as web browsing*. It will also include the LG Magic Remote, enabling customers to navigate the system with easy pointing and-wheel based actions. A unique convenience feature called Private Sound Mode 2.0 will allow users to route the sound from either disc-based or streaming media straight to a compatible Bluetooth headphone or smart phone so content can be enjoyed without disturbing others. Additional Blu-ray players in the U.S. lineup include:

BP540 – Full HD 1080p 3D Network Blu-ray Player features LG Smart functionality*, Private Sound Mode 2.0 and built-in Wi-Fi capability.

BP340 – Full HD 1080p Network Blu-ray Player with a streaming content suite consisting of Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, CinemaNow and Pandora* as well as built-in Wi-Fi capability.

For consumers looking for a more powerful audio experience, LG’s also created a 500W Home Theater System in 2014 (model BH5140S). With a streaming 3D Blu-ray player included, it is another all-in-one solution offering augmented sound and numerous content options that consumers have come to expect.

*Smart devices include certain HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Network Home Theater Systems. Internet connection and certain subscriptions required and sold separately. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice. Designs, features and specification subject to change without notice

Top Tech Authors and Visionaries to Hold Book Signings at the 2014 International CES

New CES attraction – Gary’s Book Club – to highlight prominent authors and their influential books

The most prominent and influential authors in the technology industry will be featured at the 2014 International CES® as part of  a new CES attraction entitled Gary’s Book Club at the 2014 International CES, Presented by Barnes & Noble. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run

International CES 2014 logo

International CES 2014 logo

Tuesday, January 7-Friday, January 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gary’s Book Club will showcase the latest works of prominent authors in the industry, who are exploring technology’s role in today’s society. Participating authors will hold book signings at the Experience CEA Stage in the LVCC Grand Lobby. The featured books will be available for purchase at the Book Club and through Barnes & Noble throughout the duration of the 2014 CES.

CES has long been a beacon of innovation and a gathering place for the top global visionaries in technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA and best-selling author of Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream. We are thrilled to welcome these incredible authors to the CES stage. Their works shine a light on the positive impact our industry plays in everyday life and the influence technology has on the global economy.

Featured authors include:

  • Gary Beach, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America’s Future
  • Nolan Bushnell, Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Hire, Keep, and Nurture Talent
  • John Dearie and Courtney Geduldig, Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy
  • Larry Downes and Paul Nunes, Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation
  • Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy
  • Gary Shapiro, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses
  • Eric Taub, Does This Plug into That?: Simplify Your Electronic Life
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives

A complete schedule of authors featured as part of Gary’s Book Club at the 2014 CES can be found at CESweb.org .

The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technology. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit CESweb.org.