Apps Take Center Stage at the 2014 International CES

CEA MoDev Hackathon, Wall of Apps, and Mobile Apps Showdown featured at CES

With a wide variety of events and programming dedicated to app innovation, the 2014 International CES® is the largest app event in the world, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, producer of the annual International CES. The 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives, from use in phones, computers, tablets and wearable CES-Logo (1)technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “The 2014 CES is the prime destination for developers, manufacturers and software providers to experience the world’s largest gathering of app innovation. The app innovation at CES offers the opportunity for networking, showcasing technology and hackathons focused on this growing tech space.”

The app story at CES includes competitions, educational sessions and events that showcase the best of the app world. This year CES will feature: CEA MoDev Hackathon, Wall of Apps and a Mobile Apps Showdown.

During the second annual CEA MoDev Hackathon, developers will compete on the world’s technology stage at the 2014 CES. The competition will feature more than 100 award winning developers who will compete individually or as teams for up to $100,000 in cash and prizes. The event will take place in the Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4301 on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

The Wall of Apps returns for the 2014 CES and will showcase the most innovative apps of the year. Located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), the Wall of Apps at CES is a hands-on, curated display of the best apps available for iOS, Androids, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. The Mobile Apps Showdown at CES will put select apps to the test.  App producers who think their innovation is the best will have four minutes to demo the app, and a winner will be determined by an audience applause-o-meter.  There will also be an online vote for a separate online winner.  Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from the Sirius XM channel are slated to host the Mobile Apps Showdown on Thursday, January, 9, 2014 in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N255.

CEA Brings Hi-Res Audio to the 2014 International CES

New TechZone and Conference Sessions Highlight Next Generation High-Resolution Audio Technology

With the evolution of high-resolution audio (HRA) technology and in response to growing market demand, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced the Hi-Res Audio Experience, a new TechZone featured at the upcoming 2014 International CES®.  Produced by CEA, the Hi-Res Audio Experience will showcase the latest high-resolution audio content coming to market and the latest technologies that will give consumers the highest quality listening experience. The 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and is scheduled to run January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics CES-Logo (1)Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

CEA research shows that consumers are ready to embrace high resolution audio.  The research indicates that the appeal of high quality audio electronics extends beyond enthusiasts and that the appeal of hi-res audio extends far beyond higher quality audio devices. CEA finds four in ten (39 percent) of consumers with a moderate interest in audio indicate they are willing to pay more for high quality audio electronics devices and that nearly six out of ten (60%) of consumers with a moderate interest in audio are willing to pay more for higher quality digital music.  Nine in ten consumers say sound quality is the most important component of a quality audio experience.

Market trends indicate that consumers are poised to embrace high-resolution audio, creating tremendous new opportunities for CE manufacturers and the music industry,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “With recent HRA announcements from a number of music labels, digital retailers and CE companies, we’ve created this new TechZone to help drive category growth and give our attendees the opportunity to explore the game-changing quality of high-resolution audio.  Visitors also will meet leading creatives from across the industry.”

Located in The Venetian’s Bellini Ballroom, the Hi-Res Audio Experience is anchored by hi-res digital download pioneer and leader HD Tracks and features companies including Acoustic Sounds Super HiRez Store, Blue Coast Music, Mytek Digital and Native DSD Music.

A variety of hi-res audio products also will be demonstrated or on display in the Tech Zone.  In addition, several manufacturers will have hi-res products on display in their rooms in the Venetian Tower and in their booths across the CES show floor.

For the past 25 years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives and our company to pushing the envelope in sound quality and we apply this same passion to music downloads,” said David Chesky, co-founder and CEO of HD Tracks. “Now we are pleased to join with a number of other artists, music stores, and electronic companies at CES to take high fidelity music reproduction to a new level that was never before even imaginable.”

In addition to cutting edge exhibits, the Hi-Res Audio Experience will feature its own conference track at the 2014 CES with sessions including:

Welcome to the Hi-Res Music World, 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, January 7

Featuring top executives from both major and independent labels who will discuss, along with their digital retail partners, the challenges and opportunities associated with licensing and distributing hi-res music.

Meet the Hi-Res Music Creators, 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, January 7

Exploring topics including the key advantages to working in hi-res formats; the availability of recording tools; and the importance of meta data in enhancing the overall listening experience.

Hi-Res Audio for Every Lifestyle, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, January 8

Examining the variety of hi-res devices that are available today and the challenges related to marketing and promoting them.

The 2014 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting innovation across 15 different product categories. Companies interested in exhibiting in the new Hi-Res Audio Experience should contact Kristen Nafziger at knafziger@CE.org or 703-907-7648. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to Deliver Keynote Address at 2014 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that Yahoo CEO, president and director Marissa Mayer will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayer’s keynote address is slated for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in the LVH Theater. Her address willCES-Logo (1) be part of the Tech Titans keynote series, where CEOs from the most powerful companies in technology present their vision for products, services and networks that will shape the next wave of innovation.

As a defining innovator making waves in the online and mobile space and a fresh breath for the industry, Marissa Mayer is a perfect addition to our Tech Titans keynote series,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the CES stage to share her strategic vision for the evolving tech landscape.”

Mayer was named Yahoo CEO in July 2012. Prior to Yahoo, she was vice president of local, maps and location services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View and local search for desktop and mobile. During her 13 years at Google, Mayer held numerous positions, including engineer, designer, product manager and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products. She is listed as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.

In addition to the Tech Titans series, additional keynotes at the 2014 CES will be held as part of the Technology Innovators keynote series. This new series will offer insight by innovators, thought leaders and disruptors – the “rock stars” of their industries. It is a stage for those with big ideas that are reframing the way technology will impact our interaction with the world today, and in years to come.

The 2014 CES will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

CEA Announces 2014 International CES SuperSession Program

Sessions to highlight the 2nd screen experience, sensor-based hardware and disruptive technologies

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced a dynamic lineup for its  2014 International CES® SuperSession conference program. Covering game-changing technologies and trends, SuperSessions spotlight well-known industry experts and out-of-the-box ideas and discussions. The 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, CES-Logo (1)Nevada.

From sensors and robotics to 3D printing and the rise of the 2nd screen, the 2014 SuperSessions will cover industry developments that are changing the way we consume and interact with technology,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “With industry leaders, tech executives, futurists and innovators, CES SuperSessions will feature the voices that are shaping our industry,”

The 2014 CES SuperSession Program will address industry topics including the 2nd screen experience, sensor-based hardware, inspiring innovation and emerging technologies with sessions including:

The Brand Matters SuperSession: Technology as Muse – Inspiring Innovation

Throughout history, muses have inspired artists to create their greatest works – Picasso, Dante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hitchcock, Woody Allen, even The Knack (“My Sharona,” anyone?). Could technology be today’s version of the muse? In this SuperSession, visionaries from the worlds of entertainment, education, publishing and advertising discuss how technology pushes them to test the boundaries of their creativity. (January 7, 2014, 10-11 a.m. LVCC, North Hall N255)

2nd Screens Are Reinventing the TV Experience

The proliferation of 2nd screen tablets and smartphones has given TV programmers, operators and marketers a new way to reach viewers with a treasure trove of data, and new personalization and recommendation capabilities. Join these 2nd screen pioneers who, by adding a companion “little” screen experience to sports, reality series, awards shows and prime time programming, are making the “big” connected screen even bigger. (January 7, 2014, 1-2 p.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Current panelists include:

Tracey Garvin, Senior Vice President, Sony Home Entertainment

Luis Goicouria, Senior Vice President, PGA Tour

Anthony Zuiker, Creator and Executive Producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CNET’s Next Big Thing: The New Hardware

Sensor-based hardware innovation is thriving in unexpected places. Startups and companies with no tech history are developing whole new device types for our homes, cars, and bodies. This panel investigates where traditional manufacturers stand and which new players are leading the hardware revolution. (January 7, 2014, 3-4 p.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Current panelists include:

Mike Bell, VP and GM, New Devices, Intel

Julie Larson-Green, EVP, Devices and Studios, Microsoft

Sonny Vu, CEO and founder, Misfit Wearables

CES 2015: How Today’s Emerging Technologies Will Affect Tomorrow’s Devices

The week of CES sets the stage for the year’s product launches, but it can be difficult to tell the fads from the future. This session from Engadget will feature some of the top names in the world of 3D printing, alternative interfaces, wearables, robotics, transportation and home automation to separate the fads of today from the game changing technologies of tomorrow. Brian Heater, Director of Media for Engadget, is slated to moderate the SuperSession. (January 8, 2014, 10-11 a.m. LVCC, North Hall N255-257)

Moderator:  Brian Heater, Director of Media, Engadget

The CES SuperSessions are part of the 2014 CES conference program, featuring keynote addresses from leaders of Audi, Cisco, Intel, Sony and Yahoo. The 2014 program will also include a robust lineup of conference tracks, sessions and speakers exploring innovations and trends in the tech industry. View the full CES conference program at www.CESweb.org. The 2014 CES will also feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. For more information on the 2014 International CES, visit www.CESweb.org.

Bang & Olufsen Receives Two International CES Innovations 2014 Design And Engineering Awards For Newly Launched Products

Bang & Olufsen (www.bang-olufsen.com) today announces that it has received the honorary International CES Best of Innovations 2014 Award in High Performance Home Audio for its newly launched BeoLab 18 wireless speaker and has also been named a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its BeoLab 17 compact wireless speaker. Both speakers embody extreme craftsmanship, innovative design, superior wireless technology and robust sound experience. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

BeoLab 17 Compact Wireless Speaker

Bang & Olufsen’s new all-digital active loudspeakers leverage the new WiSA standard for multi-channel wireless sound to provide a very robust acoustic performance coupled with impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship.  BeoLab 17 is an extremely flexible, compact speaker with very large sound reproduction and the BeoLab 18 is the latest incarnation of Bang & Olufsen’s sculpturally iconic audio columns for walls or floor. Both speakers were just introduced this month and are the first speakers to launch under Bang & Olufsen’s new Immaculate Wireless Sound concept. With Immaculate Wireless Sound, Bang & Olufsen provides acoustic authenticity into the wireless age for the first time ever.

BeoLab 18 Wireless Speaker

As the first manufacturer to be WiSA certified Bang & Olufsen is proud to receive these prestigious awards“, says CEO for Bang & Olufsen Tue Mantoni. “Bang & Olufsen introduced the WiSA certified BeoLab18 and BeoLab 17 wireless speakers only three weeks ago, so receiving these awards are a huge acknowledgement of our leadership in sound innovation.”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen - LOGO.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen – LOGO. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

1976.

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLab 18 and BeoLab 17 loudspeakers will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in the South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

LG Electronics Honored With 15 CES 2014 Innovations Awards

Excellence in Design and Innovation Recognized in 10 Categories; 77-inch OLED Ultra HD TV Earns ‘Best of Innovations’ Distinction

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recognized LG Electronics’ excellence in design and technology with 15 prestigious 2014 International CES(®) Innovations Awards, including “Best of Innovations” recognition in the Video Display category for the dramatic new 77-inch class ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION CURVED OLED TV.

CES Innovations Awards are selected annually by a panel of prominent industry designers, engineers and journalists who judge product entries on criteria including user value, aesthetics, innovative design, quality and

CES Innovations Awards

CES Innovations Awards

contributions to quality of life. Sponsored by CEA and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, the CES Innovations Awards highlight product advancements in technology design and engineering. Since 2004, LG has been honored with 145 CES Innovations Awards.

LG home entertainment products, home appliances and mobile phones were honored with CES Innovations awards in 10 highly-competitive categories: Video Displays, Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies, Digital Imaging, Software & Mobile Apps, Home Audio/ Visual Components, Computer Peripherals, Computer Hardware & Components, Eco Sustainability, Home Appliances, and Wireless Handsets.

The 77-inch ULTRA HD CURVED OLED TV exemplifies LG’s commitment to leadership in the premium TV category. LG’s marriage of the razor-thin OLED TV’s infinite contrast ratio and Ultra HD technology that quadruples the resolution makes this stunning giant screen the pinnacle of home entertainment technology. The massive screen’s IMAX-like curvature fills the viewer’s field of vision more completely than a conventional flat-screen TV. When introduced in the United States in 2014, it will follow in the footsteps of the award-winning 55-inch class LG CURVED OLED TV that went on sale in the U.S. in July.

Award-winning products and unique technologies are the proof-points for our brand promise to consumers that with LG, it’s all possible. We are honored that CEA has awarded LG with our sixth ‘Best of Innovations’ award to

LG Electronics USA.  (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA, Inc.)

LG Electronics USA. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA, Inc.)

further cement our commitment to this promise,” said Wayne Park, president and CEO, LG Electronics USA. “Our 15 CES 2014 Innovations Awards also represent our dedication to providing consumers with innovative and intelligent features, intuitive functionality and sleek and stylish design.”

In the home appliance category, LG captured awards for its new double-oven electric range with EasyClean technology(TM) (LDE3037ST) and the LG Front Load Mega Capacity TurboWash(TM) Washer with steam technology (WM8000HVA). The new EasyClean range offers a host of performance features for today’s home chef, as well as enhanced convenience with LG’s proprietary EasyClean technology that cuts cleaning time from hours to minutes, without the use of high heat or chemicals. The LG clothes washer features the largest capacity in the industry at 5.2 cubic feet, so it can wash more clothes – including larger, bulky items – in fewer loads, saving time and money in energy usage. It also features LG’s innovative TurboWash(TM) technology which allows users to save  up to 20 minutes per load, even with larger loads of laundry, while still offering outstanding cleaning performance.*

In the wireless handset category, LG earned the CES Innovations distinction for the new LG G2 smartphone. Featuring an innovative rear-key design for easy, natural handling and a 5.2-inch Full HD near edge-to-edge display, the LG G2 is a powerful smartphone that brings together the best of mobile technology. LG G2 is built with the Qualcomm(®) Snapdragon(TM) 800 Processor for fast-paced multitasking and a suite of intuitive features like Answer Me and KnockON, creating the ultimate mobile companion for work and play. With a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization, LG G2 also captures crystal clear photos and videos, whether shooting in low-light conditions or fast-moving events.

Other LG honorees — including Ultra HD TVs, Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and monitors, sound systems, home appliances and mobile phones — will be announced on Jan. 6 at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.

LG’s broad array of products for 2014 will be displayed at the 2014 International CES, Jan. 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at International CES 2014 will feature honorees by product category.

*Based on AHAM-HLW-1-2010 test protocol. Cotton/Normal or comparable cycle at default settings, 8-lb loads, front load washers only. Excludes other LG manufactured products. Excludes quick wash or comparable cycles intended for small, lightly soiled loads only.

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES PREVIEW: LG UNVEILS NEW ‘HOM-BOT SQUARE’ VACUUM

LG’S SMARTER, FASTER, NEWLY DESIGNED ROBOTIC VACUUM WITH CORNER MASTER AND DUAL EYE 2.0™ CAMERAS MAKES CLEANING EFFORTLESS AND FUN

Complementing its other new Smart Appliances for 2013, LG ELECTRONICS (LG) announced its totally redesigned robotic vacuum, the LG HOM-BOT SQUARE, with improved cleaning technologies and smart capabilities for easy cleaning on virtually any surface.

LG HOM-BOT Square.  (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA, Inc.)

LG HOM-BOT Square. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA, Inc.)

At next week’s INTERNATIONAL CES® (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, LG will demonstrate how its HOM-BOT SQUARE offers a significant upgrade in cleaning performance, thanks primarily to LG’s newly designed CORNER MASTER TECHNOLOGY. This advanced feature set includes improved sensors and longer brushes, enabling it to tackle hard-to-reach places. In addition to new CORNER MASTER TECHNOLOGY, LG’s HOM-BOT Square cleans effectively with corner DETECTING SENSORS and the vacuum’s unique rectangular shape. The CORNER DETECTING SENSORS enable the unit to pinpoint its exact location in the home, which help indicate when to turn or if it has reached the edge of a room. Continue reading