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Show Report: Weird at CES: iPhone cassette player, zombie case, orangutan

  • January 10, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

One constant at CES is an annual exhibition of peculiar items in various parts of the show floor. This morning alone, we’ve seen an iPhone cassette player attachment, another case that transforms a man’s face into a zombie, and a display of iPad holders with a stuffed orangutan. This is merely scratching the surface of what’s scattered around the show.

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Show Report: DJI

  • January 10, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Shown in the PMA @ CES exhibition area, DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision ($1199) combines the power of a quadricopter drone with an iOS-controllable 14-Megapixel camera. Using a Vision app, the drone can be given GPS milestones and its camera can be monitored in-flight, so long as your iOS device is within roughly 300-foot Wi-Fi range. The drone is controlled separately with an included RF remote control system, and promises up to 25 minutes of flight time on an included battery.

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Show Report: Lynktec

  • January 10, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Although it’s not the only company making Bluetooth-free, battery powered styluses—we’ve seen others from Just Mobile and The Joy Factory here at CES—Lynktec showed off its TruGlide Apex ($60). Coming in brushed silver or obsidian black colors, it’s the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Show Report: iPro Lens

  • January 10, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

iPro Lens was displaying its lens system for the iPhone and iPad. Available in separate versions for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5s, iPad mini, and iPad Air, the system uses a case or clip with a barrel mount for the lens extender and a standard threaded mount that can be used for the included handle or a tripod. The Starter Kit is priced at $50 and includes the case/clip and handle, allowing users to add their own lenses as required at prices ranging from $40 to $100 per lens. A $230 Trio Kit is also available that includes the case and handle plus the 2X Tele, Super Wide, and Macro lenses. The handle also doubles as storage for the lenses.

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Show Report: Wicked Audio

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Revolt ($199) is a handsome new pair of headphones coming from Wicked Audio this March. The headphones utilize Bongiovi Acoustics for an optimized sound profile, inside a nice metal and wood-finish accented package.

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Show Report: Switcheasy

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Switcheasy, most known for its cases, is showing a number of other products at CES. Dice ($17) is a die-shaped USB charger, and Roadster ($23) is a two-port USB car charger. ER is a uniquely-shaped 2800 mAh battery. The company is also showing one new case, Canvas ($25) for iPhone 5/5s.

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Show Report: iLuv

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

There seems to be no category of product that iLuv doesn’t cover. It makes everything from iPhone cases to speakers to headphones and more. Aside from a few inexpensive earbuds, its biggest debut at this year’s CES is Syren Pro ($150), the sequel to 2013’s Syren portable speaker. Coming in multiple colors, it’s a larger, more robust option, with an intriguing design.

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Show Report: Outdoor Technology

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Having previously shown off or announced most of its ruggedized speakers and matching headphones, Outdoor Technology spotlighted a ruggedized battery pack, two Turtle Shell series speakers, and a bunch of headphones—mostly previously debuted and/or OEM.

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Show Report: Smartwatch Roundup: Archos, FiLIP, Jaybird, Meta + SonoStar

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Amidst plenty of clutter in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 2014 CES included a TechZone called WristRevolution aggregating numerous smartwatch developers in one small exhibition area. The watches significantly blurred together in terms of features and designs, substantially looking like riffs on previously-released fitness tracker bands with OLED screens, Pebble-style black and white notification watches, and color-screened watches akin to sixth-generation iPod nanos. It appears highly likely that many name-brand companies are buying into OEM/ODM reference designs; we’ve picked a few interesting examples of items we spotted on the show floor.

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Show Report: IK Multimedia (Updated)

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Music accessory maker IK Multimedia was showing off the iRing, a new iOS motion controller for making music and gaming, along with a colourful redesign of its iRig Mic analog microphone and some cool but as-yet-unannounced new products.

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Show Report: Nyne

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Nyne is an audio company that debuted four new speakers at CES 2014. The company is also showing its floating Aqua speaker, which we learned about prior to the show.

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Show Report: Supertooth (Updated)

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

In addition to showing the older Bluetooth speaker system Disco 2—and a rebranded Acoustic Research (AR) version called Salsa—headphone and speaker company Supertooth was showing Disco 4 ($100), a megaphone-shaped Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carrying handle. The company’s CES booth also included Disco 3, a European-only release of Disco 2 that’s apparently differentiated from its predecessor using different colors.

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Show Report: iHealth (Updated)

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

iHealth shifted its focus this year to wearable Bluetooth LE devices, with a new Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, blood pressure monitor, and blood pulse oximeter, all designed for continuous wear and monitoring. A companion iOS app allows the numbers to be tracked and analyzed, and provides contextual feedback to appeal to both users curious about their health as well as those who may need to record this information based on a doctor’s recommendation.

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Show Report: Romo

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Romo was demonstrating its eponymous iOS device controlled robot. The Romo is a small track-wheeled toy that docks an iPhone or iPod touch and with a companion iOS app can then perform tasks such as detecting motion, moving around a room or house, following other objects, and more. Pre-defined modules allow Romo to respond to a user’s face, and play chase, among other games and tasks, however behaviours are completely customizable from within the app allowing users to create their own “programs” without actually having to write a line of code. A Telepresence feature also allows the user to control a Romo with two-way video and audio from anywhere with an Internet connection.

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Show Report: Harman/JBL

  • January 9, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

Harman was on-hand at the Digital Experience event prior to the official opening of CES showing off an updated version of its popular JBL Flip speaker along with a new lineup of headphones and earphones and its new JBL Authentics wireless speaker lineup.

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News: iLounge’s 2014 CES Best of Show Awards announced

  • January 8, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

iLounge has announced our 2014 International CES Best of Show Award winners and finalists. We’ve picked the absolute best products we’ve seen at CES — a very select list of Best of Show winners and Best of Show Finalist winners. ZeroChroma took home the Best Overall Product award for its Folio Slide for iPad mini with Flux-Stand. Incipio/Braven also netted four awards — two Best in Show awards and two Finalist awards. For all the award winners and the best products, click here.

News: Tuesday at CES: Over 30 new reports

  • January 8, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

The official opening of the 2014 CES was absolutely packed with new iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac product debuts—so many that you mightn’t have caught them all yesterday. Here’s a recap of the over 30 company reports we filed from the show on Tuesday, ahead of our annual Best of Show Awards announcements coming later today.

Adonit’s stylus-holding iPad Air/mini shell
Bluelounge’s Mac-ready USB port extender and MacBook stand
California Headphone Company & sister companies’ new speaker, cases, and headphones
ConnecteDevice’s new smartwatches
En & Is’s iPhone-sized sound amplifiers
HMDX/Jam’s Bluetooth speakers and headphones
iBattz’s new battery cases
iCoreGear’s Mac hub and iPad speaker
Idapt’s new mobile batteries, chargers, and stands
iDevices’ new Bluetooth thermometers
IK Multimedia’s music accessories
IN1’s tool-holding iPhone case
iPort’s iPad Air and mini charging docks
Lenmar’s new batteries for Mac and iOS
Lepow’s new batteries and bag
MarBlue’s new cases
Mobee’s new stands and chargers
MacLocks’ new security solutions for iPads
Mimobot’s new batteries and USB flash drives
Mophie’s new battery cases
myCharge’s new battery packs
MyKronoz’s new watches
Native Union’s new Lightning cables
Noble Locks’ new digital security lock for Macs and iPads
Odoyo’s new iPhone 5c-specific battery case
Otterbox/Lifeproof’s new resilient cases
Powerocks’ new batteries
PureGear’s new armband and case for iPhones
Rokform’s new motorcycle and stroller iPhone mounting solutions
Skech’s new iPhone and iPad cases
Speck’s new iPad and iPhone cases
The Joy Factory’s new styluses and stands
Yellow Jacket’s new iPhone case-slash-stun gun

Show Report: BlueLounge

  • January 7, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

BlueLounge had a few new things at CES, including Jimi, a USB port extender for iMac, and Kickflip, an add-on for MacBook that lets users view the computer at an angle.

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Show Report: MyKronoz

  • January 7, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

MyKronoz was displaying its lineup of Swiss-designed smart watches. Available in nine different models with unique and atypically fashionable designs, these accessories pair with an iPhone via Bluetooth and can be used to notify the user of incoming calls and text messages, including caller ID display, as well as playing and controlling music on the paired device. A built-in mic and speaker allows for hands-free calling and an anti-lost alert lets you know if you’ve left your iPhone behind.

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Show Report: Yellow Jacket

  • January 7, 2014
  • 2014 International CES

One of the craziest iPhone cases on the CES show floor comes from Yellow Jacket. Called the Smartphone Stun Gun Case for iPhone 5/5s ($150), it’s made for self-defense. Built into the protective case is an actual stun gun, capable of stopping assailants with electrical force.

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