CES: Edifier, Jaybird, Kanex, Phiaton, Phonesuit + Sphero | iLounge News

CES: Edifier, Jaybird, Kanex, Phiaton, Phonesuit + Sphero

Edifier has introduced several new speakers at this year’s CES. The MA5 ($200) desktop audio system is Wi-Fi enabled and provides support for AirPlay and DLNA. It can stream music from app-based online music sources such as Pandora and Spotify. It also features a cloud-based speech recognition system for online music search and can act as a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot. MA5 should be released in Q2 2016.

The MP700 ($230) portable speaker comes in two versions, with a Bluetooth 4.0 model that features an NFC tag for quick connection with compatible devices, and an Wi-Fi model which features AirPlay and DLNA connectivity, and the same app-based online music source management and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot features as the MA5. Additionally, the MA215 ($300) is a desktop Wi-Fi speaker set for release in the third quarter of 2016.

Jaybird has released a new set of Freedom wireless earbuds ($200) that support wireless music and calls with up to 8 hours of play time on a single charge — 4 hours from the built-in battery, and 4 more from an included charging clip. Comply sport foam ear tips ensure a comfortable fit, and the earbuds feature a sweatproof design for working out. They’re expected to be available in Q2 2016 in five color options.

Kanex has a new Apple Watch Battery charger ($80), providing 4000 mAh of backup power for Apple Watch users while also adding a USB port for charging your iPhone. It should be released in the next few months.

Phiaton has two new headphones — the BT460 is a wireless headphone that features a touch/swipe interface for controlling volume, track navigation, and answering/ending calls, along with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a bass optimizer, and EverPlay-X technology for a direct connection to supported devices. It can also be paired with another BT460 headset to share the listening experience.

The Phiaton MS300BA is a set of hybrid, dual-driver earphones designed to provide balanced sound using a hybrid and balance armature driver. The earphones also feature a tangle-free cable and in-line remote control for navigating music and answering calls. Phiaton was also showing its BT700 Wireless Earphones (not pictured), which won’t hit the market until later this year. Pricing for that model is undetermined as of now.

PhoneSuit was showing its Lightplay Micro Projector ($300), a small new iOS-compatible 1080p HD projection system with an 8000 mAh internal battery and micro-SD memory slot. The travel-ready projector should be available in Q2 2016.

Sphero was demonstrating its popular BB-8 Droid at CES, while showing off the new Force Band controller. Force Band allows a user to control BB-8 via hand gestures — Sphero expects to release it in Q3 2016, though no price has been announced.


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