It’s that time again! Just as you were getting over the CES hangover it’s already time to register and book your hotel. We are 111 days till CES 2018. This will be my 5th consecutive year covering CES, this isn’t my first rodeo to say the least.
Hi-Tech Chic has been off to a great start this year with events like CES 2017 in Las Vegas. I experienced more robots than I have ever seen, the drone rodeo in the desert and several different booths with virtual reality. Needless to say it was a blast!
This year at CES Misfit unveiled the VAPOR Smartwatch and they ended up winning 6 CES awards as a result. The VAPOR Smartwatch is the newest addition to Misfit’s product line. I have been a huge fan of Misfit since their very first launch so I do get excited when they launch a new product. Continue Reading →
While at CES I attended the 2017’s Drone Rodeo Event at the Eldorado Droneport, the world’s first commercial droneport located in Boulder City, Nevada. The 50-acre Eldorado Droneport, is joint development project between The Aerodrome and the City of Boulder City. It is approximately 28 miles from the Las Vegas Strip on one of only six FAA-appointed unmanned air systems (UAS) test sites in the country. The newly released plan includes the vision for the permanent droneport facilities and office space, as well as build-to-suit pads that will be available for lease. The Eldorado Droneport is being jointly developed by Boulder City, which provided the land. Continue Reading →
While at CES I got to explore all the Smart Home or Connected Home products and services to be launched throughout 2017. If anything I learned from CES is that the Smart Home or Connected Home market is flourishing and I predict throughout the year there will be even more awesome products launched. Till then below are interviews from several different Smart Home or Connected Home booths I checked out while at CES plus pictures of those I didn’t get a chance to get interviews with.
Designed after the robot “Eve” from Wall-E the French startup, Fenotek is introduced Hi) at CES 2017. Hi:) is a wireless and GSM-enabled video doorbell that not only looks like her but is also as smart as her. Hi) combines all of the best capabilities and functions needed in a complete video doorbell to protect and connect the entire family via an app on both Android and iOS mobile devices. Hi) is enabled with both Wi-Fi and LTE functions, and capable of family recognition, while a real-time app notification allows you to confirm your identity. It also has 24/7 video monitoring, cloud data saving, and in-app door control, notifications and alarm triggers. While at CES I got to meet with the team so they could give me more insight and do a short video interview of what Hi) is all about.
While at CES I was able to meet up with some of my friends from Dell and HP that I use to work with. At CES this year HP and Dell both had products that received the Innovation Award as honorees. I decided to do a HP versus Dell article to see the difference between their products launched at CES. What’s wrong with a little competition? Since I have worked for both companies I will not be bias on one product versus another. Below is the comparison and also videos from CES about their launches including AMD.
This year Dell had 7 products that received CES’s Innovation Award as honorees. The products included the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, Dell Ultrathin Monitor, Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series, Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1, Dell Canvas, Dell XPS 27 AIO, and Dell XPS 12.
The two products I liked checking out at the “Dell Experience” during CES was the Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 PC. I also loved that they had Irish coffee but that has nothing to do with one company’s or another in technology.
The Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D is the world’s thinnest monitor in its class with superb front-of-screen performance, Dell’s premium QHD ultrathin consumer monitor (S2718D) integrates elegance and cutting-edge HDR technology in a sleek, state-of-the-art design. The Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor will be available in the United States on March 23, 2017 for $699.99. Worldwide availability will follow soon after.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 has an InfinityEdge display that is now available for the first time in a 2-in-1 laptop. Designed for maximum mobility, the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the smallest in its class, while being thin, light and providing long battery life—up to 14 hours. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 will be available beginning January 5, 2017 on Dell.com and at Best Buy in the United States for $999.00.
HP also had a some wins for CES’s Innovation Awards as honorees which included the HP All-in-One, HP Elite x3, HP Spectre 13, HP ENVY Curved All-in-One, HP Spectre x360, HP Sprocket and Photo Printer.
My favorite HP product was the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and have been wanting this since it first came out. Using the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, you can create instant 2″ x 3″ stickable snapshots. Everyone knows HP has great printers and with the HP Sprocket Photo Printer I’m sure it won’t be any different. Currently you can purchase the HP Sprocket Photo Printer on HP’s site for only $129.00.
The HP ENVY Curved All-in-One is the world’s widest curved All-in-One1 PC. The 21:9 aspect ratio, high resolution WQHD (3440×1440)2, 34-inch diagonal curved PC is pure sensory overload. The specifications include an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, 12 GB memory; 1 TB HDD storage, 34″ WQHD WVA display, Intel® HD Graphics 530, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960A (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated).
I had a chance to check this out while at CES and I was blown away by the sharpness and graphics. The HP ENVY Curved All-in-One goes for $1599.00 and if you want more information or want to purchase a HP ENVY Curved All-in-One click here.
Since both Dell and HP use AMD processers I wanted to include my AMD booth visit. During CES AMD unveiled preliminary details of its forthcoming GPU architecture, Vega. Per AMD‘s site Vega is world’s most advanced GPU memory architecture and has an advanced pixel engine. At their CES booth AMD showcased both RYZEN and an early version of Vega. I also interviewed Jason from AMD who gave me insight on what we can expect from AMD in 2017.
Please note that GPU products based on the Vega architecture are expected to ship in the first half of 2017 so you will have to wait a couple months but the wait will be worth it. For more information about Vega or RYZEN click here.
source: HP, Dell, CES
Who doesn’t like live music during technology conventions?! It is such a great break from all the technology product demos and press conferences. I am very excited about the press release I received this morning about the exclusive live performances at the THIEL® Audio Products LLC booth.
THIEL® Audio Products LLC, the premier Entertainment Technology Company in Nashville TN, today announces that in celebration of the company’s newest product launches they will host exclusive acoustic performances at their booth during this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
THIEL® Audio Products LLC is the parent company which operates their entertainment technology division called AURORA Nashville® located in Nashville, TN. The live streaming facility will have a presence in Central Hall with the performance of three 30-minute acoustic sets by some of the industry’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The performances are set to highlight the company’s capabilities within the content capture and live streaming space that has quickly been making AURORA Nashville® a hot topic.
Artists scheduled to play during CES are:
Jan 5, 2017 – Colin Lake
Jan 6, 2017 – Muddy Magnolias
Jan 7, 2017 – Maggie Rose
The events at CES will kick off at 11:00 AM PST at the LVCC Central Hall booth #17614 and will be followed by a 30minute meet and greet allowing viewers to see firsthand the gap AURORA Nashville® is looking to close between artists and their fans. Sounds like big fun and I will definitely be stopping by their booth…maybe even more than once if I have time while at CES. Continue Reading →
One of many press releases I will be posting throughout the day and during CES. Stay tuned for more posts as my embargos for various products are lifted.
LAS VEGAS – Home8, the premier video-verified alarm company offering event-video and direct emergency notification for prioritized response and utmost peace of mind, will showcase its ‘in-a-box systems’ at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
Affordable and easily installed in minutes, Home8 collaborative alarm system is more accurate and responsive than the traditional call center-based alarm service. Powered by MivaTek’s advanced “system of smart IoT systems” platform, Home8 integrates video-verified Security, Safety, Surveillance/Alarm, Control/Automation, and Healthcare services, including video-integrated medication adherence, inactivity and activity alarm, and indoor/outdoor fall and panic alert assistance. The MivaTek platform not only forms the foundation of an advanced video-verified collaborative monitoring alarm system, it also offers myriad end-user applications well beyond the scope of any traditional alarm service.
Home8’s direct emergency notification capability, combined with video-verified evidence, guarantees prioritized responses from law enforcement, fire/rescue, or medical personnel for the utmost peace of mind.
The Home8 system can be expanded in four ways: Users (such as family members, caregivers, law enforcement, etc.); Locations (such as vacation homes); Domain / Function (such as your business or automobile); and Devices. What’s more, the system will accommodate devices based on multiple home control protocols, including Z-Wave, ZigBee, and Bluetooth.
Home8 capitalizes on two growing trends within the security industry: video verification and self-monitoring alarm systems. “Years ago, we learned that a CMS call without
evidence receives a discretionary response because 98% of the calls are false alarms,” said Joe Liu, CEO of Home8. “It motivated us to integrate sensors, IP cameras, storage, and hubs seamlessly into a virtual private network under one Unified-IoT™ cloud-app platform for mobile interactive, video-verified alarm, prioritized emergency response, and zero false alarm peace of mind protection.”
The self-monitoring trend has picked up steam in recent years. In 2015, self-monitored systems comprised 2.3% of the market; research projections from Citi Research estimate that self-installed and monitored systems will control 34% of the market in five years. A major advantage is cost: With self-monitoring the homeowner does not pay a monthly fee to a monitoring service, which can be anywhere from $20 – $100 per month. What’s more, self-monitored systems bring greater control to the system owner, as he or she is now responsible for making the decision on whether to call law enforcement.
These “in-a-box,” plug-and-play alarm systems can be purchased from the Home8alarm store at https://store.home8alarm.com/.
Powered by an advanced, IoT mobile cloud platform, Home8 is the leading video-verified, direct emergency notification for prioritized response alarm system. Home8 integrates 100% wireless sensors, IP-cameras, and storage-hubs with mobile devices into a system of smart IoT systems to cover Security, Safety, Surveillance/Alarm, Control/Automation, and Healthcare services such as Medication Adherence, Activity/Inactivity Alarm, and Indoor/Outdoor Fall and Panic Alert. Easily installed, expandable and affordable, Home8 captures crime-scene video evidence, and directs police notification for prioritized response while eliminating false alarms – far more efficient and responsive than call-center-based alarm service. Free basic video-verified alarm service for the system owner, plus optional collaborative service upgrades, makes Home8 the smartest alarm system investment. For more information, visit www.home8alarm.com.
As CES (Consumer Electronic Show) gets closer and closer I am constantly getting emails about meetings or new product launches while there. This year, unlike the previous 7 years, I had to become choosy on what I wanted to cover before and while at CES 2017.