SWELTERING in the office while your colleague shivers under layers of extra clothing? Just register your discomfort by tapping a button on your wrist and let the room do the rest. That's one of the ideas behind WristQue, a project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that aims to create a low-power wristband device that works with sensors embedded in buildings to monitor how you feel and continually adjust the lighting and temperature to keep you happy. WristQue is the key to controlling "the immersive world of interactive media that will one day surround us", says Joe Paradiso, director of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT's Media Lab, who is working with colleagues to design it. Each 3D-printed, plastic WristQue band will contain a microprocessor and will be packed with environmental sensors to detect changes in temperature, humidity and light. It will be fitted with a chip that uses ultra-wideband radio signals to pinpoint the user's location and will be able to communicate wirelessly with sensors fitted in smart buildings.
The world's technology showcase has long been a vibrant meeting place for industry executives, consultants, fund managers, analysts and bloggers. But in the past five years, entrepreneurs, and the venture capitalists they depend on have joined the club. Howard Morgan, a partner at First Round Capital, said CES gives him a chance to connect his portfolio companies with retailers. One of his portfolio companies Ambient Devices, which makes weather forecasting gadgets, reached a deal for Brookstone stores to sell its products after an agreement struck during a previous show. Another deal that Morgan was able to broker at a CES show was with Best Buy. CES has become a mandatory event on the calendar for VCs lured by the promise of connecting fledgling startups with the tech world's biggest companies. Although Apple, the industry's largest company, did not have a exhibit at CES, a source familiar with the company's plans said more than 250 Apple employees registered for the week-long convention.
According to SlashGear , Corning and Perceptive Pixel are showcasing a new 82-inch multitouch Gorilla Glass display at this year's CES. The new display is the world's largest Gorilla Glass 2 display and the world's largest touch display to be covered by the super durable glass, according to the site. The display also features unlimited multitouch touch points and stylus support as well. Using the super-tough Gorilla Glass, also used to make smartphone fronts more durable, is of obvious utility for public-facing and outdoor digital signage. Watch the YouTube video from SlashGear above:
Nothing complements a big-screen HDTV like a great 5.1 or 7.1 home theater audio system -- but running wires to connect speakers in all corners of a room can get messy. Wireless speakers address the cable problem, but with no standard in place for wireless home theater audio, you're pretty much forced to buy a complete system from one vendor to be sure everything works. The Wireless Speaker & Audio Association, or WiSA, a group that includes such well-known speaker manufacturers as Klipsch, Pioneer, Sharp, and the parent of Polk Audio, is trying to address that problem. The one-month-old group is working on specifications and a certification testing program for high-performance wireless speakers and the consumer electronics that use them (e.g. HDTVs and Blu-ray players). The idea is that WiSA-certified components would work together, regardless of manufacturer, to deliver high-quality home theater audio over wireless speakers.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest flat-screen TV maker by revenue, plans to launch a Web-connected TV using Google Inc.'s operating system in the second half of this year targeting high-end customers in the U.S. first, an executive said in an interview, in a move that will likely help broaden the appeal of its line-up and help combat falling set prices. The head of Samsung's consumer electronics division that oversees businesses across the company's television, home appliance and other consumers goods, told Dow Jones Newswires in a recent interview Samsung will also start selling Smart TVs that have voice recognition and motion sensing capabilities, which will allow users to search for programs without having to use their remote controls. The TVs are expected to go on sale sometime in the first quarter of this year and are being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
The 2012 International CES was the largest in the event's 44 year history, with a record number of more than 3,100 exhibitors across the largest show floor in CES history – 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space – and drawing a record of more than 153,000 attendees, including more than 34,000 international attendees. More than 20,000 new products were launched at the 2012 CES. Check out the HomeToys.com 2012 International CES show report . We scoured the thousands of announcements for some of our favorite new Home Technology products. As a media partner for 2012 CES; HomeToys has one of the most comprehensive newspages featuring all the news and new products from the show floor. Click here for our Special CES Newspage.
This concept model for a next-generation vending machine, which features a see through display, is being developed by Sanden, a large manufacturer of vending machines, in conjunction with Okaya Electronics and Intel. This concept model has a vertical, 65-inch, Full HD transparent display. The products behind the display can be seen through the glass, and you can simultaneously see high definition text, pictures, and Flash animations on the display.
A competition to identify the world's most energy efficient flat screen televisions will kick off on Friday, with the U.S. Energy Department and other governments sponsoring a race to cut down on home electricity use. The contest, part of an international initiative to promote "super-efficient" products, will award up to 20 Global Efficiency Medals to the most efficient televisions from four different regions: Australia, the European Union, India and North America. Organizers say building more efficient appliances can ultimately save enough energy to avoid the need to build new power plants. Televisions comprise 6 percent to 8 percent of global residential electricity consumption.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to re-enter the Japanese flat-panel television market next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday, without citing sources. The South Korean consumer electronics giant had withdrawn from the market in 2007, the newspaper said. Samsung is in talks with Japanese consumer electronics retailers Yamada Denki Co and Yodobashi Camera Co about handling its flat-panel televisions, the paper said.
TiVo Inc. scored another major patent victory as AT&T Inc. agreed to pay the set-top box maker at least $215 million to settle litigation and acquire rights to use TiVo's intellectual property. The settlement, announced Tuesday, marks the latest gain from a string of lawsuits brought by the Alviso, Calif., company. TiVo, a pioneer in devices known as digital recorders, or DVRs, has long accused many of its rivals of violating its patents.
So, here is the first annual top 10 coolest DOOH deployments of the year: What were the most noticed, coolest, fun and amazing deployments of 2011? As we watched 2011 unfold, some great creative and technical minds were at work producing some very cool deployments throughout the world. Most of what we saw was interactive and engaging deployments. Click here to view the full list.
Two of the 25 TechZones on the showroom floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be geared specifically toward digital health, with more than 171 exhibitors showcasing products as part of the Digital Health and Fitness category. According to a recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organization that runs CES, the sports and fitness category is a $70 billion annual business in the U.S. alone. The growing mobile phone market and explosion of mobile apps has contributed to the growth of the digital health market as well. A recent ABI Research report says the market for sports and fitness apps is expected to reach $400 million by 2016, across more than one billion annual health-related app downloads. Health care companies have also been getting into the app arena. United Health Group plans to show off mobile applications at CES 2012 for managing health care accounts, tracking prescriptions and creating health goals. Aetna already has mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry; Blue Cross and Blue Shield introduced an app for iOS devices earlier this year.
Parks Associates forecasts more than 920 million connected devices, including smartphones and tablets, will be sold worldwide in 2012 and revenues from operator-provided cloud-based value-added services will exceed $8.5 billion by 2015. CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions address the television’s evolving role in the home, content distribution across multiple screens, new value-added services including energy management, and consumer interest in the digital locker to store content.
3DTV and connected TVs have been all the rage the past couple of years at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but so far there's been little hype surrounding those topics leading up to the latest show, held Jan. 10 to 13 in Las Vegas. Instead, everyone seems to be talking about mobile. "Mobile and portable connected devices are driving growth in the CE industry and will be a major focus of the 2012 CES," said Karen Chupka, SVP of events and conferences for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). "The 2012 CES is the best place to see all the latest tablets and smartphones that bring broadband capability to wireless devices that fit the way consumers work, live and play." CEA research has tablet computer growth at nearly 160% for 2011, with more than 26.5 million units shipped, producing $14 billion in revenue. Smartphone sales are expected to grow 45% by the time the year's finished, producing $23 billion in revenue. CES's Access on the Go TechZone will highlight devices that deliver on-the-go content, including movies, TV and music, and basically every major smartphone company, other than Apple, will be on hand. Digital Hollywood will run a two-day Smartphone and Tablet Conference with several panels Jan. 9 and 10.
LG's FPR 3DTVs already featured lighter, cheaper passive 3D glasses than their active shutter competition, but next year the company will push its advantage even further with these new models. The three options available include the F310 which it says weighs 20 percent less than last year's default and are curved more for a better fit, the F320 clip-on design for glasses-wearers and Alain Mikli-designed (the guy who made Kanye's shutter shades, among other high-end eyeglasses) F360 half-rim frames. It also rolled out a press release trumpeting new Smart TV features for 2012, but beyond the updated remote and confirmation of Intel WiDi integration, it's pretty short on details.
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The ArtDiffusor® Model D (patent applied for) is the newest in the ArtDiffusor® Series. The Model D is an organic, quadratic diffuser; fusing diverse design concepts such as MLS, QRD, bicubic interpolation and boolean logic mapping. These rolling, asymmetric diffusers minimize specular acoustic reflections while improving sound clarity and ambience. Their design encourages developing customized patterns, allowing for a truly unique installation - every time.