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Cool News from CES 2015

published on January 3rd, 2015 . by Steve Greenberg

Keep watching here for some of the biggest news from #CES2015

There are 3 Big TECH Trends here at CES this year—

–HOME ENTERTAINMENT

–IMPROVED TECH INTERFACE

–And The CONNECTED CAR

Under Home Entertainment—we’re all familiar with latest and greatest flat screen TVs but what really takes the experience to the next level is audio—

The Harman-Kardon Omni Sound-Bar will take even a lower end TV to the next level—adding surround sound to any TV.

It connects to the TV and has built-in Bluetooth feature so you can stream music straight from your smartphone, tablet or laptop directly to the speaker

Under Improve TECH INTERFACE Trend-

 

Check out these AKG headphones ergonomically designed and well-constructed/made of great materials for travel and home use.  AND take a look at these incredible JBL headphones just launched at CES. JBL Motion headphones are the first “gesture-controlled” headphones.  With just a wave of your arm you can control audio to playback or pause, along with control tracks and even pick up in-coming calls.  Cool, huh? ($150).

And finally – we have connected homes, connected offices, connected personal devices – next frontier is the connected car.  Right now 36-million cars are connected to the Internet that number will grow to more than 150-million cars in 5 years—This week Harman announced Over-the-Air Map Navigation—a new patented system that will give your connected car the latest road maps for your area– with space aged visuals with amazing details.

 

OTHER PRODUCTS–

Kevo Plus Smart LockKevo Plus – BIG NEWS from Kevo—they have extended the Kwikset Kevo platform by enabling remote access capabilities and enhanced features to Kwikset’s Bluetooth® smart lock, Kevo™. Available in spring 2015, Kevo Plus establishes a direct, online connectivity to Kevo, letting users lock and unlock their door with their smartphone from anywhere in the world. Whether unlocking the door for a neighbor while at the beach or locking it behind you from the train, homeowners benefit from total control over their door security. New Kevo owners will be able to purchase the service model as an upgraded version of the basic Kevo, and existing owners can upgrade as a supplement to the current Kevo experience. http://www.kwikset.com/kevo/default.aspx#.VKd9iFu4mYU

 

Ooma is going to marry Nest — well, actually Ooma is joining the ‘Works with Nest’ developer program as the official communications partner for Nest.  Nest is the breakthrough thermostat that you can control with your smartphone. And now with Ooma, telephony is a natural enhancement to home monitoring and control because it layers communications into the experience.  Ooma Telo phone service has now been integrated with the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and Nest Learning Thermostat. This integration enables Ooma to proactively let you know when something’s wrong at home and help you take immediate action

The three core new features are:

–Voice Notification: When the Nest Protect is triggered, the Ooma Telo can call you and give you the option to contact your emergency services local to your home. Ooma shows your call as inbound from your home address, expediting dispatch

–Check-in Monitoring: Using the occupancy sensors in the Nest devices, the Ooma Telo can call you if a family member doesn’t arrive within a specified window of time – like a child arriving home from school or an elderly parent rising to start the day

–Follow Me: The Ooma Telo can automatically forward your calls when your Nest Learning Thermostat is in Away mode and restore incoming calls when you return

The Nest features are now available to Ooma Premier subscribers as part of their existing service  http://www.ooma.com

 

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