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More from CES 2018

published on January 10th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are a few more products from #CES2018


KOHLER ALEXA ENABLED BATHROOM MIRROR  — Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror brings Amazon’s Alexa into the bathroom.  Alexa not only controls the lights on the mirror but also lets you access news, weather, sports, music, spotify and much more from your bathroom.  Mirror also has a built in “way finder” light to help see in the bathroom during late night visits.  Verdera comes in 3 sizes and starts at $999  For more details, visit

FILTRETE BLUETOOTH CONNECTED A/C FILTER— Bluetooth connection to smart phone let’s users know when air filter needs to be changed.  Filter costs about $5 more than traditional filters and is still disposable
LINKSQUARE SPECTROMETER— You don’t usually find a spectrometer in the home— but it’s very useful— it can tell you if your meat, fish or poultry is fresh or more importantly NOT fresh.  It can determine the brand of liquor in a bottle, it can determine if that viagra you ordered from Canada is real or fake, it can tell you if that money in your pocket is real or phony.  Easy to use and very revealing.   $299
IFLYTEK POCKET TRANSLATOR— Translate 6 languages to Chinese — works with or without WiFi  $399
SELF DRIVING CARS via LYFT and Aptiv — one US city will have self-driving Lyft cars in early 2019




Some “SOUND” Products at #CES2018

published on January 5th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

CES in Las Vegas remains THE best place to get a first look at a huge range of electronics heading your way in the year ahead. I’ll be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas working with Harman and showing off some of my favorite new audio gadgets, electronics, and cutting-edge automotive tech.

First up is the Rinspeed Concept Car. It’s basically a high tech self-driving chassis with changeable “pods” to personalize the interior space. So, your car of the future would not only transportation but also a classroom, or an office, or theater. This concept has been built together with HARMAN — who is a specialist car technology– to demonstrate how we can get back more productive time in our daily commutes when autonomous cars become the norm.

Another near-future product are these Shape-Shifting Car Speakers. These are part of a customizable system designed for ride-share vehicles, like Uber and Lyft, and they literally change shape and sound depending on what the user wants to experience. So, it can go from high performance JBL sound to the more refined sound of Harman Kardon – the passenger controls the experience.

Moving to what will be available to consumers THIS year—

JBL Xtreme 2 – ($299.95) this powerful speaker is designed for roughing it—it’s waterproof—2 different users can connect to the same speaker—and another cool feature– up to 100 of these speakers can be linked together for a BIG event—and BIG SOUND.

We all know voice-control is huge—and two examples of that are here:

Harman Kardon Allure Portable ($199) – is a cool looking transportable speaker that is controlled by Amazon’s Alexa.

The JBL Link (Starting at $149.95) is a multi-room speaker series controlled by the Google’s Voice Assistant with HD Music Streaming with Chromecast built-in.

Last but not least there’s JBL’s Endurance Line of “sport earphones.” (starting at $19.99) These wireless earphones are designed to be tough and comfortable. 4 different degrees of durability—RUN, SPRINT, JUMP and DIVE. The last 3 are totally waterproof—so they can handle any weather conditions and after a sweaty workout your can just rinse them off. The DIVE earphone includes 1GB of onboard MP3 music storage for up to 200 songs so users can enjoy their music while swimming or catching a wave.

For more of what’s new at CES 2018, check out: