Vobot reveals Amazon Alexa-enabled clock

At each CES, you can be sure that there will be interesting new devices that will be introduced to the market. Of course, many of us are interested in the latest and the greatest, but these are not necessarily found in the flashiest of booths. Vobot has worked out quite a charmer of a device, which is the Amazon Alexa-enabled clock.

This new timepiece will be Vobot’s latest AI smart home product, aptly known as the Vobot Clock which will be integrated with Amazon Alexa Voice Services (AVS), and you can expect it to debut at CES 2017 that is kicking off later this week. With Artificial intelligence (AI) and voice interaction being a hot topic last year, it does not look as though the hype and technologies surrounding AI will die down this year. Rather, it should even increase all the more. Amazon Echo is one of the most successful models of implementation, being the first smart home hub that hit the market. Vobot has decided to take advantage of the open platform known as Alexa (by Amazon), making use of AVS (Alexa Voice Service) and ASK (Alexa Skills Kit) as a third-party developer in order to deliver voice experiences for the Vobot Clock.

Based on the Amazon ecosystem, the Vobot Clock is a cost-effective smart alarm that comes with a slew of creative features. Where the sleep coach programme is concerned, you can be sure that the pre-set wakeup and bedtime solution will assist users to fall asleep faster and wake up earlier. The proactive reminder function will then inform or show users the right things at the right time. Not only that, there is a customizable alarm that allows consumers to wake up from their favorite tunes, a dot matrix display that makes everything clear at first sight; an internal 5W speaker which delivers crystal clear sound, all without having to hook up to any external amplifier.

The Vobot Clock is tipped to arrive with an asking price of a mere $35 a pop with an early February release.

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Casio Edifice EQB500 and EQB600 add some style to your wrist

You might have updated your wardrobe for the new year, but what about the rest of your fashion accessories? You might want to take into consideration picking up something that does not lean towards the luxury timepieces line, and yet does not look out of place. The Casio Edifice EQB500 and EQB600 are two of such examples which are the perfect timekeeping devices for trendy jetsetters.

The Casio Edifice EQB500 and EQB600 will cater for the guys, and they function as a great accessory which offers features specifically for travelers. To make sure that the EQB600 will seamlessly keep track of things at home, the EQB600’s main dial showcases the Home Time (the time and date of the user’s current home city), letting its inset dome-shaped dial display the current time zone in the selected World Time city in a 24-hour format over a world map. This is a 3D globe dial which has been installed at the 3 o’clock position, and it will rotate once a day in time with Earth’s rotation, where there is a small round hand that showcases the time zone of the selected World Time city. The EQB600 boasts of a high-torque dual-coil motor which can deliver the power to drive the 3D globe dial, and it also reproduces an image of the earth’s rotation on the dial.

As for the EQB500, it will feature advanced functionality and merges with a modern style which is perfect for any man’s lifestyle. Regardless of whether one moves around domestically or abroad, the EQB500 is sure and stedfast in helping him keep on pace. A keen-edged dial in a tough, rugged 45mm stainless steel metal case merges to deliver a simply elegant and highly functional design, and it will also come with a mode dial that is combined with a speedometer at the 4 o’clock position.

Both models sport Bluetooth connectivity that can be linked to a smartphone with a push of a button. They are also solar-powered, meaning there is no longer any more need for a battery, and the asking price for the Edifice EQB500D-1A stands at $380, with the EQB500DB-2A retailing for $410, while the EQB600 is going for $400 a pop.

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Fluance DB10 subwoofer introduced, rocks your world

How have you welcomed the new year? Surely you would have partied like a wild animal, or for some of us, we prefer a more quiet and reflective moment with our loved ones. It does not matter, the march of time continues in a relentless manner. For those of us who love to party, then the Fluance DB10 subwoofer is something that you might want to consider getting for your home, as it will hold you in good stead for future parties or events.

Specially designed by Fluance, the Fluance DB10 subwoofer is able to offer cinematic, room shaking bass. It effortlessly reproduces ultra-low bass frequencies that traditional speakers are unable to reproduce in a snap, and it more or less guarantees that each single impact or explosion from action movies will be able to shake viewers to the core. In other words, any home theater system would benefit from the Fluance DB10 subwoofer if there is no subwoofer in the equation at the moment.

Being ported and precisely tuned to the enclosure and designed to reproduce both low and ultra-low frequencies, the Fluance DB10 subwoofer boasts of a solid cabinet construction that makes use of engineered MDF wood in order to deliver a warm and distortion free-sound. Not only that, it comes with a minimal footprint which also enables a pair of DB10’s to be integrated into a single system, letting you have the ultimate 5.2 or 7.2 system in order to create a fully immersive home theater experience.

The presence of a front firing driver will be able to offer longer excursion and controlled linearity, making sure that even the lowest frequencies are consistently heard on every track down to 20Hz without experiencing any unexpected roll off. The Fluance DB10 subwoofer is set to launch in spring of 2017, with its price set at $199.99 a pop.

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LG TONE Studio and LG TONE Free ready to rock at CES 2017

lg-tone-freeWhen it comes to headphones and earphones, there are many different models from which one will be able to choose from. The thing is, you might wonder whether a particular model suits you or not. Perhaps you have had some experience with LG’s TONE Active in the past, and have decided to settle for whatever LG headphones that roll out in the future. You’re in luck then, as the LG TONE Studio and LG TONE Free are set to debut at CES 2017 that is kicking off early next month.

Both of these happen to be the latest TONE wearables from the South Korean consumer electronics giant LG, and regardless of the model that you choose, they will bring with them the wonders of personal surround sound as well as hassle-free wireless charging capability.

First of all, the LG TONE Studio that carries the model number HBS-W120 is a personal wearable speaker that boasts of a quartet of speakers. Two of these will be full range on the top, while the other two would be vibrating on the bottom. This will result in a personal surround sound experience under different circumstances, such as when watching a movie, playing a video game or streaming music of your choice. There is also a Hi-Fi DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) which will further enhance sound quality as it recreates audio content in an accurate manner. Dual Play capability allows you to hook up a couple of LG TONE Studio wearable speakers, too.

As for the LG TONE Free with model name HBS-F110, this happens to be LG’s first wireless stereo product that will sport wireless earbuds. These wireless earbuds will juice up each time they are stashed into the neckband, making them a snap to tote around and are always at the ready to serve your musical whims and fancies.

There is no word on pricing details as at press time, but we think it will be revealed early next month.

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LG PJ9 is a levitating speaker that looks out of this world

lg-pj9When it comes to portable or wireless speakers, most of us would look for the model that is hardy in nature, being able to take just about anything and everything that you throw in its direction. Well, LG has a slightly different route this time around with the LG PJ9, where this wireless speaker is certainly out of the ordinary in terms of its design. After all, most of the portable speakers that are in the market require you to bring them around with you, or even hook them up to a carabiner. For those who use it at home, you leave it on the table. Not so with the LG PJ9 that is all set to debut at CES 2017 — this particular speaker will levitate, as though by magic — now how about that for impressive?

The LG PJ9 is certainly a mesmerizing wireless speaker in its own right, and the magic will happen when you place it over the accompanying Levitation Station. It has the ability to deliver high-quality audio, and at the same time offer a lasting impression thanks to its eye-catching design. It also has a looks that will certainly turn heads whenever anyone lays their eyes on it. It does not matter whether the LG PJ9 is used to play music, podcasts or different kinds of audio content, it will be able to do all of that seamlessly while looking fantastic — even in the outdoors.

Making use of powerful electromagnets that is included deep inside the Levitation Station, the PJ9 will be able to achieve a stunning visual effect of floating in mid-air, without the need for any kind of wire to hold it in place. Right smack in the middle is a 360-degree omnidirectional speaker that has a turbine blade-inspired design, delivering deep bass thanks to the subwoofer that is embedded within the Levitation Station. The LG PJ9 itself will also feature Dual Passive Radiator technology that can reproduce flush mid-range tones as well as crisp highs for enhanced sound quality. No word on pricing yet as at press time, but we expect that small issue to resolve itself when it is officially announced at CES 2017.

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This Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter makes old equipment feel like new

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Technology is growing at an ever-increasing rate. While this is awesome and means that there will be a lot of advances in medicine, clean energy, and farming, it also means that it’s hard to keep up with all the toys, gizmos and gadgets. Crazy as it may seem, not everyone wants to throw away all of their electronics every year and buy the newest thing on the market.

If you fall under that category and are still enjoying your old speakers that don’t connect via Bluetooth, but sometimes wish that they did, the Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver will make what is old feel like almost brand new. This gives you up to 10 hours of 4.0 Bluetooth streaming on a full charge with a range of 33 feet. You’ll be able to use this for your home theater system, car stereo, or just your normal speakers for your TV or computer.

This easily adapts through A/V, RCA, and a 3.5mm jack. It was made to be portable so it can make any speaker system you come across Bluetooth compatible. The charge time to get it to full is around 2 hours, but thankfully you can use it while it’s plugged in. Obviously though, that will increase the charging time. You’ll be looking at paying out around $19 for this little device, but that is vastly better than paying for a brand new speaker system for all of your various devices.

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The HYDRA SmartBottle Bluetooth Speaker helps you get and stay hyped

When you’re looking to work out, you have to stay motivated from start to finish or you’ll just be going through the motions without any benefit. Everything from lack of sleep and improper nutrition to what clothes you’re wearing and how much water you drank that day will affect your performance. To get the most out of your pump fest, you need to make sure your body is ready and willing to deal with the stress you’re going to put it under.

Some heavy bass beats and lots of water will certainly help, which the HYDRA SmartBottle can provide. This is a multi function device that will not only act as a 20 ounce BPA free water bottle, but also a 5W Bluetooth speaker, LED light, and 4000 mAh power bank. The LED light aspect can be an emergency light, white lantern, and RGB color cycle, giving you the option to use it for mood lighting, illumination for a nighttime romp, or planking through a rainbow cycle.

On top of all that, this also has a built-in mic so you can use it as a speakerphone. No use in stopping your workout just to take a call, though the talking will add a level of difficulty. This is a new toy that will cost you $51.99, so it’s not something you’re going to want to spring for unless the gym is part of your daily routine. This comes in blue, black, grey, orange, and red, not that you’ll be able to tell either way if the colored LED is on.

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LG to introduce first ever compact laser projector for the home

lg-probeamHome cinema enthusiasts, 2017 is going to be a real exciting year for you. The folks over at LG have stepped forward to announce that they will be rolling out their very first compact laser projector that has been specially designed for those who have carefully crafted out a home cinema environment in their abode. Known as the LG ProBeam, this bad boy is capable of delivering 2,000 lumens of brightness without taking up too much space.

This kind of form factor makes the LG ProBeam more than ideal to deliver the perfect home cinema viewing experience. It will certainly go above and beyond the call of duty for the average home cinema viewer, as it complements its high level of performance alongside a degree of versatility in order for one to enjoy movies as well as TV programs — regardless of where they are, and it does not matter what time it is, too.

The LG ProBeam will boast of an advanced laser engine which can produce up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, letting you enjoy your favorite video content even if the room that you are in is filled with sunlight. Arriving in a slim, sleek design, this is one portable projector courtesy of its innovative I-shaped laser engine. It has a compact standing-type design, tipping the scales at just 4.6-pounds, making it the lightest Full HD laser projector in the brightness range of 2,000 lumens in the industry. The classic form factor would also make it a whole lot easier to blend in into any kind of situation.

Other features include the innovative Sound Sync Adjustment, letting you pair up the LG ProBeam with just about any Bluetooth audio product such as an external speaker or headphones. There is also the ability to take advantage of Miracast in order to project content from smart devices onto a large projection screen. No idea on pricing just yet, but we should be able to find out at CES 2017.

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Stuart Cam is a HD Wi-Fi camera for Minions fans

stuart-camDo you love the Minions from the Despicable Me animated movies? Well, surely these dumb creatures have found a way to survive all these years as they are extremely resilient. Not only that, the main characters will also sport their own names for a greater degree of personalization. Stuart, who happens to be the mischievous Minion out of the whole lot, will now be able to keep an eye on your home (since he has but just one eye to begin with in the first place) in the form of the new Stuart Cam HD WiFi camera.

The Stuart Cam will offer fun and affordable video monitoring so that families are able to tend to what matters most, even when they are unable to be there physically. Originally developed by Tend, who is also the manufacturer of other award-winning smart home products which are powered by computer vision technology, the Minion Made Stuart Cam is a $49.99 device that is licensed by Universal Brand Development.

It is one of the cuter cameras to have around the home, and certainly not as serious as the other kinds of WiFi cameras that are in the market. You will be able to enjoy the benefits of secure, high-definition video alongside two-way audio talkback. Using the Stuart Cam HD WiFi camera is a snap, thanks to its simple plug-and-play setup that allows just about anyone, a minion included, to be able to get the Stuart Cam up and running in a matter of minutes.

Not only that, the Stuart Cam will also be able to deliver a personalized Pet Highlight Reel which will appeal to pet owners, since they can then enjoy a snapshot of their day, in addition to the ability to talk and interact with pets over two-way audio via the Tend app on any iOS or Android mobile device. Definitely worth the purchase if you would like to keep in touch with your pets while you are on a holiday.

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Okularion is first wireless mixed reality headset in the world

The world of Virtual Reality (VR) is certainly catching on among the masses, and it is not difficult to see why. After all, modern day technology and advancements made in the department has allowed even smaller devices like smartphones to pack the kind of processing muscle that is able to help power a VR headset or its software. As for the Okularion, this is something else. The Okularion prides itself in being the first wireless mixed reality headset in the world

The whole idea of the Okularion is to ensure that the worlds of virtual reality and augmented reality will be accessible for just about everyone. In other words, VR headsets like the Oculus Rift might be out of reach for many, but the Okularion would like to buck the trend by being the best and most affordable mixed reality headset that one can find in the market at the moment.

This standalone wireless mixed reality (virtual reality and augmented reality) headset will come with an early bird pricing of $200 on Kickstarter, although it will eventually retail for less than $300 a pop. At that price point, you will be able to enjoy two controllers as well. The Okularion has been specially designed in order for it to enable the user to have freedom to experience AR and VR without any limits. Those who are interested can pick up the headset in standard and pro versions.

Just because it is affordable does not mean it lacks the latest, cutting edge technology and components. Do expect to see the likes of stereoscopic display with multiple adjustments, gesture recognition, and an AR camera which will be used to capture and track the real world thrown into the mix. Users are also able to create their own content for the Okularion, since it will roll out with the right tools in place from the get go.

Anyone interested in the Okularion?

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