The latest technologies will unveil at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opens in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 6. Award Winning Tech Expert Mario Armstrong gives a glimpse into this year’s line-up of electronics, gizmos and gadgets.
The first CES took place in New York City in June of 1967. Since then, thousands of products have been announced at the yearly show, including many that have transformed consumers lives: such as the Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970; Compact Disc Player, 1981; High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998; 3D HDTV, 2009; Ultra HDTV, Flexible OLED, Driverless Car Technology, 2013.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the 2016 CES is the world’s largest annual innovation event and takes place January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas. The 2016 CES will draw around 150,000 industry professional attendees to witness the next generation of consumer technology. More than 3,500 exhibitors will debut 20,000 new products across 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space.
During the tour, Mario Armstrong uncovered 5 cool tech trends and gadgets.
Ford SYNC 3
Ford is unveiling some great updates to SYNC 3, its latest in-vehicle system – so its millions of global consumers can stay connected behind the wheel and even away from their cars.
SYNC 3-equipped Ford vehicles will now provide owners more choice in how they access their smartphones with a more personalized app experience available through AppLink and the opportunity to activate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the car’s built-in display and controls and makes it easy to make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages and get directions without touching the phone while driving.
Android smartphone users are able to bring their smartphone experience into their vehicle through personal apps and direct access to Google Maps while driving. The phone screen is projected on the touch screen, offering seamless integration of smartphone into car.
Ford will make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on all 2017 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 starting with the all new Escape available this spring in North America.
And Ford is taking the in-car app experience to a more personal and customized level. This year, the first apps using vehicle information such as GPS location and mileage will be available through AppLink including apps for AAA and Concur.
For more information, visit www.ford.com.
Intel Recon Snow2 Goggles
Intel is announcing partnerships with sports organizations and athletic brands to digitize sports. It’s creating the ability to capture performance-enhancing data in real time. As a result, athletes can adjust their training regimen for greater performance, coaches can make shifts in strategy mid-competition and spectators can immerse themselves in the experience of watching sports in new ways.
Athletes can use Intel-innovated Recon eyewear to seamlessly review vital information at a glance, including pace, duration and distance thanks to onboard sensors. The Recon Snow2 goggles here are designed for snow skiing to provide skiiers with performance data and trail maps.
Priced at $549.00.
Available for purchase now at www.reconinstruments.com.
For more information, visit www.intel.com.
LG Music Flow SH7 Sound Bar
LG’s Music Flow lineup includes wireless and Bluetooth® sound bars and speakers that consumers can choose from and create a customized, premium home audio network that fits into their budget and home. The new SH7 sound bar features Google Cast, so users can easily stream from popular online music services such as Google Play™ Music and Pandora and features BT-Fi™, which automatically switches the connectivity method based on content source.
Available for purchase early this year.
For more information, visit www.lg.com.
Now Cam by ZAGG
Compact, versatile and multi-functional, the Now Cam from ZAGG Inc is a handheld social camera that lets users live and share their moments. The intuitive dial control switches between three modes: video, video burst, and still shots. The Now Cam app provides easy transfer for quick upload and sharing of favorite moments. The versatile Now Cam stores up to 30 minutes of 720p HD® video, 1,600 images, and features a 6-second video burst option to capture the fun as it happens.
Priced at $129.99.
Available for purchase at Amazon or on www.zagg.com.
For more information, visit www.zagg.com/nowcam.
FRĒ Power for iPhone 6s Plus
LifeProof FRĒ Power doubles the battery capacity of iPhone 6s Plus with a 3200 mAh lithium ion battery. The iPhone 6s Plus waterproof battery case boasts waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof technology, blocking out every element in its path. With an IP-68 rating, the case is waterproof up to 6.6 feet for an hour. A built-in scratch protector helps keep the brilliant 3D Touch display safe from scratches, yet allows for uninhibited use of all iPhone 6s Plus features and functions, including front-facing Retina Flash and 2nd generation Touch ID. It is also compatible with iPhone 6 Plus.
Priced at $149.99.
Available for purchase later this year on www.lifeproof.com and in select retailers.
For more information, visit www.lifeproof.com.