The latest in consumer electronics and technology are being unveiled at CES 2017 that opened in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 5. CES is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 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), CES 2017 is the world’s largest annual innovation event and draws more than 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 more than 2 million net square feet of exhibit space.
Award Winning Tech Expert Katie Linendoll partnered with the following companies to showcase some of the exciting products people will be able to use this year. She looked at the latest in home audio entertainment from Samsung, how OtterBox is changing the way you use your iPhone, a new wearable tracking device by 3M that will help improve your breathing, an augmented driving device from Navdy that lets you Look Forward© while Staying Connected© and a smart home camera solution from Honeywell that helps you keep an eye on your home!
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Samsung’s Sound+ soundbar is a powerful, simple and subtle device that will completely transform your home theater experience.
Unlike other external sound systems, the Sound+ is a breeze to install, and its small, sleek design blends easily into any room. Its “one body” design can be mounted directly onto your TV with one simple connection. No complicated setup, no extra space needed.
The Sound+ is perfect for people who want amazing sound in smaller spaces. Most importantly, it delivers UHD audio in an immersive surround-sound experience that feels like it comes from all angles – even from above.
- For more information and to purchase, visit www.samsung.com.
OtterBox uniVERSE Case System for iPhone
OtterBox uniVERSE Case System is expanding at CES 2017. The case system is now available for iPad Air 2 and iPad 9.7-inch, which means you can add accessories like a keyboard, external batteries, mounts, camera stabilization and so much more. The possibilities are endless. Some other new partners of uniVERSE include Tile, so you can find your phone wherever it may be, and Wagner of Switzerland, which makes a variety of wallet and tool modules that fit right on the back of iPhone or iPad.
- Priced at $49.95 for the case with modules sold separately starting at $19.99.
- For more information and to purchase, visit www.otterbox.com
3M Wearable Respiratory Tracking Solution
3M Company will unveil an innovative new wearable technology intended to monitor and potentially help predict and improve the quality of breathing for consumers in any environment, including those suffering from asthma and allergies. The new technology monitors respiratory patterns, detects changes in breathing and provides information on whether environmental factors play a role in breathing difficulties. Through personalized insights and unique coaching, this device will enhance monitoring for easier and better breathing, with real-time data, analysis, alerts and breath tracking in any environment. Additionally, it will help those with respiratory sensitivities gain simple control over daily activities by understanding triggers and environmental factors that typically cause flare-ups to enable them to better manage symptoms.
- The new 3M respiratory monitor will be available at retail in summer 2017.
- For more information, visit go.3M.com/breatheasy.
No more looking down at your phone while driving. Navdy is the first driving device that leverages augmented reality technology to project information directly in the driver’s line of sight, for an all new driving experience. Navdy’s breakthrough user interface projects a transparent image on the road ahead, incorporates Hand Gestures to accept calls with the wave of your hand and a specially engineered Dial that lets you control your phone hands-free. With maps, calls, messages, notifications, music, and car information projected directly in front of you, you’ll never again miss a turn or the information you need while driving.
- Priced at $799.00 or $33.00/month (24 months 0% financing).
- For more information and to purchase, visit www.navdy.com.
Honeywell Lyric C1 and C2 Wi-Fi Indoor Cameras
Honeywell’s new Lyric C1 and C2 Wi-Fi Indoor Cameras Lyric cameras can help keep an eye on what’s happening at home day or night. The Lyric app lets you access live/recorded videos, snap screenshots, and will send alerts when something is seen (or even heard and analyzed using the built-in microphone, like a smoke/CO detector or crying baby). Ready for quick, DIY installation, the Lyric Cameras capture up to Full HD video, and a built-in speaker makes two-way talk possible (say to tell a pet to get off of the furniture).
- Priced at $119.99 for the Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Indoor Camera and $169.99 for the Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Indoor Camera.
- Available for purchase in 2017.
- For more information, visit yourhome.honeywell.com.