Skip to content

Archive for

5
Jan

Elgato reveals line of HomeKit-enabled sensors at CES


We suspected we would see some new HomeKit-enabled devices at CES 2015, and we haven’t been disappointed so far. Elgato is the latest company to announce its HomeKit-enabled wares, which are comprised of several devices in its new Eve line. The devices help users monitor everything from air quality and temperature to water consumption.

From Elgato:

  • Live smarter by knowing more about the place you care about most. The Eve app puts your home at a glance, right on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Eve senses outdoor temperature, humidity and air pressure.
  • Easily access real weather data at your home, right on your
    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Powered by a sophisticated sensor analyzing microscopic particles (VOC), Eve senses indoor air quality, temperature, humidity and air pressure.
  • With door & window senses, Eve will assess the status and security of your home at a glance and make smarter choices to improve your indoor climate.
  • Eve understands your water consumption and temperature. Keep an eye on how much water you are using and analyze your showering habits.
  • Instantly see how much energy your appliances are using, and switch them on or off with a simple tap.

Pricing and availability haven’t been revealed, but Elgato is currently showing the devices off at CES.

Source: Elgato

Press release:

Las Vegas, NV – January 5, 2015

Elgato will be showcasing Eve at CES 2015, its upcoming Apple HomeKit-enabled system for monitoring your home from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The soon to be launched range of Eve products uses energy efficient Bluetooth Smart technology and sophisticated sensors to analyze your home. Access data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption right in Elgato’s Eve app. You can gain insights that can help improve the comfort of your home, making your house a smarter place.

See Eve at the Elgato booth, #70837, located in the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center.

Built for Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. After installing your Eve product, configure it from the Eve app with just a few simple steps. The Eve app works with Eve products and other devices that are built for HomeKit. You can even create your own commands to control multiple home settings. For example, you can automatically turn off the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door, and set the thermostat to the desired temperature, all with one command.

Improve your comfort

Live smarter by knowing more about the place you care about most. The Eve app puts your home at a glance, right on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Eve senses outdoor temperature, humidity and air pressure. Easily access real weather data at your home, right on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Powered by a sophisticated sensor analyzing microscopic particles (VOC), Eve senses indoor air quality, temperature, humidity and air pressure.
With door & window senses, Eve will assess the status and security of your home at a glance and make smarter choices to improve your indoor climate.
Eve understands your water consumption and temperature. Keep an eye on how much water you are using and analyze your showering habits.
Instantly see how much energy your appliances are using, and switch them on or off with a simple tap.

Pricing & Availability

Eve sensors for air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption will be available later in the quarter. Pricing for individual Eve sensors will be announced at launch. The Eve app will be available for free on the App Store.

Advertisements
5
Jan

Samsung’s CES 2015 event liveblog


The Samsung booth at the CES show held in Las Vegas

CES. It’s a massive playground full of electronics, and no one has a presence larger than Samsung. The manufacturer makes gadgets from appliances to cellphones to speakers, and of course increasingly massive HDTVs. It also tends to take an …odd approach to these kinds of presentations, leading to surprises like Michael Bay’s sudden exit last year. Who knows what we’ll see in 2015, but come along for the ride right here when the event starts at 5PM ET.

[Image credit: Yaacov Dagan / Alamy]

Filed under: HD, Mobile, Samsung

Comments

5
Jan

An exclusive look at Bragi’s ambitious headphones, the Pebble of personal audio


Eleven months ago an audacious Kickstarter campaign promised a sports headphone like nothing we’d ever seen before. Bragi’s spec-sheet for “The Dash” read like a ridiculous wish list. There was touch control, two separate ear buds (that connect to each other wirelessly, as well as to your phone), 4GB of onboard storage and a self contained media player. That’s impressive enough, but Bragi didn’t stop there. The Dash would be stuffed full of sensors like an accelerometer, heart rate monitor and an oxygen saturation sensor. It didn’t stop there either. Some pretty special sounding software meant that The Dash would serve as a personal trainer through audio feedback, there would be a “transparent” mode so you can hear ambient sounds and more. Bragi didn’t stop there.

The Kickstarter campaign was a massive success, with The Dash smashing its modest (and perhaps naive) original goal of $260,000. It went on to raise a total in excess of $3-million, making it the highest funded campaign in Europe. People were obviously excited about these do-it-all headphones. But, with success, comes the inevitable backlash of doubters and nay-sayers. And not just from the now-weary Kickstarter community. Meeting with Bragi CEO, Nikolaj Hviid, at CES, he told me many big industry players told him what he was trying to do with The Dash, simply wasn’t possible. They were wrong. Conclusively. Because I just saw them for myself – the first time the working product has been seen outside of the company.

The version I saw weren’t the final software, and the hardware didn’t have the gloss and finish that the final product will, but it’s essentially the same hardware. They look very close to the initial renders we saw, not unlike a set of ear molds for swimming, with enough design touches to let you know these are a designed product. Hviid placed them in my ears, and I instinctively tapped the side of the right bud. Music started playing. Tap twice, and the track changes. You don’t need to think too much about how to use them for their most basic purpose.

Many worried that because the headphones weren’t connected physically, that they might feel loose, or be prone to falling out. The set I tried had the smallest buds (they come with “skins” with different sized buds), and I normally pick the larger ones when using in ears. My attempts at jumping up and down in the Sands exhibition center were met with bemused looks by those passing, but the headphones didn’t budge. Whether this would still be the same 8 miles into a run, ears full of sweat, I can’t confirm, but Hviid assures me, the fit has been tested. Put it simply, they aint going nowhere.

My time with The Dash was more about seeing the product for real. Testing the audio is difficult. I’m reluctant to pass any considered judgement until we get to really put them through their paces. But, it might be a good time to mention that Hviid has worked with companies like Harmon Kardon and AKG. He’s worked on numerous audio products. His team? They include members who’ve worked on products by Jabra. There’s software expertise from Samsung and the iPhone. The team is not green.

The most exciting thing about Bragi, and The Dash, is the sense that this will be a living product. Kickstarter backers can expect to receive theirs in February. Everyone else, starting in April. But the product has been designed to improve over time. There is an API for developers to create their own apps that work with The Dash — so expect tie-ins with Runtastic and the like. Bragi themselves are committed to improving the firmware over time too, Hviid giving the example that The Dash might soon “learn” what activity you are doing through sensor data, so that when you start a run (or ride), the headphones “ask” you if you started running, and you just nod to kick of the activity tracking.

There are bigger picture possibilities that Hviid is keen to impress on me too. He likes the idea of using the sensors, and the brain’s spatial awareness for audio to create things like skiing tutorials that guide you (through spatial sound) as you carve through snow. Or my favorite, adding real-time translation to make them a real life Babel fish. Ambitious? Yes. Realistic? Well having seen how far the company has come, the obstacles they’ve overcome (each earphone is it’s own, tiny, proprietary computer), I’d say: never say never.

Filed under: Wearables

Comments

5
Jan

Viper unveils new app which can lock, unlock and even start your car using your smartwatch


Viper

Renowned car security experts, Viper, have just unveiled their very own Android Wear application which will bring the ability to start, unlock/lock and even track your car directly from your wearable, provided you have Viper SmartStart 4.0 installed.

Viper’s system unit can be purchased from a dealer in the U.S. for $149.99. If you already own one of these and have an Android Wear smartwatch, it’s as simple as downloading the app and letting it do the rest for you.

The app will also be available for the Apple Watch when it will be officially launched later this year. Viper has issued an update to the SmartStart 4.0 app on Android bringing some intuitive controls to the fore. More details will follow about the launch timeframe of this application.

“Wearable technology will give Viper SmartStart users the ability to feel connected with their vehicle in an even more accessible and convenient way,” said Frank DeMartin, Senior Vice President of Development and Engineering for Viper. “Whether people choose to use Viper SmartStart through their smartphone, smart watch or both, the updated Viper SmartStart 4.0 app will enhance their ability to seamlessly communicate with their car.”

Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.

Source: Multivu

Come comment on this article: Viper unveils new app which can lock, unlock and even start your car using your smartwatch

5
Jan

CES 2015: iDevices Announces HomeKit-Enabled ‘Switch’ Smart Plug


iDevices today announced its upcoming Switch smart plug, a HomeKit-enabled device that allows users to remotely control a variety of devices around the home. The system takes advantage of the existing iDevices Connected app to give users control over the plug, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet and connects to the home’s Wi-Fi network to provide control over a device plugged into Switch.

idevices_switch
With HomeKit integration for Switch, users will be able to take advantage of a number of iOS features in the system, including the ability to use Siri to control their devices. Switch requires no dedicated hub device or subscription services, making it simple to set up.

Siri – Switch’s HomeKit integration provides an easy, secure way to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your own commands to control multiple home settings. For example, you can automatically turn off lamps connected to your iDevices Switch, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat to the desired temperature, all with one command.

Remote Access – iDevices designed a custom IoT cloud for Switch so that users can access their home from wherever they are with no additional hub required.

Create Custom Events and Schedules – Through the iDevices Connected app, users are able to design custom events (or schedules) that fit their lifestyle. The iDevices Switch has the unique ability to remember events and make sure they happen even when the user is away.


Switch also includes several personalization options including the ability to upload photos from around the home to personalize the control app and make it easier to identify devices, as well as a built-in highlight on the Switch itself with customizable color choices.

Switch launches later in the first half of 2015, and The Verge says the device will cost $49.99.

iHome is also announcing a similar iSP5 SmartPlug smart plug that will launch later this year, but details remain scant at this time. Like iDevices’ Switch, iHome’s SmartPlug supports HomeKit and is a Wi-Fi enabled plug that allows users to control individual devices without the need for a hub. iHome does tout that multiple SmartPlugs can be grouped together into “scenes” to control various devices together. Pricing and an exact launch timeframe for SmartPlug have yet to be announced.



5
Jan

SanDisk unveils the Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 for Android devices


sandisk

SanDisk, one of the most well-known external memory manufacturers, has just announced their newest product at CES 2015 to coincide with Android phones and tablets. The device is called the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, and we’d say it’s appropriately named thanks to its great internals. The flash drive features both a microUSB and high-speed USB 3.0 connectors, allowing you to transfer files to and from your Android device quicker than ever. We’ve seen this type of external storage for mobile devices in the past (specifically from SanDisk), but none that comes with USB 3.0 support, a feature that’s growing in popularity with Android handsets.

SanDisk’s Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is available now and comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage space, and range in price from $22.99 to $64.99, respectively. If you’re interested in picking one of these super fast USB drives up for yourself, head to SanDisk’s website today. Looking for more coverage from CES? Stay tuned with Android Authority this week to get all the information you need!

Show Press Release
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced SanDisk Ultra® Dual USB Drive 3.0, a USB flash drive featuring both a micro-USB and a high-speed USB 3.0 connector for super-fast file transfers between On The Go (OTG)-enabled Android™ devices1, PC and Mac computers.

Adding to its portfolio of innovative memory solutions, including SanDisk’s current, extremely popular SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 2.0, the new SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 enables mobile users to transfer files even faster, as well as free up space on their smartphones and tablets. The drive simply connects via micro-USB to a compatible Android device and gives users up to 64GB2 of extra storage instantly.

“Android devices offer users amazing features including high-resolution photography and 4K Ultra HD video recording, which quickly fill large amounts of mobile memory, and we know our customers are looking for quick ways to access and transfer these types of files,” said Philippe Willams, director of retail storage, SanDisk. “In an effort to continue to improve our customer experience, we incorporated feedback from our existing SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive to build an even sleeker, faster and more convenient solution for users on the go.”

The new SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 sports a slick retractable design for easy usability, as well as a longer micro-USB connector to accommodate device cases or port covers. The USB drive offers a convenient way to transfer and share content via an Android-powered smartphone or tablet’s micro-USB port without the need of cables, email or wireless set-up. The drive also offers USB 3.0 performance at up to 130MB/s3 from the drive to the computer for users to quickly transfer and back up photos, videos and other files originally taken with their smartphone.

SanDisk Memory Zone Reaches Two Million Downloads

The SanDisk Memory Zone app, which has been downloaded more than two million times via Google Play™ store, gives users even greater control over their mobile device’s memory storage4. SanDisk’s Memory Zone app is compatible with most Android-powered devices and allows users to easily locate, organize, transfer and back up data. When the new SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is connected, the Memory Zone app auto-launches, and allows users to easily manage and transfer content between their mobile device and the drive. SanDisk Memory Zone app is currently available for free from the Google Play store.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is available worldwide in 16GB to 64GB capacities with MSRPs of $22.99 to $64.99, respectively, at www.sandisk.com.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.


1 Requires device with On The Go (OTG) support. See www.sandisk.com/dualdrive for a list of compatible devices.
2 21GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage is less.
3 2Read speeds from drive to computer up to 130MB/s; write speeds lower and vary by capacity. USB 3.0 port required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.
4 Download and installation required.

© 2015 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for markets, customers and product performance that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not perform as expected, be available in the capacities or at the price that we expect, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the information contained in this news release.



5
Jan

CES 2015: Lenovo announces two new high performance Android phones, a smartband, and a selfie flash


Lenovo is a name that has been coming up more and more these days, particularly after acquiring Motorola from Google. So it’s no surprise to see that the Chinese-based manufacturer is announcing quite a few devices at CES 2015, tablets, PCs, phones and even a smartband. So let’s run through a few of the new […]

The post CES 2015: Lenovo announces two new high performance Android phones, a smartband, and a selfie flash appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

5
Jan

CES 2015 Lenovo Hands-on: P90, VIBE X2 Pro, VIBE Band VB10 and VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash


Thanks to our man on the ground, Stormy Beach, we’ve managed to get some great hands-on photos with the new Lenovo products that were just announced at CES 2015. These include the two new handsets, the P90 and VIBE X2 Pro, the VIBE Band VB10 smartband and the VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash accessory – check out all […]

The post CES 2015 Lenovo Hands-on: P90, VIBE X2 Pro, VIBE Band VB10 and VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

5
Jan

CES 2015 ASUS press event kicks things off with announcement of ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Zoom


And we’re off! Press day at CES 2015 has officially begun today, where most of the big announcements are made, and one of the first to happen is the CES 2015 ASUS press event. The big announcements from ASUS today include two new flagship devices, most notably the Zenfone 2 and the Zenfone Zoom. Kicking things […]

The post CES 2015 ASUS press event kicks things off with announcement of ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Zoom appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

5
Jan

Samsung Galaxy S6 rumored to ship with Sennheiser earbuds


sennheiser

According to an exclusive report by Sammobile, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to ship with Sennheiser earbuds.  In a time when many phone manufacturers are cutting out accessories that ship with phones, especially earbuds, it’s a pleasure to know Samsung is going to offer a premium set of earbuds with the next flagship release.

How each of us listen to music is completely up to each individual, but it is pretty much universally accepted that Sennheiser knows how to reproduce sound quality through their headphones and earbuds.  Samsung is one of the few Android device manufacturers that still gives a free headset with a purchase of its device, although my Note 4 notably did not have an included set up earbuds which was rather disappointing.  A marriage between Sennheiser and Samsung seems like a great fit especially when you consider what Apple might do with the Beats line of headphones.

It’s not known whether or not the Sennheiser earbuds will ship with all Galaxy S6 devices, or if it will be a limited edition.  I am hoping they offer the earbuds to everyone who purchases the S6 and lead the pack on bringing back earbuds for all phone manufacturers.

Source – Sammobile



http://www.androidguys.com/pubgalaxy/728×90.html


CES 2015 Coverage Sponsored By:

The post Samsung Galaxy S6 rumored to ship with Sennheiser earbuds appeared first on AndroidGuys.

%d bloggers like this: