By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will be among a number of high-end CE industry representatives scheduled to exhibit at the Rand Luxury Technology Show, March 4, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, here.
The CEA and top brands including LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony will use the invitation only event to show press, analysts, retail executives and affluent consumers, examples of some of the finest home and mobile technology gear available today.
In addition to CE manufacturers, the event is expected to draw brand ambassadors from a wide variety of industries.
Product categories to be highlighted will include: photography, Ultra HD TV, wearable technology, home and business automation, high-end personal audio, home appliances, smart watches and wellness and fitness devices.
“Our recent CEA study supports that seeing Ultra HD TV technology in-person is critical for consumers to appreciate its benefits,” said Jeff Joseph, CEA communications and strategic relationships senior VP. “Many say, seeing the technology in-store had a significantly positive impact on their opinions of Ultra HDTV, an impact that could not have been achieved through reading a description of the technology alone. We are excited to be part of this unique event to demonstrate just how incredibly immersive an experience Ultra HD televisions offer.”
Scheduled exhibiters include for photography: HasselBlad Bron (Lunar and Stellar), Sony (digital camera, SLR camera, 4K camcorder); for mobile accessories: Puku (portable chargers), Dark Energy (portable power solutions), Opulus (mobile fashion); for home: Honeywell (WiFi smart thermostat), Simplehuman (tools for efficient living), Moen (faucets), RSI Energy Group/ISPBC (self-powered building);
for audio: Audeze (high-end headphones), Avegant (Glyph), Astell & Kern (portable audio, in-ear monitors, home audio) Audio Doctor (retail/integrator), Krell (high-end audio/video), Libratone (soundbars), NYNE (audio products), Phiaton (headphones), Sony (personal stereo, high resolution audio), Stellé Audio Couture (portable speakers), Superhive (home theater), Velodyne (headphones/subwoofers), Waterfall Audio (glass loudspeaker), Wren Sound Systems (sound systems);
for video: Audio Doctor (retail/integrator), LG Electronics (Ultra HD TVs), Panasonic (Ultra HD TVs), Prima Cinema (cinema player), Sim2 (projector), Samsung (Ultra HD TVs), Sony (4k Ultra HD TVs), Superhive (home theater), Vutec (projection screens);
for heath & wellness: Avita Artesian Alkaline Water (Water producer & distributor), Aura Breathalyzer (breathalyzer), Blendtec (blenders), Blueair (air purification), DBC City Bike Design (handmade bicycles), Peloton Cycle (exercise bikes), P3ProSwing (golf simulator), Ploom – Pax Vaporizer (vaporizer), Zensorium (fitness monitor); for home Automation: Audio Doctor (retail/integrator), Control4 (automation & controls), Creston (control & automation systems), Honeywell (controls, security) Prima Cinema (remote finger reader), Sony (electronics), Superhive (controls); for business: iWallet (biometric locking wallet), MWE Lab, STIR (kinetic desk), Trov (personal cloud app), PIM (advanced printing & video technology); for transportation: DBC City Bike Design (handmade bicycles), Jetson Bike (electronic bike), and McLaren Automotive (luxury automobiles).
Bradford Rand, Rand Luxury CEO, said “The exciting highlights of The LTS include unveilings of the LG Electronics, Panasonic and Samsung Ultra HD TVs and Sony’s 4K Ultra HD projector as well as a consumer 4K camcorder and the Glyph from Avegant, an audio video device with a retinal display. Also featured will be, premium lifestyle technology company, Stellé Audio Couture, showcasing their newly released DwellStudio Pillar Bluetooth speakers that feature beautiful metallic patterns, highlighted by the product’s sleek, circular design. Wearable technology smart watch brands such Android and MetaWatch with its high-resolution display will be available for purchase. From an experiential view, the guests can test drive the MWE Lab’s state-of-the-art computer work environment and practice their golf swing with P3ProSwing. Blendtec, one of most powerful blenders in the world, with its entertaining award winning promotions will be showing its latest Blendtec Designer 700.”
Food will be supplied by Vai Restaurant, cocktails by Russell’s Reserve and CAVODA Vodka and ultra premium ice cream by executive Chef, Chris Leung of Cloud 10 Creamery. Also on hand will be hand rolled cigars from Elite Mobile Cigars. Concierge service will be supplied for the event by Quintessentially.
The Luxury Technology Show will take place at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., New York, NY, starting at 3pm-5p.m. for invited press and industry representatives; and 5p.m.-9p.m. for invited guests and clients.
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