San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Weymouth, Mass. — Connected and smart cameras generate the highest level of interest from new camera shoppers, according to a survey released Thursday by InfoTrends.
The study found Wi-Fi-enabled cameras received the highest interest ratings of all the product concepts presented.
In 2012, less than 15 percent of all camera models introduced connectivity features. In 2013, that will likely be closer to 30 percent, while 100 percent of camera phones are connected, InfoTrends said.
Atlanta — High-performance projector manufacturer Digital Projection International (DPI), unveiled Thursday a Lamp Freedom Program, offering purchasers of new DPI projectors free replacement lamps in years two and three of product warranty.
DPI said the program is targeting both professional and residential end users and will be applied to projectors purchased between May 1 and June 30.
Munich, Germany — Audio suppliers such as iRiver, Sonus Faber, and Wilson Benesch turned up at the High End 2013 show here to unveil new products destined for the United States.
iRiver launched the second high-end portable music player under its Astell&Kern brand, Sonus Faber launched a trio of high-end Olympica in-room speakers, and Wilson Benesch unveiled its new flagship speaker, the Cardinal at $100,315/pair.
Chester Springs, Pa. — Azione Unlimited (AU), the education/buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has slated a pair of webinars for this month and next.
First up, on May 23, is “Maximizing Outdoor Opportunities,” presented by Jason Sloan, chief sales officer of Sonance, and Will Pisula, general manager of Encore Audio/Video.
St. James, N.Y. – Global Warranty Group (GWG) will provide extended-service coverage to customers of Vtechsquad, a Cloud-based IT support provider.
Under the partnership, GWG will provide Vtechsquad with extended-service programs for its customers’ desktops, laptops, tablets, printers, iPhones, smartphones and TVs.
Heathrow, Fla. – Dual began shipping the first four head units in its 2013 Axxera-branded aftermarket car audio lineup following the shipment of the brand’s first amplifiers.
Axxera’s first speakers will ship in June.
Two other higher-priced Axxera head units are due soon.
As part of its strategy, Dual in 2013 is launching 21 new Axxera SKUs to expand the selection of Axxera head units and offer the brand’s first speakers and amps.
Spokane, Wash. – CE specialty dealer Huppin’s closed its venerable downtown store here last month and consolidated its brick-and-mortar operations into its two-year-old showroom in North Spokane.
President/CEO Murray Huppin said the company’s customer base had shifted to the newer 8,000-square-foot store, which is larger, more accessible, and provides a bright, open shopping experience.
Indianapolis – Klipsch priced its first Klipsch-branded Bluetooth speaker at a suggested $399 and plans summertime availability of a wireless digital media speaker with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Both speakers are part of a new Klipsch Music Center series that will expand later in 2013 and 2014. The series commemorates the brand’s sponsorship of the Klipsch Music Center amphitheater in Indianapolis.
Tualatin, Ore. — Oregon Scientific introduced this week the ATC Chameleon action video camera.
The ATC Chameleon features two built-in lenses that can shoot two videos simultaneously, capturing footage from a first-hand perspective as well as the action ahead.
The ATC Chameleon (available now at a $200 suggested retail) is billed as a hands-free camera has two adjustable, built-in wide angle lenses, allowing users to shoot two videos simultaneously and in sync.