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Stamford, Conn. – Smart watches may be media darlings right now, but a Gartner report states the devices will not have a major impact on holiday sales this year.
The research firm said the new wearable technology has not been able to truly create its own niche and are an unclear value proposition in the market and this will push consumers to spend their holiday dollars on tablets, fitness bands and other types of portable technology.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Arlington, Va. — Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) president/CEO Gary Shapiro wholeheartedly backed a House Judiciary Committee vote yesterday on an anti-patent troll bill.
The committee voted to support the Innovation Act of 2013, which Shapiro said will make it harder for plaintiffs to bring patent infringement suits to court.
New York — Luxury-audio supplier Meridian entered another new audio product category, this time launching its first headphone amplifier.
Earlier this year, the company launched its first portable USB DAC and first home USB DAC.
The $2,000 Prime headphone amplifier plays music from analog and USB sources. It is available through Meridian dealers and the company’s online store.
Calabasas, Calif. — Microsoft’s Xbox One game console will incorporate DTS’s new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 decoder when it goes on sale Friday.
With the technology, the console will be able to decode 7.1-channel soundtracks streamed over the Internet in the DTS-HD format.
The new DTS decoder not only supports streamed and downloaded video incorporating DTS-HD soundtracks, but it also decodes any DTS audio format on optical discs, including DTS-HD Master Audio, the company said.
Miami — Point-of-view action video camera manufacturer MeCam introduced Wednesday its ultra-compact MeCam HD.
The diminutive camera shoots FullHD 1080p video, includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 2 inches by 2 inches.
MeCam HD features a high-grade glass lens.
The built-in Wi-Fi support allows viewing recording in real time and sharing content with smartphones and tablets.
Las Vegas — The Nationwide Marketing Group has opened up registration for its PrimeTime meeting and expo in March.
Nationwide, a $14 billion buying and marketing group for independent majap, CE and home-furnishings dealers, will hold the biannual event March 9-13, 2014, here at the Venetian Palazzo and Sands Expo Center.
Wayne, N.J. — JVC said it will partner with K2 Sports to place JVC Adixxion action video cameras with K2 pro skiers and snowboarders.
K2, a supplier of ski and snowboarding gear, has a roster of professional skiers and snowboarders using its equipment.
JVC Americas said video of K2’s pros in action “is a major component of the company’s online and social-media activity.”
Newark, Calif. — Logitech took the wraps off its first iPhone gaming controller, the PowerShell Controller + Battery.
The device attaches to an iPhone 5, 5s or a fifth-generation iPod Touch running iOS 7 for console-style gaming with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons. It also has a 1,500 mAh battery that will charge the Apple device during game play, and comes with a headphone extender to prevent the cable from interfering with game play.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Despite all the attention being paid to the current console wars, Sennheiser addressed the PC gamers with the unveiling of two new gaming headsets: the G4me Zero and G4me One.
It also announced a partnership with Io-Interactive that has the game developer using Sennheiser’s equipment when developing and recording game sound. This will result in gamers experiencing sound the way the developers intended, the companies said.
Beverly Hills, Calif. – A line of fashionable iPhone 5 cases worn around the neck like necklaces will debut today from start-up Vanesa Rey.
The 14-SKU line of Necklace Cases features genuine leather and man-made composite "vegan leather" constructions with a snap-open wallet pocket for cards and cash. The case holds an iPhone with the screen facing the wearer for easy access.