By Lisa Johnston
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Indianapolis — French consumer electronics maker Thomson has signed an agreement to acquire Gyration, developer of a line of user-interface devices using proprietary technology based on gyroscopes. Thomson will use the technology within its own business, notably as remote controls for its set-top boxes and accessories activities. Gyration had sales of $14 million in 2003, and the deal is expected to close in the third quarter.
Woodbury, N.Y. — High-performance loudspeaker and infotainment systems maker Infinity Sound Systems played official sponsor for musician Rod Stewart's concert tour of 37 cities in North America this summer. Infinity had a highly visible presence at all 37 stops, being featured on signage, as well as on programs, tickets, advertising and other media. In addition, a video featuring Infinity home and car audio products was presented during intermission at each concert.
Atlanta — Weather Channel-brand weather instruments are set for sale at major retailers. Brand licensee La Crosse Technology said it has completed deals with a variety of retailers to sell the Weather Channel line of advanced technological electronic weather devices, beginning this fall. These include wireless weather and temperature stations, a professional weather center and projection alarm clocks with weather forecasts. The products, available in a range of prices, feature sleek, stylish designs and deliver real-time local weather conditions and atomic-accuracy local time. La Crosse said it is counting on Weather Channel name recognition and trust factor for success of its line launch.
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.