By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
BARCELONA, SPAIN — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) was at Mobile World Congress 2014 to demonstrate an extension of its Qi magnetic resonance wireless-charging specification that allows for wireless charging over longer distances, with more placement freedom.
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.
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Samsung’s unveiling of its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at last month’s Mobile World Congress resulted in a flurry of announcements by accessories brands of products compatible with the new phone.
NEW YORK — This year’s American International Toy Fair, held here at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week, will be the largest in its 111-year history.
FREMONT, CALIF. — Two major wireless charging rivals are teaming up to back a single standard for magnetic- resonance-based wireless charging.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced today an agreement with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to establish global interoperability of their respective wireless power standards.
Additionally, PMA member WiTricity joined the A4WP as a sponsor, becoming the eighth member of the board of directors.
NEW YORK — Lionel, makers of the legendary train sets, recently announced it is opening its Legacy command protocol (LCS) in an effort to make it possible for consumers to control any brand of trains from a mobile device.
According to the company, any manufacturer can use the LCS Wi-Fi protocol to support its unique locomotive command sets. “Within this framework, hobbyists will be able to control different manufacturers’ locomotives seamlessly from one app running on a smartphone or tablet,” Lionel said in a statement.
NEW YORK — ShopKeep POS, a Cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) retail-management platform, has announced the rollout of ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld POS device combining Griffin Technology’s Olli case with the ShopKeep POS app.
Griffin’s Olli is an iPod Touch case with a barcode scanner and magnetic card reader originally designed for the health care market.
Bundled with the Shop- Keep POS app, the ShopKeep Mobile case allows for sales transactions anywhere in a store or a remote location.
RICHARDSON, TEXAS — DeviceFidelity has announced a plug-and-play solution for adding NFC secure payment capabilities to iPhones.
The company has partnered with Incipio and Otterbox to offer Isis Mobile Wallet-ready cases through AT&T retail stores.
LAS VEGAS — Ion Audio went to International CES with a plethora of new products, including what it called the only plug-in party system.
The Party Ball projects multicolored lights in a 360-degree arc. The device features internal sensors that enable the lights to move and pulsate along with the music source, the company said. It can screw into any ceiling-mounted light socket.
An extension cable and a wallpower adapter are also included.
LAS VEGAS — Acoustic Research used International CES to broaden its fashion-themed AR For Her CE line.
The line, which launched last fall, now includes a backup battery with a panic alarm and a second portable Bluetooth speaker.
The Zipstick backup battery, which will ship in the spring for a $34.99 suggested retail, has a 2,20 mAh lithiumion battery, LED flashlight and panic alarm. It will be offered in polka dots and white. A version without a panic alarm will be in $29.99 in black, Cobalt, Animal Print, Cayenne Polka Dot, white and red.
ONTARIO, CALIF. — Trident Case has begun shipping a redesigned line of its flagship Kraken AMS-series protective cases for the iPhone 5 that it said shaves 20 percent off the thickness of the case without any loss of protection.
The cases have been upgraded with an added layer of dual-injected thermoplastic elastomerinterior cushioning that makes the new series 20 percent thinner than the models it replaces.