By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – MXL has named online retailer Musician’s Friend as its Dealer of the Year.
Musician’s Friend president Gene Jolly and merchandising VP Chris Tso accepted the award.
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.
LAS VEGAS — Solar charging technology took a large step forward at this year’s International CES, with retail prices dropping and charging times shrinking significantly.
New from Third Wave Power is the mPowerpad 2, which the company claimed captures solar energy faster than any solar charger on the market, enabling it to charge an iPhone after just more than an hour of sun exposure.
Beats Music Launches
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — Beats Electronics muchanticipated music-streaming subscription service became available last week. Beats Music features a catalog of 20 million songs, according to the company, all available for a $9.99 monthly subscription fee.
LAS VEGAS — Skullcandy has announced its first headphones specifically targeted toward women.
The line consists of ear buds and headphones with adjustments in clamping pressure and form-fitting female-specific ear gels with Pureclean. The company plans to highlight the differences in men’s and women’s hearing while promoting the line, citing studies that said women’s hearing is more sensitive than men’s at higher frequencies.
LAS VEGAS — Trident Case is at International CES to show a bolstered line of its heavy-duty protective device cases.
The company is unveiling a broad new range of cases in its Kraken AMS, Cyclops, Aegis and Apollo series along with the first models of its new Medical Series and Industrial Series.
Trident is also announcing new custom printing options for Aegis cases.
LAS VEGAS – The Rayovac brand will appear on a new budget line of Portable Power chargers from Spectrum Brands Holdings aimed at the mass market. Smaller footprints, more powerful battery capacities and sharp retail pricing are key features of the series.
The Rayovac 7 Hour Power Recharge mobile charger runs on off-the-shelf alkaline or rechargeable lithium batteries for situations when an outlet is not available. It charges most USB devices and automatically turns off after 30 seconds of inactivity to save battery power. It will retail for $19.99.
LAS VEGAS — As has been common in recent years, headphones will host a large presence at the 2014 International CES, with models being introduced at all price levels and for all types of users. What follows is a roundup of some of the newest category additions being shown in and around the show this week.
LAS VEGAS – Three major players in the wireless power market are on hand at International CES to tout their respective technologies.
WiTricity is introducing it first “wireless power over distance” products, including a line for the iPhone 5.
The highly resonant wireless power-transfer technology charges devices over distance and through a variety of materials, including wood, granite, plastic and glass.
LAS VEGAS — PhoneSoap is talking dirty at this year’s International CES.
The Kickstarter-launched start-up is bringing its line of smartphone-sanitizing products to International CES and offering free phone sanitizing to anyone who stops by its booth, 70210 in the Venatian Ballroom.
“You will touch many public surfaces and shake many hands. All the germs you touch will be transferred to your phone. While we hope you wash your hands, you probably won’t wash your phone,” said the company, explaining its presence at the show.
LAS VEGAS — The simple charger is no longer so simple. Variations of portable charging and backup battery devices are being introduced almost as broadly as new portable devices themselves, and many new form factors and technologies will debut this week at International CES.