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NEW YORK — Goal Zero has expanded its line of portable utilityclass solar generators, shipping its Yeti 400 and Yeti 150 models to retailers.
Aimed at the outdoor enthusiast and the emergency preparedness markets, the 29-pound Yeti 400 delivers 400 watt hours of power, enough to recharge a typical smartphone more than 30 times, a laptop five times, run a TV for three hours or provide more than 100 hours of light with the company’s Light-a- Life LED lantern, the company said.
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.
NEW YORK — In a way to greater differentiate themselves from the competitive lower- and midpriced Android tablet market, kid-tablet makers are promoting the heightened security measures and free educational content in their latest models.
A quartet of manufacturers — VTech, Techno Source, LeapFrog and Vivitar — announced updated models or began shipping new products this month. In addition to taking on the Android tablet market, Kurio also intends to compete with Apple’s iPod Touch in the elementary school-aged audience.
LAKE MARY, FLA. — Not content with offering only rapper-themed headphones, Soul Electronics is expanding its headphones to include two new lines geared toward several different audiences: athletes, professionals and women.
NEW YORK — Quoting BrandSmart USA president Michael Perlman from a Monster panel at the CE Line Shows last month: “As the profits have come down on the hard merchandise, the accessories are not only mandatory for us. We’re making a mistake if we don’t sell them.”
There were many new accessory options on display at the event for retailers to ponder over, including those in the now-ubiquitous iLounge area. A few highlights appear below and on p. 40.
NEW YORK — Monster is drilling a deeper focus on fashion and what it can do for the headphones industry, its founder Noel Lee told TWICE during CE Week last month.
The company also used the event to promote its new proprietary sound technology known as Pure Monster Sound, and announced the expansion of several headphones lines.
Mimobot Adds Sulu To Star Trek Drive Line
BOSTON — Mimobot has expanded its exclusive line of Star Trek character flash drives, adding a limited 1,000-unit release of Captain Hikari Sulu.
BOSTON — BlueFlame Technologies, a new CE accessories manufacturer, is planning a significant expansion into the market this summer and fall, one it marked with the announcement of its ShowerSling water-resistant Bluetooth speaker.
The company, which is a division of music instrument maker First Act, launched in September 2012 and came out of the gate with a variety of smartphone and tablet accessories, including portable speakers, tablet stands, sync and charge cables, Bluetooth receivers and cleaning products.
NEW YORK — Ah spring, when a young retail merchandise manager’s fancy turns to ... back-to-school planning. As parents brace themselves for the looming summer onslaught of happy school-free kids, our intrepid store exec is knee-deep in planograms and good-better-best sell sheets. So as a public service to our retail readers, TWICE has culled some of the best backpacks on the market for those inevitable end-of-summer sales. They’ll be here before you know it.
KEF Launches Its First Headphones
MARLBORO, N.J. — KEF announced its first foray into the headphones market, with the introduction of over-ear (M500) and in-ear (M200) models.
The closed-back M500 feature 40mm neodymium drivers, a folding design, a sweat-resistant headband, and in-line mic and controls. Suggested retail is $299.
The M200 in-ear headphones have dual-driver technology with 10mm and 5.5mm drivers. Features include aluminum housings, silicone ear tips, in-line mic and controls, and a $199 price tag.
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech International reported yet another down quarter, with declining worldwide sales, but the company said restructuring efforts and stabilizing sales in the Americas have put it on a path for righting itself. Unfortunately, improvement may not be seen for some time, according to analysts and the company itself.