By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — As summer drew to a close, headphones manufacturers geared up for the fourth quarter with a steady stream of announcements in the last days of August and the start of September.
On tap in time for the holidays are some of the industry’s first nearfield communications (NFC)-equipped headphones, including models from Sony and Harman International’s AKG.
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.
DELRAY BEACH, FLA. — SMS Audio made its third product introduction of the month, this time unveiling on-ear versions of its Sync by 50 wireless headphones.
The company also announced a partnership with Rhapsody that provides two months of free service with the purchase of select SMS Audio devices.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — The Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) 3.0 interface standard announced today by the MHL Consortium doubles the bandwidth of the previous spec to transmit 4K (Ultra HD) video resolution and a wider color gamut to TVs.
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech unveiled a wireless keyboard with a Window 8-friendly integrated touchpad.
The TK820 keyboard, which uses the company’s proprietary Unifying 2.4GHz wireless receiver, has a built-in 4-inch touchpad that supports 13 multi-touch Windows 8 swipes. Consumers must download Logitech’s Set- Point software; the software also lets users customize keyboard settings and hot keys.
Unifying technology enables consumers to use up to six compatible devices with just one nano receiver.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIF. – DIY security supplier Swann introduced its Doorphone 870, a color video camera/ doorbell system. The 870 has a 3.5-inch LCD screen that provides a 60-degree viewing angle for monitoring the entrance to a home with color video and two-way audio communication when the doorbell button is pushed. The camera features night and low-light viewing up to 13 feet. It mounts easily to a door, the company said, and runs off a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.
SAINT GEORGE, UTAH — Health and wellness accessories supplier Endevr has introduced a digital medical ID wristband that stores essential medical and contact information that can be read with a smartphone.
NEW YORK — Bedding and furniture are by far the most popular categories in which traditional CE and majap dealers expand their footprints, but several others are gaining traction or hold the promise of growth and profit potential.
NEW YORK — Once upon a time, the retailing world revolved around the department store.
If you needed a new TV, sofa, suit, coffeemaker or a refrigerator, you headed to the local flagship and browsed their departments, while (mostly) commissioned salespeople guided you through their store’s unique product mixes. For some, those were the days.
The Canary home security system, which had raised more than $1 million at press time on Indiegogo, was thought up by founder TK after being unable to find an easy-to-install, affordable home security system. The single-device Canary system is designed to be set up within 30 seconds.
FitBark, a wireless activity tracker for dogs, debuted on Kickstarter in April and is currently undergoing its second campaign after responding to consumer feedback. The device enables consumers to receive fitness levels and a “BarkScore” progress meter via a smartphone app.