By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas – Mobile wireless technology, broadband, and the cloud are converging to spur innovation and transform business and society, keynote panelists agreed during a Tuesday keynote panel.
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.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – Panasonic is showing its continued commitment to the digital camcorder category by unveiling five models highlighted by a Full HD “Twin Camera” that enables shooting picture-in-picture videos.
The models include the: W850, V750, V550, V250 and V130 camcorders, the first four of which include a new Baby Monitor feature that enables monitoring a sleeping baby in another room through a connection to a smartphone.
Pricing and availability will be announced late.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - 3D printing trend-setter MakerBot literally unboxed its broadest lineup of 3D printers in its history — a small entry-level consumer model, a medium prosumer model and a large pro model.
Also announced were new desktop software, mobile apps and a MakerBot Digital Store where consumers can download 3D schematics for dozens of small predesigned characters to 3D print at home.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Panasonic is unveiling here four Lumix long-zoom point-and-shoot cameras and a new Leica “Nocticron” lens for its micro-four-thirds interchangeable-lens camera models.
The highlight of the new Lumix ZS series cameras is DMC-ZS40 (pricing and availability to be announced) billed as a super slim compact camera with a Live View Finder (LVF), 30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm), a control ring, RAW capture capability and focus peaking.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – While bad weather and home delivery issues caused headaches for retailers during the holiday season, overall the participants in TWICE’s annual CES Retail Roundtable, moderated by TWICE retail editor Alan Wolf, reported were generally upbeat.
Steve Baker, VP of industry analysis for The NPD Group, said when everything was tallied together about $22 billion was spent during the holidays, up about 5 percent from 2012. Black Friday sales alone were around $4.9 billion, up about 10 percent, he noted.
Evutec is debuting new lines of ultra-protective iOS device cases, including the first models on the market constructed with Dupont Kevlar fibers, the same material used in bulletproof vests. Kevlar is said to be five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, making the composite used in the Evutec Karbon S cases extremely lightweight and strong while not inhibiting cellular signal pass-through, the company said. A DuPont representative joined Evutec in its booth.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Demonstrating a commitment to simplify customers’ lives, Dish brought its Joey “troop” to International CES, offering a range of remote accessible thin-client solutions to deliver from Dish’s central Hopper DVR to subscribers’ screens anywhere in the home or on the go.
Sony Electronics’ buzz word during its Monday press event and for the 2014 International CES is “Play” – with the emphasis on Ultra HD TV and mobile devices.
Sony made Ultra HD TV a central part of its CES press conference to unveil more 4K LCD TVs, announce expanded native Ultra HD content solutions, and to debut the industry’s first consumer-focused Ultra HD camcorder.
Also showcased by Sony was new wearable-technology and mobile devices, all designed to evoke a spirit of fun in the user.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Its legendary plasma HDTVs may be gone but Panasonic definitely plans to remain a major CE force in the years ahead — especially in the rapidly expanding realm of 4K technology.
That was a key message by Panasonic execs during its Press Day event Monday.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - German engineering meets Silicon Valley was the theme of Monday's keynote presentation, hosted by TV actor Kunal Nayyar, star of the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
"The word automobile actually means self moving," Nayyar explained, before introducing Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, and Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of Audi AG. The pair drove onto the stage in a chauffeured Horch, suggesting that the concept of a "piloted" vehicle once meant a hired driver.