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Irvine, Calif. – Start-up Killer Concepts unveiled a portable AC/DC Bluetooth speaker promoted as playing louder and longer than competing models and at half the price.
The $99-suggested speaker, housed in an aluminum chassis, delivers 100dB of output and offers 10-plus hours of playback. Swappable lithium-ion batteries extend playback time.
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 – Sony is reentering the market for dedicated Bluetooth speakers after an absence of several years with four AC/DC models shipping in March and priced from an everyday $79 to $299. The top two at $199 and $299 stream the AAC and apt-X codecs over Bluetooth.
Las Vegas – Stereo Bluetooth is appearing in a growing selection of tabletop speakers at the low to high ends as audio suppliers acknowledge the market share of Android mobile devices and the growing number of households that own a mix of Apple and Android devices.
Here at CES, multiple suppliers are launching their first Bluetooth-only speakers, others are expanding their portfolio of Bluetooth-only speakers, and other suppliers are adding Bluetooth to speakers that incorporate docks for Apple mobile devices.
Las Vegas — StickNFind will be in the iLounge Pavilion at International CES next week demonstrating its BluTracker, a Bluetooth 4.0 GPS locator with a half-mile range that works with a free iPhone or Android app.
The device is the size of a matchbook, with an RF signal and integrated antenna, and comes with a Velcro strap, which allows it to tuck away in small places such as on a pet collar, in a backpack or a child's pocket, the company said. It is water-resistant and has up to two months of battery life between charges. It recharges fully in about an hour.
Las Vegas — Hi-Fun USA will be at International CES next week to debut lines of Bluetooth accessories, portable speakers, iPhone and iPad add-ons, headphones and power cables from Italy-based design house Hi-Fun.
The company’s flagship product is the Hi-Call, a pair of knit winter gloves with a Bluetooth speaker and microphone sewn into the thumb and pinky of the left glove. To take or make a call, a user speaks into the thumb and listens through the pinky, without having to remove the glove.
Capacitive technology in the fingertips allows touchscreen use.
New York – BOOM, the fledgling DEI-owned lifestyle brand targeted to active-lifestyle youth, plans to expand its personal-audio assortment, expand its CE-channel distribution, and begin selling through lifestyle stores in 2013 to build on its growth through college bookstores, founder Ryan Minarik told TWICE today.