By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — Goal Zero used International CES to launch two solar-powered generators, including a 1,250-watt model designed to back up critical home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and home health care equipment.
The Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit features a solar-powered lead-acid battery with three AC, 12-volt and USB outlets and is rated for continuous use. It can be fully charged in about 20 hours with two included 30-watt Boulder 30 solar panels.
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 — Disney at International CES demonstrated its first foray into alternate reality (AR) gaming.
DreamPlay, an AR app which runs on a smartphone or tablet, will interact with a line of DreamPlay toys to trigger interaction and content on the device’s screen.
Las Vegas – Products and promotions were the key themes for Alpine at International CES.
Alpine announced that is teaming up with hip-hop/dance-music group Far East Movement to promote a line of Bass Line subwoofers targeted to the youth market.
Las Vegas —The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that the 2013 International CES was the largest in the show’s 45-year history, with 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space.
The previous record was 1.86 million net square feet of space at the 2012 International CES. More than 3,250 exhibitors unveiled some 20,000 new products at the 2013 CES, drawing more than 150,000 attendees, including more than 35,000 from more than 170 countries outside the United States.
LAS VEGAS — International CES is usually a venue for plenty of product awards, generating a lot of positive press, but CNET, owned by CBS Corp., disqualified Dish’s Hopper with Sling due to “active litigation involving our parent company.”
CNET said on its site: “We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.”
Dish and CBS is in litigation regarding Hopper’s Prime Time Any Time and the AutoHop commercial-skipping features.
LAS VEGAS — Beats Electronics named Ian Rogers CEO and announced a new music service known as Project Daisy.
Rogers will report to Beats CEO and co-founder Jimmy Iovine and president/COO Luke Wood. Rogers will also step into the leadership position at MOG, the streaming music service Beats acquired in 2012.
Project Daisy is set to launch in late 2013 as a stand-alone company under the Beats Electronics umbrella.
LAS VEGAS — The annual Monster Retailer Awards drew an overflow crowd to the Ballroom of the Paris Hotel, where Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys wowed it with a, well, monster live performance.
Before the concert kicked off, head monster Noel Lee presented the company's Most Monstrous Awards to its best-performing retail partners of the previous year, with the top honor, the Gold Award, going to Australian CE chain Harvey Norman.
This year’s winners, by category, were as follows:
LAS VEGAS — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to open up additional wireless spectrum for unlicensed use to avoid the risk of running headlong into a “Wi-Fi wall,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Wednesday.
During a One On One session with CEA president Gary Shapiro, Genachowski said the commission plans to launch proceedings next month to set aside an additional 195MHz of bandwidth in the 5GHz band for Wi-Fi use, expanding the 5GHz Wi-Fi band by 35 percent.
LAS VEGAS — Soul Electronics, the headphones manufacturer helmed by rapper Ludacris, used International CES to launch its Tim Tebow line and had Tebow himself unveil the line at a press conference on Thursday at the Venetian.
Tebow skillfully side-stepped questions about his current NFL status — one of the models is named the Jet, which, as Tebow pointed out, really refers to its designated audience, the business traveler.
LAS VEGAS – In a frank, passionate and unscripted keynote address, Pandora co-founder/chief strategy officer Tim Westergren recounted the iffy start and meteoric rise of his wildly popular streaming music service at the CEA’s annual Leaders in Technology Dinner (LIT) Wednesday night at the Wynn.