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CES Report January 7th
LAS VEGAS – Wednesday, January 7, 2009
huge Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas doesn’t officially
open its exhibit areas until Thursday but there is still plenty for the
early-arriving national and international press corps to see. Last
night, the producers of the Show hosted “Unveiled”, a modest reception
where over 50 exhibitors gave the press a sneak preview of what they
will be showcasing on the exhibit floor.
Here are a few of the highlights:
LG Wireless HDTVs
you are tired of those messy TV cables and unwilling to drill into the
walls to hide them, don’t worry – wireless TV is on its way! Among the
dozens of new TVs that will be on display at CES, LG announced two
wireless models for its 2009 product range – the LHX Slim Wireless LED
Backlight HDTV and the LH85 Wireless Full HD 1080p HDTV.
screens can be placed anywhere in the room and receive wireless
transmission from a separate media box. LG’s LHX model features a
beautiful, extra-slim design, which is less than one-inch thick at its
deepest point, so it’s ideal for wall-hanging.
The LHX will be available as a 55 inch screen, while the LH85 will be available as 47 and 55 inch models.
also announced a groundbreaking partnership with Netflix, where the
Netflix streaming software will be embedded directly into LG’s
broadband-enabled HDTVs. This will allow Netflix members to instantly
watch movies directly on the TV, once it’s hooked up with an Ethernet
Netflix has rapidly been making the transition from
a mail-order DVD company to a software company and has been forging
alliances with hardware manufacturers to include Netflix software on
streaming devices like PCs and Blu-ray disc players. With the LG
announcement, Netflix will now be streaming directly to the TV with no
external hardware required.
Powermat Wireless Chargers
of going wireless, it’s impossible to ignore the growing number of
charging devices that now clog up the kitchen and other communal rooms
in the house. With multiple cell phones, iPods, BlackBerrys and other
portable devices requiring a daily charge, it’s often hard to find an
available wall outlet. Even harder is remembering to take all those
chargers with you on a business trip or when the family goes on
To make life easier, the folks at Powermat have come
up with a series of revolutionary and space-saving products –
ultra-thin mats and receivers which can provide a wireless charge to a
range of commonly-used electronic devices.
utilizes magnetic induction as a power delivery method. The devices are
simply placed on the mat, either on their own or using a receiver, and
the device charges as if it were connected directly to its usual power
source. No multiple chargers, no multiple power cords; just one power
supply connected to the mat and everyone can charge at the same time!
Online Mom loves the award-winning line of hi-tech toys that WowWee has
produced over the last few years and it looks like 2009 is shaping up
to their best year yet!
For the next generation of their
robotics line, WowWee is introducing the Joebot and Roborover™ robots.
Joebot (shown below) is a walking, talking interactive buddy packed
with sound, motion and tilt sensors, so he can respond to a wide range
of spoken and tapped commands. He can adopt a number of different
modes, including Wandering, Patrol, Talk, and Battle.
kids and parents that fondly remember Robopet™ and Roboraptor™, Joebot
is a worthy addition to the WowWee product line and further stretches
the boundaries of what’s possible with robotic toys.
younger set, WowWee is also introducing additional animals into the
WowWee Alive™ collection. This time it’s Seal Pup, Husky Puppy, Koala
Joey (one of the WowWee marketing guys must have a son called Joe!) and
Leopard Cub. These plush and adorable creatures have animated facial
and vocal expressions that respond to a child’s touch – and they even
come with adoption papers and a family portrait!
Parrot By Starck – Wireless Stereo Speakers
now something for Mom and Dad! These gorgeous looking wireless speakers
communicate with each other using Bluetooth technology, completely
eliminating the need for wires and enabling them to be positioned
anywhere in a room for a great stereo effect.
speakers have been designed for compatibility with the entire range of
Apple products, including all the current iPods and the iPhone. One of
the speaker columns includes a docking station, which also recharges
the device as it plays.
Users can also stream music directly
from a PC via Wi-Fi or from a PC, Mac or mobile phone via Bluetooth.
The speakers pack a real punch with up to 100 watts in total output –
plenty enough to get the neighbors’ attention – and use NXT technology
to produce an even sound no matter where the listener is located in
relation to the speakers.
Look for more reports from CES in the next few days!
The Online Mom