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Las Vegas, NV (Jan. 2014) The 2014 International CES® convention was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with conferences, parties, and exhibitors extending to The LVH Hotel and Casino, The Venetian® Hotel and Casino, The Mirage® Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and The Wynn Las Vegas. International CES, owned and operated by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), featured more than 3,000 exhibitors with over 150,000 attendees. Consumer technologies were showcased throughout the convention with products ready to hit retail shelves. Others still in prototype made their debut on the showroom floor.
CES Unveiled, the official media event of CES, was the first CES party for the media and exhibitors. More than 70 companies introduced their latest products before the official opening of CES. Pepcom’s Digital Experience, produced for the press with approximately 200 top tech companies, showcased products in a more intimate setting. With outstanding food and beverages, this year’s theme was “The Wonderful Gizmos of Oz”. Pepcom is a much anticipated media event. The Bluetooth Media & Demo Event, with Bluetooth SIG and its member companies showcased their latest gadgets and apps in health and medical, sports and fitness, retail, and home automation. Food and beverages were served.
TigerDirect.com, a subsidiary of Systemax, and title sponsor Lenovo hosted the sixteenth annual “Build Your Own PC Race”. Two separate PC events were held with the traditional “Charity PC Race” for journalists, and the second Annual “Consumer National Finals”. Contestants for the two races were tasked with assembling PCs in the fastest time. Results of the 16th Annual Charity PC Race: First Place: Benjamin Heide of BCC Hardware beat out his competitors with a time of 6 minutes 13 seconds with $10,000 donated to Alberta Children’s Hospital. Second Place: Anshel Sag of Bright Side of News; $2,500 donated to Wounded Warrior. Third Place: Rob Squires of Fudzilla; $1,000 donated to Mendenhall Middle School. Final Results for the second Annual Consumer National Finals: First Place: Damian Muzzi of Christiana, DE beat out his competitors with a time of 6 minutes 31 seconds; $1,000 donated to Delaware SPCA and a $1,000 TigerDirect gift card for the racer. Second Place: Andrew Synder of Raleigh, NC; $500 donated to Wounded Warrior and a $500 TigerDirect gift card for the racer. Third Place: Thomas Arvizu of Jefferson, GA; $250 donated to Wounded Warrior and a $250 TigerDirect gift card for the racer. The custom gaming PC, assembled by sponsor Cyberpower PC, and associated hardware get to be retained by each racer. Food and beverages were served during the event.
Among many of the amazing and innovative products launched was Martian Voice Command Watches; MartianWatches.com. The Perfect hands free partner to your Smartphone. Place calls, and send voice to text SMS messages, all from the comfort and convenience of your watch. You can keep your phone in your pocket or bag and stay connected with the world. Another innovative product introduced at CES was the ChargerLeash™. If you don’t have one of these make it your next purchase. How many times have you forgotten to pack your charger when leaving on a trip or left your charger behind in a hotel. The ChargerLeash is a charging cable with an alarm. As soon as your phone is unplugged the alarm goes off. You won’t forget your charger again. Also, imagine you are charging your phone in an airport and someone walks up and takes it. The alarm goes off saving your phone from the thief. For more information contact Brian Tedesco, President and inventor of this wonderful device, at email@example.com or check out the website www.chargerleash.com.
Rayovac, a worldwide leader in battery power and innovation, was named as CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree. Two of Rayovac’s products received the award; Rayovac’s emergency 2 hour phone battery charger and Rayovac’s 15 minute battery charger. Having eliminated the outlet from the charging equation, Rayovac has successfully created a portable external cell phone battery charger that can rescue any mobile device from a dead battery. Designed with the consumer in mind, The Rayovac Emergency 2 Hour phone battery charger comes ready to use and has a shelf life of 10 years. You have instant emergency 2 hour power to both Apple and Micro USB mobile devices. The second product awarded, The Rayovac 15 minute battery charger, fully charges your device in 15 minutes flat. The rechargeable system can hold up to four batteries per use and charges both AA and AAA batteries. To learn more about Rayovac’s products go to: www.rayovac.com or email Jessica Yurchich, Assistant Product Manager: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and medical products, never seen before, were introduced at CES this year. Among many were the QardioArm and the QardioCore. They are smart, wearable, connected, and wirelessly integrated with Apple’s iOS devices. QardioArm is a blood pressure monitoring device with a revolutionary design and effortless user experience. QardioCore is a breakthrough core strap for daily wear delivering hassle free continuous monitoring of ECG, heart rate, physical activity and skin temperature. These devices connect wirelessly to your iOS device and from there to Qardio’s secure, integrated cloud platform. Data is transmitted automatically for easy sharing with your family members, physicians and health care providers. Information about these two products can be found at www.getqardio.com.
Presented at CES, olloclip® is a quick connect lens solution for the iPhone and iPod that connects in seconds. One of the new features is a fisheye, wide angle 10x macro and 15x macro.
CEA is a technology trade association representing the U.S. consumer electronics industry. It attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Their mission is to grow the consumer electronics industry. CES continues to amaze with more exhibitors and attendees each year. The date for the next International CES is January 5-9, 2015, Las Vegas, NV. To register or for more information go to: www.CESweb.org.
Brenda Hyatt, Chief Editor/Columnist ‘
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