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Meet Samsung Ballie, A Personalized Rolling Assistant

At CES 2020, Samsung showed off Ballie, a personalized companion that understands and supports you.

Ballie acts as a rolling personal assistant. It has AI learning capabilities that help to keep track of fitness goals. Ballie also connects with smart household appliances, patrols the ground for intruders and even keeps an eye on the family pet.

Ballie is a concept and there’s no word when — or even if — the cute device might come to market.

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The Segway S-Pod Motorized Chair

The Segway S-Pod is a first-class smart transporting pod for enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks and malls. It is a safe, self-balancing vehicle that is operated by an intuitive assistive navigation panel. 

With an adaptive center-of-gravity automatic control system, passengers can easily adjust the speed – up to 24 mph – by handling the knob to change the center of gravity in the pod. The S-Pod spins and rotates by the center smoothly for directional changes. The rider does not need to physically lean forward and back to accelerate or slow down. Also, since the “brake” is placed by the shift of the center of gravity, it eliminates the possibility of the S-Pod tipping over in any situation. 

The seating of the S-Pod offers wide angle views that provides an expansive viewing field of passengers. The S-Pod is also the first step in Segway working towards their goal of bringing new transportation options to cities. Segway S-Pod is equipped with remote control system through the detachable built-in pad. Another interesting tidbit—the Jurassic World Gyrosphere serves as the inspiration for this product. 

The S-Pod should be available for purchase in 2021.

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Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead Features A Removable Alexa-Enabled Smart Speaker

The new Moxie showerhead and wireless smart speaker blends the sophistication and design excellence of Kohler Performance Showering with a powerful range of impactful sound designed by Harman Kardon. 

The showerhead features a full coverage spray and delivers the benefits of connected bathroom technology with its portable smart speaker and built-in voice assistant. The portable in-shower smart speaker and voice assistant delivers outstanding natural sound balance with remarkable detail and provides hands-free control that performs seamlessly in the shower, in the home or on the go.  

The speaker assembly attaches to the showerhead magnetically. For $159, you get the version with full Alexa integration; for $99 you just get a Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Both detach to charge, and last about five to seven hours of play time.

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JBL REFLECT Eternal Self-Charging Headphones

Through a new strategic approach, JBL is exploring a sustainable, solar-powered headphone: the JBL REFLECT Eternal. A first for the brand, JBL is using Indiegogo to crowdsource interest for a solar-powered headphone with unlimited playtime. This concept marries Exeger’s revolutionary light converting material into a stylish form-factor for everyday use, paired with JBL’s legendary Pro Sound credentials. By collaborating directly with customers, JBL hopes to gain insights and feedback from consumers on self-charging, eco-friendly technology to ensure they meet the needs of the JBL user.

Consumers are able to participate in the Indiegogo campaign and provide early response to the concept. The initiative is live at https://igg.me/at/jbl through January 14th. 

Unlike traditional solar cells, which require a large surface area and are optimized only for outdoor use, Exeger’s unique Powerfoyle material is specifically engineered to generate power with indoor light and indirect sunlight. This makes the REFLECT Eternal perfect for active lifestyles, allowing the headphone to continuously charge whether in the office for the 9 to 5 or meeting up with friends from 5 to 9. Exeger’s compact and efficient solar cells bring uncompromised aesthetics with virtually unlimited battery life. JBL’s popular noise management technologies, Ambient Aware and TalkThru, will also be built-in to further complement the performance.

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AirFly Pro

AirFly Pro is a wireless headphone adapter that lets you use your favorite wireless headphones or earbuds in places that only have a headphone jack – like airplanes and treadmills. Plug this tiny transmitter into a headphone jack to listen to in-flight movies or the TVs at the gym. AirFly Pro lets two people listen to the same soundtrack, podcast or music with their favorite noise-cancelling headphones or AirPods.

Order HERE for $54.99.

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Star Wars R2D2 Popcorn Maker

Give snack time the intergalactic edge with this popcorn maker shaped like everyone’s favorite Star Wars droid. Simply plug him in, add corn kernels and watch as R2-D2 makes quick work of air-popping a healthy snack for movie night. The domed head even doubles as a serving bowl.

Order from Williams Sonoma HERE for $100.

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The Motorola RAZR Filp Phone Returns

The most iconic cell phone has returned. The 2019 Motorola RAZR shares a lot with its pre-smartphone ancestors, including a flip-open design, outward-facing screen, this time touch-enabled for quickly responding to messages and controlling music, and even the same radii on the curves. 

But instead of a keypad and tiny screen, it opens to reveal a 6.2-inch plastic OLED panel running Android 9 Pie. The device has a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a single 16mp front-facing camera, and a fingerprint reader.

For the truly nostalgic, it also has a “Retro RAZR” mode that mimics the original’s interior design, from the interface and boot sequence to the iTap text entry. 

It will be available exclusively on Verizon for $1,500 in the US and will start shipping in January 2020.

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Apple Introduces 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple today unveiled an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers and anyone who relies on a Mac to create their life’s best work. 

The all-new MacBook Pro features a brilliant 16-inch Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, next-generation graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM and a new advanced thermal design, making it the most powerful MacBook Pro ever.

Featuring a new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel, the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers the best typing experience ever in a Mac notebook. The 16-inch MacBook Pro also includes a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad and the Apple T2 Security Chip.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $2,399, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is available today through apple.com and the Apple Store app. It will be in Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in the US later this week and coming soon to stores around the world.

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LUX Brooklyn Aura LED Task Lamp

The new LUX Brooklyn AURA is a sleek and stylish 3-setting task lamp that contains a Qi fast-charger and 2 USB ports while taking up a minimal footprint.

The handy device comes in either black slate or brushed aluminum to match your decor and looks great on a nightstand or office desk.

The LED Task Lamp combines elegant design and convenient functionality. Order HERE for $209.

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Apple Reveals New AirPods Pro, Available October 30

 

Apple today announced AirPods Pro, an exciting addition to the AirPods family that features Active Noise Cancellation and superior, immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design. AirPods Pro are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today and in stores beginning Wednesday, October 30.

“AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we’re taking the magic even further,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family.”

 

Pricing and Availability

AirPods Pro will be available for $249 and are available to order from apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the US and more than 25 other countries and regions. AirPods Pro will start shipping on Wednesday, October 30 and be available in stores beginning later this week (varies by country and region).

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