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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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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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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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Apple iPod Turns 18

Today marks the 18th anniversary of Steve Jobs unveiling the original iPod at a small event on Apple’s Infinite Loop campus. While the iMac started Apple’s renaissance in 1998, it was the launch of the iPod in 2001 that truly set Apple on a path towards becoming the world’s most valuable company. 

Jobs famously pitched the original iPod as offering “1,000 songs in your pocket.” The combination of its 5GB hard drive and 0.75-inch thickness was impressive at the time, with the device also featuring a two-inch screen, up to 10 hours of battery life, a FireWire port, and the first iteration of the iconic click wheel. 

“With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new category of digital music player that lets you put your entire music collection in your pocket and listen to it wherever you go,” said Jobs in Apple’s press release from October 23, 2001. “With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.” 

The ubiquitous device forever changed the music industry. Along with the iPod came iTunes, a program that transformed the way music was sold, played and produced.

Record stores closed in droves, artists who created thematic albums were now focussed on selling singles and the small handheld object became a status symbol in which people could now share and showcase their individual music tastes. Everyone could carry their entire music library in their pockets. The art of conversation with nearby people stopped as white earbuds closed out the world around us and we looked down instead of around.

Watch the crude introductory video below and wonder at how far Apple has come from their vast product line, countless innovations,  frequency of product releases, the annual cost to consumers to how these sleek gadgets are now introduced P.T. Barnum style at special events.

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Tile Introduces Powerful New Line-Up, Features A Tile For Everything

Tile, the world’s leading smart location company, today launched an all-new hardware line-up, including Tile’s most innovative tracker yet, Sticker; a new sleek form factor for Slim; and expanded range for classics Pro and Mate. Together, this next generation of Tile products unlocks more use cases and greater functionality to help customers find their belongings in every situation.

2019 Hardware Line-Up

Sticker is waterproof, adhesive-backed and Tile’s smallest finder to date. Tile partnered with 3M to design the adhesive for Sticker, so users can rest assured that once placed on a clean, flat surface, Sticker will stay put. This cost-effective and effortless tracking solution comes with a full three-year battery life and 150 feet range, enabling users the convenience to track their items without restrictions. Sticker can be attached to most metal and plastic materials, including remote controls, cameras, and outdoor gear.

Tile also introduces a sleeker Slim, now in the shape of a credit card. This new low-profile premium design can easily slip into narrow spaces, making it a perfect fit for wallets, luggage tags, and other hidden spots. Discreet in shape and size, this Tile is still powerful with a longer 200 foot range and twice the volume of the previous Slim. Slim also boasts a full three-years of battery life.

The new Mate and Pro models have extended range, enabling users to locate things faster no matter where they are. For those who value high-performance, durability and strong design, Pro continues to deliver as the most powerful finder on the market with an unprecedented Bluetooth range of 400 feet. With improved findability, Tile is committed to greater peace of mind, at a time when the average person spends nearly a year of their lifetime endlessly trying to locate misplaced valuables.

Mate is a versatile finder to attach to everyday items such as keys, drink bottles, kids’ pencil cases and backpacks; and now has a Bluetooth range of 200 feet, 50 feet longer than the previous iteration.

Pricing and Availability

New products are now available at Tile.com and major retailers; including Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Target, among others.

– Tile Sticker: Available in Black, starting from $39.99 for a 2-pack, $59.99 for a 4-pack
– Tile Slim: Available in Black for $29.99
– Tile Mate: Available in White, for $24.99
– Tile Pro: Available in Black and White, for $34.99

With gifting season around the corner, Tile has multi packs available.

– Tile Essentials: 2 Tile Stickers, 1 Tile Slim, 1 Tile Mate available for $69.99
– Pro Combo: 2-Pack at $59.99 and 4-Pack at $99.99
– Mate: 4-Pack available at $69.99
– Tile Mate/Slim Combo: 2 Mates and 2 Slims, available for $74.99

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