The International CES 2012 kicked off in normal fashion with the very popular CES Unveiled on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 8. Tech journalists packed the Venetian Ball room in Las Vegas to get a glimpse of the latest innovations before the general public. Here are some we thought you’d like to see.
Sonomax Technologies showcased its eers earbuds, which can be custom fit to individuals’ ears. The earphones, which come in two models for $199 and $299, feature a five-minute molding process that the company touts is completely safe. Pictured here is Elora Meyers with the eers
Actiontec showed off its My Wireless TV, its wireless replacement for HDMI, which can transmit programming to all TVs in the home.
Goal Zero introduced the SHERPA50 solar-powered charger ($250), which the company says is perfect for business travelers who need to charge anything from phones to laptops and tablets.
Zensorium previewed tinke, a module which connects to your iPhone to measure heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen. The module is a $100 and works with a free app. It is expected for mid-year availability.
House of Marley displayed several speakers in a new line that focuses on Bluetooth and airplay capabilities, including the Nomad (price and availability to be determined) and Bag of Rhythm (349.99, available Feb. 2012). All models follow the portable audio system theme. Pictured is the Nomad.
Nest demonstrated its popular learning thermostat, named Nest. The system “learns” the temperature behaviors users perform and remembers them. It includes built-in sensors, which recognize when the home is empty and will lower the temperature.
Dexim showcased its power management, including the LED green tech smart charger, which helps extend life of an Apple product while cutting down on incremental energy use.
Liftmaster’s first appearance at CES will feature two new units which work with an app that allows users to monitor and control door openers from anywhere with smartphone or tablet device. The system is free the first year and is $14.99 each following year.
Boostcase demonstrated its two-in-one charger and protection case. The two piece design is $79.99 ($34.95 for just the case). The charger takes three hours to completely charge, and is ready for on-the-go iPhone charging. James Requa demonstrates how the case and charger snap and unsnap together.
Haier introduced its 23-inch TV, (Q2 availability, $349.99), which includes adjustable fins; and the 39-inch TV, with its thin bezel of 5/8ths of an inch (Q2, $599.99). Both TVs are connected. Also displayed were two 2.1 channel soundbars ($349.99, available now).