This little speaker system from DGA has some really incredible output, so I agreed to mention it in our blog coverage at least. These guys were streaming live at the show, came by our booth and gave us a quick demo of it (called Livespeakr). I totally apologize (for reals) on the camera work in the video that is embedded after the break. The wavering camera was not on purpose, I assure you, especially with my wife standing right next to me the whole time...
Action shots below...
Take with my iPhone!! The Vegas Strip.........
Not iPhone or iPod related, but never hurts to know what some of the competition is up to. LG and Motorola are showing off some sweet mobile tech here at CES (finally got over to Central Hall today). Both are featuring tricked out phones, and the tech diversity on display at this show is stunning!
Exciting news from Scosche... They will be releasing an iPhone/iTouch app and accessory, in the upcoming months, that monitors your heart rate during workouts via a sport armband. More details to come.
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Here is the power of the camera on the 3GS. These pictures were taken tonight from the Kid Rock concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.
One of the stories coming out of Las Vegas this week cought my eye: Greenpeace has issued its 14th quarterly report on "greener electronics," and Apple is prominently and repeatedly mentioned as one of the three most responsible companies. One problem: that's not what the report actually says.
I have used a Parrot Bluetooth Car Kit for a number of years, so I was a little surprised to see their latest product.
Their AR.Drone is a departure from Bluetooth accessories they are known for, but it is indeed an accessory for the iPhone.
The best way to describe this item is a combination of those helicopters you see in shopping mall kiosks and an unmanned predator drone!
The unit can be controlled by an iPhone or iPod touch, just by tilting.
For several years, various vendors have used CES to demonstrate wireless charging prototypes. This past year, however, was the year these technologies started to become commercially available. BestBuy even has several examples for sale, for phones and video game controllers. Palm has been promoting the Pre's induction charging as a competitive advantage.
With wireless charging, you just place your gadget on a pad and it starts charging! It's a great concept but in practice, there have been drawbacks. For starters, you have a limited set of devices and compatible cases to choose from.
The iPhone has many advanced features, but it is missing one item that was prevalent on PDA's in the past, and that is an Infrared interface. Older devices like an iPaq had this standard and it allowed you to use the device as a remote control.
Several firms have stepped up to fill in this gap, with a combination IR transmitter that plugs into the iPhone or iPod touch dock connector, and a corresponding app to control the transmitter.
High-end iPhone and Android application developer PointAbout
's client list includes companies like The Washington Post, Cars.com, Kaplan, Kohls, Qorvis, Burger King and The National Guard and a large number of other deep pocket companies and organizations.
Reporter Ed Curran - who works for a CBC affiliate in Chicago - is at CES and he's doing all his video shooting and editing on his iPhone with the help of the OWLE (previously covered here and here on iPHone Life by me).
Firethorn just announced an app to be released before the end of the year. It will consolidate and manage your banking, frequent flier and gift card accounts. The app will be called SWAGG.
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Wow, did I see some cool audio-related stuff today at CES (mostly in the South Hall). Wish I could write about all of it, but I selected a few of the cooler things I got to play with or do. One of which was to record a demo blues track using the little USB recording setup at Blue Microphones (check out the video above).
Continuing with my series on year-end lists of best apps, here are lists from the New York Times and Time magazine. The list of 14 favorite apps from New York Times writer Roy Furchgott includes a few apps for other iPhones, but mainly guides you to some really good iPhone apps. Time magazine's top 10 for 2009 are all excellent apps that deserve your attention.
The Mirage convention center was quite the gadgety place to be last night, and sorry about not having good pix from the event, but I had some issues with my camera just before. Oh well, I swing back later and post more shots on the cool stuff I saw there, but wanted to get some word out on some of the cutting-edge stuff now.
Last night I attended "Digital Experience" at the Mirage's Grand Ballroom. All the BIG guys were there, like.....Google, Yahoo, Sony, Canon, Phillips, Griffin, Powermat, Speck, Dragon Dictation & Morphie.
There are so many things to write about...so little time right now. Here are a couple of the cases that I am excited about:
Reduces cell phone radiation to the head by 60%. Great idea for kids, who's brains are still developing. It's a nice looking case. Very comfortable in the hand.
Here I am sitting on my hotel room floor going through ALL the business cards I was given by all the awesome people I met last night. One guy worked with my husband 10 years ago!! Small world - especially in Vegas.
Well.....am I going to enter all this contact info one at a time? I don't think so. I'm not lazy, I'm efficient.
World Card Mobile does all the work. On clean, easy to read cards it works 100%.
Today there are 129,610 iPhone apps available for download in the iTunes App Store. With such a large number of app's available for the iPhone it can get a little hairy trying to determine what app is right for you. Here are a few buyer beware tips & tricks to help you when looking to purchase an iPhone app.
My first post from CES, and you can see that the booth is coming along swimmingly, and the iPhoneLife team is just about ready for prime-time.