Archos Smart Home, Connected Home and Connected Self Smart objects

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7″ Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don’t need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7″ Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.

Toshiba launches 13.3″ Chromebook For $279

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Toshiba’s first Chromebook is 13.3″ (1366×768 resolution). Sadly it uses an Intel Haswell Celeron processor. The Toshiba Chromebook has a fullsized laptop keyboard. In terms of storgage you get 16gb internally and 100gb of cloud storage. The Toshiba Chromebook contains most basic ports such as an HDMI and SDXC slot. The battery life is 9 hours. The Chromebook will sell for $279 and it will be on the market next month.

Panasonic Wearable 4K Camera

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Panasonic shows their 4K wearable camera that attaches to your head. The wearable camera is waterproof at 6 feet and dust resistant. Panasonic HX-A100 is the 1080p version of the camera available now for 199 USD with the 4K version to be available later this year. The wearable camera can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet. The Panasonic presenter is Cassandra Bodzak and here is her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gosweetandskinny

2014 predictions from Jeff Orr, ABI Research analyst

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Jeff Orr talks about the latest and upcoming advances in technolgy, what he thinks will be the most interesting trends in consumer electronics in 2014 and beyond. You can find Jeff Orr’s latest articles at http://www.fiercewireless.com/author/jefforr and the ABI Research’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Wm9N2jnbPMI62rVNfwObQ with their “Ask the Analyst” analyst commentary.

You can watch my previous video filmed with Jeff Orr in June 2010 here: http://armdevices.net/2010/06/30/30-minutes-with-jeff-orr-of-abi-research/

Alcatel One Touch idolx+ 5″ 1080p with MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Based on the newest fastest yet Mediatek MT6592 Octa core ARM Cortex-A7, with a 5″ Full HD IPS LCD display, thin and light form factor, this is the highest yet performance from MediaTek, Alcatel One Touch is a very rapidly growing Smartphone brand.

Sphero 2B tube shaped robot travels at 5 meters per second

Posted by – January 15, 2014

Orbotix shows their latest smartphone controlled gyro motion robot.

Quantenna Communications WiFi chipset, streams 4K over 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Posted by – January 15, 2014

Quantenna Communications demonstrates wireless 4K video transmission over Wi-Fi using their latest Set-top-box WiFi chipset.

RCA shows 4K TV

Posted by – January 15, 2014

RCA to release competitively priced 4K TVs to the US market.

UNEO shows ultra thin keyboard and stylus pen technology

Posted by – January 14, 2014

Taiwanese UNEO shows their ultra thin keyboard sensor and pen stylus technology.

LG G Flex, launching for $300 (with 2-year $2000+ contract) on Sprint on January 31st

Posted by – January 14, 2014

LG shows their really big curved 6″ 1280×720 smartphone design, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash.