Jamie Sorcher, Technology & Entertainment CorrespondentBest known for her television work as the original 'Gizmo Girl' on ESPN's Cold Pizza morning show and numerous appearances on network television, Jamie Sorcher is a seasoned technology and entertainment correspondent with more than 15 years experience in print, broadcast, and online media.
CES 2016 is here! It's like the Oscars, Golden Globes and Tonys for gadgets all rolled into one. This year Las Vegas feels more like a Star Wars planet than ever before. Gesture controlled cars and robots, electric vehicles (including boards and scooters), smart footwear (yes, women's pumps that can be warmed up on cold winter mornings with an app), and wearables that have evolved into fashionable gadgets that are full body managers. Lots of cool gear and always a great look into the future. Here are some of the top tech items from the show with the links on where to get more information.
LG's V10 smartphone-- Unlike many products here at CES, this one is actually available right now. It has expandable memory so you can store all of your music, photos, and video. It will also accept up to a 2TB memory card. The smartphone has a removable battery so you swap out on the fly instead of looking for a place to plug in. And for those who love creative control with their pictures and video, the 16-megapixel camera has manual video mode and steady record so you've got DSLR-camera-like control with your pictures and video right on your phone. Available from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, it comes in Luxe White, Space Black, or Opal Blue.
Technics OTTAVA SC-C500 Premium All-in-One HiFi System-- The Technics brand has been around for 50 years so these folks know what they are doing. Brand new is this stunning system that is elegant from every angle. Even the name has a nice ring to it. (Ottava is "octave" in Italian). Most importantly, it delivers high-resolution audio giving you the best sound quality possible from a range of sources (streamed or archived music) and from a variety of devices like CDs, smartphones or USBs. It pumps out 100 watts of room-filling sound with unimaginable bass. It's easy to operate with a dedicated remote control or download the Technics app to your smartphone. And, it is truly plug-and-play. You're ready to turn up the tunes just minutes after unboxing it. Available in March.
Baby Tech is a big trend at CES. Moms and dads are definitely going digital. Project Nursery's Baby Monitor blends safety, simplicity and style in this system which includes a 5-inch high definition LCD parent unit with easy-to-control navigation and menus. It also features the world's first ultra-portable, audio/video mini monitor with 1.5-inch LCD screen. It comes with a wristband, clip and lanyard so parents can easily take it with them around the house. The safe and secure camera has remote pan/tilt/zoom, infrared night vision, and audio up to 800 feet. Available in Spring of 2016.
SCOTTeVEST Enforcer Jacket --Check it out! This is the world's first jacket that can hold both a laptop and a medium-sized tablet. So forget about that cumbersome laptop bag--you won't be needing it. This jacket also has 30 custom pockets to house all those daily indispensables like your wallet, water bottle, smartphone, car keys, memory card, camera, pens, glasses--you get the picture! The jacket won't be out until the end of January, but there's no need to wait. SCOTTeVEST makes more than 50 different tech-enabled garments for men and women that are designed to prevent that dreaded "gadget dance" -- that frantic waving of arms with a pained expression as you search for your phone, car keys, glasses, etc. Choose a jacket, vest, hoodie, cardigan, lab coat, or even boxer shorts from the clever and stylish lineup of items.
808 Audio CANZ XL Wireless Speaker-- Enjoy your music wirelessly by Bluetooth on your smartphone or tablet with this awesome speaker. You get 8 hours of play time with the rechargeable lithium ion battery and BIG bass and huge 360-degree sound. There's a quick-release, easy-carry handle for portability. Take this baby to the beach, barbecue, or crank it up in the backyard. Just massive sound in a carry anywhere design. Choose from black, blue or gunmetal colors.
In my book, the term "muffin top" or "love handle" is definitely not a positive, but I did come across a cool product here, and it is called the Love Handle. Essentially, Mike Watts, company co-founder told me, the gadget is designed to make your phone an extension of your body--connecting the smart phone to the human hand. It allows you to keep your phone with you in hand, but also gives you the flexibility to manage a cup of coffee, car keys, briefcase or newspaper. The device uses 3M VHB adhesive (that stands for Very High Bond) so it stays secure, but has a low profile so you can still slip your phone in your back pocket or purse without any interference. It comes in cool colors like gold, rose, or silver metallic along with your basic white or black. I already have one on my phone so in this case having a Love Handle is a good thing.