CE Week took place in New York City last week; a group of vendors showed off their new and upcoming consumer products to interested New Yorkers. I took videos of six of the company reps showing off their gadgets:
It isn't often that you can watch your Bluetooth speaker spitting water out at you. The Braven BRV-1 is a ruggedized speaker that is water-resistant; it can withstand accidental falls, getting caught in the rain, and other mishaps. (However, it isn't completely submersible.) The 12.2-oz device has a 1400mAh battery for up to 12 hours of use. It also features a line-in port (for non-Bluetooth players), a built-in mic for phone calls and a USB port to charge other devices.
The Braven BRV-1 is priced at $79.99.
If you've ever tried to listen to music on your smartphone without using headphones, you know how inferior the sound quality is. The Voxx Soundboard tries to make the process of improving your smartphone's audio easier: Its Soundflow wireless audio technology lets you just drop your phone on top for immediately better sound. The speaker is powered by either a 5V DC battery or three AA batteries; it comes in white, black and woodgrain and will be available in August.
The Voxx Soundboard will retail for $29.99.
Steadicam Curve for GoPro
The GoPro line of cameras is a popular choice for shooting video during activities such as surfing, skiing, hiking, etc. However, no matter how good the footage, it won't work if the landscape is jumping up and down. The Steadicam Curve, made by the company whose name stands for stabilization tech, allows consumers to create exciting but viewable videos for a reasonable cost.
The Steadicam Curve will be available later this summer for $99.
Kribbitt tablet stand
There are several stands available for iPads and other tablets; one of the more interesting is the Kribbitt, which resembles a piece of abstract art when it isn't actually holding a tablet. The Kribbit can hold the tablet horizontally or vertically; can accommodate several different angles; makes the tablet easier to carry around; and will even adjust to be able to hook onto your knee. The Kribbitt comes in green, black, pink, silver and blue.
The Kribbitt tablet stand costs $39.95.
Damson Twist speaker
The Damson Twist is a Bluetooth speaker with a... Well, with a twist. It uses what Damson calls "incisor diffusion technology" to use whatever surface the speaker is on to increase the sound levels. (If you can't find a good surface, the package also contains a "sound tube.") According to the company, it will last about nine hours of playing time and is available in silver, red, blue and black.
The Damson Twist retails for $69.99.
iON Adventure camera
iON is known for the point-of-view cameras, which sit on a helmet, on your bicycle handlebars, etc. and let you record your adventures. Its latest HD camera, the iON Adventure, includes a built-in GPS receiver to let you add location, speed and altitude data; a built-in vibration sensor so you'll only get video when you're moving; and dual-SD card storage so that you won't run out of recording room. The side-mounted lens lets you strap the camera across your chest and record whatever's happening ahead of you.
The iON Adventure will be available this July for $349.99.