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Bass Egg’s Verb Turns Your Table into a Speaker

4:38 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS -- It's easy to find Bluetooth products that turn solid surfaces—like your desk—into a speaker. Finding one that sounds really good is a harder task, but Bass Egg thinks it has that covered with its new Verb. The Verb vibrates to bounce air off hard surfaces that converts to sound waves, making your wood, metal, stone, or glass surfaces act as omnidirectional speakers. It's anodized aluminum body holds up under abuse, the audio range it offers goes beyond what we've heard from competing products. The Bass Egg Verb is priced at US$99.95, and the crew we spoke with at CES 2015 told us that soon you'll be able to gang them up for stereo audio, too.

CES 2015 - olloclip Intros new iPhone 6 Photo Lens Adapter Case

3:25 PM, Jan. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS - When Apple changed the form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, that means olloclip's add-on camera lenses and cases wouldn't fit any more. The company took care of the lenses, and now it's almost ready to release updated cases, too. The olloclip case has a special cutout to fit its camera lenses, has a hard plastic body for durability, and rubberized edges for grip action. The cases are sleek and good looking, plus they do away with the flip-out panel the previous version needed to give you access to your iPhone's cameras. Final pricing hasn't been set yet, but the company did tell us at CES 2015 it's very close to shipping.

CES 2015 - Netatmo Welcome: Facial Recognition Camera Knows Friends from Strangers

2:51 PM, Jan. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS - Netatmo has expanded beyond weather tracking with its new Welcome camera that identifies friends and family, and knows when someone is a stranger. As the Welcome snaps more photos it gets better at identifying people you know, and it announces who it sees. The images it captures are stored in an encrypted format so data you want to keep private stays that way, and it includes an iPhone app you can use to set alerts for specific people or receive notifications when you're away from home. Netatmo hasn't set their final pricing yet for Welcome, but the company does plan on shipping the device in the next few months. TMO checked it out at CES 2015, and it looks pretty cool.

CES 2015 - Wacom Intros New Hiresolution Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD touch Graphics Tablets

2:37 PM, Jan. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS - Wacom is ramping up its professional graphics tablet game yet again with its brand new Cintiq 27QHD and27QHD touch tablets. Both were introduced at CES 2015 on Tuesday with 2560 x 1140 27-inch built-in display surfaces sporting over 1 billion colors covering 97 percent of Adobe's color gamut. The new Qintiqs support 2048 pressure sensitivity levels and multiple stylus nibs, too. The 27QHD is priced at US$2,299.99. The 27QHD touch, which adds support for touch-based gestures, costs $2,799.99. Both will ship before the end of the month.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-06: CES and GoGo’s Man in the Middle Hack

12:58 PM, Jan. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The Mac Observer is on the ground at the Internation Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and we have more cool products to talk about today. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about some interesting startup companies they saw, audio gear, home automation, and what's up with GoGo's man in the middle hack to block YouTube streaming on flights.

CES 2015 - Valedo: Get Your Back in Shape with Your iPad

3:19 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS - Staying on top how healthy you are typically hasn't included dealing with reducing ongoing pain, but Valedo is doing just that with it's set of light weight sensors. Instead of a bulky and unwieldy contraption with snaps and buckles, Valedo uses medical adhesive to keep its two sensors in place. Once there, you can play specialized iPad games to reduce back pain and strengthen your muscles. The company said it's planning on updating its software so you can track motion on other parts of your body, too. We checked out Valedo at CES 2015, and were surprised at how well it worked. You can pick up the two-sensor set for US$359 at the Valedo website.

CES 2015 - Zensorium Gets Moody with Being Smartwatch

2:55 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS - Fitness tracking smartwatches can log how far we walk, how we sleep, and now Zensorium is tracking how we feel. TMO checked out the company's new Being watch at CES. It tracks how you're feeling by monitoring heart rate and blood pressure then converts that into four mood states: distressed, excited, normal, and calm. If you're showing signs of stress, Being will offer tips on calming down, and all of the data it collects is sent wirelessly to your iOS or Android smartphone. The built-in battery runs for about three days on a charge, and the OLED display is easy to read in bright or dark light conditions. The Being will ship in March for US$199, or you can pre-order now for $169.

TMO Daily Observations: 2015-01-05

1:25 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The Mac Observer is on the ground at the Internation Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and we're already checking out some pretty cool products. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the new tech they saw at CES Unveiled, including fitness gear, wireless routers, and robots ready to help you shop.