We know… CES is SO last week, but we are excited to share some of the sweet stuff that our Business Development team saw there!
CES was a great experience. Not only did we get to meet face to face with many of our partners and users it was a great opportunity to see what companies are really trying to get out there and meet the people. This is a quick list of some of the more notable exhibitors that we visited:
iPhone Multimeter (iDVM)
A digital Multimeter that communicates with your iPhone, allowing you to measure, record and share your test results. Currently no Android version available, but I’m sure that is right around the corner.
Computer Eyewear (Gunnars)
Gunnar Technology Eyewear
Aside from improving your ‘cool’ factor with your co-workers these innovative glasses make an immediate and dramatic difference. Who would have guessed that staring at a computer screen for 10 hours a day isn’t great for your eyes? It is one thing to read that in a report from the Vision Council, but it is something entirely different to experience it for yourself. From the moment I put the demo pair on, I felt this tension on my forehead disappear. I flipped them up and it was back, put them back on and it was gone. There is a very interesting description of the principals at work at thevisioncouncil.org, but you really something you need to experience yourself. The first thing I did upon my return from CES was to order a pair – essential gear for everyone who stares at a screen all day. Every computer should come with a pair included.
Ethernet Over Power
Taking the idea of the connected home to the next level, Ethernet Over Power essentially turns any wires in your house (power, phone, cable, etc.) into an ethernet cord, instantly giving you wired internet access to your entire home. I was blown away when I first learned about this technology 12 years ago, but what surprises me today is that 1) the technology hasn’t caught on and 2) the technology doesn’t seem to be any further along than was over a decade ago. Perhaps one is the symptom of the other, or maybe we just don’t need MORE wired connections in our homes. Whatever the case may be this is an interesting technology that seems to be looking for its niche.
Most Real Estate
There were literally ACRES of iPhone cases: blinged out, leather bound, protective, waterproof, shock proof, bullet proof. If you can put your IPhone in it, it was there at CES. Two notables… Head Case offers a bottle opener case along with an app that counts how many bottles you have opened (and calls you a cab when you have hit your limit). PureGear was also a standout with the way they have struck a great balance between design and phone protection – attractive, slim cases that are tough where they need to be.
Brand Agnostic (nearly) Home Device Controller
The MiCasaVerde smart home gateway is Dynamite! It makes it possible to integrate and control over 700 Z-Wave protocol devices from different manufacturers. They are also going to be adding Zigbee & X10 protocols soon. The gateway handles the intra-device communication, and their innovative software allows you to thread and weave the inputs and outputs from your different devices into complete ‘Scenes’ (i.e. when my front door opens turn on my entry lights, open my blinds and change my thermostat).
Of course, I’ve always got my eye out innovative, small routers and the show did not disappoint. The power that can be packed into ever smaller devices is amazing. The WR702N from TP-Link was quite impressive and their newest micro-router, the TP-Link is the Halo TL-WR706N packed a big punch. Also, the Premiertek AP2403 was a show stopper with a footprint that is smaller than a business card and a profile just big enough to plug in an RJ45.
All in all, No-IP had a blast at CES. Did you attend CES? What were your favorite new product releases?