Escort: No more tickets

escortESCORT Inc., leading manufacturer of high-performance radar and laser detectors, announced the addition of Air Patrol and Intelligent Speed Traps to its award-winning social app Escort Live™.  The new Air Patrol feature alerts drivers to known areas enforced by aircraft throughout the U.S. These locations are typically marked by road signs, however these can go unnoticed and can result in heavy fines. The ESCORT Live app™ automatically notifies the user that they are approaching an area where this type of speed monitoring is used.

Know before you go … with passport max record setting ticket protection from ESCORT.  The worlds only all digital detector now automatically links to ESCORT LIVE, the award winning ticket protection app for your smartphone.  Now the new MAX2 radar detector automatically connects you with everyone else in the escort live network – get advanced warning for radar, laser – even over speed limit alerts … know about speed traps, red light & speed cameras, and air patrols … before you leave your driveway!

Speed enforcement by air is a simple calculation of the time it takes a vehicle to travel the distance between two measured points, also known as VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer And Recorder).  These points are typically painted lines on the road but can also include two stationary objects such as overpasses or other structures where the distance between the two points are known.  The ESCORT Live™ app features an audible ‘Air Patrol Alert’, plus a visible on-screen icon and distance to the known air patrol zone.  Once the driver enters the air patrol zone, the icon remains on screen until the driver exits the area.

The ESCORT Live™ app also includes new ‘Intelligent Speed Trap’ locations. These critical alert locations are the result of compiling millions of Escort Live™ user reports that have been produced automatically by the operation of their radar detector, or, manually by marking a police trap in the app for a specific sighting and area.

No more tickets!   The new Max2 digital radar detector from ESCORT.

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Introducing One of the Most “Open” Consumer Electronic Products Ever Released: The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer

lulzbotThe brand new LulzBot Mini desktop 3D printer is one of the most “open” consumer electronic products ever released.  During the printer’s development process, LulzBot posted regular updates, specs, schematics and other files online that gave the community access to everything that the company was working on in their lab. In fact, if an individual purchased (or made) the parts themselves, they could have built their own prototype version at the same time as the LulzBot team because the entire development archive (all 38 GB of it) has been online for anyone to review (http://devel.lulzbot.com/mini/).

But the LulzBot Mini is not just for makers and hackers.  From Fortune 500 companies to Ivy League schools, people around the world rely on LulzBot 3D printers to get the job done.  And the new Lulzbot Mini is loaded with new features that make 3D printing easy, including a heated bed that self-levels during its start-up process.  Other specs include:

  • Libre Innovation: Open Source Hardware and Free Software that respects user freedom
  • Capable Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more every day
  • Open Filament Format: Open, non-proprietary filament format so you can stay on the cutting edge and save money on materials
  • Multi-Software Compatible: Freedom to use any number of 3D printing software programs, Cura LulzBot Edition comes standard. Other compatible software includes OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, and many more.
  • Print Area: 152mm x 152mm x 152mm (6in x 6in x 6in)
  • Print Volume: 3,650 cm3 (223 in3) of usable space
  • Top Print Speed: 275mm/sec (10.8in/sec) at 0.18 layer height
  • Print Surface: Heated Borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI film
  • Layer Thickness: From 0.05mm to 0.50mm (0.002in – 0.020in)

And, like all LulzBot printers, the LulzBot Mini will be made in Colorado by Aleph Objects Inc., an Open Source Hardware company committed to respecting your freedom to learn, share, modify and improve your technology.

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Cashew is the Missing Piece of the 3D Puzzle Designers have been Waiting For!

matter1What’s the good of having 3D work if you can only show it off in 2D?

That was the question the team at Matter and Form Inc. asked answering it themselves with Cashew, the first presentation platform that truly lets you show and share your work easily and affordably in 3D.

Matter and Form was founded by designers. And the thing that drove them crazy was creating all this great 3D work and not being able to display it quickly and easily — especially to people who could buy from them, hire them, or that matter to them like family and friends (“see, ma, this is what I mean when I say I’m a ‘video game developer…’”).

So they created something completely different, something that solves the problem of how to let designers, engineers, inventors, teachers and even creative families connect their work to the people that matter most to them.

matter2Cashew:

  1. lets you change download the file in a variety of formats regardless of what file format you uploaded it in
  2. lets you change the size of the file so you can share quickly and easily even on mobile
  3. it’s intuitive and easy to use
  4. is free!
  5. Is being previewed at CES 2015 with a release later in the spring

Cashew is designed to give people control over their own creations and careers. And that’s important to the gang at Matter and Form. Because they’re all about helping people take their imaginations further than they ever thought possible through 3D.

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Medical Grade Wearables Poised to Deliver on HealthCare Promise

Wearable biosensors offer great promise to make significant advances in addressing the growing global healthcare crisis by allowing doctors to remotely monitor their patients.  In their recent report Smart Wearable Healthcare Report 2014, Soreon Research predicts that by 2020, smart wearable devices may help save 1.3 million lives, and that the market for such devices will grow from about $2B today to $41B by 2020.  According to Soreon, the majority of the potential lives saved come from in-hospital uses (700,00 lives), from remote cardiac monitoring (230,000), and from obesity related deaths (150,000).

There have been a number of notable wearable biosensor product releases in the past year.  There are now many wearable health monitors and fitness tracking devices that provide consumers easy access to useful information about their daily activity and fitness levels.  Combined with other health inputs such as diet and eating habits, data from these consumer-focused wearables can be useful to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.

However, monitoring devices intended for use in medical settings (for example, in-hospital use, or for remote medical monitoring of cardiac patients) require FDA-clearance, which involves extensive verification and validation testing to prove that the wearable device provides biometric measurements with accuracy and reliability that is comparable to clinical- grade monitoring equipment.  Many of the well-known biosensing bracelets, wristbands, watches, and even some patches are not cleared for use by the FDA for use in medical settings.

Vital Connect Inc., makers of the FDA-cleared HealthPatch® MD wearable biosensor, have recently taken another huge leap towards delivering on the promise of wearables making breakthrough healthcare advances with the development of the VitalCoreTM Processor.  This first-of-its-kind custom integrated circuit for wireless biosensors will vastly increase detection and processing capabilities at significantly lower power requirements, enabling broader and deeper continuous biometric measurements with longer sensor battery life.   Combined with a comfortable and easy-to-use form factor this new technology could set the standard for wearable biosensing platforms, and could facilitate rapid adoption of remote biometric sensing into multiple medical applications, which we all hope will save as many lives as Soreon predicts.

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Mad Catz changes the game

Lynx9 Red.1The new generation of consoles is in full swing but the real gaming revolution is happening right in the palm of your hand.

Mad Catz specialize in gaming hardware for video game consoles, PC and Mobile and at CES 2015, Mad Catz intend on taking a generational leap over the competition with the launch of the L.Y.N.X.9 Mobile Hybrid Controller, a brand new way to game at home or on the go!

A radically different solution to mobile gaming, the L.Y.N.X.9 Mobile Hybrid Controller has been designed to offer a ‘no compromise’ solution .  Most mobile controllers are compromised, being small enough to carry, yet uncomfortable for sustaining gaming and often using cheaply sourced components.  the L.Y.N.X.9 is very different.  Constructed from metal and using premium components, the L.Y.N.X.9 folds into a footprint small enough to fit into a shirt pocket, yet extends out to offer a full size console quality experience when gaming.  Uniquely, the L.Y.N.X.9 disassembles and reforms at will, adapting to the host gaming device.  Extend to full size and use in the living room for gaming on Fire TV or Google TV.  Attach the Smart Phone clip and mount your phone to the controller for gaming on-the-go or detach the left and right wings from the controller ‘brain’ and attach to the included tablet mount for the ultimate in handheld gaming!  the L.Y.N.X.9 is also the ideal companion for Smart TV’s as it includes a full QWERTY keyboard module!  Snap the module in to the bottom of the controller and answer email, search for media or access social media with ease!  The L.Y.N.X. also includes an in built mic for access to voice search features and even a mouse sensor and media keys when using on a PC or media streamer!  the L.Y.N.X.9 truly does it all and in a way that no other company has ever attempted.

But don’t think Mad Catz have left out traditional gamers!  Mad Catz bring a second epic product to CES, this time for PC Gamers.  A true ‘Next Generation’ gaming mouse, the R.A.T. PRO X is the successor to the ground-breaking series of R.A.T. mice introduced by Mad Catz at CES some four years ago.  Designed to be the most customizable mouse the world has ever seen, the R.A.T. PRO X features numerous patent pending innovations, making this a peripheral the like of which the world has never seen.  The first and only mouse in the world to feature user swappable sensor modules, the R.A.T. PRO X offers gamers’ a future proof upgrade path, allowing new sensors to be inserted when technology becomes available or to suit the playing preferences of the gamer at hand!  Mad Catz has also literally reinvented the wheel as for the first time ever the Scroll Wheel on the mouse now offers analogue control over the horizontal ‘left and right’ axis.  in short, this means that gamers’ now have access to precision analog movement across the Scroll Wheel, ideal for peaking behind walls in a first person shooter or for careful manoeuvre in an online MMO!  Users can even replace the Scroll Wheel for a totally different feel depending on the game they are playing!  Gamers’ can replace the feet of the mouse to adjust to different surfaces or replace the palm rest for a different height and texture during play!  Constructed from a Magnesium alloy to keep weight down and strength high, the R.A.T. PRO X is finished in a super hydrophobic coating to repel moisture during heated gaming sessions.  Ground-breaking in multiple areas, the gaming world has never seen an innovation like the R.A.T.PRO X before.
We’re All About The Game.

 

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Finally: A Portable Printer That Really Is Portable!

Primera Trio LobbyLet’s face it: portable printers have never made the grade. Bigger ones are too bulky and heavy to lug around. Smaller ones print only in black monochrome with low resolution on old fax-style thermal paper. If you need to print a business document, boarding pass, invoice, receipt or anything else while away from the office who are you gonna call?

Introducing the Primera Trio™ Mobile All-in-One Printer. It’s a book-sized, 2.6-lb. powerhouse that prints, scans and copies in full color or grayscale on standard A/A4-size paper. It can print text, graphics and photo-quality images with up to 4800 dpi print resolution using inkjet technology. It’s small enough to slip into most laptop bags, purses or backpacks with room to spare for the laptop. There’s even an optional battery for the times you find yourself without AC power. (Beach printing, anyone?)

It’s the smallest and lightest all-in-one printer on the market.* Oh, the places you’ll print!

* Smallest and lightest weight all-in-one inkjet printer at $399 (USD) or less available in the USA as of December 16, 2014.

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Fantem Unveils Oomi and Redefines the Smart Home

oomi-plug-US-screenThe home automation industry has seemingly always been about “what is coming” and “potential.”  While many companies have tried to shape the industry, the fact is that home automation/control needs a major push to reach the mass market. Whether it is because the systems have been too hard to set-up and too costly, or because consumers simply didn’t know why they needed home automation, the industry has been stuck in neutral, outside of a few products that have limited control.  Starting today, that is about to change.

Fantem today announced Oomi, the first smart home system that combines unparalleled simplicity of set-up and use with an adaptive, self-learning engine to deliver a truly easy-to-use and intuitive home management solution for everyone.   To help bring its vision to life, Fantem also kicked off a Kickstarter campaign today offering the Oomi “Starter Kit,” which features the Oomi Cube, Oomi Touch (tablet) and Oomi Band (wearable), which will be available to contributors at $199, fifty percent off retail (MSRP: $399 USD), along with other reward options.

By making it easier than ever to get a true “smart home” up and running, Oomi is lowering the barrier to entry for home automation for consumers of all types – whether tech-savvy or not (no coding or programming knowledge required), and positions Oomi to truly reshape the smart home market.  Featuring patent pending Tap-and-Touch™ technology for the fastest and most effortless setup and configuration of any home automation system, Oomi instantly recognizes all system accessories and sensors so it can be up and running in practically no time.

Oomi has the potential to massively grow the home automation market by delivering the first easy to use system that provides practical, useful and intuitive solutions for homeowners.  The system will learn the user’s habits, schedules and preferences to deliver a new level of whole home control.  For example, Oomi can know the user has a meeting at 9AM via their online calendar. By checking that morning’s traffic, Oomi can determine if the commute will take longer than expected and automatically re-set their alarm clock to wake them up earlier so they are not late. With the included hub, tablet and wearable, Oomi can be used and managed anywhere, anytime, allowing users the comfort of knowing that their home is doing exactly what they want and need it to do, for safety, security and comfort.  With Oomi, the future of home automation is now. More information is available at: http://whatscube.com. Oomi can be seen at ShowStoppers
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Pono revives the magic squeezed out of digital music

Pono is a Hawaiian word for righteous, the one, the pureness.

What righteous means to founder & CEO Neil Young is honoring the artist’s intention, and the soul of music. That’s why he has been on a quest to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music. In the process of making music more convenient and easier to download, we have sacrificed the emotional impact that only higher resolution quality music can deliver.

However, the world has changed. You no longer have to choose between quality and convenience when listening to digital music. You can have both. This is the fundamental idea behind PonoMusic and the PonoPlayer.

PonoMusic had the most successful Kickstarter music campaign ever and the 3rd largest overall with over $6.2m raised and 18,000 pledges. The backers all came together to give music a voice. They’ve helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening.

PonoMusic is an end-to-end digital music ecosystem with the PonoMusic Store and the PonoPlayer delivering stunningly clear music, the next best thing to hearing it in the recording studio the way the artist recorded it. PonoMusic is not a new audio file format or standard. The music in the PonoMusic Store is sold and downloaded in the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio format and the PonoPlayer can play most popular high-resolution music formats from other sources as well. PonoMusic will have a quality spectrum depending on the quality of the available master recordings and will offer the best resolution available.

Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it.

It’s been a long time coming. It was not easy getting this far, but it happened by so many supporting the PonoMusic vision for better listening. Get ready for the high resolution revolution!

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Ford Sync 3 — faster, more intuitive, easier, and new partners

Last month, Ford Motor Company unveiled SYNC 3, its next its next-generation voice-controlled smartphone connectivity system, and will demo the technology for the first time at CES 2015.

SYNC 3 is faster, more intuitive and easier to use and offers many new and enhanced features including: faster performance; more conversational voice recognition; a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface; seamless integration of AppLink for a simple way to control smartphone apps; the addition of Siri Eyes-Free capability for iPhone users; over-the-air software updates using Wi-Fi and enhanced 911 Assist that provides subscription-free emergency calling in the event of a significant accident. SYNC 3 was designed and developed using extensive feedback from nearly 22,000 customer comments and suggestions.  The result? A new, innovative way for drivers to stay connected behind the wheel.

Ford also revealed two new app partners, AccuWeather and Life360, which will continue to bring Ford customers a seamless and connected experience while on the go. The new AccuWeather app will alert AppLink users in advance of severe weather and provides weather conditions for safer and more enjoyable traveling experience.  Also, it includes AccuWeather MinuteCast®, the only global minute-by-minute precipitation forecast for a person’s exact street address or GPS location so drivers know exactly what is over the next horizon in their journey. Life360, a family locator and communication app, will help family and close friends stay in connected from the road.  When the Life360 app connects through Ford SYNC AppLink, drivers can check the latest location of their family members through voice commands.  And, with the introduction of the new Life360 Drive Mode, family and friends are alerted when a loved one is driving and encouraged to not text the driver until they receive a follow-up alert stating they are no longer behind the wheel.

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Wacom Paints a Pretty Picture at CES 2015

The Wacom® table at the ShowStoppers event during CES 2015 is the place to be as we introduce new creative pen displays for professional creators of digital content – the Cintiq® 27QHD, Cintiq® 27QHD touch and the Cintiq® Companion 2.

Cintiq 27QHD HighRez Pen and ExpressKey Romote on ScreenFeaturing the very best in pen-on-screen performance, Wacom’s new flagship Cintiq 27QHD will delight artists and designers with its large, edge-to-edge glass working surface, spectacular color and attention to ergonomics. The 27” display delivers a seemingly infinite surface – literally letting artists and designers see the bigger picture. To help support a natural and intuitive workflow, the Cintiq 27’s new ExpressKey® Remote, which can be placed anywhere on the screen or desk, gives users more flexibility and power as to how, when and where customizable keyboard shortcuts and modifiers are implemented. Additionally, the Cintiq 27 offers a variety of stand options, providing users the freedom and flexibility to comfortably work with the Cintiq at varying angles for hours and hours.

Cintiq Companion 2 HighRez with Pen and StandAnd, for today’s on-the-go professional who wants and needs to be able to work anywhere, Wacom introduces the Cintiq® Companion 2, a powerful touchscreen tablet for creators of digital content who demand the very best pen-on-screen experience. It offers unparalleled freedom and flexibility, allowing users to explore and make their creative mark wherever work leads them – at a client site, the coffee shop or on the plane. The new mobile solution from Wacom works either as a full-fledged Cintiq tablet running Windows 8 or – when the need arises – will connect to either a Mac or PC and function as a primary or secondary Cintiq creative pen display with all the renowned functionality one would expect from the leader digital input devices.

So, come take one of Wacom’s new Cintiqs for a test drive and experience the exhilarating feel of drawing and painting directly on screen with Wacom’s pressure-sensitive pen.

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