Consumer Technology Feature Package

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The following feature package is a roundup of feature stories dealing with consumer technolgy and is appropriate for special sections and for general use. 

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Consumer Technology Feature Package

1. SAFILO Partners With Interaxon 
PADUA, Italy and TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SAFILO Group, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, and Interaxon Inc., the world leader in consumer brain sensing technology, today announced a strategic research and development partnership and licensing agreement.


2. Media Alert:  Gourmia & Chef Daniel Green to Demo the IoT Smart Kitchen with WiFi, Apps and Multiple Appliances at CES 2017 
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Connected Home will be one of the hottest topics at the upcoming CES 2017, and Gourmia will be breaking new ground by showcasing their new Smart Kitchen Appliances that leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Daniel will also be introducing Gourmia's new App for iOS and Android that will connect to multiple appliances and integrate with Alexa using Alexa's newest skill for appliances, MIA.


3. CES 2017: InBody to Offer a Tech-fueled Vision of modern-day Corporate Wellness 
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking its 4th consecutive year at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, InBody (booth #31653) will be giving corporate attendees a vision of an empowered corporate wellness program under the slogan "Because Wellness Works."


4. FEV North America, Inc. becoming one-stop shop for smart vehicle technology 
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As the number and variety of communication technologies employed in connected vehicles continues to grow, the risk of a security breach increases profoundly. FEV is a leader in the development and testing of electronics systems and subsystems, and has created a comprehensive suite of services that make it a "one-stop shop" for design, development, testing, and deployment of cyber security and ADAS solutions, among other connected/smart vehicle technologies. Some of these technologies will be demonstrated at the company's suite at the Bellagio Hotel during the CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 5 – 8, 2017.


5. Hyundai Collaborates With Google Assistant In Further Connecting Homes To Cars 
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In an integration highlighting the increasing connection between cars and the home, Hyundai is demonstrating compatibility with the company's Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant. The integration, which Hyundai will be demonstrating at Pepcom's Digital Experience prior to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) on January 4, allows control of various functions of a Hyundai vehicle with simple voice commands. These commands include "Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees", "Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata", and "Ok Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car".


6. LiveU Powers BeTerrific Live Broadcast from CES 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, LiveU is collaborating with leading online broadcaster, BeTerrific to bring all of the excitement of CES to fans online in real-time. As an "Official Media Partner" of CES 2017, BeTerrific will be using LiveU technology in its broadcast location (Central Hall Grand Lobby – second floor above Nathan's) to present its viewers with an inside look at the companies and products shaping the tech industry – live from CES.


7. Reliefband Technologies Unveils The Reliefband Neurowave™ - The Most Advanced Wearable For The Drug-Free Treatment Of Nausea 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At CES, Reliefband Technologies, a leader in therapeutic technology has unveiled The Reliefband Neurowave, the world's most advanced "Treatable" - a wearable device for the drug-free relief from nausea, retching and vomiting caused by morning sickness and motion sickness, including the motion sickness associated with VR SIM.


8. Honda Teams With DreamWorks Animation to Create Virtual Reality "Honda Dream Drive" Experience 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda announced today that it has collaborated with DreamWorks Animation to demonstrate a new augmented and virtual reality content and solutions test bed for the in-vehicle experience. Honda will demonstrate a proof of concept version of its Honda Dream Drive in-car virtual reality prototype featuring DreamWorks Animation content at CES, January 5-8, 2017. CES attendees are invited to experience Dream Drive at the Honda booth (LVCC, North Hall – 7312) during show hours.  


9. Petcube Drives Innovation Forward in Connected Pet Category with New HD Camera and Cloud Service Expansion 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming off a successful Q4 with record sales, Petcube debuts its new HD camera Petcube Bites at the Pepcom Digital Experience event and Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Petcube Bites is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treat dispenser designed so people can stay connected to their pets 24/7. Remotely controlled through the Petcube app on a smartphone, Petcube Bites features 1080p HD streaming video, night vision, sound and motion alerts, two-way audio, ability to remotely fling treats, a built-in container that will hold up to 2 lbs of treats, and has automatic reorder support with Amazon Dash Replenishment. Best Buy will be the first retailer to sell Petcube Bites. Consumers can now pre-order Petcube Bites at a special price of $229 exclusively through and Petcube Bites will retail for $249 when it is released.


10. TCL Communication (TCT) Unveils The Future Of The New BlackBerry Mobile As Part Of The Company's Product Portfolio Evolution Unveiled At CES 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At CES 2017, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT), the fourth-largest handset manufacturer in North Americai, is today sharing plans for an industry-first brand portfolio business model, which now enables the company to offer an entire suite of mobility products, including new BlackBerry smartphones. This brand pillar approach focuses on multiple facets of the company's product portfolio: the entry-consumer, best-in-class enterprise, connected (IoT) and emerging segments – all leveraging the success of the TCL Communication manufacturing, R&D and operations along with the legacy of some of the industry's most iconic brands, including Alcatel and BlackBerry.


11. World's First Simple-To-Install, Automated Blinds 
LINDON, Utah, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MySmartBlinds, the maker of the MySmartBlinds Automation Kit, has launched a new product, MySmartBlinds Shutter Blinds, equipped with SmartFit technology. They are custom-made horizontal blinds that install in seconds with the push of a lever.


12. VOXX Advanced Solutions Introduces Live Streaming Body Camera 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517-- VOXX Advanced Solutions Corporation (VASC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the introduction of ACCU.C 4G, a streaming 4G body camera optimized for the Verizon network and designed to provide clear, accurate video and audio footage.  The ACCU.C 4G body camera has been developed in cooperation with S4 Worldwide, a supplier of advanced law enforcement technology and hardware.  ACCU.C 4G provides law enforcement and others with a streaming wearable body camera with limitless use cases far beyond the capabilities of standard body cameras available today. The ACCU.C 4G device will be available late Spring 2017.


13. VOXX Electronics Corporation Enters Radar Deterrent Category through Partnership with noLimits Enterprises 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517 -- VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the Company has entered into a manufacturing and distribution partnership with noLimits Enterprises, entrepreneurs of advanced radar and automatic traffic camera deterrent devices.  The partnership expands distribution of the existing noLimits products and opens the door to product integration with other vehicle electronics products in the VOXX portfolio.   


14. VOXX Advanced Solutions Signs Letter of Intent with PERI, Inc. to Distribute the DUO Slim, a Hi-Fidelity Speaker and Fast-Charging Case for iPhone 7 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517 - VOXX Advanced Solutions Corporation (VASC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today that the Company has signed a Letter of Intent with PERI, Inc., creators of the Duo, the first-of-its-kind hi-fidelity wireless speaker and battery case for the iPhone 6.  Under the terms of the LOI, VASC will distribute the Duo Slim, a 2-in-1 hi-fidelity Bluetooth enabled speaker system and fast-charging case for iPhone® 7.


15. VOXX Electronics Expands CarLink Program to Include the CarLinkBT Long Range Transmitter 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517-- VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the Company has expanded its CarLink program to now include the CarLinkBT Long Range Transmitter.  This new transmitter design communicates via Bluetooth to a smartphone then to the vehicle using LoRa RF technology to extend its operating range to over one mile without any additional monthly or annual fees.


16. VOXX Advanced Solutions Changes the Shape of Video with a Versatile 360-degree Dash, Helmet and Body Camera 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL, BOOTH 13517– VOXX Advanced Solutions Corporation (VASC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the introduction of 360-LP, a highly versatile 360-degree camera for high-profile use cases.  The core technology of the 360-LP camera has been developed by 360fly, Inc., our partner in the retail 360-degree camera space. VOXX Advanced Solutions will utilize the 360fly developed technology to launch solutions for body cameras, in-vehicle dash cameras and helmet cameras.


17. VOXX Advanced Solutions Enters Distribution Agreement with Freewavz as Exclusive Distributor of Wire-Free Earphones with Pulse Ox Feature 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517– VOXX Advanced Solutions Corporation (VASC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today the Company has entered a distribution agreement with Freewavz to exclusively distribute smart, wire-free earphones with a medical grade pulse oximeter and other fitness monitoring and tracking capabilities in North America.


18. VOXX Electronics Corporation Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Gentex for its Aftermarket Full Display Mirror 
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LVCC, CENTRAL HALL BOOTH 13517–VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced today that the Company has entered into a distribution agreement with Gentex Corporation to exclusively distribute the Gentex Aftermarket Full Display Mirror® (FDM™) in North America.  This system was designed to enhance driving safety by optimizing the driver's rear visibility and help eliminate blind spots.  In addition, VOXX Electronics Corporation will also distribute the complete Gentex product line of automatic-dimming interior and exterior rearview mirrors and electronics.


19. Hisense Solidifies Brand Momentum and Technology Leadership at CES 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hisense, the multinational consumer technology manufacturer and one of the largest television brands in the world, took the stage at CES 2017 today, championing the company's continued momentum in the United States spurred by the warm reception of the Hisense television line-up. Looking ahead to 2017, Hisense is committed to aggressively expanding its presence and prominence as a technology company with new product lines across TV and appliances, expanded sales channels, and major endorsements from industry-leading partners.


20. Hisense TV Technologies Set to Transform the Viewing Experience in 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hisense, the multinational consumer technology manufacturer and one of the largest television brands in the world, unveiled display innovations that will be on the market in 2017, including the company's first-of-its-kind true 4K Laser Cast TV, immersive screen sizes up to 100 inches and, for the first time, soundbars.   


21. Sharp Looks to the Future with Bold 2017 Television Lineup 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at 2017 International CES, Sharp continued its picture quality legacy with the introduction of a new home entertainment portfolio. The new Sharp lineup features 21 new televisions, including the flagship P9500 and P9000 series, designed for the ultimate viewing experience.


22. CES 2017: GoPro Showcases The The World's Most Versatile Mobile Storytelling Solution 
SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) kicks off 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with new products and features that demonstrate how GoPro is the world's most versatile mobile solution for capturing and sharing amazing content.


23. Sony Unveils its Latest Products at CES 2017 
TOKYO, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Corporation will unveil its new lineup of products slated for a 2017 release at CES 2017, held from Thursday, January 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


24. Cirrent Launches ZipKey to Transform Out-of-Box Experience for Connected Products 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cirrent announced ZipKey, a new Wi-Fi capability that allows consumer electronics to automatically and securely connect to the Internet, right out of the box. Cirrent also announced that Comcast is supporting ZipKey for their Xfinity Internet subscribers. In addition, four consumer products manufacturers, including D-Link, Emberlight, LockState and smanos, will ZipKey-enable their products starting this year, and Bose demonstrated a ZipKey-enabled SoundTouch Wi-Fi speaker.


25. Comcast's Digital Home Solution Supports ZipKey to Simplify and Secure Consumer Electronics 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cirrent announced that Comcast plans to include support for ZipKey in its recently announced, whole-home networking solution.


26. Cirrent's ZipKey Adopted by Top Consumer Electronics Brands 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cirrent announced a partnership with D-Link, and announced that consumer electronics manufacturers Emberlight, LockState and smanos will enable their products with ZipKey for instant, secure Wi-Fi connections and a better out-of-box experience. Through partnerships with large Internet service providers such as Comcast, Cirrent has established a network of ZipKey hotspots that now cover more than 67 million homes.


27. CES 2017: Jumptuit Goes to Work Across Platforms with Microsoft Office 365 Integration; Enhances Productivity with Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite and Microsoft Cognitive Services 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, Jumptuit leaps into the New Year with the integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Cognitive Services. The integration of Office 365 enables Jumptuit users to edit documents retrieved through cross-platform search and collaborate with others. The integration of Azure Machine Learning, part of the Cortana Intelligence Suite, and Cognitive Services automatically creates more searchable metadata from documents and enables voice search resulting in a faster and more intuitive search experience.


28. CES 2017: Jumptuit Jumpstarts the Cross-Platform Search Experience with Google Machine Learning 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, Jumptuit leaps into the New Year with the integration of Google Cloud Machine Learning Platform including Google Cloud Speech for speech recognition and audio transcription, Google Cloud Natural Language for document analysis and Google Cloud Vision for image analysis to advance Jumptuit's cross-platform search across cloud services and smart devices.


29. Robo Showcases Two New App-Powered, Smart 3D Printers at CES 2017 
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SPECIAL TO CES -- Robo (ASX: RBO), a US-based 3D printing market leader and maker of the most highly-rated consumer 3D printers on the market, features two new additions at CES 2017: Robo C2 Compact Smart 3D Printer with Wi-Fi and Robo R2 High-Performance Smart 3D Printer with Wi-Fi, both powered by the new Robo app. 


30. Premier Mobile Device Management System with Built-in UV Disinfection Technology on Display at CES 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CES Seal Shield LLC (Jacksonville, FL), today will demonstrate the ElectroClave™ Mobile Device Management system with UV Disinfection at CES - Booth #43027.  The ElectroClave™, Patent Pending, provides an all-in-one solution for mobile device management and device disinfection by offering cloud-based oversight and proprietary disinfection technology (destroying bacteria and viruses on all sides of devices).  The ElectroClave™ is the perfect enterprise solution for managing mobile devices in healthcare, schools, hospitality, point-of-sale or anywhere hygiene is a concern.


31. Honda and Visa Demonstrate In-vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and IPS Group at 2017 CES 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda announced today that it will conduct the first proof-of-concept demonstration of in-vehicle payments with infrastructure parking and fueling partners at 2017 CES in Las Vegas as part of its ongoing partnership with Visa Inc.  The demonstrations will be done with fuel pumps from Gilbarco Veeder-Root and smart parking meters from IPS Group, Inc.  Show attendees can experience the demonstrations at the Honda booth (LVCC, North Hall – 7312) during CES, January 5-8, 2017. 


32. Honda Demonstrates Collaborative Technology at CES 2017 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its pursuit of open innovation and collaboration, Honda is showcasing projects with startup companies LEIA and VocalZoom at CES 2017.  In collaboration with the Honda Xcelerator, these two innovators' technologies aim to revolutionize the in-cabin experience.


33. Furrion Showcases World's First Exo-bionic Racing Mech at 2017 CES 
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Making its debut at 2017 CES is Furrion's Prosthesis, the world's first exo-bionic mech racing suit. While at first glance, it looks like an intimidating robot, Prosthesis is actually built for the pilot and is the creation of a responsive, stable and powerful exo-bionic platform that amplifies the motions of the pilot. Prosthesis is the first machine of its kind, ushering in a new era of large scale, high-performance mech technology. It represents a departure from conventional, human scale exo-bionic technology, integrating off-road racing with industrial motion control to produce an entirely new breed of human piloted machine.


34. OmniVision Dual-Camera Reference Designs Bring DSC/DSLR-Quality Features to Smartphone Cameras 
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the availability of three new dual-camera module reference designs to bring DSC/DSLR-quality capabilities—such as 10X zoom, Bokeh-effect portrait imaging, and improved low-light imaging—to smartphone cameras. The designs combine OmniVision's OV12A10 image sensor with the OV12A1B, OV13880, and OV20381, to provide smartphone manufacturers the flexibility to choose an ideal option based on compatibility with device designs and product targets.


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