Test Drive New Tech at CES

January 08, 2013
Explore the latest in-vehicle technology advances at CES, where a record number of car makers are exhibiting the most high-tech automobiles ever to hit the market. And more than 100 automotive tech firms, like Delphi, Mitek and Pioneer will showcase the latest after-market automotive technologies and services. Here’s a quick look:  Audi of America Booth: LVCC, CES Central Plaza CP-35 and North Hall 1130Audiusa.com Audi’s connected car innovations include  piloted driving and parking as well as 4G LTEenabled  Wi-Fi connectivity.   Chrysler LLC Booth: LVCC, North Hall 301Chrysler.com Chrysler’s Uconnect integrates music...

Eureka Park: Inside Innovation

January 06, 2013
Like many entrepreneurs, David Berman thinks that his new company is pretty darn special—and for good reason. Affectiva, the small company that Berman heads, makes use of wireless wrist-pad bio sensors, tiny webcams and unique facial recognition software to track and measure the changing emotional states of people. Depending upon their needs, the firm’s clients and customers can then use this valuable information in a variety of different ways, ranging from communicating more effectively with children with autism to marketing products more powerfully to consumers to teaching heart...

Online Extra: Straight Ahead on Automotive Street

January 06, 2013
The auto industry constantly develops new technologies, but this time they are pushing digital convergence at the heart of innovation.   Introducing connectivity and graphics capabilities to the dashboard can make the driver feel more in control of the vehicle. Intelligent, connected processors have the potential to revolutionize not just how efficiently we commute but also the whole experience of driving a car. Possibilities range from synchronizing your music and video library automatically as you pull into your driveway at night to augmented reality dashboards and displays.  Ford already has deployed an active park assist system in its Fiesta range of vehicles while...

The Fast Lane of Innovation

January 06, 2013
New technologies continue to grow from “Leonardo DaVinci-worthy” sketches drawn on a whiteboard by a team of engineers to become actual products that are integrated into hundreds of millions of units shipped globally. But what is the correlation between hardware features, physical design and user experience, and how can combining technologies lead to some of the most amazing and innovative CE products?   The Open Highway: Digital TV   By fundamentally changing TV viewing habits, the new television set ceases to exist as a simple box in the living room. It reinvents itself as a gateway to a rich and interactive supply of information and multimedia content. As...

Gigabit Coming to your Doorstep

January 06, 2013
They’ve been stringing cable for months now throughout Kansas City on both the Kansas and Missouri sides in what have been dubbed “fiberhoods.” It’s all part of an extensive pilot program to gauge Google’s latest—and some would say surprising—foray into the high-speed Internet and television world. It’s called Google Fiber. It’s an Internet service that’s five times faster than the roughly two megabits-per-second speeds that most Americans currently have in their homes. And it could change the way we communicate for the better. “There is a lot of excitement for Google Fiber,” says Jenna Wandres, a spokesperson for...

Four Google Fiber Facts

January 06, 2013
1. Speeds reach one gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than the average broadband connection in the U.S. right now. There’s also no bandwidth cap, opening the gates for new apps and services that can be streamed without glitches like buffering.2. Two-year contracts come with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, which uses an app to control Google Fiber TV (users search for shows using a touchscreen). The Nexus tablet also streams content that can be viewed in any room in a home outfitted with the service. The app will be available on Android phones with voice activation and additional content streaming opportunities.3. Fiber can stream live 3D video and download...

4G and Beyond

January 06, 2013
Smartphones and tablets have surged in popularity as cellular carriers continue to develop their fastest 4G networks to date, contributing to a mammoth increase in cell networks’ data traffic. And there’s no end in sight. Indeed, the proliferation of even more connected devices is expected to keep straining cell networks’ data capacities over the next 10 years and beyond. To accommodate this growth, researchers at wireless industry suppliers and leading universities have been working on the next generation of wireless network technologies beyond 4G, including new cellular network architectures ...

Ultra High-Def TV: Super-Sizing An Immersive Experience

January 06, 2013
Taking a very big picture perspective on Ultra High-Definition (Ultra HD) TV, the new big picture technology, Senior Vice President of Sony Electronics Home Division Mike Lucas points out that viewers are already benefitting from Ultra HD’s underlying “4K” capabilities “at home right now and they might not even know it.” Lucas is citing the top-notch resolution capabilities of Ultra HD, which, for example, allows TV producers to edit a video sequence by zooming in on a sports play digitally while retaining full high-definition quality. “Fox Sports uses a Sony [professional] 4K camera at one NFL game each...

The Course of the 'Connected' Car

January 06, 2013
Like the Greco-Roman sea god Poseidon, “connected car” developers come brandishing a three-pronged spear. One prong (and the most popular) is a fully tethered solution in which the network-connected smartphone is paired up with the car’s dashboard system to allow consumers to listen to online music and access Web information among other things. More than 90 million vehicles will feature technology to integrate smartphones by 2016, according to a study by Juniper Research, a wireless technology research firm based in Hampshire, U.K.   This number is rather remarkable given that automakers use proprietary protocols for in-vehicle electronics, so it is difficult for...
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