OrCam’s MyMe uses facial recognition to remember everyone you meet

Meet the Orcam MyMe, a tiny device that you clip on your T-shirt to help you remember faces. The OrCam MyMe features a small smartphone-like camera and a proprietary facial-recognition algorithm so that you can associate names with faces. It can be a useful device at business conferences, or to learn more about how you […]

Meet the Orcam MyMe, a tiny device that you clip on your T-shirt to help you remember faces. The OrCam MyMe features a small smartphone-like camera and a proprietary facial-recognition algorithm so that you can associate names with faces. It can be a useful device at business conferences, or to learn more about how you spend a typical day.

This isn’t OrCam’s first device. The company has been selling the MyEye for a few years. It’s a wearable device for visually impaired people that you clip to your glasses. Thanks to its camera and speaker, you can point your finger at some text and get some audio version of the test near your ear. It can also tell you if there’s somebody familiar in front of you.

OrCam is expanding beyond this market with a mass market product. It features the same technological foundation, but with a different use case. OrCam’s secret sauce is that it can handle face recognition and optical character recognition on a tiny device with a small battery — images are not processed in the cloud.

It’s also important to note that the OrCam MyMe doesn’t record video or audio. When the device detects a face, it creates a signature and tries to match it with existing signatures. While it’s not a spy camera, it still feels a bit awkward when you realize that there’s a camera pointed at you.

When there’s someone in front of you, the device sends a notification to your phone and smart watch. You can then enter the name of this person on your phone so that the next notification shows the name of the person you’re talking with.

If somebody gives you a business card, you can also hold it in front of you. The device then automatically matches the face with the information on the business card.

After that, you can tag people in different categories. For instance, you can create a tag for family members, another one for colleagues and another one for friends.

The app shows you insightful graphs representing your work-life balance over the past few weeks and months. If you want to quantify everything in your life, this could be an effective way of knowing that you should spend more time with your family for instance.

While the device isn’t available just yet, the company already sold hundreds of early units on Kickstarter. Eventually, OrCam wants to create a community of enthusiasts and figure out new use cases.

I saw the device at CES last week and it’s much smaller than you’d think based on photos. You don’t notice it unless you’re looking for the device. It’s not as intrusive as Google Glass for instance. You can optionally use a magnet if the clip doesn’t work with what you’re wearing.

OrCam expects to ship the MyMe in January 2020 for $399. It’s an impressive little device, but the company also faces one challenge — I’m not sure everyone feels comfortable about always-on facial recognition just yet.

Experiences at CES 2019: What We Saw and What We Learned

This year’s CES 2019 team at MakeUseOf ran eight members strong, and it was the perfect size to cover all the nooks and crannies of the event within the four days it ran. For half of us, CES 2019 was the very first CES we’ve ever experienced, while the rest of us have had a taste and already knew what to expect. We thought it’d be interesting to hear what our team thought of CES 2019 and what we took away from it as the booths wound down and came to a close. James Frew, Staff Writer CES’s reputation as…

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This year’s CES 2019 team at MakeUseOf ran eight members strong, and it was the perfect size to cover all the nooks and crannies of the event within the four days it ran. For half of us, CES 2019 was the very first CES we’ve ever experienced, while the rest of us have had a taste and already knew what to expect.

We thought it’d be interesting to hear what our team thought of CES 2019 and what we took away from it as the booths wound down and came to a close.

James Frew, Staff Writer

CES’s reputation as the world’s largest tech conference is well-established, so as I gathered my belongings for the trip to Las Vegas, I was prepared for an overwhelming experience. The airport was crammed with CES badge pickup booths, so I grabbed my badge and ventured on. This was one of the first times I’d met many of the MakeUseOf team, so even that in itself was worth the trip. I spent most of the conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, right across the street from our Airbnb. A casual stroll and I was surrounded by some of the newest products from many of the world’s largest technology companies.

I always try to keep a sense of wonder about how far the consumer tech industry has come in the past few decades, but at CES it was easy to feel jaded about the marginal improvements, excessive cost, and marketing gimmicks. That said, looking past the noise, I did find some products that made me genuinely excited. While many of my colleagues had to venture to the other CES venues, I was able to spend most of my time in the largest and experienced some of the best CES had to offer.

Dan Price, Senior Writer

Throngs of people, endless noise, bright lights, and a desire to keep going back for more. Not the casinos of Las Vegas, but the CES technology show which has been in town all week.

CES isn’t for the faint hearted. The traffic is terrible, the lines for public transport stretch as far as the eye can see, and you need elbows made of steel if you want to force your way to the front of the most popular booths.

But in typical Las Vegas style, it also has a strange attraction. Just ask the people who queued for more than two hours to play Google’s gumball machine. The dream? To win a Pixel 3. The reality? Most people walked away with a hat.

Covering the show from a media standpoint also brought its own challenges. The free lunches were surprisingly good. The number of plug sockets and ethernet points, less so.

And what about the tech itself? At one end of the scale, it’s awe-inspiring. Beautiful new laptops, cutting-edge haptics technology, and the latest developments in VR all caught the eye. At the other end, companies selling “unique” iPhone cases in bulk don’t exactly inspire excitement.

So as the world’s tech community spends the next two weeks recovering from “CES-itis” (yes, we all got sick), many people will be left wondering why they even bothered, vowing never to return. But come January 2020, will we all be back? You bet.

Ben Stegner, Deputy Editor

CES 2019 was the first time I’ve experienced a show like this. I expected cutting-edge technology you can’t find anywhere else. In reality, a fair bit of the products on display were copycats of items we’ve seen before, or cheap junk that you’d walk past at your local mall. But there’s something about being here that’s really special.

Cruising the confusing show floor and navigating the app’s map to find the booths you’ve bookmarked, then interviewing the rep and furiously taking notes, is quite a process. But flashing your media badge to waltz into the lounge and get your posts written is a cool feeling. The free lunch helps, too.

As expected, there is some mind-blowing tech to see here. It’s so far off and too expensive to even think about using it in the near future, but cool to see the latest innovations. My favorite products of this show were standard products redone with a focus on making them easy for non-techy people. For instance, we saw a portable hotspot that had  great app and simple setup process, as well as new routers with a great app for managing your network.

I’m honored to have been at CES. Finally meeting people who I’ve worked with for nearly five years but never met in person is exciting, and we’ve had such a great time together. My expectations were pretty much met, and I’m glad I came.

Dave LeClair, Hardware News Editor

Last year I wrote a whole article about how underwhelmed I was by everything I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show. In spite of that, I actually came away from this year’s show with a fairly positive outlook on where the technology world is going.

Sure, a lot of what’s out there isn’t coming anytime soon, but this year we saw some pretty impressive advancements in the VR space that are actually available now. We saw drones that work underwater, haptic feedback that’s actually being used in real-world applications, and plenty more. Plus, we’re seeing the early stages of 8K, which could be a game-changer for the home entertainment world.

So while I wasn’t necessarily blown away by much at CES, I can definitely say that I wasn’t underwhelmed either. I’m even more excited to see what 2019 holds. Plus, I got to spend some quality time with my fellow MakeUseOf writers, and that blows away anything on the show floor.

Joel Lee, Editor in Chief

If CES 2019 has confirmed anything for me, it’s to never judge a book (or booth) by its cover. Walking through the show floors each day, it’s amazing how often we were drawn to flashy and impressive booths only to be disappointed by what we found there. In fact, my favorite finds were at some of the most regular-looking booths.

Take underwater drones, for example. One company—the one with a bright and inviting booth—wooed us with their yet-unreleased drone that could dive to a depth up to 40 meters with a slated release price of $2,500. A few steps over, in the most depressing booth I saw at this year’s CES, another company showed off their already-available drone that dove down to 100 meters and had a price tag of $1,500.

This is the kind of thing that happened all throughout the event, with some of our most favorite finds—such as the Jabra Elite 85h wireless noise-canceling headphones—tucked away in the lesser-walked halls of CES.

What a fantastic time we had. So much walking, so much ooh-ing and ah-ing, so many moments of intrigue and novelty. But it was a good wake-up call for me: stop going with the flow and learn to take a step back, to look beyond the surface of what’s presented. Be willing to give the benefit of the doubt, because you never know what you’ll find if you just give that booth a chance.

And it should go without saying, but we have the best team in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed every single day spent with my colleagues, who quickly became my friends.

Tina Sieber, Chief of Operations

2019 was my second CES and my sixth technology trade show overall (3 x IFA and 1 x CeBit). At IFA, the European CES, once the media days are over, the show is open to the public. You’ll see families with kids and groups of teenagers roaming the show floors. Not so at CES.

CES is hardcore business, kids are banned, and the audience is overwhelmingly male. This was a bit of a culture shock for me in 2018. In 2019, however, I noticed a small shift, with more women among the audience. And according to official numbers, four out of nine keynote speakers were women, compared to zero in 2017 and 2018. Progress.

Having family in Vegas (of all places), I’ve come here every few years since I was a kid and it feels like a different city every time. With CES in town, Vegas is even more overwhelming than on a “normal” day. The traffic is insane, the exhibition is packed, and unless you know what you want to see, the amount of mesmerizing tech might leave you paralyzed.

It’s also impossible to see all of CES, even if you’re well organized. While most new products I saw only received incremental improvements, I’m in awe at how close technology has come to the SciFi dreams of my childhood. Drones and robots, man!  I’m also most easily impressed by simple products, which is why my favorite item at CES 2019 was a laptop stand.

Thanks to the size of the venues, we easily hit our 10 thousand steps a day and by the end of day 3, my body invoiced me. Like many others who spent a week with poor sleep and rubbing elbows with more than 180 thousand people, I caught a cold. It cost me a night of playing board games with my colleagues.

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The 10 Coolest New Products at CES 2019

While we went to CES last year, this was the first year MakeUseOf covered CES in a serious capacity. We went and walked the show floors at all of the venues over all four days of the event, and we saw a lot of cool stuff—and a lot of not-so-impressive rubbish. Here’s a rundown of our coolest findings, including an invisible laptop stand, a headband that measures concentration levels, and a wall-sized TV that can shrink on-demand depending on what you’re watching. 1. Ultrahaptics An invisible floating shape in mid-air that you can press, manipulate, and interact with? Sounds cool,…

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While we went to CES last year, this was the first year MakeUseOf covered CES in a serious capacity. We went and walked the show floors at all of the venues over all four days of the event, and we saw a lot of cool stuff—and a lot of not-so-impressive rubbish.

Here’s a rundown of our coolest findings, including an invisible laptop stand, a headband that measures concentration levels, and a wall-sized TV that can shrink on-demand depending on what you’re watching.

1. Ultrahaptics

An invisible floating shape in mid-air that you can press, manipulate, and interact with? Sounds cool, right?

That’s what Ultrahaptics brought to CES 2019. Yes, they’ve been at CES for a few years now, but each time the company’s tech takes a giant leap forward. This year, it had advanced sufficiently to allow users to control the entire center console of a car. That includes the fans, music, GPS, and temperature.

The number of supported gestures has also increased significantly. Last year, only broad hand gestures were recognized and little else. This year, Ultrahaptics can also recognize pinches, swipes, mic drops, and more.

But it’s the underlying haptics technology that excites us the most. The number of implementations are near-endless. Keep reading to learn how it’s also being used in the VR world.

Contributed by Dan Price.

2. MOFT Invisible Laptop Stand

Startups and crowdfunded products are a staple at CES, with IndieGoGo having a particularly prominent presence. I was lucky to receive one of these products to try out.

The MOFT is an invisible laptop stand, currently available on Kickstarter for USD 14. It holds up to 18 pounds and fits anything from a tablet to a 15.6” laptop. You can prop up your laptop at either a 15° or 25° angle. When not in use, integrated magnets ensure the MOFT remains flush against the back of your laptop. On our unit, however, the magnets appear to be missing.

MOFT attaches to the back of your laptop using an adhesive similar to the one you might know from phone grips, like the PopSocket. You can remove and reattach it up to 100 times. I can’t imagine using my phone without a grip anymore and the MOFT is proving to be equally useful for my laptop.

Contributed by Tina Sieber.

3. Sense Arena VR

As you might expect, virtual reality was a huge part of CES 2019. Between the hardware itself and a slew of software demos, it felt like something related to virtual reality was looming around every corner.

One particular virtual reality demo that knocked me off my feet was the Sense Arena hockey training system. I started playing hockey 22 years ago, and this VR system completely shocked me with how well it was able to replicate the experience of being on the ice practicing.

The system is designed to allow a player to do thousands of repetitions without the risk that would come from being on the rink. It’s all about building muscle memories, and it really feels like it will work.

Between the haptic feedback from the special stick and the authentic visuals, this is a demo that justifies the existence of reality for the world of sports.

Contributed by Dave LeClair.

4. Bosch Driverless Shuttle

Image Credit: Bosch

German electronics manufacturer Bosch had their vision of the future prominently on display at CES this year. Autonomous vehicles have been widely touted as the future of transportation, but it seems more likely that shared, autonomous public transportation will replace single-occupancy vehicles.

Bosch’s concept electric driverless shuttle can hold up to four people and is equipped with Wi-Fi and other connected services.

Although the vehicle was only a concept at this stage, Bosch intends to develop and integrate all services for autonomous transport and ride-hailing. The shuttle would be equipped with cameras that can identify if a passenger has left anything in the vehicle, and can arrange for the vehicle to be cleaned when necessary.

Contributed by James Frew.

5. The Wall by Samsung

TV technology had advanced a fair bit in the last decade or so—just consider how 4K TVs with HDR are now affordable for pretty much everyone. I wasn’t impressed by the 8K TVs we saw at CES (without a side-by-side comparison, it’s hard to see a difference from 4K) but The Wall is something really crazy.

It’s essentially a full-screen TV that can scale to any resolution or size on-demand. So you could enjoy a cinematic movie with the screen at ceiling-to-floor size, then set it to a wide and short format to display digital art later.

I’d love to see The Wall interact with different games and movies, like zooming in for a moment when you jump off a ramp in a racing game or similar action. This feels like an all-new type of display instead of the small iterations we’ve seen lately.

Of course, this product won’t be out for some time and it will likely cost tens of thousands of dollars when it’s new. Though it’s just a cool concept at the moment, I find the idea of a screen that adapts to whatever you need in the moment really slick.

Contributed by Ben Stegner.

6. Dell XPS 13

It’s hard to definitively say which was the “best” new laptop at CES. However, from a purely personal perspective, it was Dell’s new XPS 13 which impressed me the most.

The XPS 13 is a seriously sexy device. Indeed, it’s easy to argue that Dell is taking the fight to Apple when it comes to building the most beautiful laptops on the market.

Of course, the big attraction is the death of “nostril cam”; Dell has finally found a way to place the cam above the screen while retaining the ultra-thin bezels.

But the XPS 13 is about more than new cameras. The high-spec models pack in 16GB or RAM, a 3,840 x 2,160-pixel touchscreen, and up to 2 TB of storage.

Prediction: This one is going to fly off the shelves.

Contributed by Dan Price.

7. Skyroam Virtual SIM

Anyone who travels a lot knows that staying connected can be a challenge. If you’re tired of switching out SIM cards or paying an arm and a leg for data plans (eh, Canada?), you know what I’m talking about. Here’s a product that could solve those issues once and forever.

Skyroam, also known for Solis, the portable data hotspot, has partnered with a chip manufacturer to build hardware that supports its virtual SIM. With SIMO, you will benefit from Skyroam’s collective buying power and get data packages at highly competitive prices wherever you go. All you need is a phone with the right hardware and Skyroam’s app to purchase data plans on the go.

Unfortunately, SIMO hasn’t rolled out beyond Indonesia yet. While no timeline is available, the next markets Skyroam is targeting are the Americas and India.

Contributed by Tina Sieber.

8. OBSBOT

Another product that felt like it had some pretty serious implications on the future was the OBSBOT. It’s a small camera that acts as an automated camera person. For anyone who wants to create content without a friend to shoot them, this could be a big deal.

Basically, once you assign a subject to the camera, it’s able to track that person in 360-degrees, meaning it functions a lot like a human holding a camera would. It uses simple hand gestures to change shooting modes, which makes it easy to control even from a distance. For content creators who want to work alone, OBSBOT is definitely a device worth keeping an eye on.

OBSBOT is scheduled to hit Kickstarter on January 15, so we’re sure to find out more information about it then. However, unlike many products seeking crowdfunding, we were able to actually use the OBSBOT, and it worked exactly as advertised. Even with the immense amount of people walking between me and the device, OBSBOT never once lost sight of me.

Contributed by Dave LeClair.

9. BrainCo FitFocus

Focus can be hard to achieve, and there have been many products over the years promising to get you in the zone. The latest innovation comes from BrainCo. The company was at CES, showcasing their newest product, the FocusFit; an EEG headband designed to determine your level of focus.

The headband sits over the top of your forehead and behind your ears, a bit like a pair of glasses but higher up. The rear of the left-side has sensors to measure your brain activity, and an algorithm turns that into a measure of focus. BrainCo pictures you using the headband pre-workout to improve your concentration.

The headband connects to the FitFocus app, and once you achieve the desired level of focus, a video will begin to play. You can then start a workout from the optimal level of attention. Post-workout put the band back on, and you’ll be guided through a meditation to close out your session.

Contributed by James Frew.

10. Nubia Smartphones

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Nubia showcased their new phones the dual-screen Nubia X and the gaming phone the Red Magic Mars. Although my previous experience with Android-based Nubia UI smartphones was less than favorable, these two new phones offered some hardware features in a market that has begun to stagnate.

The Nubia X is a dual-screen phone, with the standard screen on the front and a secondary one on the rear of the device. Switching between the two screens is as simple as squeezing the side of the phone. The Nubia X screens can either operate independently of one another, with separate apps running on each screen, or you can choose to have the same screen appear on each display. Sadly, only one screen can be enabled at any one time.

The Red Magic Mars is optimized for gaming, and while its hard to tell whether the on-device support will fully materialize, the aesthetic of the phone is enchanting. Gaming accessories often included customizable LEDs, and the Red Magic Mars offers such a strip along the middle of the rear-side. It’s a small touch, but when coupled with the in-built gaming controllers, accessed by gripping the sides of the phone, it makes the Red Magic Mars a potentially excellent gaming phone.

Contributed by James Frew.

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Huawei’s MediaPad M5 Lite Kiddie Tablet Might Be a Bust

Photograph of the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite at CES 2019

Huawei’s latest MediaPad tablet, the M5 Lite, is for both children and adults. But its $300 price tag might not be worth it. The main selling point of the MediaPad M5 Lite is that it offers parents and children a single device for all their tablet needs. For parents, the M5 Lite includes adequate specifications in the Kirin 659 chipset, 3/4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage space. For children, the M5 Lite offers three features: First, it includes a blue light filter that reduces the emission of blue and ultraviolet light (which can damage a child’s eyes or cause insomnia)….

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Photograph of the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite at CES 2019

Huawei’s latest MediaPad tablet, the M5 Lite, is for both children and adults. But its $300 price tag might not be worth it.

Photograph of Huawei booth at CES 2019

The main selling point of the MediaPad M5 Lite is that it offers parents and children a single device for all their tablet needs. For parents, the M5 Lite includes adequate specifications in the Kirin 659 chipset, 3/4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage space. For children, the M5 Lite offers three features:

First, it includes a blue light filter that reduces the emission of blue and ultraviolet light (which can damage a child’s eyes or cause insomnia). Blue light filters aren’t new. The first Blue Light filters, like the Twilight for Android, came out years ago. It’s only over the past few years have filters come to tablets at the firmware level. Before you’d have to install an application.

Second, it offers a sandboxing  feature which allows parents to control content, usage time, eye-to-screen distance using an infrared camera, and more. The sandboxing software also prevents children from accessing purchasing features, without parental permission.

Photograph of the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite kid friendly area

The Kirin 659 system-on-a-chip comes from a subsidiary of Huawei. The processor includes eight cores derived from ARM’s versatile, high-efficiency Cortex-A53 architecture in what’s known as a big.LITTLE configuration. big.LITTLE isn’t a true eight core platform. It runs four cores at a low frequency and four at their highest and then a “governor” attempts to use the efficient cores for light tasks and the powerful cores for heavier duties. While this design performs well, the processor is not first-and-foremost a performance SoC but rather one aimed at cost effectiveness and power efficiency.

Photograph of the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite hardware buttons

Overall, the processor does not belong in a $300 tablet. And there are better products in the 10.1-inch space, such as the 2018 version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A. However, for those who want a single device for themselves and their children, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite might satisfy their needs.

Is the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Child-Proof?

The first questions you might ask about the M5 Lite are whether or not it can resist a spill, drop, or accidental immersion in a fish tank. The answer to all of these questions is “no”. While Huawei representatives claimed the tempered glass covering the Huawei was “extra tough” and that it offers water resistance, it’s unlikely to be any more durable than other 10.1-inch tablets. And without a special case, the M5 Lite’s aluminum body will warp and distort when dropped on a corner.

Photograph of the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Parental Controls

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Tablet: Potentially Overpriced

The $300 that Huawei is charging for a Full High Definition LCD screen, with parental filter controls, blue light filters, and sandboxing for children may not match the value offered by other platforms, particularly Amazon’s HD 10 tablet (which we strongly endorse because it comes with a ruggedized Children’s Edition). We’ll know more when the MediaPad M5 Lite releases in the US in late January.

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D-Link Introduces the 5G NR Router and Exo Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

D-Link Exo Mesh Routers CES 2019 Featured

At CES 2019, D-Link presented a new series of Exo mesh-enabled smart Wi-Fi routers that come preinstalled with a McAfee security suite. D-Link also introduced its first 5G router. EXO Mesh Wi-Fi Routers A mesh Wi-Fi router spreads the network across one or more access points to cover a wider area. This is helpful for users who either have a large property or struggle with Wi-Fi-blocking obstacles, such as concrete walls or ceilings. In contrast to non-mesh Wi-Fi extenders, which create multiple separate networks, a mesh Wi-Fi network is a unified network, meaning you can seamlessly move between different access points. The five…

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D-Link Exo Mesh Routers CES 2019 Featured

At CES 2019, D-Link presented a new series of Exo mesh-enabled smart Wi-Fi routers that come preinstalled with a McAfee security suite. D-Link also introduced its first 5G router.

EXO Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

D-Link Exo Mesh Routers CES 2019

A mesh Wi-Fi router spreads the network across one or more access points to cover a wider area. This is helpful for users who either have a large property or struggle with Wi-Fi-blocking obstacles, such as concrete walls or ceilings. In contrast to non-mesh Wi-Fi extenders, which create multiple separate networks, a mesh Wi-Fi network is a unified network, meaning you can seamlessly move between different access points.

The five Exo routers in the new series support 10 or more access points. The number isn’t limited, but D-Link told us that it hadn’t tested more. At D-Link’s test house, this setup covered around five thousand square feet, but your results will vary depending on your environment.

The lower-end Exo AC1300 is a dual-band router, while the high-end AC3200 features tri-band Wi-Fi.

For ease of use, the Exo routers use a WPS switch for Wi-Fi Protected Setup. The problem with this convenient solution is that anyone with access to the button could gain access to your network. So make sure to secure your router to prevent unsolicited access.

McAfee Security Suite

All Exo routers give you a free five-year subscription to McAfee’s cloud-based, machine learning-enabled security suite.

The software comes pre-installed on all routers in this series. It protects every connected device from external threats, using McAfee’s global threat intelligence, which can learn and adapt to emerging threats.

Users can manage their network security, including parental control settings or blacklisting of websites, via McAfee’s app.

The expected release date for these new Exo routers is Q2 2019 and the prices will range between $170 and $190. Access points are sold separately and will cost up to $100.

5G NR Router

D-Link 5G NR Router CES 2019

D-Link also showcased a 5G router. 5G mobile internet is all the rage at CES this year. Besides faster mobile internet, the promise is that 5G could replace traditional wired broadband internet.

With the 5G NR, you won’t need a traditional ISP. D-Link expects that mobile internet service providers will outfit routers with in-built SIM cards and sell them directly to consumers. At this point, the company is not planning to release an unlocked version of the 5G NR, though they said it would depend on user demand. D-Link also couldn’t comment on prices for 5G “home” internet plans.

A potential advantage of a 5G home internet router is that you can take it with you wherever you go and connect to 5G, provided your ISP provides a 5G network. In other words, you might not have to change your ISP when you move.

The expected release for the 5G NR is Q3 or Q4 2019. Should it get it as fast as you can? Not unless 5G is available where you live.

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TiVo’s upcoming tvOS app will let you watch live and recorded television on your Apple TV

TiVo’s tvOS software will permit customers to watch live or recorded video on additional televisions in their home without having to invest in separate TiVo Mini extender boxes.

Apple TV could have been the ultimate set-top box if only Apple’s engineers equipped it with DVR capabilities and cable input so we could also watch and record live television. TiVo’s new software for Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku should help fix that, to a certain extent.... Read the rest of this post here


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TiVo’s upcoming tvOS app will let you watch live and recorded television on your Apple TV

TiVo’s tvOS software will permit customers to watch live or recorded video on additional televisions in their home without having to invest in separate TiVo Mini extender boxes.

Apple TV could have been the ultimate set-top box if only Apple’s engineers equipped it with DVR capabilities and cable input so we could also watch and record live television. TiVo’s new software for Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku should help fix that, to a certain extent.... Read the rest of this post here


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USB-C Chargers Just Got Amazing: Meet GANfast Charging

Photo of the GaNFast Booth at CES 2019

USB-C chargers just got smaller, and more efficient, thanks to Navitas Semiconductor‘s revolutionary and bleeding-edge technology: GaNFast. It’s not available tomorrow. You can buy it right now from Amazon or other online retailers. The acronym/portmanteau “GaN-Fast” stands for two things: the first part, “GaN” stands for gallium nitride, which is a semiconductor or a material that falls somewhere between a conductor and an insulator. Generally speaking, materials that can conduct and resist with minimal waste heat production make for ideal transistors in power supplies and chargers. That’s in theory. In reality, Navitas’s implementation of GaNFast reduces power consumption by a…

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USB-C chargers just got smaller, and more efficient, thanks to Navitas Semiconductor‘s revolutionary and bleeding-edge technology: GaNFast. It’s not available tomorrow. You can buy it right now from Amazon or other online retailers.

The acronym/portmanteau “GaN-Fast” stands for two things: the first part, “GaN” stands for gallium nitride, which is a semiconductor or a material that falls somewhere between a conductor and an insulator. Generally speaking, materials that can conduct and resist with minimal waste heat production make for ideal transistors in power supplies and chargers. That’s in theory. In reality, Navitas’s implementation of GaNFast reduces power consumption by a whopping 40% over the current generation of silicon transistors.

Photograph of the GaNFast Integrated Circuit

The “Fast” part refers to its compatibility with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 specification, which allows for faster charging. GaNFast also works with the non-proprietary Power Delivery specification, which is common among USB Type-C equipped laptops and some smartphones. (Chargers shouldn’t output Power Delivery and Quick Charge over the same port, since this can cause a potentially device breaking power output).

Anker’s Atom PD 1 USB-C Charger (27-Watt)

Photograph of the products currently using GaNFast Technology

For example, Anker’s PD 1 27-watt USB-C charger packs 27-watts of charging output into a a cube that’s about 1.6 x 1.8 x 1.5-inches. It’s 40% smaller than the stock Apple charger that outputs a similar amount of energy. The charger isn’t yet available for purchase although it will arrive very soon.

Anker did tease the impending release of two other chargers, including a dual USB-C charger and a dual USB-A (the older standard) combined with a dual USB-C charger.

Innergie GaNFast USB-C Charger (65-watt)

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The highest wattage USB-C charger with GaNFast technology is the Innergie 60C with GaNFast. Out of the three companies with GaNFast chargers on the market, Innergie’s pedigree is the strongest.

The powerhouse designer behind Innergie is Delta Electronics Group which makes power supplies for most of today’s laptop manufacturers. If Delta makes a power supply, it almost certainly meets the standards set by USB-IF.

RAVPower GaN USB-C Charger (45-watt)

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RAVPower also produces a USB-C charger based on GaNFast technology. Instead of packing Navitas’ circuitry into a cube-shaped USB-C charger, RAVPower chose to use a thinner profile at 15mm thick. It provides 45-watts of power, similar to the Innergie 55cc USB-C charger and Navitas’ Mu One charger.

It’s among the thinnest chargers out there, although because it integrates the electrical prongs into the body of the charger, it makes it difficult plugging it into overloaded surge protectors.

Future of USB Type-C Chargers?

Gallium nitride stands a chance of replacing silicon in transistors. There is another technology known as silicon carbide which offers similar characteristics as GaN transistors. However, it is not available yet in consumer applications.

Photograph of interative GaNFast designs

The difference between the two technologies is that GaN is here now. In the short term, GaN technology offers manufacturers  a way to produce power supplies that are smaller, more efficient, and less prone to overheating. But power supplies (and transistors) are found in all modern electronics. GaN may just revolutionize our devices, particularly the larger power supplies found in desktop computers and laptop charging bricks.

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Jabra Elite 85h: The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones at CES 2019

Jabra, once best known for their range of business audio accessories, has been branching out into the consumer audio space in recent years. Their ambition has never been more evident than at CES 2019, where they took to the floor to showcase their latest noise-canceling over-ear headphones, the Elite 85h. At first glance, it’s hard not to be impressed with the headphone’s design. Although the form is always the same, Jabra has made the Elite 85h stand out, not with loud colors, but with a subtle and elegant design. Even the outside of the earcups has been covered in wind-resistant…

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Jabra, once best known for their range of business audio accessories, has been branching out into the consumer audio space in recent years. Their ambition has never been more evident than at CES 2019, where they took to the floor to showcase their latest noise-canceling over-ear headphones, the Elite 85h.

At first glance, it’s hard not to be impressed with the headphone’s design. Although the form is always the same, Jabra has made the Elite 85h stand out, not with loud colors, but with a subtle and elegant design. Even the outside of the earcups has been covered in wind-resistant colored fabric, rather than the more traditional metal or plastic finishes.

They are available in Black, Titanium Black, Gold Beige, and Navy, with all colors making the headphones look understated but smart. The earcups themselves are shaped like ovals, rather than circles so that they remain comfortable to wear over long periods.

The Elite 85h come equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) but are still able to deliver an incredible 32 hours of battery life with ANC enabled. If you forget to turn off your headphones, the Elite 85h have on-ear detection and will automatically power down when you aren’t wearing them.

The noise cancellation is achieved using internal and external microphones on the headphone’s earcups. The external mics pick up the sound around you and cancel it out before it interrupts your listening. There are also microphones inside the earcups which will cancel the noises created inside, like the earpads rubbing against your skin.

The level of detail the ANC can detect means that the Elite 85h has some of the best noise cancellation performance on the market. That would be impressive on its own, but Jabra have teamed up with audEERING, an AI audio technology company, to detect the noise environment and automatically switch the noise cancellation profiles accordingly. These profiles can be customized with the Jabra Sound+ app, with default profiles including commute, in public, and in private.

Along with nearly every product showcased at CES this year, the Elite 85h come with support for smart voice assistants. Fortunately, Jabra hasn’t pinned all their hopes on just one ecosystem. The Elite 85h integrate with Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa so no matter which of the mainstream smart assistants you use, you should be covered.

The headphones are rain-resistant with IP52 dust and rain resistance, so a spot of rain shouldn’t ruin your day either. If you register for the free two-year Jabra warranty, all dust and rain damage will be covered for the duration too.

As someone who has reviewed many headphones, including noise cancellation favorites like the Bose QC 35 II, the audio quality was something I was eager to test. Jabra had set up a closed booth for the Elite 85h demos at CES. Although this sounds like a way of controlling the environment to best showcase the headphone’s performance, they used the closed space to play pre-recorded background noise from a busy train, and London’s Victoria railway station.

During the test, it was hard not to be overwhelmed by just how clear the audio sounded. The headphones were immensely comfortable to wear, and they felt light and unobtrusive. When the background noises were changed, the AI would recognize the new landscape within 15 seconds, and adjust to the new profile. This proved to be the case each time the environment changed.

I didn’t attend CES expecting to be blown away by anything I saw, but with the Elite 85h, Jabra may have found a way to displace the Bose QC 35 at the top of my list. The headphones will be available from April 1st, 2019, priced at $299.

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Unnecessary Tech: LavvieBot Unveils a Smart Toilet for Cats at CES

What’s the worst part of owning a cat? The hair? The smell? The scratch marks? Maybe. But for many people, it’s the cleaning out the litter box. If you’re a poop-adverse cat lover, PurrSong might have the answer for you. At CES 2019, the South Korean company unveiled a self-cleaning litter box called LavvieBot.   LavvieBot isn’t the smallest device in the world—it’s at least two-feet tall and more than a foot wide, but it’s well designed and looks sleek, meaning it won’t look out of place in most people’s living rooms and kitchens. The device is only available in…

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What’s the worst part of owning a cat? The hair? The smell? The scratch marks? Maybe. But for many people, it’s the cleaning out the litter box.

If you’re a poop-adverse cat lover, PurrSong might have the answer for you. At CES 2019, the South Korean company unveiled a self-cleaning litter box called LavvieBot.

 

LavvieBot isn’t the smallest device in the world—it’s at least two-feet tall and more than a foot wide, but it’s well designed and looks sleek, meaning it won’t look out of place in most people’s living rooms and kitchens. The device is only available in white.

The device cleans the litter box with a rake, storing the waste in an internal bag which you’ll only need to empty once every couple of weeks. The litter is refilled from a 6.5-liter storage bin.

The litter box pairs with a smartphone app that’s available on both Android and iOS. You can use the app to set the cleaning intervals, and you can even receive an alert when your cat uses the tray. LavvieBot is also Amazon Dash-enabled; you can order more litter with a single press of a button.

The device can track your cat’s weight over time, and it can distinguish between multiple cats in your household.

PurrSong’s biggest competitor is Litter Robot, but LavvieBot has some notable benefits. For starters, Litter Robot is bigger. It also can’t refill the litter box, and the design isn’t as neat.

Sadly, if you own a Maine Coon or Savannah cat, the LavvieBot is not for you—those breeds are above the maximum weight.

You might also have second thoughts if your cat is old or has weak legs. The litter entry point is 16-inches above ground. In a worst-case scenario, you can supply a ladder or cushion to aid entry.

LavvieBot will start its crowdfunding campaign in May 2019. The rep suggested a price tag of around $380.

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