The Artwork Of Blue Moon Displayed In On- Premise Accounts
Blue Moon’s beers are works of art, so they chose a method of branding that is reflective of Blue Moon Seasonal and regional artwork. The branded paintings on canvas are reproduced digitally by Heritage Sign and Display. The artwork is instantly recognizable-a welcome dash of color for on premise accounts.
The hand painted version of the artwork is reproduced on canvas and stretched to produce gallery quality canvas prints. This beautifully crafted canvas will add the “Artfully crafted” feel of Blue Moon to any establishment. The prints featured both recognizable regional images as well as seasonal bottle artwork. The Blue Moon Seasonal and regional artwork was produced by Heritage Sign and Display, Nesquehoning PA. (Web Site) www.popsigns.com
LG Smart TV Platform Alliance Formed With GoPro Video Entertainment
GoPro, enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, has launched its GoPro Channel app exclusively for LG Smart TVs. The alliance between GoPro and LG Electronics USA capitalizes on LG’s webOS Smart TV technology available on 2015 and 2014 4K ULTRA HD, OLED and FULL HD TVs to deliver the immersive imagery that is a hallmark of the GoPro video experience. LG Smart TV owners can stream more than 400 hours of compelling GoPro high-definition videos on-demand, including stunning content shot on the HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro camera ever. Access to 4K content is anticipated in future updates to the Channel. The new app allows LG Smart TV users to immerse themselves in the world of GoPro with just the click of the LG Magic remote.
Zipcar Partners With Vermont Department Of Tourism For Joint Marketing Campaign
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has introduced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to encourage Zipcar members to take “Zip Trips” to the state. The partnership comes on the heels of a fun, interactive marketing campaign that asked voters on social media to determine “Who Taps it Best?” — Vermonters who tap their abundance of maple trees to create 100 percent pure Vermont Maple Syrup or Zipcar members who tap their Zipcards on over 10,000 vehicles around the world to begin a Zip Trip.
In late 2014, Zipcar released three online and television ads titled “I’d Tap That” which juxtaposed the colloquial meaning of the term against how one enters a Zipcar (by tapping one’s Zipcard on the vehicle windshield sensor) in a fun, tongue-in-cheek manner. After the success of the ads, Zipcar and Vermont entered into a mutually beneficial relationship kicked off by Michael Snyder, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, who feigned outrage over the ads in an effort to protect Vermont’s “National Reputation” as the leading tappers — to create Vermont maple syrup. Zipcar playfully responded with its own video, both of which can be found on www.zipcar.com/whotapsitbest.
“We are thrilled to be working with Vermont’s Department of Tourism and Marketing to encourage our Zipsters to visit the great ‘untapped’ tourism available to them in the State of Vermont,” said Brian Harrington, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Zipcar. “We hope that by promoting travel with a Zipcar vehicle, Northeast urbanites and university students will escape city or campus life and take advantage of all the fantastic, four-season destinations available to them in the Green Mountain State.”
Zipcar and the Department of Tourism and Marketing are working with a variety of well-known Vermont-based brands to incentivize Zipsters through unique discounts such as 10 percent off full-priced items at any Cabot store state-wide. The ‘Who Taps it Best’ Campaign was supported by Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s, which provided 50 free pints of ice cream to encourage voting, as well as the Woodstock Inn, which provided a two-night stay for the grand prize winner. Zipcar and Vermont have also agreed on a series of promotions to encourage travel to be rolled out in 2015, including discounts, deals and travel guides.
ALCATEL Introduces ONETOUCH Smartwatch
ALCATEL, one of the world’s largest smartphone brands, has introduced its ONETOUCH Smartwatch. In launching the watch, ALCATEL ONETOUCH creates a new market segment: the affordable smartwatch. While offering choices and styles, the ONETOUCH is also packed with sensors and apps that allow users to monitor daily activity, and connects to Android smartphones to control music, take photos, receive notifications and more.
Belkin Introduces New Line Of Mobile Accessories
Belkin® has introduced a new lineup of Belkin charging solutions including Qi™ Wireless Charging Pad, Power Pack 2000, MIXIT? Power Pack 4000; as well as new metallic colorways for the MIXIT? collection which includes auxiliary and charging cables, and home and car chargers. Belkin’s new solutions include the following: Qi™ Wireless Charging Pad (F8M741)-Using Qi-certified transmitting coils, the Wireless Charging Pad for the home seamlessly charges Samsung, Nokia, Qi-enabled smartphones, and other devices with a Qi-receiving battery shell or case without sacrificing charging speed; Power Pack 2000 (F8M980btBLK)-Portable backup charging solution for your mobile device; MIXIT? Power Pack 4000 (F8M979btBLK)-The portable charging solution, MIXIT? Power Pack 4000, enables users to charge two devices simultaneously via USB cable; MIXIT? Metallic Car Charger (F8M730), Car charger plugs directly into your car’s DC connector; MIXIT? Metallic Home Charger (F8M731)- Convenient charger plugs into AC outlets; as well as MIXIT?™ Metallic Lightning to USB Cable (F8J144); MIXIT? Metallic Micro-USB to USB Cable (F2CU021); and MIXIT? Metallic AUX Cable (AV10164).
Brookstone Introduces BodyForm Foam Roller
Brookstone, the innovative product development company and specialty retailer, takes traditional roller therapy to the next level by adding built-in vibration massage, providing relief to sore, tired muscles and making it easy for those who work out and those who work all day to take better care of themselves in 2015. Brookstone introduced the BodyForm® Foam Roller, combining vibration massage with the deep tissue massage of a traditional roller. The BodyForm Foam Roller is the first product launched by Brookstone in partnership with Dolvett Quince, fitness expert and lead trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”
Carrier Unveils Cor: A Smart Thermostat
Carrier has introduced the Cor™ smart thermostat, which fuses the convenience of smart device remote access with improved system efficiency. Through guided programming options, homeowners can maintain control of their home comfort system, or simply let the Cor thermostat do all the work for them. To maximize energy efficiency, the Cor thermostat offers advanced features like smart setback, which automatically determines the optimal temperature for home comfort and energy savings. Wi-Fi® connectivity, compatible with 802.11 b/g/n wireless routers, allows remote access to the Cor thermostat from virtually anywhere. Homeowners can wirelessly control home temperatures and energy savings via mobile and tablet apps. A comprehensive analysis of energy consumption is available through the online web portal.
“The word Cor is Latin for heart, and we have designed the Cor thermostat to be the heart of a smarter home,” said Matthew Pine, Carrier marketing director. “This innovative smart thermostat adapts to each home’s needs and system capabilities, continually updating itself and learning the ideal settings to ensure comfort and energy efficiency.”
CupUp Single Serve Coffees From Barnie’s Coffeekitchen® Introduced In Grocery Channel
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, a 34-year leader in specialty coffee, has introduced new CupUp single serve coffees in the grocery channel. This new premium line of Keurig-compatible single serve coffees are available to shoppers at four major grocers throughout the eastern United States. Several more retailers are expected to carry the line starting in Q1 2015. Publix and Winn-Dixie will offer multiple CupUp SKUs that include Barnie’s Blend® and proprietary flavored coffees such as Café Au Chocolat, Cool Café Blues® and the year-round best-selling Santa’s White Christmas®. CupUp capsules brew a café-quality cup of coffee with 30% more coffee than other leading brands and a patent-pending channel design. The new channel design of the capsule increases water circulation, producing a finer extraction of aroma and flavor. This new technology, combined with the additional amount of coffee, yields a cup of coffee that exceeds the gold cup standard – an internationally recognized quality measure. Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen leads the way in the single serve coffee category, offering the best quality cup of coffee available.
Continental Introduces Smartwatch Intelligent Key
With nearly two decades of experience, Continental has proven its expertise in connecting the car to the online world. Continental has introduced the Smart Watch – Intelligent Key. The smart watch as a car key is using Bluetooth to connect to Continental’s latest bidirectional remote key – also known as the gateway key. The gateway key works as an interface between the vehicle and the smart watch to transfer data (vehicle and diagnostics data, and user profile) to the vehicle. The smart watch is used as an operating device. Through an App, the driver can open or close the vehicle or exchange other information simply by using the display of the smart watch.
Dannon Launches Oikos® Triple Zero
Dannon has created a first-of-its-kind yogurt – new Oikos Triple Zero, which packs in 15 grams of protein with zero added sugar, zero artificial sweeteners and zero fat. In an effort to engage with a wider audience, the brand became the Official Yogurt of the NFL and introduced a product that appeals equally to both men and women, Oikos Triple Zero. Through these efforts, Dannon is changing the current market where yogurt is disproportionately consumed by women as compared to men.
“There aren’t many great choices for protein snacks that also have other important nutrients,” said Art D’Elia, Vice President of Marketing for Dannon. “As America’s largest yogurt maker, we have a commitment and an opportunity to help Americans live healthier lives through the food choices they make. Oikos Triple Zero does exactly that.”
D-Link Introduces Connected Home Hub
D-Link expanded its line of Home Automation solutions by introducing the Connected Home Hub, which plugs into an existing home network router to act as a centralized control for D-Link® Connected Home devices by integrating Wi-Fi and Z-Wave wireless technologies and using the mydlink® Home app for iOS® and Android® devices. The D-Link Connected Home Hub (DCH-G020) is AllSeen compatible and will support AllSeen compatible devices, such as AllSeen Wi-Fi lighting solutions. The D-Link Connected Home platform provides a proven, reliable and scalable platform that works across a wide range of devices for a complete home security and automation solution.
Garmin® epix™ Hands-Free Navigation Device Debuts
Garmin has introduced epix, the first-of-its-kind, rugged GPS mapping watch for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a hands-free navigator. Featuring a 1.4″ high-resolution color touchscreen, epix comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free 1-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, plus 8 GB of built-in memory for additional maps. Epix boasts an omni-directional EXO™ steel antenna with GPS and GLONASS support for a quick fix and accurate position, as well as traditional altimeter/barometer/compass functionality. Epix is also compatible with ANT+ sensors like heart rate monitors and Tempe™ temperature sensor for even more data. Additionally, epix supports the Connect IQ™ store for customization and smartwatch capabilities. With a full menu of outdoor and navigation features, epix allows users to not only track where they’ve been, but plan for what’s ahead, right from their wrist. Epix will be available for purchase in Q1 of 2015.
JBL Headphone With Motion Sensor Controls Introduced
HARMAN is introducing the world’s first in-ear Bluetooth headphones with motion sensor control, taking simplicity to a new level. The JBL Reflect Response™ BT and the JBL Synchros S210BT offer an elevated consumer experience, made possible by wave-to-control technology. The JBL Reflect Response BT frees your workout from distraction with the world’s first motion sensor sports earphones – controlled with a simple wave of the hand. JBL Reflect Response™ BT features a comfortable in-the-ear, behind-the-neck ergonomic sports design, complete with sweat-proof technology and JBL Signature Sound-making these perfect for any athlete. The headphones are available in the brilliant colors of red, blue, green and black to keep you stylish and include a reflective cable for outdoor activities at night. With the JBL Synchros S210BT, users benefit from wave-to-control technology that not only allows them to adjust volume and answer calls, but as an added benefit, it also offers superior audio as a result of the two-way hybrid driver design. Both the JBL Reflect Response™ BT and the JBL Synchros S210BT are designed with exclusive and patented ergonomics to ensure a secure fit that makes for hours of comfortable wear. Featuring a sleek, streamlined industrial design, these headphone earpieces will not fall out of ears when users are on the move or even during strenuous exercise. Bluetooth functionality provides up to eight hours of listening enjoyment.
LG Introduces LG Styler Clothing Care System
LG Electronics is introducing an updated, advanced version of its one-of-a-kind clothing management system, LG Styler. The impressively compact, more affordable LG Styler is designed to refresh clothes without water or detergents, providing an ideal solution for hard-to-maintain clothes such as suits, coats and sweaters. Equipped with a range of features not found on any washing machine, the latest LG Styler freshens up clothes and fabrics both quickly and conveniently. “The busier our lives become, the more difficult it is to take proper care of our wardrobe,” said Dave VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “Professional cleaning services are not only costly, but they can also harm your clothes over time. The LG Styler is a great complement to such services and helps consumers take greater control over their wardrobe, keeping coats, sweaters, blouses and other delicates looking and feeling their best.”
NETGEAR Debuts 4G LTE Mobile Internet With Rollover Data That Won’t Expire
NETGEAR®, a global networking company, is launching the only 4G LTE Mobile Internet offering in the U.S. that bundles a WiFi hotspot with data that won’t expire. Available now, the new NETGEAR Around Town™ Mobile Internet delivers WiFi where you want it – in the car, on the train, at your vacation home, at the soccer field – wherever you want to stay connected. The new WiFi hotspot comes with 1 gigabyte (GB) of rollover data.
Panasonic Debuts Gluten-Free Bread Maker
Panasonic unveiled its 2015 Bread Maker featuring a gluten-free baking mode. Unlike standard bread maker models which offer only one rise mode, the Panasonic Bread Maker offers a short-rise feature which enables users to also bake gluten-free foods using a wide range of recipes. “Leading a gluten-free lifestyle has become an increasingly popular direction for people seeking a healthier diet or managing digestive health issues,” said Denise Selman, Senior Product Manager – Small Appliances & Healthcare, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “We designed our latest Panasonic Bread Maker to offer consumers a convenient option to create fluffy and tasty gluten-free breads at home using their favorite recipes.”
Polaroid Debuts Line Of Easy To Use Dashcams
Polaroid has introduced a new line of easy to use automobile dash cameras. Not only does the range of Polaroid dashcams provide creditable documentation of events that occur on the road, acting as a personal eyewitness, but added safety features and warning systems provide an extra level of security for new and experienced drivers alike. Drivers are increasingly spending more time in their cars, with many of those hours clocked during busy rush hour commutes when accidents are more prone to occur. The Polaroid line of in-vehicle dashcams records in full 1080p HD to capture any incident in crisp, clear detail to help protect drivers in the event of an accident and to document what actually happened for insurance purposes. A built-in G-sensor automatically saves a recording when a collision is detected, and a GPS tracker records the location and speed, providing accurate data when an event occurs. Additionally, select models include added safety features such as a lane departure warning system, front collision warning system and speed limit indicator to help prevent incidents from occurring.
Swarovski And Misfit Introduces World’s First Solar-Powered Wearable
Misfit, maker of wearable and smart home products, has introduced Swarovski Shine, an exclusive collection of two new wearable products and nine unique, sparkling accessories, developed and designed by Swarovski and Misfit. The Swarovski Shine Collection reinterprets iconic Swarovski jewelry and introduces brand-new designs, all incorporating Swarovski’s signature crystal and Misfit’s wireless activity and sleep tracking technology, for a collection that is glamorous, modern, and versatile. Two new, fully waterproof wearables comprise the core of the Collection: a clear Swarovski Shine with a brilliant crystal face and a violet Swarovski Shine which uses a patented “energy crystal” technology to allow for efficient solar charging on a small surface to power itself. The latter is the world’s first wireless activity and sleep tracker that utilizes an energy harvesting technology to eliminate need for charging or replaceable batteries. Users simply expose Swarovski Shine to light to keep it charged. Both designs feature a large faceted crystal integrated into Misfit’s hardware, and automatically track steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep quality and duration.
Starbucks Launches Teavana Hot Brewed Teas In Starbucks Stores
Starbucks is inviting customers to explore and enjoy a new tea ritual with new Teavana® hot teas. For the first time, the vibrant flavors of Teavana teas are available for brewed to order hot teas at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can find the blend that suits their unique taste preferences from the selection of ten classic and best-selling teas, including green, chai, black and herbal teas. Not only are the new teas the perfect soothing warm-up for the cold winter months, hot brewed teas also have zero calories.
Whirlpool Introduces Smart Top Load Washer And Dryer
Whirlpool has introduced its Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer. This next generation connected top load pair delivers a home experience that is truly thoughtful and uses connected technology to not only better care for clothes, but enable families to help other families, load for load. Learning and adapting to family needs to deliver the best care possible, the laundry pair features: Custom wash cycles; an enhanced diagnostic tool to help resolve common user errors with easy how-to guides; seamless connection with the Nest Learning Thermostat™ to thoughtfully and intuitively enable users to prevent wrinkles in the dryer when they’re away and even activate quiet mode when they’re home.
Magellan Echo Fit Smart Sports Watch Is Latest Model In Popular Echo Series
Magellan is introducing its Echo Fit Smart Sports Watch, the latest addition to the company’s highly popular Echo Series. It is built rugged and water resistant to handle the demands of virtually any sport or physical activity. Echo Fit utilizes smartphone sports apps to their full potential by wirelessly sending real-time sports data to the user’s wrist; serves as a remote control for sports apps and music; and adds activity and sleep tracking, smartphone alerts and the advanced Magellan Active app to make syncing and storing data easy.
“As the latest addition to our Echo Series, the Echo Fit adds activity and sleep-tracking capabilities while continuing to solve the biggest problem of participating in a sport or exercise with a smartphone — conveniently viewing and controlling sports apps without interrupting the game or workout,” said Stig Pedersen, Magellan associate vice president of product management. “With the phone safely tucked away, Echo Fit becomes a powerful display, acts as a remote control, and saves smartphone battery life. No matter the sport or the activity, Echo Fit can meet the unique needs of each individual.”
LG Introduces G Flex2 Curved SmartPhone
LG Electronics continues to push the industry boundaries with the unveiling of the new G Flex2. The original G Flex earned positive reviews for its innovative design and outside-the-box thinking. One year later, the G Flex2 improves upon its predecessor in every way possible with a more advanced design, faster performance and most importantly, greater convenience. The LG G Flex2 boasts sleeker, more stylish curves and a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with Octa-Core 64-bit capable CPUs for a nimbler and smoother performance. Its 5.5-inch display gets a bump up to Full HD, while the updated software offers even more conveniences through all-new features such as Gesture View and Glance View. The G Flex2 goes beyond its predecessor’s groundbreaking 700mm radius curved profile. The new smartphone harmoniously incorporates a symphony of curves ranging from a radius of 400mm to 700mm across the front, back, sides and top-to-bottom edges. The dynamically curved layers deliver a sleeker and more dynamic look to G Flex2. The phone’s ergonomic design brings the microphone closer to the mouth, for better sound pickup compared to conventional smartphones which allow much more outside noise to enter the phone through the microphone.
New Panamax Power360 Series Protects And Powers Household Electronics
Now the legendary Panamax protection is available to all in the new Power360 series. This affordably priced retail product line is designed to protect and charge all electronic devices. Leading the way in the new Power360 Series is the Power360 Dock. This wall-mounted charging station delivers the Panamax “Circle of Protection” to connected devices while serving as a convenient USB charging station for smartphones and tablets. The 360 Dock turns a normal power outlet into a serious power station with six surge-protected 120V outlets plus two 2 amp USB charger feeding two ports. The ingenious design also features two precision slots on top of the unit that allows consumers to rest a smartphone or tablet while charging, reducing clutter and eliminating anxiety about charging cables being too short. The Power360 SIX power strip is designed for computer desks and home theater setups, providing six side-by-side surge protected outlets, an integrated 2 amp USB charger with two ports, plus a coaxial in/out connection that protects the signal for the cable or satellite box. For larger workstations, or areas with a lot of devices, the Power360 EIGHT combines eight surge-protected outlets with two detachable USB chargers, each with two ports for a total of four USB charging connections, plus the coaxial in/out for signal protection. It is shorter and wider than the SIX, and can similarly be mounted to a wall for convenience.
Polar A300 Activity Tracker Watch Introduced
Polar, the leading pioneer of heart rate monitors and wearable sports devices for fitness enthusiasts and athletes, has introduced its latest product, the Polar A300, which combines the most accurate heart rate monitoring technology with 24/7 activity tracking to create a new standard for fitness tracking devices. Designed for workouts and everyday use, the lightweight A300 looks and feels great. Interchangeable silicon wristbands in black, white, pink, blue, grey and yellow can be purchased separately and easily swapped to match any occasion. Further enhancing the unit’s everyday convenience, the A300 is waterproof for showering and even swimming.
“The Polar A300 is built for people who want to become fit or stay fit. We’re excited about the way in which the A300 seamlessly blends cutting-edge fitness technology with style,” said Herb Baer, President, Polar USA. “Fitness enthusiasts who want activity tracking, the most accurate heart rate training guidance and a great looking watch will love this innovative wearable sports device.”
PUMA And United Legwear Form New Kids Apparel Joint Venture
Global sport brand PUMA® and United Legwear & Apparel Co. are entering into a joint venture in North America for the production, sales, marketing, and distribution of PUMA children’s apparel from infant through boys’ size 20 and girls’ size 16. PUMA Kids Apparel NA’s first collection will launch at retail with the Spring/Summer 2015 line. Product design is heavily integrated into PUMA’s branding and culture, and ties back to the footwear and adult apparel lines as well as into PUMA’s extensive global marketing plans. Many pieces are neon bright with splashes of black, white, or grey, made with comfort/performance fabrics and features, and cut in fashion-forward silhouettes. Combined, these elements create a sleek, powerful look that accurately reflects PUMA’s new brand positioning: Forever Faster.
Seagate Wireless Introduces Storage Solutions For Mobile Devices
Seagate Technology, the pioneer in wireless storage, continues to grow its family of wireless storage solutions with the debut of Seagate® Wireless, a 500GB portable wireless drive designed for streaming and offloading of media from mobile devices. The new Seagate Wireless offers more space to carry everything consumers want on their mobile devices and alleviates the challenge of running out of storage space on smartphones and tablets. Seagate Wireless provides a solution to stream your favorite HD video on your Android Tablet or Smartphone, iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 computers and Windows RT tablets. The new Seagate Wireless drive comes in a range of vibrant colors. With space for up to 200 HD movies, people will never be without entertainment, even when on the road without Internet access. By freeing up precious space on people’s tablets and smart phones, the Seagate Wireless drive will become a mobile devices’ favorite companion. Enjoying saved content is now a social activity when using Seagate Wireless, which provides the capability to share the contents of the drive with streams for up to three connected devices simultaneously.
smanos K1 Smart Home Hub Introduced
smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is offering the smanos K1 SmartHome DIY Kit, featuring minimalistic elegance, self-installation and self-monitoring. The K1, the ultimate home automation and security center, is smanos’ latest wireless smart home gateway, combining butler- and guard-like functions into a stack of aesthetically pleasing round discs. The discs come with aluminum frames and texturized plastic surfaces, particularly designed for everyday wear and tear. smanos K1 connects to up to 50 wireless accessories with ease, and its intuitive operation both on-site and on the smartphone is a breeze. Users, young or seasoned, can rely on their basic senses to see, hear or touch to check if K1-enabled things at home are working properly. Such connected but wireless things include remote plugs/switches, locks, cameras, alarm detectors, environmental sensors and many more. “We’re thrilled to debut the smanos K1 SmartHome DIY Kit, and showcase our latest offerings to worldwide retail buyers and distributors,” said Ken Li, founder, CEO and Director of smanos.
OSRAM SYLVANIA Launches LIGHTIFY Connected Lighting Portfolio
North American lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA is unveiling OSRAM LIGHTIFY™ connected lighting kits, providing a portfolio of cost-effective indoor and outdoor lighting products that can be controlled and automated via an app on your mobile device to help you save energy, enhance comfort, personalize your environment, and experience joy and fun. LIGHTIFY is designed to empower creativity and personal control for consumers of all walks of life. With LIGHTIFY, consumers can complement their decor and decorate a living room or a child’s bedroom with colorful light, which is much easier than painting, and can dynamically change the atmosphere to suit a particular mood.
TheraBand™ Introduces Kinesiology Tape
New TheraBand™ Kinesiology Tape features best in class adhesion from Cramer Sports Medicine and an exclusive innovation from TheraBand- XactStretch™ visual elongation indicators for perfect application every time. This new product is the exciting result of ongoing innovation and Performance Health’s acquisition of Cramer Products, Inc. TheraBand Kinesiology Tape’s exclusive integrated stretch guides, XactStretch, eliminate misapplication, even for beginners and features Cramer’s best in class adhesion and durability. The product’s website, www.TheraBandKTape.com, provides access to the best kinesiology tape research library in existence, which is a collection of over 200 research abstracts including Performance Health studies, as well as demonstrations of the most common tape applications.
Toshiba Launches Industry’s First TransferJet Adapter
Toshiba Corporation has launched “TJM35420LT”, the industry’s first TransferJetTM adapter for iOS*2 devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod that is compliant with TransferJetTM close proximity wireless transfer technology. TransferJetTM is a close proximity wireless transfer technology standard promoted by the TransferJet Consortium. The technology provides simple connections and ultra-high speed data transfers with low power consumption, and works simply by bringing the two devices in the transfer into close proximity. Maximum data throughput is 375Mbps*3, and 100 MBytes of data can be transmitted in approximately three seconds. Users can use TransferJetTM after attaching the adapter to an iPhone, iPad or iPod with a Lightning connector and downloading the iOS app from the App Store. The adapter provides high speed file transfer throughput for large data sources, including movies and pictures. Users simply select the data file to be transferred on the screen of a mobile device and then “touch” the device against the receiving device.
WeMo Introduces New Home Sensors
WeMo® has introduced a group of new home sensors. Featuring a window and door sensor, personal keychain sensor, room motion sensor and alarm sensor, the WeMo sensors are designed to make the entire home smarter, more intuitive and more contextually aware. WeMo’s new home sensors allow users to monitor their entire home from anywhere using a mobile device and the WeMo Link, a Wi-Fi-to-Zigbee bridge that connects the sensors to the home’s wireless network. Subscription-free and a snap to install and use, the four new WeMo sensors provide peace of mind within the home and can alert users when things are amiss. Through the WeMo app, users can set schedules and receive alerts and notifications, as well as program the sensors as triggers to activate other WeMo devices. With a one-year battery life, WeMo Sensors provide long lasting home awareness.
White Castle® Unveils Veggie Slider
White Castle introduces its latest taste sensation with the Veggie Slider, available for a limited run for only 99 cents each. The Veggie Slider is a tasty Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger – chock full of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, broccoli and more – lightly seasoned, then grilled to perfection and placed on the signature Slider bun. Customers will have their choice of three tasty sauces: Honey Mustard, Ranch or Sweet Thai. “We are pleased to continue the tradition of offering customers what they crave – the highest quality food, served hot and tasty,” said Jamie Richardson, White Castle vice president. “The Veggie Sliders offer Cravers an incredible new taste experience that’s different from any other sandwich on our menu.”
Withings Introduces Activite Pop Activity Tracker
Withings, the leader in the connected health revolution, has revealed the new face of activity tracking with Activité Pop – an analog watch with a sophisticated activity and sleep tracker inside. Following on the heels of the Withings Activité watch, Activité Pop is innovating the space of wearable health trackers by making the convergence of fashion and mobile technology accessible to everyone. Activité Pop joins its predecessor in a new category of motion trackers where sophisticated sensors as well as connectivity technology are seamlessly integrated into a timeless fashion accessory. The Activité Pop analog watch features a lightweight and fun-to-wear design that extends across the PVD-coated watchcase and the smooth silicone strap. In order to match and express any personal style, the watch comes in 3 distinctive “Pop chic” colors (Azure, Shark Grey, Sand) and a set of soon-to-come playful wristbands. Apart from its design, Activité Pop includes a set of game-changing features that makes it truly wearable in the long run.
Whirlpool Introduces Sunset Bronze Kitchen Suite
The new Whirlpool® Sunset Bronze Kitchen Suite brings to market a breakthrough, warm-tone, painted stainless steel suite. The new line pushes design standards, giving a nod to the ever popular rose gold trend, achieving a timeless and approachable finish that fits any kitchen aesthetic – new or existing. Inspired by Millennial trends, the new suite from Whirlpool brand delivers a versatile shade that fits with any existing cabinetry, providing an easy upgrade for kitchens without a full remodel.
“The kitchen is fast becoming a new canvas when it comes to home design and décor. More and more, consumers seek ways to customize their spaces with new paint colors, different countertops and backsplashes, mixing and matching cabinetry, and colored small appliances,” said Jon Hall, senior brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “Drawing inspiration from these trends, this Whirlpool kitchen suite allows consumers to break conventional norms by customizing their space and expressing creativity in a new and exciting way.”
Venstar Introduces Voyager Residential And Commercial Thermostats
Venstar®, a leading thermostat and energy management systems supplier, has made available its new value-priced Voyager line of residential and commercial thermostats. Voyager offers users connectivity and the convenience of rich features in seven new models, each with its own set of features and affordable price points. Optional wireless modules include Wi-Fi®, ZigBee and Z-Wave, making the Voyager the most flexible and affordable thermostat solution for Internet of Things. Users can access their thermostats via Apple®, Android™ and BlackBerry® devices using the Venstar Skyport™ Cloud Services mobile app. Venstar Voyager commercial and residential thermostats are compatible with gas, electric or heat pump HVAC systems, including multi-stage systems.
Ultimate Ears Delivers Unrivaled Sound With New UE MEGABOOM Speaker
Ultimate Ears is expanding its lineup of mobile speakers with UE MEGABOOM, the next-generation portable wireless speaker that delivers more power, more sound, more bass and more mayhem than you’ve ever experienced before in a portable speaker. Similar to UE’s first mobile speaker, UE BOOM, the next-generation UE MEGABOOM blasts freakishly amazing 360-degree sound with heart-pounding bass. With a waterproof – IPX7 certified – and stain-resistant acoustic skin, and a durable grab-and-go design, UE MEGABOOM makes your musical adventures both awesome and easy. Plus, UE MEGABOOM weighs less than two pounds, features a 20-hour rechargeable battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth® range, so you can keep the party going anywhere.
TRENDnet® Launches Powerline 1200 Product Family
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, has launched a family of extreme performance Powerline 1200 solutions. The Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K, and Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit with Built-in Outlet, model TPL-421E2K, mark new performance thresholds for Powerline 1200 products. TRENDnet’s Powerline 1200 solutions create an extreme performance Powerline 1200 network using an existing electrical system. Installation couldn’t be easier — adapters auto-connect (on the same electrical system) out of the box over a pre-encrypted Powerline networking signal. Plug in the first adapter and network it to an existing router. Plug in other adapters on the same electrical system for instant extreme Powerline 1200 networking.
Swarovski Launches Swarovski Shine, Bringing Glamour To Wearable Technology
Swarovski has unveiled SWAROVSKI SHINE, the new collection that combines style with function to create a fashionable activity and sleep tracking device and a variety of coordinating jewelry, complementing wardrobes of women as they go about their multifaceted lives. Swarovski joined forces with Misfit, a California-based technology company, and contributed its distinctive touch of glamour and sparkle to a new line of wearable tech products. At first glance, the pieces appear to simply be modern and contemporary jewelry. However the large faceted crystal, which is the centerpiece of the entire collection, is much more than a sparkling eye-catcher; it is a faceted crystal stone embedded with expert tracking technology from Misfit. It measures steps; calories burned; distance and even sleep quality; and synchronizes wirelessly with an app on the wearer’s smartphone. With a simple tap, the Swarovski Shine activity tracker lights up to indicate not only the time, but also the status of activity accomplished for the day. Swarovski Shine accompanies women from day to night, suiting all styles and occasions thanks to a range of nine compatible pieces of jewelry available in timeless and easy-to-wear designs.
Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer Introduced
Polaroid, the brand that created the first social network by enabling consumers to instantly print and share images, is now offering that same sharing experience to today’s mobile generation, with the launch of the Polaroid Zip mobile printer. The Polaroid Zip mobile printer pairs wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet and using a dedicated mobile app available for both iOS or Android, will allow users to instantly print 2×3 inch color photos from virtually any image on their Apple or android device. Approximately the size of a smartphone, the Polaroid Zip mobile printer weighs just 186g (.41lbs) and can be taken anywhere. The Polaroid Zip mobile printer features a free app for iOS and Android and connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC.
Panasonic Debuts The LUMIX TS6 And TS30: Two Rugged Cameras For The Adventurer
Panasonic is introducing two new rugged cameras to its waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof and dustproof tough camera range, the LUMIX TS6 and TS30. Designed and built with adventurous personalities in mind, the LUMIX tough cameras provide stunning picture quality and exceptional performance and endurance, even in the toughest conditions. Panasonic is introducing a new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-TS6 (TS6) with 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom LEICA lens(35mm equivalent: 28-128mm) to its rugged design TS series exclusively geared for outdoor use. Featuring 1920×1080 60p full HD video recording capability, the new TS6 empowers its toughness with waterproof performance to 43 ft, / 220 lbf pressure resistance, Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC(Near Field Communication) technology, and a variety of shooting options to be an ultimate multi-capable camera. Ruggedly-built, the LUMIX TS30 is the ideal companion for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments on your travels – from snorkeling with dolphins, to trekking in the desert, to ascending a mountain in sub-zero temperatures.
The LUMIX TS30 has been designed and built to be the ultimate tough camera, whatever conditions you find yourself in. Waterproof to 26 feet, shock-proof to 5 feet, freeze-proof to 14F and dust-proof, the LUMIX TS30 will be your ideal photographic companion whether you’re camping, diving, surfing, mountain climbing or skiing.
NETGEAR Launches Nighthawk AC1900 Range Extender
NETGEAR® has introduced the next generation Nighthawk® AC1900 WiFi Range Extender, an effective way to fight WiFi dead zones. Designed for maximum WiFi range extension, the high powered NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender (EX7000) delivers 802.11ac performance with up to 1900 Mbps of dual-band WiFi speed. This first WiFi extender in the Nighthawk product family – NETGEAR’s premium line of 802.11ac wireless networking products – uses a dual-core processor and is outfitted with advanced high power amplifiers offering a staggering 700mW of wireless power to easily penetrate walls for WiFi coverage up to 10,000 square feet. Coupled with three high-gain omni-directional external antennas, Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender transmits the extended signal in a 360-degree radius to blanket your entire home with strong WiFi coverage. Nighthawk Extender supports NETGEAR Beamforming+ technology, which focuses the WiFi signal on the location of your device, minimizing data loss and delivering optimal WiFi speed. Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender offers five Gigabit Ethernet ports that act as a WiFi bridge, ideal for connecting up to five devices – game consoles, smart TVs, streaming players, etc. – to the WiFi network, eliminating the need to buy proprietary WiFi adapters.
Magic Nutrition Launches New MagicMind™ Focus Enhancing Beverage Shot
Magic Nutrition has released MagicMind,™ a stress reducing and focus improving beverage shot. The Mackinder Group through Magic Nutrition and their Supplement Division, Apteka Naturel™, plans to introduce several more exciting new products throughout the year including its highly anticipated Yipopea!™ and BC’s Magic Powder Protein Shakes.
NYNE Debuts WiHi Audio Solution
NYNE, a pioneer in lifestyle-inspired audio, is revolutionizing wireless HiFi audio with its latest offering, a family of products based on the WiHi platform. With the NYNE WiHi family of products you can create a multi-room, multi-source audio experience that everyone can connect to using both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, independent of a router or Internet connection. The NYNE WiHi family of products was designed to easily integrate into your home Wi-Fi network and create a multi-room, multi-source audio experience. Users can easily create a wireless audio network by connecting NYNE’s WiHi Ally box to any existing audio system, transforming it into a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled high definition audio system. NYNE’s Ally box gives you the flexibility of expanding your system with any speaker brand – including the new WiHi speakers from NYNE – and audio devices. Using the NYNE WiHi iOS and Android based apps, you can play your personal music from any source on your network such as a laptop, hard drive or any storage device to any room or all rooms.
DISH Adds 4K Joey Ultra-Thin Receiver
DISH Network L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, has launched the 4K Joey, making it the first pay-TV provider to offer a set-top box that supports all Ultra HD televisions equipped with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. The ultra-thin receiver is small enough to fit behind wall-mounted 4K TVs and features picture-in-picture and native Bluetooth support.
“While 4K Ultra HD televisions have generated considerable buzz in the industry, 4K pay-TV solutions have not been universal,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH senior vice president of product management. “The 4K Joey expands the 4K ecosystem and enables consumers to select the Ultra HD TV of their choice and access relevant content, helping them better enjoy the most advanced picture viewing experience available today.”
Chamberlain Connects Home And Smartphone With Notifi
Chamberlain has introduced the industry’s first fully integrated, smartphone-connected Wi-Fi garage door opener and the first smartphone-connected video door chime to combine lights, video, notification and communication into one sleek product. The new Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener with MyQ Smartphone Control and soon-to-be-available Chamberlain Notifi™ take the company’s innovations from the garage door to the front door, bringing new levels of control and awareness over what’s happening at home from anywhere in the world. Available this spring, Chamberlain’s new opener has everything consumers need to quickly and easily connect their smartphones to the garage door opener. Later this year, Chamberlain will bring its Notifi video door chime to the market, which is the first to combine motion detection, lights, door chime, notification and communication in one smart device. Stylish, affordable and simple to install, Chamberlain Notifi gives people peace of mind that even when they’re away, home is near.
Definitive Technology Debuts Symphony 1 Headphones
Definitive Technology®, the market leader in high-end loudspeaker solutions, has debuted its first-ever headphones, Technology Symphony 1, which combines wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, a striking aesthetic, and advanced active noise cancellation into a sleek and modern design for the most discerning audio aficionados. Known for its high-performance home audio solutions, Definitive Technology translated its home theater expertise into the Symphony 1 headphones for listeners looking to escape from the surrounding world and immerse themselves in true high-performance sound.
“Symphony 1 embodies the precision and purposeful engineering that Definitive Technology is known for,” said Joel Sietsema, director of brand management, Definitive Technology. “It delivers the very best noise cancelling experience available with its over-ear seal, closed-back design, and four dedicated noise-cancellation microphones. The Symphony 1 immediately drowns out surrounding noise so listeners can fully immerse themselves in remarkable sound. Whether traveling on a plane or enjoying a favorite track in the office, Symphony 1 delivers a uniquely exhilarating experience.”
Galderma Laboratories Launches OTC Acne Regimen, Benzac® Acne Solutions
Galderma Laboratories, maker of Cetaphil® and the #1 prescription topical acne brand, has launched Benzac® Acne Solutions, its first-ever, over-the-counter (OTC) acne regimen. Benzac treats stubborn acne and prevents new breakouts from forming with salicylic acid, while pharmaceutical-grade East Indian Sandalwood Oil calms and soothes the skin. In a clinical study, 91% of people saw improvement in their acne in two weeks when using the new 3-step Benzac Acne Solutions, which includes the Benzac Skin Balancing Foaming Cleanser, Benzac Intensive Spot Treatment and Benzac Blemish Clearing Hydrator.
E FUN Launches Nexturn Line Of Cost-Effective, Do-It-Yourself, Home Automation Products
E FUN, a consumer electronics designer and manufacturer of mobile lifestyle products, has launched a line of easy-to-install, simple-to-use home automation products. Under the brand name of Nexturn, the products allow consumers to view what’s going on at their home in real time, as well as be able to control a variety of functions within the residence through their smartphone or tablet. Users simply choose the kit that fits their needs and install it themselves. Nexturn’s flexible and secure architecture centralizes control of lighting; HVAC (heating/ventilation/ air conditioning); appliances; security locks on windows, doors, and gates; and other systems. The E FUN Nexturn home automation system provides a convenient way to manage comfort, energy efficiency, and security in a single cost-effective package. It allows users to connect from anywhere at anytime via a secure service with high availability. The Nexturn+ app is the engine that enables users to review and control their home electrical functions via smartphone or tablet. Through the app, the Nexturn kit reports system status, sends command controls, and receives alerts regarding home security.
New Edyn Garden Sensor And Water Valve Takes Guess Work Out Of Gardening
The new Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve is a solar-powered smart gardening system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions to maximize plant health. The solar-powered Edyn smart garden system takes the guess work out of gardening with the Wi-Fi enabled Edyn Garden Sensor, which monitors environmental conditions to make smart recommendations about what to plant and when to fertilize. The sensor works alongside the Edyn Water Valve and Edyn App to provide automatic watering options that deliver water when, and only when, plants need it, helping to conserve water and other precious resources. Edyn will be available for in-store purchase at Home Depot beginning spring 2015.
D-Link Launches PowerLine Kits
D-Link has introduced the industry’s first-to-market PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit (DHP-701AV) and an updated PowerLine AV2 1000 Gigabit Starter Kit (DHP-601AV), offering faster gigabit performance. Utilizing the latest HomePlug AV2 industry-standard technology, the DHP-701AV and DHP-601AV turn virtually any home wall outlet into a powerful network connection to handle a range of high-bandwidth applications, including online gaming and HD video streaming with speeds of up to 2000Mbps (DHP-701AV). The plug-and-play DHP-701AV and DHP-601AV are designed with push button secure setup to connect to your existing network with no configuration required. Featuring two PowerLine AV2 2000 adapters, the DHP-701AV leverages the latest in AV2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology and 2000Mbps connectivity, allowing users to transfer larger files with ease and enjoy uninterrupted HD media streaming and online gaming. The addition of MIMO technology allows the adapters to utilize the fastest two wires in a typical three-wire (live, neutral and ground) installation, delivering expanded home network coverage. The updated DHP-601AV kit includes two DHP-600AV PowerLine AV2 1000 Gigabit Adapters to create a high-speed HomePlug network with speeds of up to 1000Mbps.
New Gripix™ Line Of Accessories For GoPro Unveiled
The new Gripix™ accessory line for GoPro cameras adds unprecedented functionality, mounting versatility and easy operation. Ideal for both motion and still images, Gripix gives users the ability to instantly start/stop recording, smoothly without a jolt or inhibiting creative image capture. Gripix’s quick change camera mount options work together making a GoPro camera so simple to handle that shooters are free to get the shot even during adrenalin-pumping action-with one hand. At the heart of the system is the Gripix Wi-Fi Trigger Handle that’s ergonomically designed and soft to the touch to maximize handling ease. The professional solution for stable hand-holding and operating tiny GoPros, this pistol grip mount integrates with a full array of Gripix tools, each adding creative advantages to the shooter. Essential to the system is the intuitive Swift-Lock adapter (patent-pending) that offers quick yet secure interchangeability when going from one Gripix mount to the next. The Gripix Wi-Fi Trigger Handle not only offers ergonomic handling but it also houses GoPro’s own legacy Wi-Fi or new Smart Remote within for a clean and integrated system. The wireless controller neatly nests within the handle via an invisible hinged door. A recessed viewing window reveals the Wi-Fi display screen so all pertinent data is clearly within view.
HearNotes Earbuds Debut As WireFree Solution For Superior Mobile Music Enjoyment
HearNotes Inc., creator of the first premium WireFree™ earbuds for superior mobile audio, has debuted generation, ‘The Universal Edition.’ HearNotes is a breakthrough solution that vastly surpasses Bluetooth® counterparts. Based on Kleer® wireless technology (and compatible with Bluetooth devices), HearNotes transforms the mobile music experience by delivering pristine audio quality, with unprecedented convenience, utility, style, and comfort in earbuds-meeting a longstanding market demand for such an evolution in the headphone industry.
“We’re cutting all the wires – not just from your earbuds to your device, but also from ear to ear,” said Patrick Donohue, Founder and CEO, HearNotes. “The revolutionary technology and design enhances your music, your way: the songs you love, wirefree, streaming in crystal clear high fidelity with a new standard of mobility and freedom so you can finally cut loose.”
iON Social Imaging Camera Makes Shooting And Sharing A Snap
iON Cameras, the company that pioneered Shoot/Share™ Wi-Fi connectivity in point-of-view (POV) cameras, has unveiled SnapCam™, a first-of-its kind, wearable social imaging camera. Just 1.5 inches square and weighing a little more than one ounce, the iON SnapCam connects wirelessly to a smartphone to make it easy to shoot and share high-definition (HD) videos and 8 MP photos — even live-stream video — anywhere and anytime. SnapCam’s unique proprietary design — incorporating a powerful OmniVision processor — allows it to spring to life with a simple swipe of the finger. The camera is ready when you are; all on one charge. With an incredible seven-day standby time, SnapCam is always ready to capture the moment, whenever it occurs. SnapCam attaches directly onto clothing, hats, gear or backpacks via a sturdy clip or magnet, providing greater flexibility than with traditional bulky action cameras in plastic cases. Small and discreet, SnapCam is barely noticeable. Equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth powered by Broadcom Corporation, the SnapCam wirelessly connects to a smartphone so videos and photos can be uploaded instantly and immediately shared.
Roku Launches Insignia Roku TV Models
Roku is making its Roku TV™ models manufactured by Insignia, available this spring. Roku TV is a new generation of smart TVs built by TV manufacturers using the Roku TV reference design and the Roku operating system (Roku OS). Roku TV places all of a consumer’s TV entertainment sources front-and-center through a simple, personalized home screen. Roku TV also provides the widest selection of streaming options available on any smart TV in the U.S., giving consumers access to more than 2,000 streaming channels.
“Roku TV has set a new bar for the smart TV experience. From the personalized home screen, to Roku Search that searches across many top streaming channels, to the largest selection of streaming channels available on a smart TV, Roku TV delivers an experience consumers truly love,” said Chas Smith, general manager of OEM for Roku. “Insignia is an outstanding TV brand and combining its TV design with Roku’s powerful OS, content relationships and software expertise will provide Insignia customers with the best smart TV experience available at an affordable price.”
LaCie Mirror Portable Hard Drive Designed By Pauline Deltour
LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology unveiled the LaCie Mirror™ portable hard drive wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. This unique device is at once both a functional 1TB hard drive and a striking piece of decor. The LaCie Mirror hard drive will adorn any desktop as it sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar. This new signature piece for LaCie has been designed in collaboration with the acclaimed French designer, Pauline Deltour. When the LaCie Mirror hard drive is connected to a computer, the luxurious display stand showcases the exquisite design of the product. Hewn from Makassar ebony wood, a richly colored, exceptionally dense wood, every display stand is unique. There are no two pieces that are alike.
“You have to look twice to discover the LaCie Mirror’s true ambition,” said Deltour. “Covered by mirrored glass, it’s first an elegant and functional object, and only on second glance is it revealed to be a slim high-performance hard drive.”
Lexus Launches First-Ever NX Crossover
Lexus debuts an integrated marketing campaign to launch a luxury crossover that goes beyond utility: the Lexus NX. The campaign illustrates how the 2015 NX goes beyond the capabilities of a typical SUV to offer urban consumers a stylish vehicle that fits their active lifestyle. The campaign will target a social, highly engaged youthful audience.
“Lexus is entering a new segment with our first-ever entry luxury crossover. The NX is a dynamic vehicle that blends high-end design with utility,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “This marketing campaign creatively demonstrates that this vehicle-which offers a chiseled, angular body design with an aggressive turbo-charged engine-is fun to drive and ready for any adventure.”
JBL Launches Headphone With HARMAN’s Clari-Fi™ Technology
HARMAN has unveiled the JBL S700NC, the industry’s first active noise-canceling headphone to provide advanced signal-processing that works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music and play it back with a more realistic, lifelike sound- all while reducing the distractions of the world around you. The JBL Synchros S700NC with Clari-Fi™, patented LiveStage™ technology and proprietary noise-canceling performance delivers an unparalleled, lifelike listening experience. Harman’s patented Clari-Fi™ technology intelligently and seamlessly analyzes compressed digital audio files during playback, reconstructing what was lost in compression so your music once again sounds clearer, crisper, wider and more dynamic. Clari-Fi™ offers listeners an enhanced music experience, regardless of their preferred digital music source. Coupled with active noise-cancellation technology, the interferences of outside noise is reduced, and music is now brought to life in a way that consumers have never experienced before.
LG Introduces TWIN Wash System Cuts Wash Time
LG Electronics has introduced an entirely new washing machine category. Its front-loading washer’s revolutionary TWIN Wash™ System, the first of its kind, enables two separate loads to be washed simultaneously. Incorporating a space-efficient mini washer in the pedestal, overall cycle times are reduced with fewer loads required. With TurboWash™ and TurboSteam™ technologies, wash cycles are faster while Wi-Fi and NFC translate to an array of intriguing smart connectivity options, including compatibility with LG’s HomeChat™ messaging service.
“One might be tempted to call the LG TWIN Wash System disruptive, as it’s a completely new concept in appliances,” said David VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “The addition of a mini washer underneath the main washer translates to greater flexibility, convenience and efficiency. It’s also another big leap forward in our commitment to using cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas to make life better for consumers around the world.”
Garmin Introduces nüvi® Essential Series With Backup Camera Support
Garmin® International has introduced the 2015 nüvi Essential Series, the company’s first entry-level lineup of navigation devices with backup camera support. By adding a backup camera option to its value-priced navigators, Garmin makes this important technology accessible to more drivers. The BC 30TM backup camera is sold separately and provides a live camera feed from the rear of the vehicle to eliminate the blind spot. The new Essential Series also boasts several navigation features previously only available on higher-priced models, such as Garmin Real DirectionsTM, Direct Access and Foursquare® data. The 2015 Essential Series boasts several features that are new to the entry-level lineup and make it easier than ever for drivers to find their way. Only available from Garmin, Real Directions guide drivers in a natural and intuitive way. The feature uses recognizable landmarks, buildings, traffic lights and stop signs to give directions. Additionally, the new navigators feature millions of preloaded places from Foursquare to find and explore new and popular businesses, stores, restaurants or other destinations.
POP Pioneer Edgar Bartolucci Dies
Edgar Bartolucci, a pioneer in the point-of-purchase advertising industry, passed away recently. Bart, as he was known by friends, produced innovative designs for companies like Bulova, Yardley, Revlon and Shisedo. After selling the company he started in 1960 called InStore Advertising, Bartolucci ran Max Factor’s display department in the mid-1970s. He was a mentor and consultant to many design and manufacturing firms throughout his life.
Hertz Appoints Jeffrey Foland SEVP & Chief Revenue Officer
Hertz Global has appointed Jeffrey Foland Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. In his role at Hertz, Foland will oversee global car rental marketing, sales, pricing, and revenue functions. Foland has extensive executive-level experience leading marketing, strategy and sales functions, including 10 years at United Airlines where he has most recently been serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer.
DEI Holdings’ Sound United Appoints Josh Talge CMO
Sound United, a division of DEI Holdings, Inc., parent company to Polk, Definitive Technology® and BOOM by Polk, has named Josh Talge as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Talge brings extensive experience to Sound United in both consumer products marketing and lifestyle brand management. Most recently, Talge held several key executive marketing roles at TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, and prior to that, multiple roles in brand management over 10 years at Procter & Gamble, where he worked on many brands including Old Spice and Gillette. As CMO, Talge will be responsible for driving the marketing efforts for Sound United’s portfolio of audio brands to fuel continued growth and consumer awareness.
Visual Marking Systems Appoints James Weaver As Vice President Of Sales & Global Markets
Visual Marking Systems has appointed James Weaver to Vice President of Sales and Global Markets. Weaver has over 16 years of experience in various sales and marketing leadership roles at 3M Company (3M Electrical Markets Division). Weaver’s been employed with VMS since October 2013, as the Eastern Business Development Manager.
FlatFrog Laboratories AB Introduces InGlass™ Multi-Touch Screens
FlatFrog Laboratories AB, a leading provider of InGlass™ multi-touch screens, is now demonstrating a new class of UHD 78″ curved multi-touch display. The touch technology is bezel-free with perfect transparency suitable for UHD touch displays that cannot be matched by existing capacitive or IR touch solutions. This solution is part of the 15-84″ high resolution multi-touch platform supported by FlatFrog. To capture the end consumer attention OEMs design large interactive displays, interactive touch content and now have additional curved display options with FlatFrog that support widescreen panoramic effect. This allows users to immerse themselves in the interactive digital experience for signage, gaming, and other applications. Competing capacitive solutions require physical sensors embedded on top of the LCD, which reduce the optical clarity. InGlass™ touch has no sensor grid obstructing the visual clarity. In addition, InGlass™ touch technology allows for tablet-like bezel free design. The new class of curve displays is customizable across the existing base of 15-84″ flat panel touchscreen portfolio. For more information, visit; (Web Site) www.flatfrog.com
International CES Partners with Radius Networks on First Wide Scale Indoor BLE Navigation System
The 2015 International CES® trade show, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, featured a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Radius Networks (www.radiusnetworks.com ). The navigation system, accessible through the CES app, will provide attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East. In total, the navigation system covered an estimated four million square feet of space. Through the CES app, users can select a CES destination, such as an exhibitor booth. The app will then show directions from the current position using the BLE beacons placed throughout the show floor. “We are excited to deploy our new indoor location technologies on such a massive scale,” said Marc Wallace, CEO and co-founder, Radius Networks. “Radius Networks previously partnered with CES to implement an award-winning scavenger hunt program at the 2014 CES that was designed to drive attendees to key areas of the show floor. Since then, proximity technology and the Internet of Things have taken off. This year, we are excited to demonstrate how easy-to-deploy, low-cost beacons can completely change the way people approach indoor location.” (Web Site) www.cesweb.org
AVT Unveils New EndCap Automated Retailing System
AVT, a manufacturer of Automated Retailing Systems and Smart Technology Vending Machines, revealing their all new EndCap Automated Retailing System (ECARS). AVT’s new system features a groundbreaking design that allows for self-service purchases of high-end and valuable retail products, such as tablets, video games, and other electronics that are typically kept behind locked glass panels. AVT’s EndCap Automated Retailing System allows consumers to explore product features via a smart-panel touchscreen, and then purchase products without the need for employee assistance. The new unit is being marketed to tablet and other high-end electronic device manufacturers as the ideal retailing solution for chain and big-box stores such as Walmart, Target, and BestBuy.
“These systems feature the best in automated retailing technology, and have such an innovative and appealing design that they attract many more customers than having a product sit idly behind a locked cabinet,” said Shannon Illingworth, Founder and Chairman of AVT, Inc. “We have not only solved the problems with theft and eliminated the burden of having an employee on standby to assist customers with merchandise, but we have also created an intriguing, entertaining and informative display center that generates interest and stimulates sales.” he added. For more information, visit (Web Site) www.autoretail.com
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Promotes Trio Of New Mexican Chocolate Beverages
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, introduces new Mexican Chocolate beverages for the Winter season. Available as a Mexican Chocolate Latte, Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended® drink, and Mexican Hot Chocolate, these beverages combine rich chocolate with notes of warm cinnamon for a sweet new take on the traditional cultural favorite.
“We are inspired by the warm and unique notes of Mexican Chocolate to create three new delicious ways to celebrate this increasingly popular flavor,” said The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Vice President of Marketing, Diane Kuyoomjian. “Our Mexican Chocolate beverages incorporate the authentic elements of this distinctive chocolate favorite: a rich yet balanced flavor, accented with hints of cinnamon and a slightly granular texture. We’re excited to share these new limited-time beverages with our customers.” (Web Site) www.coffeebean.com
Pabst Cornhole Game Promotion Enhances Brand Image
Pabst Brewing Company was looking for a branded recognizable game that could stand up as a display on the floor of off-premise retail accounts located near cases. The Pabst Cornhole Game Promotion featured 2 boards and 6 branded bean bags. Boards included digitally printed 4cp logo on the full front of the boards, and custom one color branded bean bag sets completed the game.
When the case promotion was complete it was used as a working game at promotional events. This enjoyable wooden beanbag toss game could fold in for storage when the first promotion was complete. Light weight and easy to carry, this game was designed to be in use for much longer than other promotional materials. The Pabst Cornhole Game promotion increased brand image and sales at marketing events as well as in off-premise accounts. The Pabst Cornhole Game promotion was produced by Heritage Sign & Display, Nesquehoning PA; (Web Site) www.popsigns.com
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