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Screens, Sensors and All Things Wireless

CES LogoThe Consumer Electronics Association announced that CES 2013 was its largest show in history. The review headlines from pundits and unedited bloggers are not great. As always, there are things to see and notice for what it means for current and future use of technology for all of us.

The most noticeable are the screen sizes enhancing in both size and resolution. Screens are in use from 2 inches to 110 inches  with more to come. What is most interesting is that almost all screens can display the same window - apps, movies, video calls and more. Apps will cross all device boundaries providing what the commercials show as you pause watching a large screen television and pick up where you left of on tablet or smartphone.

Walking the CES halls, one would believe that the entire mobile world has gone BLING crazy. The quantity and variety of phone cases, tablet covers and cases, USB drives, headphones, and all types of speakers systems with wired, wireless and Bluetooth boggles the mind of anyone over 29

This year, the show displayed how fast the tech world is replacing, updating and delivering new products. In addition, it needs to be noted how fast adaptive accessories are ready to be attached and connected before the next version of product arrives. There are lots of new and improved battery chargers along with stands, carry bags, and device mounting supports.

This year's products have a wide range for use whether at home, office, car, climbing the Rockies, scuba diving, require medical attention or want a face to face conversation with someone. Below is a summary of a few products to check out that will function anywhere you are.. The list is alphabetical with website, product name and brief description. Go to the site for images and more information.

AblePlanet.com Headphones, Hearing assistance
Company is expanding headphone and ear amplifier line. Lot more colors adds some glitz. Company is returning its focus to hearing aids, hearing amplifiers and all things that can improve hearing.

Blackanddecker.com Gyro
The home tools company is adding technology with an advanced screwdriver. Using a gyroscope changes the direction and speed based upon the motion of your wrist. Small size gets into small spaces.

BlueMic.com Nessie
With a long history of quality microphones, company is expanding its line of USB, Portable and Studio microphones. When you are recording audio for podcasts or video, Blue will make you sound better.

Brainresource.com Brain products for everyday life
Company focuses on developing tools and research for Brain Health and Fitness Solutions and Personalized Medical Solutions.

Drycase.com Device waterproof protection
Case fits any phone or tablet, remove air to create vacuum and device is protected and usable while inside the case. Device can be charged without opening the case.

Expectlabs.com MindMeld
This iPad app is the first voice and video calling app that can understand conversations to make it easy to find and share related information as you talk.

Gosphero.com Sphero
Company is merging robotics with innovative software to create mixed-reality gaming. The Sphero is a ball with programmable controls that connect with over 20 Apps for different ways to play and learn with Sphero

iWalk.net Smartphone accessories
Cases, chargers and a line of new accessories to make use of mobile devices better.

Kno.com Personal learning and study
Personal study that can be shared with others over the internet and a wide range of mobile devices

kobo.com eReader and eBook publishing
Company has eReader hardware in 4 different screen sizes. The web site provides access to eBooks, newspapers and magazines.

Lantronix.com Mobile printing
Device in 2 capacities, one for home and the other for office enables printing from phones and tablets direct to any wireless printer within range.

Lego.com Mindstorm
The growing world of all things Lego expands past more than just play bricks. Mindstorm is a buildable, programmable robot.

myblueant.com Bluetooth earpieces
From Australia, company has all sorts of ear phones both wired and Bluetooth. Their Ribbon streamer can connect with ear buds or head phones and connect to any phone or tablet through Bluetooth, not wires.

Netgear.com Wireless Connectivity
Delivering networking products like routers, extenders, and adapters since 1996. Company has full line of products for home and office networks for data sharing, video sharing and surveillance.

Plantronics.com/us/ Voyager Legend
Bluetooth earpiece with short boom microphone, caller announce and voice commands.

RadioShack.com PointMobl
Electronics everything retailer is creating its own line of accessories exclusive to R-S

Scanadu.com Home medical diagnostics
Company integrates mobile and sensor technologies. The SCOUT is a small device that when held to the temple, it will accurately read more than five vital signs. Data collected by the SCOUT is uploaded to the Scanadu smartphone app via Bluetooth.

Visionobjects.com MyScripts
Handwriting text, shapes, forms converted to digital fonts, lines and images.

Wi-Ex.com zBoost
Cellular signal booster for office or home

Zensorium.com Tinke
Phone accessories that can monitor your fitness and wellness at any time

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Richard Oppenheim
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