Sphero, the guys who are best known for their globular iOS-controlled toy, have announced at CES 2014 that they're expanding their lineup with a new two-wheel model, complete with Bluetooth low-energy connectivity and sensors to enable gaming and racing. Separate Bluetooth markers can set waypoints for a race, and the infrared sensors allow Sphero 2Bs to battle one another. Tinkerers will even be able to dive into the programming options for the Sphero 2B. We'll be seeing the Sphero 2B on store shelves in fall 2014 with a pricetag of $99 or less.
Griffin Technology has a few new products to show off at CES 2014 including the Merchant Case, PowerMate, and Guitar Sidekick. Each product hits a different area of tech but all three make our digitally connected lives a lot easier to manage.
Storage peripheral maker La Cie is showing off new hard drive designs at this week's CES in Las Vegas. Among them is Fuel, an external hard drive aimed at iOS devices, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, and Sphèro, a designer external hard drive clad in silver.
The folks at Parrot were showing off two new drones at CES 2014, the first of which is a light, miniature version of the famous AR.drone quadrocopter we know and love. The Parrot mini drone has two big wheels that let it land gracefully and move around a bit on the ground, or you can detach the wheel system and simply fly the drone by itself. Of course the whole thing is controlled by your mobile device, so long as you're within Bluetooth range.
Parrot was shy about getting specific with pricing and timelines, but we'll see this one on store shelves sometime this year. Stick around for more #CESLive coverage!
The second drone that Parrot was showing off at CES 2014 was the Jumping Sumo. This guy is much bulkier than the mini drone they were also demoing, featuring big wheels, lots of horsepower, and extended range thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity. There's a little VGA camera on the front which feeds video to your iOS device so you steer the little guy. The agility on it was really quite surprising - the Jumping Sumo could do flips, turn on a dime, and collapse its wheels for a slimmer profile.
Just like the mini drone, there weren't any specifics on launch timeframe other than this year, nor price point. There's lots more to see from our ongoing #CESLive coverage!
Pebble makes the best damn smartwatch in the world, as far as we're concerned — full disclosure: it works with iOS! — but for some people the bright colors and plastic material just wan't classy enough for all occasions. It was an iPhone 5c without an iPhone 5s. Well, no longer. Pebble has just announced the all-new Pebble Steel — in silver and black — and here it is!
Polaroid has unveiled three new high-definition sports action cameras for outdoor enthusiasts looking to capture their action for posterity - Polaroid's answer to GoPro's popular line of durable outdoor cameras. One product is available now; the other two are coming this summer.
The SURFACE Case with kickstand is the perfect iPhone 5C hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops.
Typo, a company founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, announced the Typo Keyboard attachment for iPhone would be available for pre-order this month but they seem to of have run into some trouble with BlackBerry's legal team. BlackBerry has now filed a lawsuit against Typo Products LLC asserting that the company has blatantly copied BlackBerry's keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case.