Victim of Bad Timing, Sol Republic Pulls ‘Headphone Shootout’ from 2013 CES

“In light of Friday’s tragic event, we are updating the venue for our CES press event.
We are deeply saddened and our thoughts remain with the families
of all those affected during this time.” — Sol Republic

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The 2013 International CES, the nation’s largest consumer electronics trade show, doesn’t arrive in Las Vegas until next month, but the effects of the Dec. 14 grade-school mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., have already reached forward and caused headphone maker Sol Republic to cancel a press event which would have been staged at a gun range.

Sol Republic, maker of fashionable and customizable headphones, had scheduled a Jan. 6 media-only event in which the press would have been invited to The Range 702, which bills itself as “the largest indoor shooting facility in Nevada.”

Note: Original invite: Press event will NOT be held at the gun range.

Original invite to Sol Republic “headphone shootout” event. The press preview will no longer be held at the gun range out of respect for those affected by Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The event, booked long before the Dec. 14 mass shooting, would have included a preview of Sol Republic’s upcoming audio products and a chance for attendees to take target practice with the chance to win Sol Republic headphones.

Unfortunately the invite arrived in journalists’ email inboxes on Dec. 14 just as news was breaking that 26 people, including 20 children, had been shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. by a gunman who later committed suicide. Sol Republic soon decided that a gun range event even weeks after the mass shooting wouldn’t be appropriate.

In a short email circulated Dec. 17, Sol Republic’s press agency said the company would still hold a media event at CES, but at a different, yet undecided location.

The 2013 International CES (formerly called the International Consumer Electronics Show) officially runs from Jan. 8 to 11, but will be preceded by two press-only days. During a November press preview, Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which runs the show, said the show would feature more than 3,000 exhibitors. He added that based on early registrations, attendance was “on track” to match last year’s 153,000 attendees.

Copyright 2012, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features
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No Foul! Wireless Charging Hotspots Coming to Madison Square Garden

iPhone with Duracell Powermat wireless charging sleeve next to wireless charging hotspot.

Duracell Powermat to install wireless charging hotspots in restaurants, bars and luxury boxes in the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”

If you remember the Patrick Ewing-era New York Knicks, you know they were tough enough to take a hard charge now and then for the team. In a few weeks you’ll be able to get a charge yourself–wirelessly and without the pain—courtesy of Duracell Powermat.

Duracell Powermat booth at the 2012 CES.

The company announced at last week’s 2012 CES in Las Vegas that it has been tapped by Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, to install wireless charging hotspots around the Manhattan arena.

If you have a iPhone or other smartphone or mobile device and you outfit it with a wireless charging sleeve, which will be sold at the Garden as well as at major electronics stores, you’ll be able to give your device a charge while it sits in front of you as you dine or drink or gently air your opinion about the officiating of the game below.

Mockup of Garden suite with wireless charging hotspot at 2102 CES in Las Vegas.

The Duracell Powermat wireless charging sleeves as well as those already available from companies such as Energizer adhere to a wireless charging standard named “Qi,” developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, which showed off a wealth of Qi-compatible devices at the 2012 CES. This means that any Qi-compatible sleeve will work with the hotspots at the Garden–not just those made by Duracell Powermat.

Wireless Power Consortium shows off Qi-compatible devices at 2012 CES.

An upcoming Duracell Powermat smartphone app will not only tell you how much power is left in your device, but it will also direct you to the nearest wireless charging hotspot.

If you use the app while you’re sitting in the Garden, you can use your phone’s camera to scan the arena and, through the magic of “augmented reality,” the app will generate pointers in the image to show you where the hotspots are.

Duracell Powermat smartphone app previewed at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas.

The new inductive charging stations will appear first in the Event Level Suites, which were added as part of the first phase of a three-phase renovation of the Garden last year. Eventually they will pop up in the Garden’s Madison Suites, the Delta Sky360 Club and in the 1879 Club presented by J.P. Morgan.

Entertainer Jay-Z is the new spokesman for the new Duracell Powermat wireless charging initiative at the Garden, which is a little bit ironic since he is a part owner of the nearby rival New Jersey Nets—soon to be the even closer Brooklyn Nets. Duracell Powermat LLC is a joint venture of Procter & Gamble, parent company of Duracell, and Powermat.

Text and photos Copyright 2012, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features

2012 CES: Oregon Scientific Time and Wireless Charging Station+ Charges Both You and Your Phone

Oregon Scientific Time and Wireless Charging Station Plus

Place your wireless-charge-enabled phone on this Oregon Scientific induction charging pad, set the alarm clock and go to bed. In the morning you’ll wake up with a charged phone, a weather report and hopefully a refreshed attitude.

Oregon Scientific’s advice for wirelessly charging your smartphone easily: Sleep on it.

The company’s $129 Time and Wireless Charging Station+, introduced at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, is a slim combination wireless charging pad with a built-in alarm clock and a weather station with indoor and outdoor temperature sensors.

The unit uses the Qi wireless standard to charge compatible devices–or devices like an iPhone outfitted with a Qi-compatible charging sleeve—via induction. Qi is the wireless charging standard adopted by the Wireless Power Consortium. This standard has been adopted by companies such as Energizer, Motorola Mobility, HTC and others, thus assuring that you won’t be locked into a particular manufacturer for wireless power.

If you’re the type that wakes up slowly, the Oregon Scientific Time and Wireless Charging Station+ can project the time and temperature on your bedroom ceiling so you can see just how late you are as your senses start to come back to you. Charging time depends on the device and battery capacity. Most current smartphones require an extra-cost Qi-compatible sleeve to work with a Qi wireless charger.

The unit was awarded a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award.

Text Copyright 2012, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features
Photos courtesy of Oregon Scientific

HzO Nanotechnology Seal Keeps Smartphone from Drowning


Paul S. Clayson, President and CEO of HzO of Salt Lake City, demonstrates his company’s nanotechnology, which can seal the electronics of a working cell phone from water damage. The demonstration was at the Nov. 8 New York Press Preview for the upcoming 2012 International CES in Las Vegas.

The technology will be used by Zagg in upcoming WaterBlocked versions of Apple’s iPods.

More on this nifty technology coming soon at PC World.

Copyright 2011, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features