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,

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