Oregon Scientific was at the show and had a pretty cool Time and Wireless Charging Station on display that we took a look at. Inductive charging has been around for years, but hasn’t really caught on as you have to have a special case for your phone for it to charge and that gets costly if you upgrade your phone often. This is more than just a charger though as the device doubles as an alarm clock. You can also see the indoor temperature and outdoor temperature (five channels; one sensor included). You can also access a barometer for weather forecast. We were told that they currently offer cases for the Apple iPhone 4 case, 3GS and 3G, the BlackBerry Bold and even Android handsets. Expect to see this clock on the market at some point for around $129.
Over at the RCA booth, we found RCA’s newest Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player. The compact streamer (model DSB772WE) is designed to instantly stream your favorite video content from a who’s who of internet media provides like Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. The player has a built-in Wi-Fi that connects to your home’s wireless-b/g/n for 1080p output through HDMI.
What you will notice about the player is that it is has a really small footprint. The remote is also compact and thin, but looks like it will get the job done. Even though the player doesn’t have an Ethernet port, nor onboard storage, this might be the solution many are looking for especially if they don’t want to spend a lot of money. The RCA Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player is available right now for around $40.
The second player RCA had on the CES floor was their DSB778W model which is also a streamer except this one has an optical output and built in Ethernet port. As with its brother, it features an HDMI port for 1080p output, analog AV ports to connect to older generation televisions as well as support for the most popular internet media sites to stream TV shows, movies, audio, and photos.
The two RCA players are definitely related to each other for these are some of the smallest media players we have ever seen with the DSB778W having a slightly beefier remote control with a few more buttons than its brother. Pricing for this streamer is still unknown, but we should be seeing the DSB778W on the streets soon.
The folks from iHome were showing off their awesome Pink Portable FM Stereo Boombox (iP4PZC) and we just had to snap a picture of a guy holding this! The iP4 is a re-imagining of the classic stereo boombox that supports the Apple iPhone and iPod by providing a dock for them. The iP4 features SRS TruBass digital signal processing technology and 5 band EQ coupled with 4 carbon composite woofers and 1 ferro fluid cooled tweeters for sound that needs to be heard to be appreciated. Just like the original boomboxes of the 1980’s you can take it out on the street with you if you can afford six D batteries! At around $200 we don’t see too many kids buying these though.