Broadcom triples home Wi-Fi speeds with its new 5G Wi-Fi offerings

Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Jan 7, 2014 12:02 AM CST

CES 2014 - Broadcom has just unveiled its super-speed 5G Wi-Fi chips, which will be capable of tripling the typical bandwidth found in the average consumers' home.

Broadcom announced the new technology at CES 2014, where it will make it easier to stream video through routers, gateways, STBs, digital TVs, and much more in the home. The company is offering up two 5G Wi-Fi systems that will hopefully break through any walls in any home, with the chips capable of reducing interference when one person plays an online game, while another streams video content from one device to another.

The new Broadcom BCM43569 wireless networking chip will allow smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals, simultaneously. Better yet, the BCM43602 can offline processing from a CPU for Wi-Fi networking, with both chips offering support for beamforming, or taking advantage of noise to increase available bandwidth.

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Google to push Android into Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai cars

Anthony Garreffa | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Jan 6, 2014 11:39 PM CST

CES 2014 - Google has confirmed it is working with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA to open the Open Automotive Alliance, or OAA, which will see the companies collaborating on innovation in the automotive sector.

Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering has said: "In this multi-screen world, switching between our different devices should be easy and seamless. Common platforms allow for one connected experience across our phone, tablet and PC, so we get the right information at the right time, no matter what device we're using. But there's still an important device that isn't yet connected as seamlessly to the other screens in our lives - the car."

What this will result in, is better use of in-car controls thanks to the Android OS, with improved hands-free control as a standard, and much more. Brady adds: "Together with our OAA partners, we're working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers."

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LG unveils its production-ready, flexible OLED TV at CES 2014

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Jan 6, 2014 9:40 PM CST

CES 2014 - LG has just unveiled the world's first flexible OLED TV, coming in at a massive 77 inches. What is good about a flexible TV? Well, you can use the included remote control to bend, and unbend the TV - pretty incredible.

LG has offered us an OLED display here, compared to fellow South Korean rival Samsung, who have only used LED - and even then, it was just a prototype from Samsung. LG's flexible OLED is production-ready, and will be hitting store shelves soon. Hyun-hwoi Ha, President and CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company says: "LG's Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed because it defies description. What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation."

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Vizio pushes toward 4K TVs, slays its 3D support completely

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Jan 6, 2014 6:25 PM CST

CES 2014 - Vizio is expanding its line up of 4K-capable TVs, with its first consumer-grade 4K TV. The new Vizio P Series of TVs will arrive in sizes between 50 and 70 inches.

Vizio says the P Series "is the culmination of advanced picture quality, powerful performance and a beautifully simple Ultra HD experience." What this translates to, is the P Series featuring advanced local dimming, a backlight that has 64 Active LED Zones, and Vizio's custom silicon.

Better yet, there's another set of TVs that Vizio will be pushing, the Reference Series. Vizio's Reference Series TVs are the best TV panels that the company has ever produced. With Vizio's Reference Series aimed at videophiles and "custom integrators". The Reference Series are also 4K-capable, but with High Dynamic Range (HDR) tech.

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Notch, a motion tracker that captures all body movement

CES 2014 - Not to be confused with the guy who created Minecraft, but Notch is a new motion tracker that takes motion tracking to an entire new level.

Every single sensor in Notch collects accelerometer data, with 10 sensors pushing back the data to a user's smartphone at all times. The data collected is enough to allow skeletal tracking, as well as a much more detailed analysis on how your body is moving. Walking isn't a problem, but for physical movements like swinging a tennis racket, or a fly-kick, it will offer much more data into how the mechanics of the body are at that particular time.

Stepan Boltalin, CEO and co-founder calls it "symbolic muscle memory", which is a way of quantifying the motion of the body in a way that most professional athletes only know by physical feel. Boltalin explains: "Martial artists want to know the height of the kick, the amplitude, all of that."

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Michael Bay walks out on the Samsung press conference at CES 2014

Anthony Garreffa | Trade Shows | Jan 6, 2014 5:12 PM CST

CES 2014 - The director of smash hits like Transformers and Bad Boys walked on stage for a Samsung press event at CES 2014 to talk about its new curved 4K TVs, but what happens next is just awful.

Bay stumbles through his teleprompter, states it fails and then says he'll just "wing it". He fails to gain traction speaking again, turns around, and walks off the stage, leaving a Samsung EVP Joe Stinziano embarrassed, and alone on stage. Considering this was Samsung's biggest marketing event of the year, Bay walking out isn't a good start.

Bay has come out and talked about this, where he has said: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost.

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Roku ready to innovate, partnering with HDTV makers to help it happen

Michael Hatamoto | Internet & Websites | Jan 6, 2014 11:20 AM CST

Set-top box maker Roku is innovating and will spend more time in 2014 focused on supporting streaming services with custom partnerships alongside TV manufacturers. Roku's shift from set-top boxes and moving directly into app support for HDTV makers is a smart strategy for long-term longevity. All content is available on the Roku TV home screen, with the platform currently supporting more than 1,200 apps - and includes partners such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Pandora, and Rdio. All updates will be implemented by Roku and rolled out directly into the connected smart TVs.

TV makers TCL and Hisense are the first two manufacturers to jump onboard with Roku, though better known, higher-end companies should eventually jump into the fun. HDTVs supporting Roku TV models will be available fall 2014, with TV sizing expected to range from 32" up to 55".

"Consumers will enjoy the ease and satisfaction of Roku TV while manufacturers leverage our design specifications, content relationships and software expertise," said Anthony Wood, Roku CEO, in a press statement. "At the same time the content community will gain additional distribution and revenues through an already popular and trusted streaming platform - now in the TV."

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 802, a TV-specific SoC

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jan 6, 2014 8:43 AM CST

CES 2014 - We've already seen the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 start off, unofficially, with a bunch of 4K goodies being announced, with Qualcomm not being left out on its own - with the company announcing its new SoC, the Snapdragon 802.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 802 SoC is destined for TVs, where it is a TV-specific quad-core SoC that borrows features from the Snapdragon 800 SoC, and the "Ultra HD" 805 chip for mobile video. The Snapdragon 802 is all about powering 4K content in your living room, with the processor capable of multi-tasking, where it can easily handle browsing the Internet, or switching things up and streaming a movie or playing four HD video streams on your TV.

The Snapdragon 802 also has HQV, or Hollywood Quality Video, a video-processing engine which upconverts 1080p content to a level "approaching Ultra HD." The actual specs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 are: a quad-core 1.8GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, two-stream dual-band 802.11ac, AllJoyn integration and Snapdragon Studio Access content protection.

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Lenovo also unveils an all-in-one PC, new 4K display and Android

Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Jan 6, 2014 6:13 AM CST

CES 2014 - Lenovo has just finished taking the wrapping off its new ThinkVision Pro2840m 4K-capable display, but now we're hearing about the new N308 all-in-one PC, and a new 4K display with Google's mobile OS, Android, on-board.

The Lenovo ThinkVision 28 is the first 4K monitor to feature Android, but is being pushed as a professional 4K display first, with the Android desktop when required. The new ThinkVision 28 display features three HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and five USB 3.0 ports for connectivity. Matt Bereda, Lenovo's Marketing Director, said: "Now you get a very high resolution display that you can use for work situations, as well as being able to have an Android interface that can access applications."

Inside of the ThinkVision 28 is an NVIDIA Tegra processor, and stock version of Android. One of the standout features here is that there is no Lenovo UI being splashed over the stock Android OS - which is a nice surprise. Bereda added: "There are base Android apps installed, similar to what you'd get with your phone. You can expect a similar interface. Kind of the baseline video, camera type of apps, but then you will also be able to download others."

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Lenovo surprises us all with a new 28-inch 4K display, priced at $799

Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Jan 6, 2014 12:31 AM CST

CES 2014 - Lenovo has just announced a brand spanking new display that should have the tech world excited: the new ThinkVision Pro2840m monitor, which is a 28-inch, 4K-capable display priced at the competitive price of $799.

The new 28-inch 4K display will push out 3840x2160, and is one of two 4K-capable displays Lenovo is showing off at CES this year. Lenovo wants to deliver 4K-capable displays to its customers as soon as it can, with aggressive prices, which it has hit easily at $799. Matt Bereda, Marketing Director for Lenovo's Think Business Group said: "It's an ideal device for someone working with high-end graphics".

Lenovo's ThinkVision Pro2840m features DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has adjustable orientation. We also have MHL (mobile high-definition link) capabilities and is expected to ship in April.

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