Hey gang, Valkor here. And while it might be CE Week in NYC (at the time of this article going up), I’m busying enjoying some much needed R&R in Japan. But even though I’ve flown quite a distance, I’m never too far from covering all that I love, on the site that I love the most. Prior to my departure, I got the chance to hang out at Pepcom and the theme this year took a trip back to the 70s. If you’re feelin’ kinda groovy man, then lay your peeps on some bad ass, funkadelic tech. Solid! I wanna give a shout out to my buddy Richard Butler over at MyTakeRadio as well as running the show over at Rage Works. If you happen upon this page, show the brother some love.
LG – LG’s follow-up to the G3 – The G4 – is currently out on the market and scoring all kinds of cool points. It keeps the ever so popular rear button intact, but it also adds the customizable and removeable back plate, which you can choose from a variety of styles and colors. It also sports a 5.5” Quad HD display, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, all running the latest version of Android Lollipop (5.1 – I know 5.1.1 is the current). There’s also rumor that LG is one of two companies working on the next version of the Google Nexus Phone. But if it’s true, the LG reps ain’t talking about it!
Monoprice – I was put onto these guys way back during CES 2012 and the company is an excellent source of top quality accessories such as HDMI cables, headphones and a host of essential tech items - at an inexpensive cost. On the Pepcom showfloor, the company was showing off a table full of tech goods, but of notable interest we’ll start with the Select Series Power Banks. On hand were six varieties – the lowest being 2000mAh and the largest is 16,000mAh (!!). They were also showing off Bluetooth speakers and Active Noise Canceling headphones. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with Monoprice as there’s just so much. But I’m keeping things to a minimum… for now.
Synology – this next company fits TOV tech editor Alacran to a “T”; Synology’s BeyondCloud cloud server comes packed with Seagate’s NAS hard drives and a slew of apps that’ll allow you to stream your content nearly whenever and wherever – even stream through Chromecast, Roku box, Playstation and a host of other streaming devices. Finally, though not shown (but it was on hand) are the DS214 and DS415 servers, which allows you to transcode your media on the fly and then stream at your heart’s content. That’s something I’d like to see for myself because I do a lot of transcoding and it’s a process I hate dealing with. And being able to transcode on the fly… sounds like a lot of fun.
Plantronics – after a sweet run in the Val-Cave with the RIG, Plantronics is looking to impress once again with their latest lineup of headsets. And while they’re latest gaming headsets weren’t present, I’m totally digging the wireless BackBeat Pro Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. Trying them on they’re quite comfortable and hold a lot of potential with the attached microphone; they look cool enough to wear indoors and outdoors without issue – yup I can see the potential in these bad boys. And how do they sound? Impressive! The active noise canceling did a nice enough job blocking out the show's background noise as well as the discussions happening right in front of me. So far, great job Plantronics! This could be another TOV Win for ya!
Ring – taking doorbells to a whole new level, Ring takes your standard doorbell/peephole combo and replaces it with one that you can use in conjunction with your smartphone (or tablet) and a Wi-Fi connection, to give you an advanced look at who’s at your door before you open it (they can’t see you), from wherever you are in your home. It also has a microphone, so if the UPS guy is at the door, you can alert him to hang on a moment (and you better hope he stays). Now this is something I can get behind and I’ll have more from Ring in the coming months.
Wocket – One card to rule them all! Wocket takes all your credit cards, gift cards and debit cards you might have in your wallet, purse, wherever and brings them all under one roof so you never have to fumble through those items again looking for the right card. With its onscreen, touch display you can select the card of your choice and use “the one” card, which will have your card of choice imprinted on it. I think I’m gonna have to jump on board the Wocket bandwagon for this action!
WeBoost – Take two companies – Sleek and ZBoost, both known to booth cellphone/Wi-Fi signals and bring them together under one roof and you get WeBoost. The company is looking to a slew of rebranded and new products, but one item that caught my interest, and I know Alacran will agree, is the Drive 4G-X. Taken from the WeBoost press release We’ve never had ZBoost at TOV, but Sleek has had two successful runs. And I look forward to seeing how well the Drive 4G-X fares.
I’ve been attending Pepcom/Digital Experience for the past few years and the show never gets old. It’s always great seeing what current companies have up their sleeves as well as what new companies are bringing to the table. Keeping that in mind, stay tuned for more from Pepcom as well as other related events.