CES 2014: The 5 Coolest Things We Saw
It’s a new year, and you all know what that means: cold and snowy weather (for most of you anyways, we out here in California aren’t sure what this whole ‘winter’ thing is), gyms are packed, football season is wrapping up. But January isn’t all bad, it’s also when CES takes place in Las Vegas, and while you may not have been able to make it to the show, we did, and we saw some pretty awesome new products that are coming in the next year that we’re excited to share with you.
Parrot Zik Gold Collection
Looking to make a splash with some new headphones at work or school or impress your friends? Maybe you just want a pair for getting lost in your music when you’re kicking back at home. Whatever you’re looking for in your next set of headphones, the Parrot Zik Gold Collection won’t let you down.
The Gold Collection takes the classic design of the Parrot Zik headphones enriches them with gold accents. Designed by top French product designer Philippe Starck and tuned by music legend Lou Reed in his personal mastering studio (so you know they’re going to sound fantastic), these headphones are the ultimate in both style and listening experience. With active noise cancellation and the ‘Parrot Concert Hall’ effect, listening to your live CDs with the elegant Ziks will make you feel like you’re standing in the front row. When used with the free Parrot Audio Suite smartphone app, you can hear your music just as all of your favorite artists intended.
These Bluetooth headphones come with a microphone for making phone calls and touch panel controls to easily volume adjustments and track changes. So if you’ve been looking for that one pair of headphones that will not only make everyone’s head turn, but also sound freaking amazing, look no further with the Parrot Zik Gold collection.
Pioneer NEX Head Units
Pioneer unveiled their new lineup of high-end Networked Entertainment eXperience head units. The NEX models are designed specifically for today’s smartphone and tablet driven lifestyle. The NEX series features 4 new navigation units and one new DVD receiver.
NEX represents the next generation of in-vehicle receivers. The NEX receivers feature a new and innovative user interface which uses both embedded features and cloud based services like iStream and Google cloud. These touchscreen double-DIN receivers are fully adjustable, allowing you to tailor the look and listening experience specifically to your vehicle. The ultimate in-car entertainment experience is provided by many features like AppRadio mode, iDatalink Maestro support to retain OEM settings in select vehicle systems, Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone 4 and 5 users, Pandora integration and more.
The NEX navigation models utilize AVICSYNC Networked Navigation to work together with your smartphone to ensure you’re never late. It provides live traffic and weather updates, local searches other points of interest. Live traffic updates are provided every two minutes and it comes with a Latest Map Guarantee feature where the latest maps are made available on the receiver within 90 days (no more excuses for being late or getting lost!).
Metra Pocket Case Kits for Smartphones and Tablets
For those of you who maybe got a new smartphone or tablet over the holidays, Metra is bringing out new pocket kits intended for connecting iOS and Samsung devices to your car.
These pocket kits are intended for use with single-DIN head units and are compatible with a variety of Metra dash kits (give us a call to see if it will fit your setup). The kit comes with a pocket which installs in the pocket below your single-DIN head unit and a case with a connection bracket. The pocket connection and bracket lock together to keep your phone or tablet safely in place whenever you hit a bump in the road.
The Metra smartphone and tablet pocket makes using your tablet or smartphone simple and eliminates any costly, unnecessary adapters and cables from cluttering your car.Metra cases are compatible with the iPad mini, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy devices (S3, S4, and Note 1 and 2). Each case keeps your phone or tablet charged and has a 3.5mm audio jack input.
Rockford Fosgate Power Series Amplifiers
These powerful amps will be available in both BR monoblock and AD multi-channel configurations to drive your system. Rockford’s time and tested CLEAN level setting technology eliminates any distortion from your music. These amps put an unprecedented level over power and control in your hands to make your music sound better than ever!
Midland Action Cams
For the adrenaline junkies out there, Midland created high-end wearable XTC Action Cams are true 1080p HD cameras to capture every bit of your snowboarding, base jumping, Scuba diving shenanigans.
The water resistant body allows the Action Cam to be used in rain or snow without a waterproof case (the XTC submersible case is tested up to 100 feet!). The slim, compact design is intended for eye-level recording without getting in your way.
The wide angle lens yields up to an impressive 170-degree viewing angle for a real first person perspective. An integrated stereo mic records every bit of excitement and each ‘manly’ (girlish) scream.
So next time you hit the slopes, jump out of an airplane like a crazy person or go dirt biking, you can record every adrenaline soaked second.
We had a blast at CES 2014 and can’t wait to bring you everything we saw there!