Top News – Cable TV vs Sling – 3D Printing – Fitbit – Petcube
-What will be remembered from this year’s CES? One of the final death-nails for cable TV?
Fewer people — and particularly fewer young people — want to pay for cable or satellite TV service. So Dish Network, which has been
gradually shedding subscribers, is trying something a little different to acquire new customers: It’s launching Sling TV, a
cheaper Over-the-Top (OTT) Internet TV service, which starts at $20 and includes a slate of Disney and Turner Networks channels, among others.
The $20 Sling TV base package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the “best of Internet video” with Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kids and news programming will be available for $5 each.
– Tired of paying major $$ for hard-to-get parts? Want to design your own Light Switches or toys for your kids? Want to prototype your new invention?
The all-new LulzBot Mini 3D Printer from Aleph Objects claims to be one of the most open 3D printers on the market. Unlike other 3D
printers that include certain proprietary aspects, the LulzBot Mini was developed through a publicly accessible archive that includes
specifications, schematics, parts, suppliers, prototypes and more.
The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer is slated to ship later this month at the cost of $1,350.
– Health Devices are all the rage, and Fitbit introduced two more.
The two devices, called the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge, provide caller ID, sleep monitoring and heart monitoring, and show
time of day. The Charge HR, an updated version of its Charge wristband, includes continuous 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. The
Surge, Fitbit’s first device in the smartwatch category, adds GPS, text messaging notification and music control.The Charge HR costs $150 in the US
– The Petcube is like a baby monitor for your pets — but better. The device has a built-in camera, a laser, and a speaker for engaging
your pets in a variety of ways while you’re out of the house.
The device live-streams video of the room it’s in. Its wide-angle camera aptly captures an entire room and it streams in 720p HD. When
streaming video, if you interact with the touchscreen of your smartphone, the built-in laser is activated and you can play with your pets as they follow the light around. If your pet is getting into mischief, the app also allows you to talk to them through the cube and tell them to cut it out.
The Petcube is $199
– The new Pacif-i looks like a regular pacifier, but is actually a smart device for infants and toddlers that measures a baby’s
temperature and transmits that data to a connected app for Android or iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy.
In the app, parents can add medication information such as type, dosage and when the medication was last given. The Pacif-i also has
a built-in tracker, so you’ll hopefully never lose it.
– Wearable Camera that records your day.
The new SnapCam is far smaller and lighter than previous versions, measuring 1.5 inches (3.8cm) square and weighs a little more than an ounce. With just a swipe on the body, the camera kicks on and with a single tap it captures an 8-megapixel photo. Tap it twice and it
starts recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second and another tap stops it. A triple tap starts it live-streaming video using its
built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The SnapCam is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2015 in gunmetal gray, black or white for about $150