Eton’s Solar-Powered Rukus Speakers Now Bigger, Badder And More Efficient [CES 2014]


The aerodynamic Rukus Xtreme on the left, Rukus II on the right. Photo: Eli Milchman.


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LAS VEGAS — Eton has improved the wedge-shaped, solar-powered Rukus Bluetooth speaker it introduced just over six months ago, and are now calling it the Rukus II; they’ve also built a second, bigger, badder (and more expensive) version they’ve naturally dubbed the Rukus Xtreme.

Fix Your Forehand With This Motion-Sensing Tennis Racquet [CES 2014]



The Babolat Play is a tennis racquet for those of us who want to improve our game without having to hire a real coach. Those folks cost a lot of money!

For $399, though, you can purchase this new app-enabled, Bluetooth-connected, motion-sensing tennis racquet for your very own. The company has stuffed a ton of sensors into the handle of this thing without even affecting the balance or weight.

You can connect the racquet to your iPhone or iPad and get real-time feedback, or just let the Babolat Play record your performance information and sync it up later for analysis.

The Babolat Play is available now in the US, and should release worldwide very soon.

Get To Sleep – And Wake Up – Perfectly Using The Withings Aura [CES 2014]


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If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep, or you’ve felt crappy waking up, it might be worth your while to check out the Withings Aura, the new app-enabled sleep machine from the folks that brought you other fitness gadgets like the Wi-Fi Body Scale and the Pulse.

The Aura, then, uses special light colors and wavelengths along with special music programs and a mattress sensor to measure your sleep and program the ideal go to sleep and wake up experience. According to the company, it will track your movement in bed and wake you up at a time that’s best for your personal sleep cycle.

The Withings Aura should release this coming spring, and retail for $299 at your favorite retail outlet, like Best Buy or Apple.

This Is The World’s First Apple-Approved MFi Air Conditioner [CES 2014]



CES 2014 bugChinese appliance maker Haier has announced that it has become the first company of its kind to be accepted into Apple’s MFi licensing program, guaranteeing ease-of-use and compatibility with iOS devices.

“Haier’s Tianzun [cabinet air conditioning unit] is the first air conditioner and white good that is authorized by Apple’s MFi program,” noted the company’s official press release — going on to claim that, “Haier will use this technology in the other Haier products, such as water heaters, ovens, intelligent home accessories and the like.”