2010 Radar Line Simplifies Setup and Expands AURA(TM) Enabled Line of Detection Systems

Cobra Electronics Corporation announced the launch of the world’s first touch screen radar detectors as part of its 2010 line of detection systems. The two new touch screen models simplify user setup and alert settings. In addition to the touch screen models, Cobra is introducing the first radar, laser and safety camera detector priced under $200.

The new XRS touch screen models, XRS 9970G and XRS 9965, feature a 1.5″ full color graphic interface that makes setting up the radar detector fast and easy. Simply tap on the “menu” screen tab and scroll through the menus to set user settings such as the display colors, city/highway modes, IntelliMute(TM), Frequency Display Mode and other preferences, as well as the alert settings including turning on or off POP Mode, the detection of certain Bands and Low Car Battery Warning.

“The most inconvenient part of purchasing a new radar detector was setting it up,” said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra. “With the new touch screen models, we’ve removed the fumbling through button combinations to make changes. Just tap and set.”

In addition to the touch screen interface, the new XRS 9970G also features enhanced AURA(TM) Camera Driving Hazard Database capabilities, plus IntelliView(TM) Pro which displays a photo-enforced alert as well as the speed of the vehicle if under radar surveillance.

Also new for 2010 is the XRS 9550G radar, laser and safety camera detector. This is the first full detection system under $200 that features 14 Bands of detection, Voice Alert(TM), POP detection and a lifetime subscription to the AURA(TM) Camera and Driving Hazard Database.

The AURA database stores GPS coordinates of speed and red light cameras and driving hazards. Users can access this database online and download daily updates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By simply connecting the GPS Locator via USB, AURA subscribers synchronize the coordinates for the most current and accurate camera and dangerous intersection alerts. Drivers can also add up to 1,000 location-based alerts to ensure that they are alerted to temporary or moveable driving threats.

Cobra’s 2010 line of radar detectors feature eco-friendly packaging and will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.cobra.com beginning March 2010. These new radar detectors have a suggested retail price range from $199.95 to $379.95.

Source: www.cobra.com


Latest Innovations to Include Streamlined Media Players, Home and Energy Monitoring Solutions, Fast and Portable Wireless Connectivity Devices

D-Link will highlight the next-generation in digital home networking and solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here this week, demonstrating how today’s consumers can enjoy affordable, easy-to-use connectivity in their homes like never before. With a focus on the “Link Your Life” theme, the digital home networking pioneer will preview some of the hottest devices to enhance digital home entertainment, monitoring and connectivity, including:

Home Entertainment

The Boxee Box by D-Link — A winner of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Best of Innovations award for 2010, the Boxee Box by D-Link reinterprets what TV should be – it is a set-top box that delivers movies, TV shows, music and photos from a user’s PC, home network and the Internet to their HDTV using a remote control. With Boxee software’s core social features, it makes it easy for friends to share newly discovered content through social networks like Twitter, Facebook and others.

The D-Link(r) Pebble(tm) — No other media player of its size, style and price offers 802.11n wireless technology with full home networking capabilities. Also a CEA Innovations honoree, it can stream data from wherever it is stored — in USB thumbdrives, or SD/XM/Flash memory cards, in network storage (NAS) devices, PCs or on the Internet.

Home Monitoring:

The D-Link Home Monitoring Starter Kit is an affordable, easy-to-use and innovative “Connected Home Monitor” system that provides homeowners and renters with new levels of security for their property and loved ones. Designed for quick and easy installation by the user, this CEA Innovations Award-winning system connects via broadband router in the home, and can then be remotely monitored and controlled through a personalized web portal account at mydlink.com. Alerts from wireless sensors around the home are instantly relayed by text, email and voice-call to the consumer and their designated contacts.

The Home Monitor can be expanded with the D-Link Home Energy Monitoring Starter Kit. Another CEA Innovations honoree, it is the first product that lets consumers measure energy consumption of electrical appliances in the home, turning the Home Monitor into the ultimate smart energy “Green Machine”. It actually changes the way homeowners or renters deal with the age-old challenge of how to keep their home energy consumption to a minimum. It also provides practical tools for power management. When linked to the Home Monitoring Starter Kit, consumers can use the mydlink(TM) portal to program devices to power-down when the home is empty, helping reduce carbon emissions and reduce utility bills by saving electricity.

The D-Link 3G Door Phone is the newest idea for adding another level of surveillance for the home. It acts like – and is powered the same as – an ordinary doorbell. But it is not ordinary. It is the first doorbell of its kind to allow homeowners to get a full view of visitors to their property from wherever they are – at home or away – using their 3G mobile phones. A built-in fixed focus .1 megapixel CMOS camera captures the images of visitors and streams the information to the PC or 3G mobile device, an LED indicator lets the homeowner know that the device is working, and an illuminated button allows easy visibility when it is dark outside.

Connectivity:

The D-Link Rush(tm) is an Xtreme N 600 Duo HD MediaBridge kit and is D-Link’s fastest, most far-reaching and most secure wireless device yet. It takes home networking to a new level of performance for homeowners who demand the fastest streaming possible of high-definition content, such as movies, HD video and photos. There is no need to replace the home router – it boosts the power of any existing 802.11 a, b, g or n router with up to 600Mbps* speed and greater signal coverage.

The D-Link Touch(tm) blends power, speed, range, security, functionality and energy efficiency into one economical and attractive router for homes or small businesses with increasing multimedia applications. Its concurrent dual-band capabilities and three data streams support data transfer rates up to 450Mbps*. It sports a 3-inch interactive touch screen for easy setup, configuration and management of the router and Internet traffic.

The D-Link Wireless N Pocket Router is an ideal travel companion featuring multi-mode functionality. It can be used either as a wireless router to create an 802.11n Wi-Fi network anywhere one is needed, or as an access point (AP) to add Wi-Fi to an existing wired network. It is small enough for travelers to carry with them, includes a travel case for convenience and SharePort(TM) technology to enable users to share USB devices.

In addition to introducing the industry’s fastest wireless home access points and routers, we will be demonstrating mydlink and NetEasy(R), D-Link’s newest solutions for making digital home connectivity true Plug-and-Play.

mydlink — D-Link’s path to the future of digital home connectivity will be paved with mydlink-enabled products created for people who long to embrace a world connected through the Internet, but are afraid they lack the technical expertise to do so. mydlink products remove the learning curve that is typically associated with high-tech devices because they are truly Plug-and-Play compatible with extremely easy configuration. mydlink provides easy and straightforward access to all things digital in the home from an intuitive, convenient website (www.mydlink.com).

NetEasy is the newest software program from D-Link designed to improve the complete user experience for all of our products. It makes installation and setup quicker, easier and nearly automatic. It improves the user’s ability to manage their networked devices and receive valuable status information. It improves access to the core functions and cross-functions of those devices. And, it decreases the user’s need to obtain technical support by offering proactive troubleshooting NetEasy will be rolled out beginning Q1 2010 with our Xtreme N Wireless Router.

Source: D-Link Middle East


Multi-Function TV and DVD Player Ideal Companion for Staying in Touch with Local News, Weather, Traffic, Favorite Shows

Newly-certified to comply with mobile digital television (DTV) technology now being deployed by American broadcasters, LG Electronics is introducing the industry’s first portable, battery-operated mobile DTV in the United States, designed to receive new rugged over-the-air signals being transmitted by local broadcasters. With hundreds of stations expected to sign on the air using the newly-minted technology in 2010 and with demand for truly mobile, portable TV reception on the rise, LG will officially introduce the DP570MH Mobile Digital Television with DVD Playback here next week at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

“It’s easy to receive Mobile DTV broadcasts with LG’s new Mobile Digital Television set, which comes equipped with a built-in antenna and the ability to play DVD and CD discs. Even on a fast-moving train, a viewer should expect robust reception from favorite local channels – unlike some small digital TV sets currently on the market,” said Tim Alessi, director of product development, LG Electronics USA, Inc.

A First for Mobile Viewers

Ideal for reception of Mobile DTV any time, virtually anywhere, and at any speed, the DP570MH Mobile Digital Television offers the flexibility of both over-the-air reception and the convenience of built-in DVD playback. Equipped with stereo speakers and a 7-inch wide screen to display crystal clear digital TV images (at Wide QVGA resolution of 480×234), the LG Mobile Digital TV is designed so that its display screen can be tilted to the viewer’s preferred viewing angle. When not in use, the clamshell-style screen folds down and the device shrinks to about 9.5-inches by 6.5 inches – or about the size of a small hardback book.

The DP570MH comes equipped to play DVD movie discs and audio CDs, and it can also display .JPG photos and play WMA music files from its USB2.0 connection. The Mobile Digital Television comes equipped with two earphone jacks so that more than one passenger can enjoy Mobile DTV shows or movies in the back seat of the car, or on a train. Equipped with a removable battery that powers the device for up to 2.5 hours in TV mode or up to 4.5 hours during DVD playback, the device includes both AC and Auto power adaptors.

The DP570MH Portable Television with integrated DVD player will be available later this year at a suggested retail price of $249.

Mobile Digital TV: LG’s Latest Innovation

“At every stage of the digital TV transition over the past decade, LG has assumed a leadership role,” Alessi said. We started by shipping giant HDTV projection TV sets, which became the stunning flat-screen LCD and plasma HDTVs that are now the hub of today’s home entertainment systems. We are proud to have sold millions of converter boxes last year for consumers with analog TV sets.

“Now we’re taking digital TV to a whole new audience – the mobile viewer. Whether it’s at the beach house or in the back seat of a car with the kids, viewers want mobile broadcast TV wherever they go, and LG will meet that demand with products like our new mobile DTV-DVD player,” he said.

Co-developer of the technology at the heart of the Mobile DTV standard, LG began mass production of the critical component for Mobile DTV reception – the LG2160A integrated circuit (IC) chip – in June 2009. The latest version, the LG2160R single chip design that includes both the tuner and demodulator, is being released at CES. And, by March 2010, LG plans to release its next-generation mobile DTV chip, the LG2161R receiver IC, which is even smaller, consumes less power, supports various interfaces and provides improved performance.

LG Mobile DTV chips already can be found in a variety of new products being introduced by various manufacturers at CES, from laptop USB accessory receivers to netbooks with integrated Mobile DTV tuners and a range of prototype devices being shown to retailers this week. At CES, LG will demonstrate mobile phone prototype LG handsets as well as in-vehicle prototype products that could be available through automobile dealers or after-market retailers.

Standardized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee and formally adopted as the Mobile DTV standard just 12 weeks ago, the new Mobile DTV standard allows broadcasters to use a portion of the existing 19.4 Megabit-per-second DTV channel capacity to transmit data with extremely robust characteristics suitable for mobile, pedestrian and handheld applications. The Mobile DTV signal is also compatible with 8-VSB DTV, which was also developed by Zenith, LG’s U.S. research and development lab.

Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.


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