13) Ventev No-Tangle Cables
One annoying problem with using portable electronics is that the cords are often thin, flimsy, and easy to knot up. Chargesync is a flat USB cable, made to not tangle, sold with Apple 30-pin, Lightning, and micro USB connections. The cable can be used with tablets, smartphones, music players, and more. It comes in seven colors and supports the Rapid Charge system.
14) Bluetooth-Enabled CB Radios
CB radios are handy for long-haulers and trail-riders alike, and Cobra has brought the CB radio firmly into the 21st century. With the 29 LX BT, which uses Bluetooth technology, you can connect this CB radio to your mobile phone. You can make calls though the 29 LX BT without ever touching the phone. Other new features that come with the CB are caller ID, which uses a voice announcement to tell you who's calling on the four-color display and shows it on the display, one-touch Bluetooth controls to start and end calls, and a text-to-speech system, which will let you listen to emails while you drivenand can speak responses that it will send. It also has 10 NOAA weather channels and 24/7 Emergency Weather Alert.
15) Gyro Screwdriver
Black & Decker showed its 4V MAX Gyro screwdriver, which uses gyroscopic technology. With this screwdriver, you need only turn your wrist a quarter to the right for forward and a quarter to the left for reverse -- no switch is necessary to change direction. The amount you turn the screwdriver in either direction also controls the variable speed. It's cordless, is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and comes with two bits, an LED light, and the charger. Tzatziki not included.
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16) Sonic-connect 2
If you work in a noisy shop or garage, chances you aren't going to hear the phone. Sonic-connect 2 will let you know when the phone rings. This device is portable, and lights up when you get email, a Skype call, and other task reminders. Alerts are a flashing white strobe, red LED light, and vibration. It works through a standard USB port. While this isn't currently available for regular phones, we hope the availability of this system is expanded in the near future.
17) Mojo Armor
While this sounds like a reference to a Doors song, Mojo Armor is a way to protect your phone from the elements while charging it. The case itself protects the smartphone from drops, hits, and vibration, and all the ports are sealed to keep out dirt and small amounts of water. It also includes a removable battery. The case is designed to quickly charge your phone, and is set up to make it easier to swap out the battery. The external part of the two-piece case comes in a choice of three colors.
Even though a lot of the products shown at CES are from big companies, ones that are on the NYSE and sold in Best Buy, some smaller companies use the show to break through. One such company is behind Grid-It!, an organization system made up of different sizes of elastic bands woven together. There are one- and two-sided versions of this, in different sizes. You can slip everything from small tools, such as allen wrenches, tape measures, and screwdrivers to small electronics, on the pad, and everything will stay in place. You can store this in the center console of your truck, in a toolbox, or in a drawer in the garage.
19) ProGear Backpack
Pelican Products, which has traditionally made hard-shelled protective cases, has introduced a line of backpacks that combine the tough protective case for electronics and photo gear, with the soft flexibility of a backpack. The ProGear Urban Backpack Line has a military-grade crush- and dustproof case, big enough to hold a computer and accessories, integrated into a tough nylon bag. It's waterproof to 3 feet underwater for 30 minutes, can hold 18 liters of gear, and has a rubber over-molded handle. It also has a padded lumbar storage area, which is good, because the bag weighs nearly 7 pounds when empty.
Do you like the smell of lighter fluid in the morning? Do you take pride in making your neighbors jealous as they inhale the tempting odors of barbecue? There is now a way to use your smartphone as a tool to making grilling and smoking meats easier. iDevices' iGrill is a Bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that works with a free smartphone app so you can monitor food temperature from up to 200 feet away. It will let you know when the food's ready. It's capable of working with two temp probes, so you can watch two meats at once. If you want to show off, use the app to post photos of your food on Facebook; you can also see who is using iGrill around the world.
21) Waterproof Walkman
If you are out on the boat, in the snow, or on the trail and want to listen to your music without worrying about the player getting wet, Sony has introduced the waterproof Walkman Sports MP3 player. Unlike the Walkman of the past, this one doesn't use a cord that connects headphones to something you clip to your belt; the NWZ-W270 Walkman is a set of waterproof earbuds. That's it. Download the songs to the player and go. It can hold 4GB of music and can play for 8 hours on a full charge.
22) Lego Mindstorms EV3
It's never too early to get the next generation of do-it-yourselfers started, as long as they're old enough to use this new product from Lego. Lego Mindstorms EV3 contains everything you need to create your own robotic toys. It is powered by the EV3 Intelligent Brick, with more memory and a larger processor than in previous toys, and allows wireless controls of whatever robot you build. The infrared sensor gives you control over what the robot does, and Mindstorms EV3 comes with building instructions for 17 different robots, including those that look like construction equipment, vehicles, and robotic arms.
23) Recon Case
This is a military-grade case for iPads. It's made from strong nylon canvas, and zips closed. It can be folded for easier viewing: three landscape and two portrait stand positions. The outer pocket snaps shut, and there are straps on the front and back where you can store extra gear. There's also an elastic strap inside to securely hold a stylus. It comes in three colors: green, tan, and black.
If you like mountain biking or cycling and want to bring your music along, the boomBOTTLE lets you do just that. It's a wireless, weatherproof speaker that fits inside the water bottle cage on your bike. It's designed to be durable and hold up when you're on the trail or on the road. It uses a Bluetooth connection to send music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Samsung tablet to dual 40mm drivers and a passive subwoofer. You can also play, pause, switch tracks, and adjust volume, and it can play for up to 10 hours on a charge.
25) Tactical Earphones
These earphones from Munitio are made to provide excellent sound while keeping out unwanted noise. Each earphone uses a machined, high-density copper alloy casing with a titanium finish. They also include three-button volume control, which works with Apple devices, an inline microphone, and a Kevlar-reinforced fabric cable that protects high-quality copper wire and keeps it from stretching. The Munitio Nines come in three colors.