CES 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-puppies and Super Smart TVs

Ces 2018

CES 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-puppies and Super Smart TVs.

Every January captains of industry, innovators and entrepreneurs gather in Las Vegas for the largest trade show on Earth – CES. The Consumer Electronics Show unveils to the world some of the most incredible, innovative products you’ll see anywhere. With more than 4,000 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of over 2.75 million square feet, CES was bigger than ever this year. We joined with over 180,000 attendees to find voice, connectivity and AI were the focal point of this year’s show. Here are just a few of our favorite innovations and tech trends that came out of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.

Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs

Alexa and Google Assistant

Voice assistants and AI are learning and evolving at a very rapid rate. This evolutionary technology is now able to make distinctions between different voices. Voice control is being integrated into all types of products. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration was in nearly everything at CES – wearables, headphones, TV remotes, vehicles and even toasters. These voice assistants will soon be included into your car’s dashboard. Panasonic announced its In-Vehicle Infotainment platform would start to work with both Alexa and Google Assistant via Android Auto. With this integration, you could control music, car temperature, even ask about driving distances or find out what’s on your calendar. There are also external Alexa devices you can add to your car such as Garmin’s Speak Plus which allows for full use of Amazon Alexa as well as a built-in dash cam.

Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs

Thanks to more and more companies adopting these new voice assistants, there are now more ways to use your voice to control your home than ever before. Samsung seems to be ahead of the pack, claiming “90 percent of Samsung’s devices are already Internet connected.” The company showed off essentially an entire home of connected devices – an internet-connected washing machine, an updated smart Refrigerator, smart speakers plus new smart TV’s acting as the hub of it all. Don’t want shell out a ton of money to get a voice assistant on your TV? Panasonic introduced a new 4K Blu-ray players with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration.

If you consider CES as a window into the future, by the year 2020 we will all be living like the Jetsons.

Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs

Smarter 4K TVs

With new TV product lines on display at every major TV manufacturer booth, quite a few are receiving Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support. LG and Sony both announced select 2018 TVs would include a built-in Google Assistant which can be activated from the remote. This now allows you to do things like launch apps, play music through streaming services, control the smart home or even command the TV to turn off when a show ends. Both TV’s also offer hands-free control through Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers.

Almost every TV on display at CES had 4K resolution (some with 8K). The processing power in these 4K TV’s is evolving. New processing chips, such as Sony’s X1 and X1 Extreme Processors, take any video content – whether it’s a streaming service, broadcast TV or Blu-ray – and upscale it to near 4K-quality picture. At CES, Sony previewed its new X1 Ultimate processor which provides better remastering of images and is capable of delivering 8K resolution. This is a big deal. The X1 Ultimate is two times more powerful than the current top-of-the-line X1 Extreme. It’s capable of analyzing each object on screen (frame-by-frame) to improve detail and clarity at every step. And it does it fast.


Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs


One of the most innovative products we saw at CES came in the form of a wall. Samsung unveiled a massive, 146-inch modular TV called The Wall. Since the TV is modular, you can customize it to be even bigger! According to Samsung, “Users can add or remove modules to make their TV bigger or smaller, in any configuration, removing previous limitations on screen size, with zero impact on performance of the display.”

The big screen is impressive but it’s the technology behind it that makes it unique. Samsung’s brand-new technology is called MicroLED and competes with LG’s OLED (or organic light-emitting diode). From the demo we saw, MicroLED definitely has the potential to match OLED in terms of picture quality. Since each LED can turn on or off individually, MicroLED could offer infinite contrast similar to OLED. The new technology also offers incredible brightness, vibrant color and near-perfect off-angle viewing. Unlike OLED, Samsung promises MicroLED to be brighter and immune to burn-in. The MicroLED technology will make its way to smaller TVs in the next few years according to Samsung. As for the Wall, no pricing or availability was announced.


Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs

Robo-Puppy Alert

The CES award for cutest tech product goes to… Sony’s Aibo robot dog. The robo-dog understands a handful of English-language directions, including hand-shake and sit commands. It has glass OLED eyes and a camera inside its nose, which can act as a webcam for your home when you’re away. You may have to wait to pick one up. Aibo is available currently in Japan only and costs approximately $1800.


Starpower Ces 2018 Wrap-Up: Voice Control, Robo-Puppies And Super Smart Tvs

4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

Want the ultimate cinema experience in your home without the need to mount a projector? Sony has unveiled the best of best 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector. Sony’s 2,500 lumen Short Throw Projector is capable of displaying a 120-inch 4K HDR quality picture on your wall. Sony has packed in their unique 4K SXRD projection and HDR technology into a beautifully designed short throw projector. The projector also features a Glass Sound Speaker hidden in the base capable of generating 360-degree audio.

Its innovations and products like these that make each CES bigger and better than before. Only 51 weeks to go until CES 2019!


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CES 2017 Wrap-Up Review

Ces 2017

CES 2017 Wrap-Up by Starpower

This year, CES celebrated its 50th anniversary. CES is the largest global gathering of innovation and connectivity. The event once again took over the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo & Convention Center and many hotels throughout the Vegas strip. This year, CES broke its previous record by filling up 2.6 million net sq. ft. of showroom floor with products and demos from over 3,800 companies. As we walked through miles of incredible tech, we were blown away by the array of connected devices and impossibly thin TV displays.

CLEDIS – Our Top Pick of CES 2017


Want to turn your entire wall into one big TV screen? CLEDIS is a totally new tiling LED display using Sony’s unique visual technology. A CLEDIS display unit is sized at 17 7/8″ by 15 7/8″. Put each panel together and you have a huge screen. The panels blend in with each other seamlessly with no bezel in sight. This is something that must be seen to truly appreciate.

Hey Alexa! Exciting Amazon Alexa Integrations Ahead


It’s official. You can control your entire home with your voice. More products than ever are now offering compatibility with systems like Amazon Alexa.

We saw Alexa support from everything including lighting, DVRs, refrigerators, robot vacuums, home security systems, and even Whirlpool’s 2-in-1 washer and dryer system. Whirlpool announced many of its smart appliances will respond to Alexa commands starting in “early 2017.” Plus, Sony’s BRAVIA Android TV’s will get voice support from Alexa and Google Home by the end of March.

Want more than a voice-controlled smart home? Hyundai is integrating Alexa into its self-driving car and Huawei’s new Mate 9 smartphone will be the first smartphone to come with Alexa pre-installed.

Rejoice! OLED is Here to Stay

Sony Announces New OLED TV


Sony is going full OLED! On Wednesday, Sony revealed its XBR-A1E Bravia 4K OLED TV, the company’s new flagship TV. OLED allows for incredible black levels, lifelike color, dynamic contrast, blur-less image, and a wide viewing angle. Sony has truly impressed us and CES attendees alike with their all-new design, new sound technology and an improved X1 Extreme processor. One of the most amazing features on this TV is the fact that it does not have any visible speakers. Sony has literally made the screen the speaker. Two actuators are mounted to the back of the display and vibrate the display to produce the sound. Our demo included the beginning of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we were blown away at the sound level and sound quality. Not to mention, the deep black levels and vibrant colors of the space battle scenes.

LG’s Signature OLED TV W: Wallpaper Thin OLED TV


TVs don’t get much thinner than this! LG’s Signature OLED TV W is a jaw-dropping wallpaper thin OLED display that is both light-weight and bendable. It’s impossibly thin yet still displays incredible lifelike color, image quality, and contrast. The brains of the TV are hidden within the soundbar which is capable of bringing Dolby Atmos cinema sound to your room. This is the first TV of its kind to bring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos together.

Bring on the 4K Blu-ray players


Sony has announced its first consumer 4K Blu-ray player, the UBP-X800. It supports Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as HDR and 4K video streaming. The player will also support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound. The player can handle “virtually every optical disc format,” including DVD, CD, SACD, and 3D Blu-ray. Prepare to see more and more content roll out on 4K Blu-ray throughout the year.

LG Floating Speakers


You read that right! Floating Speakers! Want music to fill your room or outdoor space? Or maybe you want a wireless speaker that floats in mid-air? LG showcased its new line of wireless speakers including the innovative PJ9 levitating speaker. What’s cooler than the PJ9’s levitating act is that the new line of speakers all offers 360 degrees of omnidirectional sound. Plus, they are waterproof for up to 3 feet and have 10-hours of battery life.

Klipsch Heritage Line


Klipsch took a different approach with their speaker design. Instead of futuristic, Klipsch showed off their Heritage line which mixes styles of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Don’t let the retro style fool you. These speakers still pack Klipsch’s incredible sound technology and offer Bluetooth connectivity at the flick of a switch. What’s in store for the future at Klipsch? They are working on some new titanium speakers that will rock your world.

Mark Levinson Joins the Turntable Revolution!


Audiophiles rejoice! Mark Levinson has announced its first turntable in its 45-year history! The No. 515 is for true audio lovers. This $12,000 record player features a triple belt drive, a vibration-damping polymer core, and 20-pound aluminum platter.

Welcome to 2017: The Year of 3D Printing


3D printing is nothing new at CES but Polaroid has made it much easier to use and more accessible. The company has introduced a line of 3D printers and 3D pens which allows you to easily create tools, artwork, jewelry or whatever you can imagine. The printers have an expected MSRP between $499 and $799 and the pens have an MSRP between $129 and $149.

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Ces 2017

CES 2017 Preview by Starpower

The world’s greatest tech show, CES, officially kicks off this Thursday, January 5th. The show is packed with new product announcements, countless exhibits and incredible innovations. This year marks an important milestone for CES, as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary. Over 170,000 attendees are expected in Las Vegas to witness the latest and greatest tech. What can you expect to see this week from #CES2017?

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality


At the forefront of CES are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. This year, VR will inhabit two halls at the convention center. We expect leading VR companies like Oculus, Samsung and HTC to demonstrate its capabilities with other media. In December, Oculus added a social component to the VR space with “Rooms” and the ability to make phone calls. We also expect to see all-new peripherals and hardware for these devices. The success of games like Pokémon GO have also put augmented reality on everyone’s radar. We hope to see more devices taking advantage of this emerging technology.

4K & 8K TVs

4K TVs have never been more affordable. Almost anyone upgrading their TV is moving to a 4K display. We expect to see more 4K content in 2017. But, what 4K display is the best, Quantom Dot or OLED? Samsung says Quantum Dot is the future of TV screens. LG’s OLED technology has produced some of the best picture we have seen and Sony is expected to show off their all-new OLED 4K displays at this year’s show. We expect to see some TV vendors showing off their new generation of 8K TVs.

Wireless Audio


Apple’s AirPods have set the trend for wireless peripherals in 2017. New technologies like Bluetooth 5.0 has helped improved wireless range and connectivity. We expect to see more wireless devices and improved wireless technology in everything from wireless charging to improved wireless audio. Plus, more interesting uses of the tech like LG’s floating wireless speaker which offers a 360-degree sound emanating from a “turbine blade-inspired design.

Connected Home

Amazon, Apple and Google all have their own ecosystem of smart home devices. This year, we expect to see a lot more connected door locks, lights, security cameras, coffee makers and, yes, thermostats. Maybe, some smart washing machines?

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The Newest in Innovation Straight from CES 2014

Starpower The Newest In Innovation Straight From Ces 2014

The International CES is an annual 4-day conference showcasing thousands of innovative products across more than 15 product categories. There are many exciting products and ideas for 2014 that Starpower gets to experience first-hand, along with top technology brands Sony, Samsung, LG and many more.


    1. Pandora made an announcement at CES that they will have a car-specific platform with fewer ads, which will also create easier targeting for marketers. They will launch 15- and 30-second ads specific to automotive listeners across all 400 vehicles and automotive devices that feature Pandora. The main highlight for listeners is that Pandora will have fewer ads to the free listeners than any other Pandora platform (premium subscribers will continue to have ad-free listening).
    1. A major topic at CES is Samsung and LG’s new 105 OLED. This new TV combines two of the major innovations of last year’s CES, 4K resolution and OLED. The curvature of the TV combined with the 4K resolution makes this TV cutting edge. You can even control the curvature with your remote!
  1. “The Internet of Things,” a popular buzz phrase, has become a major focal point at CES this year. Samsung is unveiling a “Samsung Smart House” at the convention. This will enable users to control all of their home devices through one single application. The three main features of this release are its Device Control, Home View and Smart Customer Service. Device control will allow users to control their homes from their smartphone or Smart TV, Homes View will show a live feed to any appliance cameras in their home and Smart Customer Service will let them know when it is time for an appliance to be repaired or replaced. The Samsung Smart House will connect refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, camera phones, watches and more through an integrated platform and server.

CES 2015: Preview

Starpower Ces 2015: Preview


CES 2015: The Global Stage for Innovation

CES 2015 is here! The show floor officially opens tomorrow and we are extremely excited to see the newest products and innovations. We will have hands-on impressions, previews, new product announcements, and the latest concepts from the biggest tech companies in the world. What can you expect to see from the world’s most dynamic tech show?



Internet of Things

The most exciting and unique innovation we will see at CES 2015 is the Internet of Things (IoT). Simply put, the Internet of Things is making it possible to connect anything and everything to the Internet.

Imagine a cap on a medicine bottle. The cap is fitted with a sensor which tracks the amount of times the bottle has been opened and when it was opened. The cap would collect this data and connect to an app on a phone or TV. The app could alert you if you need to take medication or if you have already taken it. No more need to worry whether elderly parents or grandparents are taking their medication. This is just a fraction of the possibilities to be unleashed from the Internet of Things.

At CES 2014, there were household appliances, cookware, clothing, even toothbrushes designed to connect via sensors with portable, networked devices like PCs and smartphones. Current examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that utilize wifi for remote monitoring.

As sensors become cheaper and more commonplace, there will be more and more everyday “things,” from light bulbs to city buses, harnessing the power of the network to provide more utility than ever could have been possible in isolation.

Check out this smart sock used for monitoring baby’s vitals: http://www.owletcare.com



Interactive 4K – Bigger TVs

4K UHD will finally land in 2015! All of the pieces have fallen into place. 4K TVs and projectors are more affordable than their initial launch. Google, Verizon and AT&T are introducing gigabit services in order for consumers to properly stream 4K content. Streaming media services like Netflix and Amazon are bringing 4K content to 4K TVs and projectors.

More than 25 companies will exhibit 4K UHD-related products at the 2015 CES including DISH, Samsung, and Sony. Expect newer lines of 4K TV, interfaces with easier access to online video apps and 4K TVs at every price point. A big announcement is DISH has confirmed they will incorporate 4K streaming into their new line of receivers.

We expect larger 4K screens which will allow consumers to view more content than ever before. Bigger screens allow for multiple uses such as watching a TV show while displaying a security camera window or baby cam in the corner of your screen.




Wearables will be everywhere! Ever since Apple revealed the AppleWatch last year, hype for wearable technology is at an all-time high. There have been a vast collection of android watches released last year with the potential to bring everything from home connectivity to fitness tracking to a whole new level. With improvements in sensor technology, consumers can better monitor their daily activity and create smarter fitness goals. Collaborations among sensors, low energy Bluetooth, cloud computing, 3D printing, flexible membranes can allow access to almost everything all at the touch of a wearable device. Don’t expect wearables for just yourself but for pets too. Check out the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker. We expect to see big announcements from Everbrilliant Enterprise Limited, EZIO and even L’Oreal!



High-Resolution Audio

High-Res Audio is changing the way we hear music just as HDTV revolutionized the way we see picture quality. This new audio technology emits audio signals with bandwidth and dynamic range greater than CD quality. Streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora compress audio into MP3s. Streaming MP3 quality music to a new speaker system isn’t doing it justice. New services like Deezer and Neil Young’s Pono service are looking to change that.



Home Automation

The movement to create a smarter and more efficient home increases daily, accelerated by the smartphones and tablets interacting with the myriad of connected objects and devices. At CEDIA, we had the chance to see the direction home automation was moving. Access to multiple locations, customizable scenes and tracking was a key component in the future of home automation. We are excited to see announcements from URC/Total Control and Honeywell. The future of home automation is all about giving homeowners more convenience and more comfort: from basic security monitoring or more customized access to appliances, lighting, window coverings, irrigation, entertainment systems and more.



There will be so much to see in just a couple of days! We will keep you up to date on the latest news at CES. Interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Send us your questions! What would you like to see at CES? We want you to be the first to hear about the latest in industry changing innovations.

Daniel Pidgeon Becomes Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association

Daniel Pidgeon, Chairman of Dallas, Texas-based Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc. (Starpower) assumes the role of Chairman of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®

DALLAS, TEXAS, January 1, 2015

Today, Daniel Pidgeon, Chairman of Dallas, Texas-based Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc. (Starpower) assumes the role of Chairman of the Executive Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the owner and producer of the International CES®. Pidgeon has been active in the industry for 19 years and this new role has him representing over 2000 member companies and the $211 billion dollar consumer electronics trade association.

“I am humbled and honored to be representing the most dynamic industry anywhere. I am fortunate to witness the best and brightest bring incredibly innovative ideas to life. No other industry impacts consumers more than the members of CEA,” says Pidgeon. “CEA promotes innovation across all technology including not just consumer devices, but health, automotive and everywhere technology improves lives.”

CEA’s 2000 members form a broad representation of companies and industry segments including: Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, Sony, Samsung, Pandora, Cisco, Gibson Brands, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Netflix, HBO, Uber, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Mattel. “Consumer electronics impacts lives in many ways and on diverse platforms,” Pidgeon notes. “CEA’s umbrella includes innovative companies across almost every industry.”

While the CEA is best known for producing the International CES held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada, CEA also helps promote government policies – legislative and regulatory – that support economic growth, create jobs and keep government from stifling innovation. CEA is active on issues such as Strategic Immigration Reform, Privacy, Patent Reform, Free Trade and other issues important to the U.S. economy and preserving the nation’s global leadership in innovation.  As chairman, Pidgeon will help promote and represent the consumer electronics industry with much of his time dedicated to working with CEA staff and government officials on policies that insure innovators continue to thrive. “CEA promotes government policies that help the overall economy, thus benefitting sales of consumer electronics products. CEA’s work is crucial in preserving US leadership in innovation,” says Pidgeon.  “CEA has an important role on Capitol Hill, as well as in government agencies, state capitols and, increasingly, with foreign governments as the organization continues its leadership on key, pro-innovation policy issues. I look forward to supporting these important efforts of CEA to promote issues that directly affect everyone”.

Pidgeon grew up in a family retail business that was started by his great grandfather in 1907. He started Starpower with his family in 1995 and has grown the business to be one of the largest specialty audio/video companies in the United States. Pidgeon will be in attendance at CES January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas where he will meet with industry leaders and government officials from the United States and abroad.

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Starpower, founded in 1995 is an award winning provider of premium audio/video products and custom installation to a luxury consumer based in Dallas, Texas. Starpower sells to Consumer and Commercial markets and has showrooms in Dallas and Southlake, Texas as well as Scottsdale, Arizona. Starpower also owns an upscale appliance retailer named Ed Kellum & Son, also based in Dallas, Texas.

About CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.

About Daniel M. Pidgeon

Daniel is the Chairman of Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, Inc. (“Starpower”), Chairman of the Executive Board for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the International CES®. He is also a member of CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders, a member of the Dallas, Texas Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Consumer Technology Board and active as a board member of different start up enterprises and charitable organizations. Daniel is also co-owner and board member of one of the largest privately held floor covering companies in the United States. He is a frequent speaker on issues relating to the Consumer Electronics Industry. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics. He is married with two children ages 17 and 14.