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Pepcom at CES: HomeKit Accessories Galore, a Tiny Apple Watch Charger, an iPhone-Connected Car HUD, and More

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One of the best ways to see the highlights of what CES has to offer is at the shows -- CES Unveiled, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers. MacRumors videographer Matt hit up Pepcom last night, where he searched for the coolest, most interesting products available on the show floor.


Amid the highlights at Pepcom were the motion-activated Ring Floodlight Cam, iDevices HomeKit-enabled switches and outlets, the HomeKit-enabled Eve Series, Incase luggage equipped with batteries and Bluetooth, and a snazzy keychain-sized Apple watch charger from Kanex.

Navdy's iPhone-connected heads-up display unit for use in cars was one of the neatest products at Pepcom, and Corning was there showing off Gorilla Glass 5, which is more resistant to impacts and could be used in future iPhones.

If you missed our CES Unveiled video, make sure to check it out here, and for our full CES coverage, click here. Stay tuned to MacRumors and follow us on YouTube because we're going to have more CES content to share this week.

Article Link: Pepcom at CES: HomeKit Accessories Galore, a Tiny Apple Watch Charger, an iPhone-Connected Car HUD, and More
 

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I like the incase and inbuilt battery charging.. great for travelers, no need to find a power point if it draws off external batter

The new Ring looks good, and now mimics that of your standard alarm system... Now the entire street can know when a bugler occurs :D Apple key charger all good...

No one wants to rest their watch in a certain location just to charge.... they wanna be on the move.

The heads-up display for car,. Thank goodness its transparent, but it would still be a distraction *from* the road, since while u can look through it, (less of a distraction), u still *must* look at it, therefore, introduces a distraction at the same time.

The better protection cases etc to me are probably all good, but all of this side-tracks the user for handling electronics devices as they should be doing anyway... If u have a tough case to drop from "height" are u gonna protect it "more"? Nope.Why should I when i have this tougher case for that ?
 
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One of the best ways to see the highlights of what CES has to offer is at the shows -- CES Unveiled, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers. MacRumors videographer Matt hit up Pepcom last night, where he searched for the coolest, most interesting products available on the show floor.


Amid the highlights at Pepcom were the motion-activated Ring Floodlight Cam, iDevices HomeKit-enabled switches and outlets, the HomeKit-enabled Eve Series, Incase luggage equipped with batteries and Bluetooth, and a snazzy keychain-sized Apple watch charger from Kanex.

Navdy's iPhone-connected heads-up display unit for use in cars was one of the neatest products at Pepcom, and Corning was there showing off Gorilla Glass 5, which is more resistant to impacts and could be used in future iPhones.

If you missed our CES Unveiled video, make sure to check it out here, and for our full CES coverage, click here. Stay tuned to MacRumors and follow us on YouTube because we're going to have more CES content to share this week.

Article Link: Pepcom at CES: HomeKit Accessories Galore, a Tiny Apple Watch Charger, an iPhone-Connected Car HUD, and More
Thank you all for the continuing CES coverage!
 
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dantroline

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I like the incase and inbuilt battery charging.. great for travelers, no need to find a power point if it draws off external batter

The new Ring looks good, and now mimics that of your standard alarm system... Now the entire street can know when a bugler occurs :D Apple key charger all good...

No one wants to rest their watch in a certain location just to charge.... they wanna be on the move.

The heads-up display for car,. Thank goodness its transparent, but it would still be a distraction *from* the road, since while u can look through it, (less of a distraction), u still *must* look at it, therefore, introduces a distraction at the same time.

The better protection cases etc to me are probably all good, but all of this side-tracks the user for handling electronics devices as they should be doing anyway... If u have a tough case to drop from "height" are u gonna protect it "more"? Nope.Why should I when i have this tougher case for that ?

Heads up displays are going to be like most new tech. Companies will overdo it and you'll see all these people with glowing faces driving along the road driving erratically, but in the end the display will just have a few useful 'sometimes' things to help with collision avoidance, speed warnings and so forth. If in several years people are still driving their cars themselves, they will still mostly want to just look at the road and at most look at a heads-up speedometer and nothing more.
 
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Veinticinco

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Having used a direct windscreen-projected HUD for a while on the Audi Q7, I have to say it's one of the more quietly impressive and useful bits of tech out there. The depth of field in particular. Even as an option however, it's cheaper than this retrofit offering from Navdy.

In for a service the other week and I saw they've even rolled out the HUD option in the new baby Q2, except it has the same little perspex screen (flips out) as this product. And it's an even cheaper option than on its much bigger brother.

I would have liked to see a standalone product with some sort of mirrored pico projector to replicate the seamless view of the Q7 tech. Guess that's another year or two down the line.

However, what I do really like about this product is the music and phone functionality (Audi only has satnav directions, speedo, cruise, temp etc.) but at 800 notes, I think they're in for an unpleasant financial reality check very soon.
 
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Neodym

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If in several years people are still driving their cars themselves, they will still mostly want to just look at the road and at most look at a heads-up speedometer and nothing more.
My factory HUD displays only current speed and recognized speed limits, plus navigation instructions when they are relevant (i.e. when lane changing or exit is imminent) and warnings from lane & distance assistance when applicable. All in all very muted.

I really appreciate the HUD and look at its speedometer or navigation information way more often than at the "normal" instruments/displays. However - or maybe because of my experience with a real HUD - I dare to say that other information could/should be in the HUD as well. Such as e.g. current radio station or status notifications.

Reason: It's less distractive to look at any information projected virtually onto the street in front of you than taking the eyes from the road just to deal with some car interface. This is even more valid for aging civilizations, as elder people need more time to refocus from street to local car interface and back to the street again.
 
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PhillyGuy72

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My old 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix had this HUD (basically a green projection that showed my speed, radio station) - primitive at the time but one of the coolest things I have ever seen 20 years ago...and it was helpful! Too bad the car itself was a total unreliable lemon.

I'd get that Navdy if it was $299, maybe even $350-399. Right now the price is too much. Maybe in a year it will drop significantly.
 
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