MEGATech Videos - CES 2014 Episode #3 - Gadget Grab Bag with Belkin (WeMo), Seagate, Diamond Multimedia, Rosewill, and Kingston

The sheer variety of gadgetry on display at the International CES in Las Vegas is positively astounding. In our previous episodes, we looked at some great mobile accessories and some technology for gamers. In this third episode, we get even more eclectic with a gadget grab bag filled with everything from wireless storage to easy home automation, fast memory cards to easy TV tuners. If you like gadgets, there’s something in here for you.

Belkin (0:21) – You might remember when I included the WeMo Switch as part of our holiday gift guide last month. Now, Belkin has expanded the WeMo easy wireless home automation family with several new products, including a WeMo lightbulb and a refined version of the Switch with monitoring features. Even more exciting, the WeMo technology can also be found integrated in several small appliances too, like the Mr. Coffee coffee maker and the Crock-Pot slow cooker. There’s even a WeMo Maker kit for all you DIY enthusiasts out there.

Diamond Multimedia (5:18) – If you’re looking for all sorts of ways to expand your digital experience, like how we’re already doing with the USB 3.0 docking station, then Diamond Multimedia is one of those companies that should be on your radar. In our brief visit with them at CES, we took at a look at an updated wireless range extender, a tiny USB dock for networking and extra displays, a handy network TV tuner, and a very compact external sound card for great high-quality surround sound on the go. It’s all pretty darn slick to boot.

Seagate Technology (8:01) – There used to be a trade. If you wanted to have a small, bus-powered portable hard drive, you’d have to put up with smaller capacities. If you wanted more storage, you’d need one of those larger external drives with an external power supply. That may no longer be the case, as Seagate has announced a 4TB version of the Backup Plus Fast portable drive. All you need is that single USB cable and you’ve got an extra four terabyes in your pocket. And following up on the Seagate Wireless Plus, sister brand LaCie has the new LaCie Fuel. It’s also a wireless drive, but it offers way more storage (one terabyte!) and way more battery life than some of its key competitors.

Kingston Technology (14:20) – As you may have figured out already, 4K could be the next big thing, both in televisions and in consumer-friendly content. For example, Sony’s 4K camcorder is going to be reasonably affordable at just under $2,000. With files that large, you need storage that is fast enough to keep up and that’s what Kingston is doing with one of its newest SDXC cards, boasting some of the fastest speeds on the market. Similarly, they’re addressing the needs of the mobile user with a USB OTG drive of their own too.

Rosewill (19:34) – Speaking of companies with increasingly broad product lines, we also went to see Rosewill. They’re into the USB portable power bank game too, offering several different form factors and capacities, including one that has a built-in microUSB cable for convenient charging on the go. The new line of Rosewill surveillance cameras come with a de-misting feature that lets you see through the foggiest of scenes and then they’ve got even more Rosewill kitchen appliances, like the upcoming retro-inspired popcorn maker. Yes, Rosewill can cook you dinner and snacks too.


And we’re not done yet! We’ve got one more episode of terrific CES 2014 coverage to share with you, featuring displays of all sizes, and that should be coming down the pipe very, very soon. In the meantime, catch up on these first three episodes, peruse through the associated photo galleries, and drool over the tech that you may or may not be able to buy in the near future.

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