Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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The Yepzon child tracker

A child gone missing is every parent’s worst nightmare. Thankfully, digital technology can offer a helping hand. Devices like Hereo, Belluv and Mommy Here have been created to help parents keep their little ones under their digital thumbs. The latest to join the ranks is Yepzon from Finland, a positioning device currently at the type-approval stage. Its makers are seeking 50 testers all over the globe to see how it works in the field.  Read More

The Edgepay terminal that uses NearBytes technology to allow card-free payments via mobile...

Last year, Brazilian startup Kinetics unveiled its NearBytes technology, which has now found a commercial application in the form of the Edgepay point of sale (POS) terminal that allows card-free payments of goods and services using a mobile phone.  Read More

Motorola's Moto Stream brings wireless audio streaming capabilities to old stereo systems

Do you have a stack of speakers or stereo system at home collecting dust due to their inability to wirelessly connect to your digital music collection? The folks at Motorola have decided it’s time to modernize your antiquated audio system with the release of a portable wireless adapter called Moto Stream, which brings wireless audio streaming capabilities to older units.  Read More

The small NFC-enabled buttons have the potential to add significant functionality to your ...

Dimple is a simple but ingenious accessory that aims to augment the functionality of almost any device running Android 4.0 or above. The attachment, which is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, takes the form of a small, NFC-enabled sticker with user-configurable buttons that you simply stick to the back of your device.  Read More

The new Sony α7S full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Sony's pocket-friendly α7 and α7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are shortly to be joined by a 4K-capable sibling in the shape of the α7S. The camera features a brand new CMOS sensor that works with the company's BIONZ X image processor to deliver a reported stills and video sensitivity range of up to ISO409600 for impressive low-light, flash-free prowess, while also keeping noise to a minimum.  Read More

OCHO Pad connects objects to people

Wireless technology and mobile gadgets have made it easier for us to track and control our personal belongings. One of the latest technologies being developed for this market connects not only objects, but also the people who use them. OCHO Pad is a wired-up tray that uses NFC or infrared technology not only to identify keys, wallets, or phones, but also to mediate communication between members of a household.  Read More

Pyle Audio's Street Blaster boasts 1,000 W of power

Pyle Audio is looking to update the ghetto blaster for the wireless age with its Street Blaster. Ditching the rectangular boombox styling of the '80s, the unit adopts a cylindrical form factor that makes it look like something Geordi La Forge pulled out of the USS Enterprise's warp core.  Read More

Loop is a new mobile payments system

The ability to make payments with your smartphone using near-field communication (NFC) technology has been touted for some time as a means of providing greater convenience and security. In order for that to happen, however, both the user and the retailer must have NFC-enabled devices. Mobile payments business Loop has circumvented this requirement by using technology that is already built into the vast majority of payment terminals.  Read More

Nokia Treasure Tag pairs with your phone, alerting you when the two get separated

There probably isn't one person reading this who hasn't, at some point, erred and accidentally left something valuable behind somewhere. Whether it was a set of keys, a handbag, wallet or smartphone, such forgetfulness would have caused considerable inconvenience. The Nokia Treasure Tag is designed to keep such lapses to a minimum.  Read More

The Haloband uses NFC technology and a companion app to allow users can control their smar...

From lifestyle monitors to UV detectors, recently we have seen an array of connected wristbands emerge to serve a variety of purposes. In a similar vein, the Haloband is designed to put the convenience of technology within arms reach, but does so by extending the functionality of a smartphone to your wrist.  Read More

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