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TWT Audio makes durable headphones for music and gaming @ CES 2023



TWT Audio Durable HeadphonesWhen you work with audio hardware, you know that it can be fragile. This is especially the case when you take something like headphones and put them into a public space, like a school, library, or gaming center. When people don’t have to pay for something, they don’t have a lot of respect for it. This is known as the tragedy of the commons. However, sometimes a company comes along to tackle these common issues, like TWT Audio.

Who is TWT Audio?

TWT Audio is a brand that designs and produces headphones. The brand started out in the educational space producing headphones for schools. The top challenge that they experienced in schools was the durability of the headphones. Kids didn’t have any interest in maintaining headphones that weren’t theirs, especially in an environment they might not want to be in. So, the company took on this challenge to help reduce costs for schools.

Today, the company has taken what it learned in the educational sphere and has applied it to the consumer market. By bringing the concept of durability to consumer headphones, they have entered into an interesting space that has been sorely lacking for years. In addition, the company also focuses on keeping the cost of the products down while also making them visually unique.

TWT Audio’s focus on design

The initial products from the product line are focused on standard headphone use – music and speech. These headphones are comfortable and durable, while also sounding great. But the company has another differentiator – modular design. Many of the products have the ability to replace the pieces that take the most damage through usual use. For example, if your ear cups wear out or start to shred, which they will, you can unclip them and replace them.

Another aspect of modular design is in the cabling. The cable itself can be removed, allowing you to replace it in the event the cable wears out. We know that these cables, no matter what you do to prepare, are going to wear out, so this is a nice option. However, it also gives the ability to change the type of cable. Want to hook up to a headphone jack? No problem. Connecting to a computer? That’s an option. Looking to connect to a Hi-Fi system? That cable exists, too. So, one headset to rule them all.

In addition to the standard audio headphones, the company is also releasing their Victory series – a line of gaming focused headphones. They feature the same focus on quality and durability, but with different tuning. Rather than tuning the headphones for speech and music, the Victory series is tuned for foley. Foley is an term for the physical sound effects in media, such as snapping celery to create the sound of a punch.

In this case, the tuning allows a gamer to hear things like gunfire and footsteps in more detail than other sounds. With that focus, a player can get a better feel for where another player is in relationship to themselves.

Summary

TWT Audio products are available for purchase now. Headphones range in price from around $20 to $180. To learn more about the company, you can go to its website. To purchase one for yourself, you can find them on Amazon.

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Toniebox makes story and music time easier for young kids @ CES 2023



tonies kids' smart speakerChildren enjoy music and stories, but younger kids need help. Things like CDs or even streaming services require too much interaction and knowledge – plus they usually require a screen. This is where the Toniebox comes in, producing a smart speaker that allows kids to listen to music and stories on their own in a safe and easy way.

What is the Toniebox?

It’s an innovative audio system designed specifically for little listeners. With its soft, rugged construction and low-maintenance charging, Toniebox is the perfect companion for your child’s music adventures. It also comes with a select compilation of traditional children’s songs preloaded, so there’s no need to search through endless libraries of music!

Just turn it on and pop a Tonie on top, and your child can be off to explore the audio world! With its long-lasting battery life of up to 7 hours, you can be sure that Toniebox will keep kids entertained all day long. So, set your little ones free with this speaker – they’ll love it!

The Toniebox is a fantastic way to introduce children to music, stories, and sound effects in an interactive and engaging format. Get your kids’ imagination running wild with this fun and an easy-to-use audio system!

How does the Toniebox work?

Simply turn on the Toniebox and pop a Tonie on top. The device then automatically starts playing audio content from the chosen Tonie. If this is the first time that the Tonie has been placed on the box, it will go out to the internet and download the associated audio file. This means that you’ll need to be connected to the internet the first time you use a new Tonie. After that, the audio is stored on the Toniebox for future listening. In fact, the speaker has the ability to hold around 100 audio files and has an algorithm to determine what to remove based on how frequently and recently a Tonie has been used.

When your child is done listening, just take off the Tonie and the Toniebox will power down automatically. With its easy-on, easy-off charging system, you can be sure that your Toniebox is always ready for those long listening sessions. This makes it easy for the kid to use the box and not have to worry so much about charging.

What audio is available?

There are some great options available, including children’s songs, stories, and sound effects – so there’s something for everyone! The company produces a variety of Tonies based on existing and original characters. These characters include everything from Sesame Street to Disney to Peter Rabbit. Some of these Tonies have licensed content that already exists, while others have original content.

For example, the company has worked directly with the voice actors for several Sesame Street voice actors in order to create exclusive stories within the Sesame Street experience. The company also has its own characters available. This allows them to expand the offering beyond just licensing.

Summary

The Toniebox is currently available in several various markets. The starter sets run $100 which includes the Toniebox and a variety of Tonies depending on the set. Additional Tonies are available generally running at $15. Some of the more unique Tonies, such as the nightlight, cost more. To learn more about Tonies and the Toniebox, head over to the company’s website.

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GlobalM is upgrading the way broadcasters transmit video @ CES 2023



GlobalM Television Streaming SystemIf you are trying to broadcast an event around the globe with multiple unrelated endpoints, the infrastructure can be difficult and expensive. Traditionally, this has required satellites and hard links on both the transmitter and receiver’s side. This means that smaller production houses would be unable to take advantage of the ability to transmit to a global audience and also prevent them from being able to receive these feeds, as well. GlobalM has taken this concept and moved it off of satellites and onto the internet.

What is GlobalM?

GlobalM is a point-to-multipoint content distribution platform that removes the need for satellite connections. It does this by utilizing SRT, a low-latency streaming protocol originally developed by Haivision. This makes it easier and more cost-effective to provide live streams to multiple unrelated endpoints around the world, allowing even small production houses to reach their desired global audience.

GlobalM also allows for the scalability of your network, which means that you can use one source pod and scale it up to multiple destination pods. Each stream destination will have its own unique SRT stream URI that you can use to access the broadcasted content. Moreover, GlobalM works with any encoder or decoder that supports SRT, as well as with its own integrated mobile app for iOS and Android.

How does GlobalM work?

GlobalM works by taking a single source stream and encoding it into multiple SRT streams that are sent to each individual receiving device. This means that the broadcaster is only sending out one stream, but it is being received simultaneously by every receiver in the network. The main benefit of this approach is that GlobalM can deliver low-latency live video with an extremely high picture quality even over long distances due to its optimized network topology.

Overall, GlobalM provides a great solution for event broadcasting on a global scale. It allows production houses to easily reach their target audience without having to worry about expensive satellite connections or hard links – all while providing low latency, high-quality streaming at a fraction of the cost. With its scalable network and integrated mobile app, GlobalM makes it easy to broadcast any event around the world.

Who is GlobalM for?

GlobalM is for any organization or individual wanting to broadcast their event to a global audience. It is perfect for live-streaming events such as conferences, sports tournaments, concerts, religious ceremonies, and more. With GlobalM, you can easily reach viewers around the world without having to worry about the cost and complexity of satellite connections. Moreover, it allows your stream to be delivered with low latency and high quality even over long distances due to its optimized network topology. Whether you’re looking to reach a large international audience or just stream a small event locally, GlobalM has you covered.

Summary

In short, GlobalM provides a reliable, cost-effective, and easy-to-use platform for distributing content to multiple unrelated destinations around the globe. With it, you can reach a larger audience with ease. GlobalM is available for broadcasters to use now. To learn more or get a demo of the technology, head over to the company’s website.

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ION3 makes entertainment more real through scent technology @ CES 2023



ION3 Virtual ScentsWe’ve all seen movies where someone smells something, and it transports them to another time or place. Whether it’s the smell of freshly baked cookies that takes you back to your childhood or the smell of a summer rainstorm that reminds you of a romantic moment, scent can be a powerful trigger for memories. Now, thanks to OVR Technology‘s ION3, we can experience smell through our entertainment.

What is OVR Technology and how does it work?

OVR Technology’s ION3 merges the virtual reality experience with actual reality through scent. Using an ION3, users can attach scent capsules to their existing virtual reality headsets. When the user is in a particular environment or playing a game, the scent capsule will activate and release the chosen scent. This makes for a more immersive experience as you can smell and sense what’s happening around you like never before.

Imagine being in a cooking game, and while cooking, the game was able to produce scents to represent the virtual food being cooked. Or, in a game like Left 4 Dead, you can smell the environment around you. This would allow you to know when a zombie has approached you based on the strength of the scent. Or you can identify Special Infected because of a change in scent around you. Of course, the smell would not be pleasant, but it would be effective.

How does OVR Technology’s ION3 work?

The system uses a scent cartridge, similar to a printer cartridge. In this cartridge are what the company describes as the eight “core scent profiles.” From these 8 scents, a developer can create a large variety of scents in various strengths. The technology can be integrated into nearly any type of media type, including games and movies, enhancing the experience.

The scents are programmatically created, meaning that the application or media property must be involved in the creation of these scents. This means that developers, directors, and producers are going to have to buy into the concept in order to see this concept gain momentum.

Fortunately, the concept has a long history in entertainment – especially in live entertainment. If you’ve ever been to a theme park, you might have been on one of the 4D experiences. While the majority of the experience is based around a 3D movie, the enhancements come from air, water, and smell. These experiences are scripted and controlled under the constraints of the movie experience, making the technology a little easier.

However, OVR Technology’s ION3 has managed to take the concept and make it universally applicable outside of the controlled environment. In addition, they have made the technology small enough that it can be included into a home rig, but powerful enough to be included into professional experiences.

Summary

The ION3 from OVR Technology is currently planned to be launched publicly during 2023, though plans can always change. To learn more about the company, the ION3, and how this technology might fit into your life, you can head over to the company’s website.

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Pixelworks: 20-year leader in image processing innovation @ CES 2022



Pixelworks TrueCut Motion video perfectionFor content creators, one of the biggest issues can be ensuring that what the end consumer hears and sees is exactly what you intended. In theaters, this problem has been mostly remedied by creating industry standards that apply across theater chains and projector manufacturers. However, as more media has moved to home viewing, the experience changes significantly, depending on the hardware being used – particularly the television. This is exactly the problem that Pixelworks is looking to solve with TrueCut Motion.

Who is Pixelworks?

Pixelworks is a 20-year leader in image processing innovation, providing solutions and technology that enable highly authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality. Their products are used by some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics, professional displays, and video streaming industries. The company is committed to delivering even more impressive image processing technologies in the years to come!

What is TrueCut Motion?

TrueCut Motion is Pixelworks’ new technology designed with the needs of content creators in mind. The goal is to ensure that motion picture quality and sound are delivered exactly as they were intended, regardless of which display or projector a viewer chooses to use. The company has created multiple levels of TrueCut Motion technology, allowing them to provide solutions for any budget or need.

As we move further into the era of streaming media, it’s more important than ever to have a technology provider that understands the challenges and intricacies of delivering high-quality content. Pixelworks is that company, and TrueCut Motion is their solution for ensuring an optimal viewing experience for everyone, regardless of their setup.

How does TrueCut Motion work?

TrueCut Motion technology has been developed over Pixelworks’ 20-year history and is an important part of their continued innovation. It works by manipulating pixels to adjust for perceived judder, which can make content feel choppy or unnatural when viewed on a television. The team has worked diligently to create algorithms that fully compensate for this, delivering a smooth and seamless picture.

The Pixelworks team has also worked on noise reduction, eliminating unwanted visual artifacts that could otherwise detract from the viewing experience. The company incorporates three different levels of noise reduction into TrueCut Motion technology – Ultra Precision, Precision, and High Efficiency – all depending on the budget or needs of their customer. They are the only company to offer this level of customization for noise reduction.

Pixelworks has big plans for TrueCut Motion and image processing in general. They want to continue developing technologies that will make it easier than ever for content creators to deliver an optimal viewing experience across all screens – from smartphones and tablets to large home theater displays. Pixelworks is also working on ensuring that their technology works with newer display formats like HDR, making it even more impressive and useful for content creators across all media!

TrueCut Motion and TCL

At CES this year, Pixelworks announced a new partnership with TCL – one of the world’s largest television manufacturers. This means that the TrueCut Motion technology will be integrated into select TCL televisions, delivering an even better viewing experience for consumers. With Pixelworks and TCL working together, we’re sure to see some impressive advancements in the near future!

Summary

If you want more information about Pixelworks, TrueCut Motion, or their partnership with TCL check out the Pixelworks website.

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Jooki keeps kids engaged without screens using NFC ToyTouch @ CES 2022



Jooki smart speakerKids love video games, there’s no doubt about that. However, a number of studies have shown that constant screen time can lead to developmental issues. It can cause issues with blurred reality, social interactions, and more. As additional information has become available, some people have worked hard to develop products that help engage kids with traditional-style toys and games without the need for screens. One such product is Jooki, a combination of toy and music without the screen.

What is Jooki?

Jooki combines toys and characters with music – all things that kids love. Kids can use the characters to choose music and stories from the Jooki player. Simply place the right character on the platform and the corresponding music or story will play. Each token and figurine has a square base so that kids can only place them on the speaker the correct way. This helps kids with matching while also incorporating sounds.

Parents have the ability to choose what is available to their kids. They can record audio, including stories, from themselves and their family to be played on the device. They can also choose to stream music from Spotify directly to the speaker. Then, simply match the character piece with the audio that they want to be played and Jooki is ready to go.

How does it work?

This year, the company introduced the second generation of Jooki speakers. The new model has been enhanced in several ways, including adding new, brighter character figurines and tokens, and more stylish buttons. The speaker also features 5 GB of internal memory and 8 hours of battery life, meaning that it can be used on the go without internet access for a long time. For when you want to give your kids the ability to stream content, the speaker also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios.

The speaker itself features a 360-degree speaker design, so multiple kids and other family members can sit together around the speaker to listen. This gives the ability for a parent or grandparent to sit with the child while a story is being read and follow along. You can even use it to monitor your child’s sleep and nap times!

NFC technology and Muuselabs electronics keep kids away from screens with Jooki. Each character figurine and token has a unique identifier which, when in contact with the Jooki speaker, tells that device what audio to play. Some can be played without the need for internet access, like local stories. Others will require internet access, like music and podcasts from Spotify.

Summary

The Jooki generation 2 is available now in various kits. Prices start at $112.99 for a player with 2 standard tokens. The largest kit costs $179.99 for a player with 8 standard tokens and 5 figurines. There are currently 2 other sets available, as well. You can also purchase additional tokens and figurines. 6 tokens cost $24.99 and 5 figurines cost $34.99. To learn more about the product or to purchase one for your family, head to the company’s website.

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TXTOmedia: Create effective, scalable online video content @ CES 2022



TXTOmedia AI-powered video contentIn today’s global world, it is necessary to produce and distribute customer-facing documentation in different languages and versions. TXTOmedia offers a future-proof solution that unlocks endless possibilities for your content, way beyond the limitations of paper. The company can automatically convert any text into compelling video content with just one click – and you don’t need to be a technical expert. We got the details at CES 2022.

How it works

TXTOmedia is the perfect solution for businesses that want to create effective, scalable online video content without any of the hassle. Rather than going through and having to write scripts, hire editors, enlist voice actors, and all of the other work that goes into creating a how-to video, you can just use the information you already have.

The platform uses your existing documents, including internal development documents and written guides and manuals, and applies an AI algorithm to produce content. The platform is specifically tuned to create explainer videos for existing and potential customers. TXTOmedia takes care of all the hard work so you can focus on what really counts: making an impactful difference in your customers’ lives!

With TXTOmedia, you can easily produce videos in multiple languages. Using the content that’s already been produced, the platform converts to other languages and exports a new copy of the videos, expanding the range of your marketing and support nearly instantly.

Who it’s for

Creating a new product is hard. Creating a new company is harder. For those who are trying, TXTOmedia is a great partner. A small company likely can’t afford a dedicated support team. A large company often has too much information to narrow down the content. This platform can assist in both situations.

For small companies, you can augment your support team with video. When most of us need help, we search online. Written content is good for some, but videos are better for most. The user can see exactly what they need to do to use your product or fix a problem. But it’s expensive to hire the right team, mine through support documents, and produce videos. TXTOmedia eliminates that so you can focus on what you do best.

For large companies, there is a ton of data. Your existing support team is managing tickets from customers. Your designers and engineers and building the product. Your QA is looking for common mistakes. These teams infrequently work together, so data sharing is a problem. TXTOmedia does the data sharing for you to determine what content is needed. Even better, it produces the content for you, freeing up your teams to focus on their daily jobs. This enhances your customer’s experience, whether they are calling, chatting, or looking for video help.

Summary

TXTOmedia offers a future-proof solution that unlocks endless possibilities for your existing content – way beyond the limitations of paper. Create how to videos in a snap, all without having to learn how to edit, or without hiring a team. To learn more, check out the company’s website.

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Why you need AV Mapping AI engine for video content creation @ CES 2021



AV Mapping music matchingMaking a film, video, or any other such content is challenging. You need to do a lot, such as looking for music, getting music licensing, and much more. However, AV Mapping has changed the game of video content creation with their latest technology.

The AI engine of AV Mapping allows you to search music for your videos, video buyers, and much more. Here is everything you need to know about their latest technology.

The AI Engine Of AV Mapping

As of now, AV Mapping has introduced its first product. The tool allows for music analysis, text analysis, and video analysis. For example, video analysis provides details on color, rhythm, personnel, and much more.

In the same way, other content is also analyzed so that you can get what you need. The AI is smart and will recommend you everything you need to make your video better and optimized. It is a giant leap for content creation as the technology is unique and new.

Why You Need Video Soundtrack Analysis?

Instead of going through the tedious process of finding the right music for your video, you can simply use the product by AV Mapping. However, it does much more than that, which includes:

  • Frame by frame analysis
  • Sound noise reduction
  • Still image color card production
  • Sound project development
  • Sound design

If you are in the content creation industry, this is the perfect tool for you as it will save you time, effort, cost, and much more.

Final Words

That was your complete guide to the first AI engine by AV Mapping. It will allow you to smoothly produce any video you want within a small time frame. You can drastically reduce your time and create content much faster and conveniently.

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Soul Blade earbuds want to help improve how you run @ CES 2021



Soul Blade runner earbudsMany of us always take our music with us. Whether we have over-ear or on-ear headphones, or in-ear earbuds, a lot of people carry some sort of personal audio product with them all the time. However, one group often struggles to find earbuds that work for them – runners. The new Soul Blade true wireless earbuds helps to address the concerns of runners, while adding capability for others.

The standard consumer earbuds tend to not be designed to stay in during intense motion, such as running. Specific devices tend to treat a symptom, like running a strap behind the head to keep from losing it. The Soul Blade earbuds address this problem the way older sport buds once did – with little blades inside the ear to hold them in place.

But, this isn’t where the Soul Blades really set themselves apart. The truly engaging feature of these earbuds is the health features. Built-in to the earbuds is a collection of health monitoring sensors, which can be used to track running form and vital stats. The system is even able to provide warning before injuries.

When there is an area of your form that requires improvement, a voice will chime in through the earbuds and let you know. Some of the capabilities aimed at running form include head angle, body tilt, and stride distance. At the end of the run, the connected SOULFIT app can give you detailed information about your form and any mistakes you may have made. You can also see visual representations of potential injury. You also get more traditional information, such as time, speed, calories burned, as well as a map of your run.

The Soul Blade true wireless earbuds will be available around the start of Q2 2021, and will retail for $199. To learn more about the company and its full product line, you can head to the Soul website.

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Nicole Holland is all about connecting the right people together



Nicole Holland - Traffic Generation RockstarOne of the most fun aspects of Collision Conference is getting to interact with the other press and influencers in the Media Village. We get to meet people from the big publications who are always interested in our indiscrete studio setup, and we meet influencers who are looking for contacts and pointers. This year, we got the opportunity to speak with Nicole Holland, a “traffic generation rockstar.” She sat near out studio and started talking with the staff. During a break, I had the opportunity to talk with her and she did exactly what her title suggests – brought traffic to others. She lined up our interview with GenM and worked to bring us others.

But, the reality is, Nicole is an interesting person with a very positive personality. She is always looking for ways to connect people, which is a trait that our team admires because it is something that we try to do as well. It’s no wonder that people can connect with her easily and listen to what she has to say. That is the at the core of being a successful influencer in the modern age. If you can genuinely connect with people, they will trust your recommendations.

One of her big topics is podcasts, which is a perfect fit for us. She facilitates inspiring success stories, gives tips and tricks, and more on her show. She also helps others get started in telling their own brand stories through podcasting. Right now, podcasting can be a great way to reach your audience, either through your series or by guesting on someone else’s. Nicole Holland can help you use this medium to grow your influence.

To learn more about Nicole, hear her podcast, or engage her services, head on over to her website.

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