CES 2016 : Wrap-Up

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Innovation lives at CES. People from all over the world come together to share ideas and innovations to the public and other industry leaders. CES takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo & Convention Center and many hotels throughout the Vegas strip. This year CES broke a record by filling up 2.47 million net sq. ft. of showroom floor with products and demos.

At this year’s CES, innovation was in everything from internet connected refrigerators to palm-sized drones. After four days of walking though miles of incredible tech, we wrapped up some of our favorite things from the show.

 

samsung_fridgeThe Smart Fridge

So, you’re at the supermarket and you’re not sure whether you’re running low on milk or if you need eggs… Samsung has made this problem a thing of the past! Their new smart fridge has cameras inside which let you know which items you’re running low on. Simply pull out your smart phone while at the market and you’ll be able to see which item are currently stocked in your fridge. The smart fridge also features a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen which allows you or others to write notes and reminders directly on the refrigerator. The screen also allows the user to get information like weather updates.

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Whirlpool is releasing a new 32-inch French Door smart refrigerator. This fridge features a “Party Mode,” which fills its ice bucket up faster and turns down its temperature in preparation for its doors being repeatedly opened by your guests. Through the Whirlpool app you can check the power, if the filter needs to be replaced or connect it to a Nest thermostat.

sony_hdr4K – HDR

Sony is all about 4K! Sony showed off their new line of 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs which combine the thinness of a smartphone with incredible picture thanks to their HDR technology. HDR provides higher contrast between light and dark images, resulting in a more realistic image. Sony says that its X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology “boosts and dims the backlight to create deeper blacks and brighter peak highlights.” Sony also unveiled a new 4K Handycam camcorder which boasts a high-sensitivity image sensor.

HDR content is already out on certain streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. 4K HDR content will also be available on 4K Blu-Rays which are slated to come out later this year. Samsung introduced a new 4K Blu-Ray player which will retail for around $399.
Samsung’s booth was also extremely impressive. They showed off everything from smart fridges to VR technology. Samsung unveiled new SUHD TVs with quantum dot displays. This technology allows for bright colorful displays similar to OLED. Among some of these new SUHD TVs are the world’s first bezel-less curved displays.

 

sony_hi_resHi-Res Audio

High Resolution-Audio is the next evolution of digital music. The Consumer Technology Association states, “with advances in computer memory and processing power, and today’s faster Internet speeds, music labels, audio equipment manufacturers and their supporting retailers can deliver in Hi-Res Audio the convenience of digital music with wide-bandwidth audio frequency range and improved dynamics that exceed even CD sound quality. It’s a difference that can be heard.” AT CES, Sony has brought more hi-res content to their hi-res audio platform. They also introduced the worlds smallest hi-res audio portable speaker.

But what if you want to hear hi-res audio and surround sound on a grander scale? MartinLogan revealed their hi-resolution wireless speakers called the Bravado. They allow for wireless streaming via DTS Play-Fi and apple AirPlay. Klipsch has also introduced the Reference Premiere HD Wireless Floorstanding Speaker. These speakers bring unbelievably lifelike sound to your music and movies when used as a pair or with other Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers and connects wirelessly to the HD Control Center. The Klipsch HD Control Center replaces complicated receivers and gives you the ability to place speakers anywhere in your room without running speaker wire through walls or under carpet. The HD Control Center creates its own dedicated network independent of your home WiFi to eliminate dropouts and interference caused by bandwidth constraints within your home.

 

under_armourWearables

Fitness trackers are now integrated into anything you would normally wear on your wrist. Swarovski bracelets have trackers! Fitness tracking technology is now integrated into normal watches. Fossil showcased a new line of watches in their Grant collection with fitness tracking capabilities. The watch pushes data to your smart phone via the Fossil app.

Under Armour took a different approach with fitness tracking. They introduces a Health Box which incorporates a fitness tracker for your wrist, a heart monitor for when you’re working out and a digital scale to track your weight loss progress. This all automatically communicates with each other to track your entire workout for more accurate results.

 

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One of the best parts of CES is seeing all the new innovations from companies whom are just starting out. A new start-up is looking to become the first Keurig for cocktails. Somabar is a Wi-Fi connected smart bartender. It can mix up to 300 different cocktails controlled via your smartphone. Fill up a SomaPod with your favorite liquors and mixers (each pod/container is electronically tagged), find a drink you’d like to have and the SomaBar will make it for you. The device automatically cleans itself after a night of usage and is created to fit in all standard home kitchens.

CES 2016: The Global Stage for Innovation

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

 

New Smart homes products: CES 2016 will bring more of you homes appliances connected. We will see new products, more lights, surveillance cameras, washers and driers, and coffee makers. There will be plenty of products taking advantage of Apple’s HomeKit and Samsung’s SmartThings smartphone platforms. However, we also expect one-off appliances and lighting that you can control from your smartphone.

 

4K 4K 4K: There are more 4K TV’s in homes than ever before. We expect to see more content, bigger TVS and 4K Blu-rays! For the unfamiliar, 4K displays offer screen resolutions of 2160×3840 pixels — four times as many as standard 1080p HDTVs. The more pixels a screen has, the more information it can display, which results in sharper images on increasingly larger panels.

 

Virtual Reality: With Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders on January 6th, we plan to see plenty of VR at this year’s CES. We will see Facebook’s Oculus, HTC and Valve’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR which are all expected to hit the consumer market in the months following CES. Consumer’s questions and concerns should be answered in Las Vegas. How much will they cost? When are their scheduled release dates?

 

 

 

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.

 

          

STARPOWER EXPO 2016 ANNOUNCED

The 31st Starpower EXPO will be the Largest as it Returns with Never Before Seen Technology

 

DALLAS, TEXAS, November 16, 2015- The nationally hailed Starpower EXPO returns November 20th through the 22nd.  The event features consumer electronics technology that has never been seen by the general public, including Sony’s 4K UHD Laser projector, Kaleidescape’s Strato movie player the world’s first and only 4K Ultra HD high-dynamic-range movie player, a $60,000 pair of James Loudspeaker speakers which are one of only two pairs in the world and the all-new Sonos Play:5 among hundreds of other new products never before available. This event features representatives from the top manufacturers across the globe that will be present to give in-store demonstrations and consultations.

 

Once again, Ed Kellum & Son Appliances will also be included in this national event, showing off appliance brands Sub Zero, Thermador, Viking, Wolf, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool, outdoor cooking from Alfresco and even an entirely new “Live” Kitchen from Bosch alongside existing cooking live cooking demos from all manufacturers.

 

The Starpower EXPO 2016 will take place at the 15,000 square foot North Dallas showroom located at 15340 North Dallas Parkway Suite 1000, Dallas, Texas 75248. In addition, a 2,000 square foot tent has been erected to house the overflow of featured inventory. Doors will be open on November 20th and 21st from 10am to 8pm and November 22rd from 12pm to 6pm.  All other regional Starpower stores, located at Knox & Cole and in Southlake, will be closed during this special weekend. All stores will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, November 23rd. “Starpower Expo now draws customers from all over the United States. It is remarkable how the event that started in 2001 now hosts thousands of people making purchases on the hottest technology.” Said David Pidgeon, President and CEO of Starpower. Pidgeon continued “it is Starpower’s biggest event and there is simply nothing else like it.”

 

Starpower added millions of dollars of special buys for this event in anticipation of a record weekend. EXPO deals include a 50” 1080P LED TV for $298, two 100% custom leather chairs for $999, a Sony HD projector for $388- with a free 110” screen and hundreds of amazing buys. In addition to the daily EXPO deals, customers can take advantage of a 32” HD flat screen for $99 on Saturday only, available to the first 30 customers through the doors. Customers who spend $2000 or more on leather, projectors, home theaters or electronics will receive a pair of Platinum Level tickets to a Dallas Mavericks’ home game (select seats, select games, one pair per household, no cash value).

 

Special appearances from Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett, Friday 2pm-3pm and Tim Brown, Friday 4pm-5pm. Shoppers or visitors to the event are advised to arrive early as there will be hundreds waiting to enter the location.

 

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STARPOWER EXPO 2016 – NOVEMBER 20, 21 & 22 – NORTH DALLAS LOCATION

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EXPO PREVIEW 2016
It’s HERE! The Nationally acclaimed Starpower EXPO 2016

Don’t miss our best prices of the year. Come see us at our North Dallas Showroom, 15340 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 1000 Dallas, TX 75248:

• Friday, November 20, 10am – 8pm

• Saturday, November 21, 10am-8pm

• Sunday, November 22, 12pm-6pm

This is your opportunity to explore and experience the latest cutting-edge technology first! Meet and deal directly with over 50 electronics and appliance manufacturers. See new prototype products, mixed with ridiculous prices on thousands of items that no one can match. We’ve added millions of dollars of special buys for this event! There is even a tent that is erected to hold the additional inventory and closeout specials. This event is so big that we’re closing our other Starpower locations for 3 days. For those of you that have never been to one of these, I can assure you, there is nothing else like it anywhere.

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When was the first Starpower EXPO?

The first Starpower EXPO occurred fifteen years ago in 1999. We were looking for a way to get our manufacturers to bring in future technology that was not yet available. In 2001, Mark Cuban came out to the Starpower EXPO to see the various HDTV sets (which was at the time just coming available). He helped promote the technology. He ended up spending most of Saturday speaking to people, meeting manufacturers and seeing extremely innovative electronics.

Will the other Starpower locations be open for business November 20th - November 22nd?

The North Dallas location will be the only store open, all other locations will re-open on Monday, November 23rd.

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Will there be any special guest appearances?

Yes! Meet Hall-of-Famers Tony Dorsett and Tim Brown on Friday!

Tony Dorsett: Friday 2PM – 3PM
Tim Brown:    Friday 5PM – 6PM

 

What can I expect to see?

All of the latest cutting edge technology from top manufacturers and unbelievable prices on thousands of items!

 

Who will be there to help guide me?

There will representatives from all the top manufacturers and Starpower sales associates will be on hand to help answer all your questions.

 

Can I get my purchases delivered the same day?

If you purchase your items before 2pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday it will be delivered the same day! We will not deliver the same day after 2pm. All purchases must be made in-store on in stock merchandise and paid in full by 2pm. We will deliver to a 20-mile radius of our North Dallas showroom.

 

What payment do you accept?

We accept credit card and cash.

 

Where can I find the 2016 EXPO deals?

Sign up below to be the first to learn about our 2016 EXPO deals.

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Where is the North Dallas showroom?

 

North Dallas Showroom:

15340 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75248
972-503-6000

Partners Card 2015

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Celebrate 20 Years of Starpower and Save an extra 20% with Partners Card! For 20 years, Starpower has continued to grow while other retailers like Circuit City, Ultimate Electronics, Tweeter, Incredible Universe and CompUSA have slowly gone out of business. The best part: Starpower gives back!

Starpower is a proud sponsor of Partners Card benefitting The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency. When you purchase a Partners Card, 100% of your card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence.

At Starpower, your Partners Card can help you save up to 20% on hundreds of items that are rarely or never discounted. It’s great to know that not only are helping a great cause but you’re also getting an incredible deal for yourself!

 

What is Partners Card?

Partners Card is the only sale where you truly save.  That is, save lives and support the critical work of The Family Place.

Partners Card is the signature fundraiser for The Family Place, one of the longest-serving family violence service providers in the state. The Partners Card effort has raised over $13 million to help break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.

How does Partners Card work?

  • Go into any Starpower location between October 30th and November 8th!
  • Purchase a Partners Card ($70) – 100% of your card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence.
  • Use your Partners Card to save up to 20% on your Starpower purchases.
  • Get up to 20% off of custom leather seating, audio, security, accessories, the latest in home automation, and the best brands… ALL with Partners Card savings!
  • Get up to 10% off video electronics.
  • You can also enjoy saving and shopping at hundreds of retailers in the Metroplex.

Where do I pick up my Partners Card?

  • Any Starpower location: North Dallas on the Tollway, Uptown at Knox & Cole or Southlake across from Town Square.

 

Above discounts apply at Starpower only; not available on appliance purchase at Ed Kellum & Son. UMRP and UPP priced products are excluded. Visit a Starpower showroom near you for more details on Partners Card. Our team of experts will help answer any questions you may have about Partners Card as well as helping you find the perfect holiday gifts for friends, family or yourself. Request a quote below.

Starpower and Partners Card. Saving lives and supporting the critical work of The Family Place.

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