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Zagg, OtterBox, Earbud Yo-Yo, Logitech— Good Gadget Accessories (Part 3)

We have a few more products to close out our chat about gadget accessories…

The Good

Zagg Z.buds

While there were a multitude of headsets, ear phones, and mobile holders at this year’s CES, a few stood out above the others. Zagg’s new Z.buds ($79.99) are great for listening to music or making calls with your… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 17, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

High Tech "Wake and Shake"

iLUV has done it again by bringing out a unique product for those who cringe at the sound of the morning alarm. The iMMM 153 desktop alarm for your iPod has a bed shaker you can tuck under you pillow to shake you out of your slumber along with your favorite music. The alarm has built-in speakers to hear your music with depth and clarity and features a large, easy to read display with a dimmer control. You can listen to the sounds from your IPod,… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 5, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

iGo Vs. Powermat: Gadget Accessories Good, Bad, and Ugly (Part 1)

As I said before, I try to be positive and open-minded when it comes to new technology. Not only are peoples’ livelihoods at stake, but we should realize that for every good tech product or service that makes it into our homes, 10 others tried and failed. But I am also cognizant of the fact that at Trender Research we focus on not just nerd-food, but tech devices and services that have a good chance of becoming mainstream— that is, they hit a sweet… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 13, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Sennheiser, Amulet Devices, and Joby -- Gadget Accessories Bad and Ugly (Part 2)

Getting out all our negative vibes in our latest chat about gadget accessories…

The Bad

It could be Murphy’s Law of trade shows, but I was pretty disappointed with the new Sennheiser HD 800 headphone speakers. Sennheiser claims “more than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the new HD 800” but… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 17, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Be Like Kirk with Neutrano’s Nutec WristFone (nerdy Star Trek uniform sold separately)

We cover a lot of different product categories at Trender Research, so it is not often we get to talk about a product that covers, well, ALL of them. Or just about. The new Nutec WristFone by Neutrano was launched at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas yesterday and it puts checkmarks down the list: mobile- check, communications- check, photography- check, audio- yup, video- sure, accessory- yes, the thing can EVEN tell time!

In all… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 1, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Back to School with Eviant Portable Digital TVs: Are Rabbit Ears Back?

Back in the day, when you went off to college you usually brought with you whatever you could scrounge from home— silverware, a dresser, maybe an old couch, and if you were lucky the old TV from the basement. Now that TV broadcasts have changed over from analog to digital, that old TV doesn’t cut it anymore. So as a shout-out to my nephews Dan, Ben, and Nick and my nieces Molly and Allison who all started their college careers this week, we take a… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on September 8, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tonium’s Pacemaker Makes You a Digital DJ: Audio Round-Up Part 1

This week we are covering some fun CE topics including audio, digital photography, digital peripherals and accessories, and we will close out on all the delicious new HDTVs coming out this year as well as the larger TV and Internet TV trends we are seeing.

One thing that has been clear for a long time is that digital everything is here to stay. Pretty much every device you had before is being digitized, many times enabling a whole set of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 4, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Vizio Continues to Exceed Expectations with Unlikely Success Story

It’s a familiar story. American companies outsourcing to companies in Asia that can produce quality products at lower cost. And not just outsourcing manufacturing and the jobs that go with it, but outsourcing innovation and entire product categories to foreign vendors.

So the Vizio story is quite amazing. The young Irvine, CA company, which only began ramping its operations five years ago, took over… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 5, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

WHDI Podcast: Can WHDI Become the Video Version of WiFi?

In our latest podcast, we chat with Leslie Chard, President of WHDI, LLC. In it, we talk about WHDI’s release of the new WHDI 1.0 specification, and what this means for the industry. Click here to listen and read on for our thoughts.

For over the top video (and for that matter any home HD video/media) to truly achieve mainstream adoption, it needs to find its way to the TVs… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 7, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Media Revolution: the iPod

Note: this Trender Post was original posted by Ben Preston and is being reposted here.

By Ben Preston, Senior Trender

It is clear to see that the iPod has been dominating the electronic world ever since it was released. The iPod wiped the portable CD player off the face of the earth within weeks of its introduction into the market and made all other MP3s obsolete. We have come a long way from the thick black and white screen from the first generation iPod that was… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 18, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Trender Awards Finalists Announced

Below are the finalists for the Trender Awards. The Trender Awards were created to honor gadgets and services that are not only cool, novel, and improve people's lives in some way, but also have appeal to everyday folks.


At final count we had almost 100 products or services for consideration. More than half of these products Trender Research has already covered or are from companies with which we have… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 19, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Trender Awards Winners Announced

Trender Research is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Trender Awards. At final count, almost 100 tech products and services were submitted for consideration by Trenders or the vendors themselves. From these candidates, we compiled a short-list of finalists that were announced last week.

The Trender Awards were created to honor… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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