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News from CES: Products Doing More with Less

January 08, 2015

By Jess Bedsole

As a growing number of Americans are being swept away by the “Tiny House Movement” and the general practice of doing more with less, the tech industry has taken notice.

Just take a look at recent unveilings at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, happening this week in Las Vegas. Electronic devices are getting increasingly smaller while either maintaining previous capabilities or expanding them. Prices are staying constant or increasing modestly.

One mainstream item taken to task is the pricey Apple iPad (starting at $499). The new Onda V919 3G Air, at first glance, looks exactly like the iPad 2. It almost looks like a shameless rip-off. However, on closer inspection, you realize it’s actually a smart android device – offering a dual-boot Android KitKat and Windows 8.1. It’s starting price tag? Under $200.

Another inexpensive product that’s making “Best Of CES” lists is the new Sling TV service from Dish Network. Sling TV starts at $20-per-month and enables instant streaming from 10 popular networks: TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2. No more missing basketball games during family dinner at Grandma’s? Score.

You can also say goodbye to all your devices’ individual chargers . . . by saying hello to the Energous WattUp systems. It uses a mix technology (some of it patent pending) to power your devices wirelessly from within 15 feet. Don’t exactly hold your breath though; according to Engadget, Energous won’t be bringing WattUp to market until early 2016.

If you still prefer the plug, connect with Zolt, the tiny laptop charger that can charge up to three devices at once while being three to four times smaller than the average adapter. You can also plug your phone, tablet or camera in to gain some juice.

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