Electronics

Comic-Con Bags, 'Pokemon Go' and the Case for Augmented Reality
July 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm

As we've seen with the unbelievable popularity of "Pokemon Go", people love augmented reality—or AR—when it's done right. (The hundreds of kids descending on Central Park for one Pokemon is a good example.) For this year's Comic-Con in…

CPSC Recalls More Than 500,000 Hoverboards
July 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

In February, we reported that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) had ruled every hoverboard unsafe. Now, the CPSC has gone one step further and recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards and…

Will Apple's Latest iPhone 7 Redesign Affect Promotional Products?
June 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

If you're a distributor or supplier of promotional earbuds and headphones, you're going to want to take note of Apple's latest iPhone 7 news. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to remove the headphone plug to make the iPhone 7 thinner and improve…

Fitbit Heart-rate Tracker Deemed 'Highly Inaccurate,' New Study Says
May 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Fitbits have proven to save lives and detect lies and may someday advance science, but a new study found Fitbit's heart rate trackers in multiple models of the devices to be unreliable. The catch, however, is the law firm behind a lawsuit against Fitbit funded the study that researchers at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., conducted...

Budweiser Introduces First NBA Virtual Reality Experience
May 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

This week, the Philadelphia 76ers became the first team to introduce ads on jerseys. Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers have participated in another NBA first as part of the team's playoff series. Budweiser sponsored the league's first virtual reality (VR) experience in partnership with the Cavaliers, according to Adweek. The Budweiser and Cleveland…

Are Shock Bands the Next Wearable Frontier?
April 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Lately, wearables have been in the news for everything from saving lives to uncovering lies. But wearable devices have only begun to scratch the surface of their capabilities. According to Engadget, a wearables company, Pavlok,…

Fitbit Data Shows Woman Lied About Sexual Assault
April 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Last week, we learned that, for the first time in medical history, doctors used a patient's Fitbit to make a crucial decision regarding treatment. It turned out to save the man's life in the end.…

Coleman Recalls Flashlights Due to Fire Hazard
April 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Coleman, Wichita, Kan., is recalling its CTAC Lithium-Ion Flashlights due to a fire hazard. The CPSC reported that the flashlights' batteries can overheat and ignite. The recall…

Last Chance to Vote! PM Video Battle: KTI Networks/KTI Promo Versus United Print Group Inc.
April 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Promo Marketing’s Video Battle pits two industry videos against each other for the chance at the ultimate bragging right: Being declared our readership’s absolute favorite. (Next up: They're calling for snow this weekend here in Philadelphia. I don't know how many more times I have to say that sentence before we get consistent heat.) Last…

CPSC Hands Down Record $15.45M Penalty
March 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced last week that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electrical Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., City of Industry, Calif., (Gree) will pay a $15.45 million civil penalty to the government for failure to report defective dehumidifiers. This is a…