Showing that Internet connections are spreading beyond computers and smartphones, electronics company Philips has brought networking to a handful of gadgets for the home.
That fabled failure of techno-enthusiasm, the Internet-enabled refrigerator, remains a thing of the future. But at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Philips announced a Wi-Fi-enabled air purifier that can be controlled over the Internet, a baby monitor that can use cellular data networks, and a cooker that can use online recipes.
"The Internet of things is quickly becoming a reality, and Philips will drive that change," he said said Pieter Nota, executive vice … Read more
Philips rolled out a new cloud-based service promising hundreds of TV channels to its smart TV users.
Dubbed Cloud TV, the service announced Thursday streams local, national, international, and special interest TV channels over the Internet to Philips smart TVs. The lineup includes both premium and non-premium channels, most of which are freely available, Philips said. Users can check out the channels through the accompanying Cloud TV app, which sorts them by genre and popularity.
The service is compatible with all Philips smart TV models introduced in 2012 and later and is already available across parts of Europe and Russia.… Read more
BERLIN -- Want to be the next superstar DJ? Dutch trance DJ Armin van Buuren is looking to train future competition with the Philips M1x-DJ, an iPad mixing deck dropping beats at technology rave IFA 2013.
Developed by van Buuren in collaboration with Philips, the portable M1X-DJ unit includes twin turntables and speakers, and comes with the Algoriddim DJing app.
The mini-mixer includes a cue button to match trancey dancey tunes from each turntable ready to drop your next beat. Other beat-matching features include a BPM counter and tempo adjustment slider to help you bring "American Pie" into &… Read more
BERLIN -- The Philips 9000 Series is Philips' first foray into Ultra High Definition television, unveiled at technology show IFA 2013 in Berlin. Philips also announced a four-sided Ambilight TV, called Elevation.
There are two UHD TVs in the 9000 range: a 65-inch model and an 84-inch model, both displaying 3,840x2,160 pixels of eye-popping detail.
Both TVs are LED-backlit and have three-sided Ambilight, which projects light from the top and sides of the TV to complement the colours on the screen, drawing you in to your film or TV show as you watch. To massage your ears as … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Philip Rosedale's second act could be a 3D virtual world that will feel like real life in terms of the speed of interaction, use body tracking sensors for more life-like avatars, and apply the compute power of tens of millions of devices contributed by end users, rather than tens of thousands of servers, to power the world.
Rosedale, who created Second Life in 2000 and which still has about a million users, spoke at the Augmented World Expo here Tuesday. He declined to say exactly what his new company, High Fidelity, is up to, but … Read more
TP Vision (a joint venture between Philips and TP Technology) has just announced its latest DesignLine TVs. In terms of aesthetics, the Philips PDL8908 is truly in a class of its own with a unibody glass chassis that stretches all the way to the floor.
This design eliminates the need for a separate stand, while the progressively translucent glass surface is another special touch. Adding to the series' overall good looks is an alluring halo that mirrors the onscreen colors and is created by the onboard Ambilight function. … Read more
Royal Philips Electronics has signed a deal to sell its consumer-oriented lifestyle entertainment division to Funai Electric.
According to Philips' announcement today, Funai is paying 150 million euros ($202 million) for the division, which includes audio, visual, multimedia, and accessories. Funai will also license the Philips brand for five-and-a-half years.
Philips' lifestyle entertainment division is made up of a wide range of consumer products, including the company's home speakers, DVD players, and headphones. Although those products will still be available with Philips branding, Osaka, Japan-based Funai will be developing them.
According to Philips CEO Frans van Houten, the move … Read more
The Philips Shoqbox SB7200 portable wireless speaker doesn't fill a room with sound quite as well as the pricier Shoqbox SB7300 model, but a tough shell helps it stand out among all the portable Bluetooth speakers currently flooding the category.
The hard-mesh speaker and rubber casing amplify bass tones as well as protect the unit from dirt and dust, making it a logical companion on outdoor adventures like hikes and trips to the beach. Pro tip: its light waterproofing also does equally well in your bathroom if you prefer bathing to a soundtrack. The Smart Sensor does a so-so … Read more
LAS VEGAS--If you go with a sound bar instead a speaker system, you generally have to give up true surround sound. Unless, of course, your sound bar is a transformer.
The Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100 is billed as the "world's first sound bar with detachable speakers," as the far ends of the sound bar can be removed and used as rear speakers. The detachable, battery-powered speakers operate wirelessly and Philips claims 10 hours of battery life. The speakers then recharge automatically when they're reattached.
The HTL9100 also features two HDMI inputs, in addition to an optical … Read more