Last week, several of our partners debuted new energy-efficient products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The annual Consumer Electronics Association show is the place to introduce new products coming in the new year.
Whatâ€™s new: ARM chips powered several new devices at the show. One is the Zotac ZBOX Nano mini-PC equipped with an ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with the choice between Ubuntu or Android operating systems.
ARM also teamed with Mediatek and Huawei to create theÂ first smartphone with an octa-core (8-core) processor, the Huawei G750 smartphone, according to PC Perspective.
Why itâ€™s efficient: ARM is known industry-wide for creating low-power processors, so the products with ARM influence generally use less power to execute functions.
Whatâ€™s new: Belkin introduced new additions to its popular WeMo series, which allows consumers to control their electronics through a mobile app. The new LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs can be controlled, scheduled, and dimmed from anywhere through a Wi-Fi-powered WeMo app.
The new WeMo Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker can also be controlled through an app with turning the pot on and off and adjusting temperature and time settings. The app sends reminders and calculates the cooking process, but consumers have the choice to use the crock-pot manually. It will be the first crock-pot on the market that can be controlled by a smartphone.
Why itâ€™s efficient: The smart bulbs use LED (light-emitting diode) technology, which is becoming one of the main energy-efficient qualities of light bulbs since the old-fashioned incandescents have been phasing out for the past few years in part of the Energy Security and Independence Act. With a 60-watt equivalent, the smart bulbs work like other LED bulbs and give off a warm white light, but they can be dimmed.
With the crock-pot, foods can be cooked at a safe temperature within a set time, so the pot is not left on longer than necessary and can be put in sleep and off mode through the WeMo system, ultimately using less energy in the process.
The WeMo LED Starter Set will cost $129.99 and includes two LED Smart Bulbs and a WeMo Link to support up to 50 individual smart bulbs, which will be sold separately at $39.99 a pack. The WeMo Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker will retail at $99.99.
Whatâ€™s new: EyeTech, one of our newest partners, showed its AEye technology, which consists of a compact camera board with an internal processor using the Xilinx Zynq System on Chip (SoC). The AEye hardware can be used for computer displays, TVs, laptops, and other devices formatted for eye-tracking technology.
Why itâ€™s efficient: AEye hardware is an innovative technology that works with efficient computers. See how it works in the video below.
Whatâ€™s new: Marvell previewed the Kinoma Connect home media streaming app, which sends video, music, podcasts, and photos to smart TVs and connected speakers that support Digital Living Network Alliance standards.
Why itâ€™s efficient: Working with the Internet of Things, the Kinoma activates electronics to interact through an app. This also means this interaction can be stopped by the app, saving energy in the long run.
Whatâ€™s new: TI showed off its new DLP Pico Display System, consisting of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) and the display controller chip.Â Specific systems come with a power management chip.
Why itâ€™s efficient: Developers can create perfectly sized small or large images with the DLP system, which runs on a low-power chip.
All these products will go on sale in the next few months.