Shape-Shifting Sound, Digital Assistants And the Future of Automotive Tech

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Tech expert Steve Greenberg teams with Harman to preview the newest tech at the Consumer Electronics Show

CES in Las Vegas remains THE best place to get a first look at a huge range of electronics heading your way in the year ahead. Recently, Tech Expert and TV Personality, Steve Greenberg, teamed with YourUpdateTV and HARMAN at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to show off some of his favorite new gadgets, electronics, and cutting-edge automotive tech.

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First up is the Rinspeed Concept Car. It’s basically a high tech self-driving chassis with changeable “pods” to personalize the interior space. So, your car of the future would not only transportation but also a classroom, or an office, or theater. This concept has been built together with HARMAN -- who is a specialist car technology-- to demonstrate how we can get back more productive time in our daily commutes when autonomous cars become the norm.

Another near-future product is Shape-Shifting Car Speakers. These are part of a customizable system designed for ride-share vehicles, like Uber and Lyft, and they literally change shape and sound depending on what the user wants to experience. So, it can go from high performance JBL sound to the more refined sound of Harman Kardon – the passenger controls the experience.

Moving to what will be available to consumers THIS year—

JBL Xtreme 2 – ($299.95) this powerful speaker is designed for roughing it—it’s waterproof—2 different users can connect to the same speaker—and another cool feature-- up to 100 of these speakers can be linked together for a BIG event—and BIG SOUND.

We all know voice-control is huge—and two examples of that are here:

Harman Kardon Allure Portable ($199) – is a cool looking transportable speaker that is controlled by Amazon’s Alexa.

The JBL Link (Starting at $149.95) is a multi-room speaker series controlled by the Google’s Voice Assistant with HD Music Streaming with Chromecast built-in.

Last but not least there’s JBL’s Endurance Line of “sport earphones.” (starting at $19.99) These wireless earphones are designed to be tough and comfortable. 4 different degrees of durability—RUN, SPRINT, JUMP and DIVE. The last 3 are totally waterproof—so they can handle any weather conditions and after a sweaty workout your can just rinse them off. The DIVE earphone includes 1GB of onboard MP3 music storage for up to 200 songs so users can enjoy their music while swimming or catching a wave.

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More about Steve Greenberg:
Steve Greenberg, the author of GADGET NATION ( has been informing viewers and readers about innovation for the past 10-years. Steve can be seen each month demonstrating innovative products on NBC’s Today Show and on The Dr. Oz Show. Steve also appears locally in America’s top TV markets (CW11 NYC, WGN Chicago, WCAU NBC Phila, WUSA CBS Wash DC, KHOU CBS Houston and others). Steve appears on the nationally syndicated shows Better-TV and DayTime. He can also be seen on national shows such as CBS’s Early Show, ABC’s World News This Morning and World News Now, Fox & Friends, and others. Steve writes for several magazines, newspapers and websites. His “Innovation Insider” features appear in the Miami Herald as well as Air Currents magazine, ROOMS magazine, Smart Homeowner magazine, Backyard Living, Design Book Magazine,, Log Home Living, and

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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