TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show Preview

Get your geek on at TAVES - North Amer­ica’s ul­ti­mate tech­nol­ogy and au­dio event

NOVO - - NEWS - by Laura Wil­liam

Fea­tur­ing the hottest prod­ucts in the most ex­cit­ing cat­e­gories, TAVES is THE place to play. Try out the lat­est vir­tual and aug­mented re­al­ity heads up displays, meet some sur­pris­ing ro­bots, see what’s new in wear­ables, health tech, home au­to­ma­tion de­vices and smart ap­parel, drones, elec­tric and au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, high-end au­dio and lux­u­ri­ous HDTV. Run­ning Oc­to­ber 1315th, TAVES is North Amer­ica’s ul­ti­mate con­sumer tech and au­dio event, a high-oc­tane ex­pe­ri­ence for the tech-minded, the toy­minded and the “try-it-out-minded”.

Try-it-out at the Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Pavil­ion

The Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Pavil­ion is burst­ing with fun for grown-ups and kids. Vir­tual, aug­mented and mixed re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences are ex­plod­ing — they’ll leave you breath­less. Wear­ables aren’t just for your wrist anymore — they’re in­te­grat­ing into your cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, shoes — and con­nect­ing you in all new ways with your pets. In­ter­act with ro­bots, test-fly a drone, hop on a hov­er­board or take an elec­tric car for a spin. More com­pa­nies than ever are ex­pected to re­veal their prod­ucts and tech­nol­ogy to the world at this year’s TAVES than ever be­fore.

Toys for the Eyes and Ears

Are you a big fan of music or movies or a healthy mix of both? This year’s show floor will be filled with count­less new prod­uct launches that will raise your en­ter­tain­ment to new heights. Global brands and bou­tique in­no­va­tors alike will bring out their very best in su­pe­rior sound tech­nol­ogy. Whether you love the thun­der of rock, the throb of hip- hop, the fire of jazz or the de­tailed nu­ance of clas­si­cal music, you’ll find a dizzying ar­ray of turnta­bles, amps, speakers, head­phones, ca­bles and ac­ces­sories that let you cre­ate the per­fect sound­scape. Mon­i­tor Au­dio’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the Sil­ver Se­ries speakers and nu­mer­ous new Totem Acous­tics speaker mod­els are just a cou­ple of high­lights you’ll get to hear this fall. Lo­cal HiFi man­u­fac­turer Brys­ton is also ex­pected to launch a few new prod­ucts at the show - they do ev­ery year. But I cer­tainly don’t want to dis­close every­thing we have in store for

this edition of TAVES. If you’re in the mar­ket for cut­ting-edge dis­play tech­nol­ogy, your senses will be over­whelmed by the visual clar­ity of this year’s head­line equip­ment. In this area, JVC will show­case its lat­est home the­ater pro­jec­tors, while Sam­sung will make your jaw drop with its 2017 QLED TVs. And if you’re cre­at­ing your own home theatre or lis­ten­ing room, TAVES of­fers a se­ries of ex­pert sem­i­nars to help guide you through the process.

Work­shops, the TAVES live stage and Mee­tups

Try-it-out! Got the DIY bug? TAVES of­fers a large se­lec­tion of ro­bot­ics, 3D print­ing and cod­ing work­shops led by pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tors and engi­neers for geeks and wanna-be geeks of ev­ery age (from 6 to 106!). Ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of build­ing and pro­gram­ming a drone, a ro­bot or even writ­ing a lit­tle code. This year, the show will also host a very neat “Build your own head­phones” work­shop.

TAVES Talks Tech: Glimpse the Fu­ture

An eclec­tic mix of en­ter­tain­ing, in­for­ma­tive and some­times provoca­tive speakers, the TAVES Talks Tech [T3] stage brings you the elec­tri­fy­ing world of con­sumer tech­nol­ogy. Ev­ery year, TAVES wel­comes pow­er­ful new voices to the Cana­dian tech conversation: in­dus­try lead­ers, in­no­va­tors, en­trepreneurs and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts. T3 2017 will be cov­er­ing per­sonal ro­bots, au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, im­mer­sive au­dio and the mind-blowing world of vir­tual re­al­ity. Watch for twen­ty2b’s Drew Hen­son, ro­bot­ics ex­pert Hal­lie Siegel, Smart Wheel Canada’s Kash Mus­taq and car­di­ol­o­gist Dr. Rav­is­hankar Polisetty.

Dive a Lit­tle Deeper

If you want to dive a lit­tle deeper into the con­ver­sa­tions and maker-cul­tures an­i­mat­ing the fast-chang­ing tech­nol­ogy scene, TAVES

has in­vited some of the most in­ter­est­ing Mee­tups hap­pen­ing in the GTA. Ro­bot­ics: “Get Your Bot On!” and “GTA Ro­bot­ics” Mee­tups bring to­gether roboti­cists, engi­neers, de­sign­ers and hob­by­ists in­ter­ested in ro­bots, au­to­ma­tion, au­tonomous sys­tems and elec­tron­ics de­sign. Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence: Ex­plore the tech­nol­ogy — how it works, how it learns — and the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, philo­soph­i­cal and eth­i­cal ques­tions the hottest field in tech is rais­ing. Music: Love music? Take a guided tour of how tech­nol­ogy has shaped the way we con­sume, cre­ate, and mon­e­tize music with the Music Tech­nol­ogy Meetup.

JOLT! Art Gallery: A feast for the eyes

Dis­play­ing orig­i­nal work by out­stand­ing artists, the ever pop­u­lar JOLT! Art Gallery fea­tures orig­i­nal work from top lo­cal artists. Ex­plore some of the most com­pelling work cre­ated by the GTA’s vi­brant cre­ative com­mu­nity. This year JOLT! will fea­ture wear­able and im­mer­sive works, where art and craft meet tech­nol­ogy.

Three tech-soaked days in Toronto. There’s noth­ing else like it any­where.

The TAVES Con­sumer Elec­tronic Show runs be­tween Oc­to­ber 13th and 15th at the Toronto Con­gress Cen­tre. Tick­ets are on sale now at www. taveshow.com.

CHEMION’s crazy Blue­tooth, LED sun­glasses let you cre­ate your own mes­sages, an­i­ma­tions and set equal­izer ef­fects that re­spond to sur­round­ing sounds and music.

The in-car ex­pe­ri­ence just keeps get­ting bet­ter — check out the en­ter­tain­ment JVC and Ken­wood are bring­ing to your drive home. Sit­ting in traf­fic? Bring it on!

Top left: Test drive elec­tric cars thanks to our friends at Plug’n Drive. Bot­tom left: Fly state-of-the-art DJI drones at Om­niView Tech’s booth and demo zone. Right: Where there’s a wheel there’s a way - See what’s new in smart, self-bal­anc­ing hov­er­boards, hov­erkarts and funky green per­sonal trans­porta­tion ve­hi­cles from top brands like Air­wheel and Seg­way at the Smart Wheel Canada dis­play.

TAVES is set to of­fer over 200 au­dio brands on the floor, and a fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of in­ti­mate demon­stra­tion rooms op­ti­mized for great lis­ten­ing, so kick back and lose your­self in sound.

Top: Prod­uct launches from big names like Totem Acous­tic of­fer the in­side track on the lat­est sound in­no­va­tions. Bot­tom: Crisp pic­ture, rich, lu­mi­nous colour and im­mer­sive sound — high end dis­play tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to en­hance the home view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Stop by the Up­date TV & Stereo room for a stun­ning se­lec­tion of the best prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

Kids can make their own ro­bots or tech gad­get at TAVES, like this mod­u­lar Air­block drone at one of the Log­ics Acad­emy work­shops.

Nancy Moses of New Life Ro­bot­ics will be lead­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion on how so­cial ro­bots are trans­form­ing the lives of chil­dren with autism.

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned broad­caster Alan Cross will be speak­ing at the Music Tech­nol­ogy Meetup, Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15th at 1pm.

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