The latest at gadgets: Kodak eyes video film camera revival

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Kodak wants to put its iconic Super 8 film cameras for video into the hands of young filmmakers. The company is showing off a new version of the 8 millimeter...

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Kodak wants to put its iconic Super 8 film cameras for video into the hands of young filmmakers.

The company is showing off a new version of the 8 millimeter film camera, which was introduced in 1965. It eventually plans to release a range of Super 8 cameras, film development services and related equipment designed for both professionals and amateurs.

The launch marks Kodak's first new Super 8 camera in more than 30 years and is a nod to those in the film industry that continue to balk at the push to switch to digital cameras.

Kodak is showing off the new camera at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.

— Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer, New York


1:20 p.m.

Want a craft brewery on your countertop and don't mind waiting a week for the hoppy elixir?

PicoBrew hopes to become the Keurig of brewing.

At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week, the company showed off its $699 appliance that uses pre-mixed recipes costing $20 to $60, including some from brewers Rogue and Dogfish Head.

It's not for the home brewers interested in making their own creations, though the company says customers can turn the dial to make the brew more or less bitter or hoppy. And it doesn't involve a basement's worth of space dedicated to the process.

The company is shipping its first devices in April to its Kickstarter supporters who have contributed a combined $1.4 million to the project.

— Kimberly Pierceall, AP writer, Las Vegas


12:50 p.m.

It's never been easier to find your lost keys. Several companies are showing off tags with wireless technology. You can put one on your keys and call to it with your smartphone. Think of it as dialing your partner's mobile number just so it buzzes from under the couch.

Some companies are taking it a step further. TrackR, a company in Santa Barbara, California, unveiled an add-on called Atlas. It plugs into a wall socket and scans a room for any TrackR tags using Bluetooth. It then tells you what room your missing item is in. The company's Jeremy Fish says "most people can find it if you get into the right room, unless you have a warehouse for a room."

Chipolo, a company from Ljubljana, Slovenia, added a shaking feature that calls your phone or even takes a selfie (provided you can balance your phone somewhere). And even if your missing item is beyond the 200-foot Bluetooth range, if some other Chipolo user walks by it out in the wild, you'll get notified where it is — without compromising the other user's privacy — so you can go get it.

— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas


12:20 p.m.

With more home thermostats, lights, locks and appliances linking to the Internet, automakers are working on plans to let you control them from your car.

BMW and Ford both announced they're working on in-car apps that let drivers control smart home devices.

BMW says it's working on apps that allow drivers to "precondition" their homes by setting the thermostat for the right temperature by the time they arrive home. The company also showed an i3 electric car linked to a home device that monitors routines, sets routes and starts car functions.

Ford announced that it's working with Amazon to link cars to its Alexa personal assistant. Later this year, the company will offer a service with voice commands that can start a car from a home or turn off an alarm system and open the garage door as a driver gets close to home.

—Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer, Las Vegas


11:50 a.m.

Hands full of groceries? LG has a refrigerator that opens automatically when a person steps on the projection of an image on the floor.

Its LG Signature fridge also lets you peek inside without opening the door, saving electricity and maybe keeping you from making a poor decision regarding a late-night snack. One side of its double doors has an opaque glass window. Knocking on the window lights up the inside slightly, enough to glance at your leftovers.

And of course, it comes equipped with Wi-Fi enabled sensors so you can track the temperature inside and monitor energy use.

—Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas


11:20 a.m.

Old Mother Hubbard might have known to go to the store to get her dog a bone if she had a sensor from the company Smarter.

At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week, Smarter is debuting a mat and a camera that can remotely tell a person what's left in one's fridge.

Barnaby Sellers with Smarter says the devices will speed up a person's daily routines and make a kitchen smarter without needing to buy a new fridge.

The company is also introducing a sound and atmosphere sensor that Sellers says will learn the sounds and environment in a kitchen to alert someone via their smartphone when the dishes might be done or when it might be warm to enough to warrant opening up a window.

Each is expected to be sold for $130 to $150 by this summer.

At last year's show, Smarter showed off a remote-controlled coffee machine and kettle.

— Kimberly Pierceall, AP writer, Las Vegas


11 a.m.

HTC is launching the latest version of its virtual-reality headset, Vive. It adds a front-facing camera and revamped controllers to the original prototype system.

The headset, called the Vive Pre, also comes with an updated strap and brighter displays. HTC says the front-facing camera lets people do real-world actions like take a seat or find a drink without taking off the headset. HTC says 7,000 units of the prototype will be available to developers.

The consumer version of the Vive is expected in April. No information was given on pricing.

The announcement comes a day after Oculus said it will start taking orders for its much-hyped Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The company, which was bought by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, has also not said how much it will cost or given a shipping date.

— Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer, New York


10:35 a.m.

If you find buzzing or beeping is an alarming way to wake up, you might enjoy Sensorwake's olfactory alarm clock.

The device by the French company emits scents that should get you up gently in about two minutes. The clock, selling for a promotional $89 during CES, diffuses particles contained in packets with dry air to give you a whiff of things like espresso, hot croissants, a lush jungle, chocolate or pepper mint. Two packs last for a total of 60 days and cost about $11.

And this important feature is important in cold and flu season: There's a backup alarm if you have a stuffy nose.

— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas


10:05 a.m.

The limited sight line of your car's rear view mirror may be a thing of the past.

BMW showed off the i8 electric car's mirrorless system. Images from three cameras are combined on a display that replaces the interior mirror, giving the driver larger viewing angles and eliminating blind spots.

The system analyzes the images and alerts drivers to potential hazards with yellow warning icons. The replacement mirror also has lines showing the car's trajectory when parking.

The i3 electric car has a roof-mounted camera replacing its mirror, giving a much wider angle of view.

BMW also introduced more gesture controls in the 7 Series luxury car to control infotainment and communication features without touching a screen.

— Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer, Las Vegas


9:45 a.m.

Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta have been chosen as the first cities where AT&T's will showcase the potential use of sensors and other Internet-connected technologies to improve municipal services.

Under this "smart cities" concept, maintenance crews would be able to remotely detect roads needing repairs, while motorists would be able to view and reserve parking spaces ahead of time. Though some of these capabilities are already available in some cities, officials can better keep tabs on emergencies, such as power outages and heavy traffic, by integrating all aspects of government functions.

AT&T says it has formed alliances with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, General Electric, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm to support smart cities. Two of the cities chosen have direct ties to AT&T. Dallas is the company's headquarters, while Atlanta is the hub for its wireless businesses. There's no time frame yet on when AT&T will roll out these services.

— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, New York


9:20 a.m.

Call her mom. A small white plastic figure that resembles a Russian nesting doll offers a digital smile while it monitors if people it's watching are taking their pills, drinking enough water or doing any of their daily routines.

Silver Mother is being marketed to caretakers and family members wanting to keep an eye on elderly loved ones.

Along with alerting caretakers and family, founder Rafi Haladjian says the white "mother hub" will play the sound of running water if a person doesn't drink enough water for the day. It will also call people on the phone to remind them to take their pills.

The system is being displayed at the CES show of gadgets in Las Vegas.

The hub and four sensors, which can be attached to anything including pill bottles, is sold for $290.

— Kimberly Pierceall, AP writer, Las Vegas


8:55 a.m.

Office workers probably assume their boss can peek in on their corporate emails. But knowing — exactly — how long you've been sitting down on the job? That's the purpose of the "connected caster," an innocent-looking, weight-sensitive wheel that can be affixed to the bottom of an office chair. It sends data back to a system that tracks just that.

Detroit-based Tome Inc. worked on the product with sleek office furniture designer Humanscale — which, conveniently, makes a line of desks for standing up and working at.

— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas


8 a.m.

Fitbit, a leading maker of fitness trackers, is unveiling a mid-range model with heart-rate monitoring and smartwatch-like functions, such as audio playback control and message notifications.

The new Blaze won't have a GPS built-in, but it will be able to use the GPS from a companion smartphone to display pace and distance more accurately. It's a similar approach to the Apple Watch. The Blaze will sit alongside Fitbit's existing Charge HR, which monitors heart rate but has no ability to latch on to the phone's GPS.

The Blaze is the first Fitbit model to have a color display.

The Blaze will sell for $200 when it comes out in March. Fitbit will also sell alternative frames and bands made of leather or stainless steel.

— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, New York


This item has been corrected to remove incorrect reference to Blaze replacing Charge HR.


7:25 a.m.

Ford says it will triple the number of autonomous cars in its test fleet as it moves to accelerate development of self-driving cars.

At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas Tuesday, the company said it will add 20 Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrid cars to the fleet, giving it 30 to test on roads in California, Michigan and Arizona.

The company also announced that it would use the latest laser sensors made by Velodyne in its test vehicles. The 360-degree sensors are smaller and have a longer sensing range than the previous generation. They can fit into a side-view mirror rather than the old laser sensors that were housed in a globe on the roof.

Ford CEO Mark Fields says he expects autonomous cars to be in public use in about four years, but they won't be able to drive in all weather conditions. That, he said, is a long way away.

— Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer , Las Vegas


6:05 a.m.

Sports clothing maker Under Armour is getting into the gadgets business with a set of wearable devices, headphones and a wireless scale.

Though Under Armour isn't first with any of these, it's trying to make it easy on consumers by designing products that connect wirelessly to each other or to its smartphone apps. A new version of its UA Record app seeks to integrate all aspects of your health and fitness — including nutrition, sleep and exercise — though a few features will require a companion app, MapMyRun. The apps are free and will also work with competing devices, such as Fitbit and Garmin watches.

Under Armour is offering a starter package, the UA HealthBox, for $400. It includes the scale, a chest strap to monitor heart rate and a fitness band to track steps and sleep. Each item is also sold separately. Beyond that, Under Armour is offering a shoe embedded with a chip to track exercise — even without a smartphone or any other GPS-enabled device for recording distance. The company is also making two headphones, including one that can measure heart rate at the ear.

Under Armour partnered with smartphone maker HTC for the HealthBox items and with Harman's JBL business for the headphones.

Most of the items will ship Jan. 22; the shoes and heart-rate headphones will come later.

— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, New York