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GLITR To CES Tuesday; Michigan Companies Like Livio In Focus

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Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report editor Matt Roush will be winging his way to Las Vegas Tuesday for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

What’s billed as the world’s largest trade show aims to draw 140,000 people to the gigantic Las Vegas Convention Center and surrounding mega-hotels along the Las Vegas Strip for a look at what’s cool, new and next in everything from handheld gadgets to mega-screen TVs to Detroit’s latest and hottest cars. 

Follow Roush’s visit online at www.wwj.com and www.glitr.com, where there will also be podcasts posted daily through Saturday, as well as on air at WWJ Newsradio 950.

As in prior visits, Roush will focus mostly on the 30 Michigan companies exhibiting at the show.

One perfect example is Ferndale-based Internet radio developer Livio Radio, which announced it’s teaming up with smartphone expert Dice Electronics to take Internet radio on the road seamlessly.

Dice manufactures electrical components that connect smartphones to factory stereos and integrate them with their settings. Livio has developed the Livio Radio Car Internet Radio App which, when installed on smartphones connected to the Dice components, provides seamless, subscription-free Internet radio access using factory stereo buttons and integrated audio controls on the steering wheel.
 
Livio Radio president Massimo Baldini noted that the Consumer Electronics Association reports that more than 48 percent of non-smartphone owners plan to upgrade in 2011, and Internet radio is growing briskly. Those factors, he said, suggest that “our solution has huge potential. Dice is the partner who is going to help smartphone users seamlessly enjoy Internet radio in the vehicle while on the road.”
 
The Dice in-vehicle system featuring the Livio Radio Car Internet Radio App requires the use of an iPhone or Android device. The phones’ users control the award-winning Livio Radio Car Internet Radio App, offering more than 45,000 AM, FM and Internet-only stations, from the factory-installed car stereo system, including any integrated steering wheel audio controls designed to increase ease of use and safety. 
 
“Working with Livio Radio allows us to offer users more music options with our technology and we’re looking forward to showing people how it works in our booth at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” said Steve Witt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Dice Electronics.
 
The Dice Internet radio solution featuring Livio Radio will debut in the North Hall during the 2011 CES at booth #2806 (Livio Radio) and booth #1212 (Dice Electronics).
 
Founded in 2008, Livio has already developed a list of successful Internet radio products through ongoing relationships with Pandora and NPR. The company remains committed to providing sleek and sophisticated radios and accessories for users who want quality without gimmicks, hassles, and unnecessary bells and whistles. More at www.livioradio.com

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