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Where Technology Meets Lifestyle – TAVES Is Loaded with Fun for the Whole Family!

Save $3 off your ticket with promo code NOVO17 on the TAVES Ticket Page

From raucous battling robots to the latest in home automation and entertainment, TAVES is Canada’s ultimate technology playground. Here is a preview of the year’s TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, which runs at the Toronto Congress Centre, from Oct. 13-15th.

Robots have been on everyone’s mind this year — and they’ll be everywhere, doing all sorts of things this October at TAVES. Action fans will want to check out Bot Brawl, Canada’s biggest robot combat event. Featuring 30lb and 150lb home-built robots, cheer for your favourites as they face off in sumo style fights.

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If robots are your thing, TAVES will have more of them on the show floor than ever!

For sheer joy, watch for Wheely from Smart Wheel Canada. Built on a Smart2 HX hoverboard, this fully mobile robot will be zipping around the show floor, saying hello, posing for pictures and generally being mischievous.

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Wheely is the brainchild of Smart Wheel Canada’s Kash Mushtaq. He enlisted the talents of two local high school students, Sheikh Tahmid and Emily Henderson, members of The Robo Devils Team 5036 to build a robot that can talk, move and interact.

If you’re curious about the way robots are transforming the way we live: what we do, how we do it; even our social relationships, check out the “Robots — and Roboticists — in the Family” discussion panel. Hear from Aldebaron/SoftBank Robotics’ first interactive companion robot, called NAO, and the people who build, program and use them on stage at TAVES Talks Tech.
And if you’ve got kids aching to build and program robots of their own, there are all kinds of workshops to satisfy their technical and creative energies from Little Robot Friends, Mimetics, MakerKids and Bot Camp.


The QNAP AfoBot, a robot-like companion device lets you make real-time voice and video calls, and supports auto recording, family calendars, multimedia streaming, education, as well as simple surveillance functions.

Reinventing the Wheel[s]

Whether vehicles are robots is a matter of debate. But there’s no debate that one of our oldest, most enduring pieces of technology — the wheel — is becoming as connected as we are. From autonomous cars to electric bikes, scooters, hoverboards and companion carriers, we’re reinventing our relationship with the wheel.

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Electric cars are hot. And TAVES has them

Tesla’s hotly anticipated Model 3 is expected to trigger mass market adoption of electric vehicles. If you’re thinking about making the switch, check in with Plug’n Drive, Canada’s authoritative voice on electric cars and charging stations, at their show exhibit. To seal the deal, take an electric car for a spin at TAVES.

Ontario has been testing autonomous vehicles for nearly a year. Just this August, Uber began on-road testing in Toronto. Autonomous vehicles are coming on-stream fast — a hot topic that will be explored in detail at the “Reinventing the Wheel” discussion panel as part of TAVES Talks Tech.

There are endless wheel-based options for getting around: e-Bikes, scooters, all terrain hoverboards, unicycles. Try them out at TAVES and then head over to “Where there’s a wheel there’s a way”, a lively panel discussion about the explosion in alternative green transportation devices.

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Syndicated columnist and technology journalist Marc Saltzman is back as part of TAVES Talks Tech

Ambient technologies catering to our every desire

Ambient applications that cater to our every desire are transforming the way we experience life and one another. Walking in an unfamiliar city and looking for something special — the graphic overlays in the latest augmented reality apps will guide you to it. Throw on a virtual reality headset, and have instant access to friends and family, however distant or experience an exotic locale you’ve always dreamed about.

Concerned about your personal safety? Seam’s groundbreaking social safety platform, launching in October, creates digital connections between you and your loved ones, recording and sharing rich environmental data, including location, photos, and audio.

Experiment with smart mirrors that automatically display anything you’re tracking: your health, fitness, nutrition, sleep and daily activity dashboards. Mango Mirror lets you check the weather while you’re brushing your teeth, track the stock market, the news or your email. Personalized for one or multiple users, it automatically displays your details as you approach and removes them when you leave.

Want more control over the integrity of your food? Grow nutrient-rich lettuce, microgreens and herbs in Tiny Farm’s smart, modular, in-home growing system. Enjoy organic salads year round from a chemical free, complex, living soil environment.

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Panacea Nova’s Docture-P is a remarkable medical wearable device that will launch at TAVES.

Even alternative health has gone wearable. TAVES will be hosting the global launch of Docture-P, by Panacea Nova. An Ayurvedic-based health device, it analyzes your current physical and mental state and offers real-time notifications featuring herbal and dietary guidance.

Total concentration today — total control tomorrow?

With everything from your phone to your home thermostat pinging for your attention, it’s getting harder to concentrate. And that might just be the next big thing — brain computer interfaces [BCIs]. The ambitions for these new technologies are enormous.

Elon Musk’s new company, Neuralink, is building implantable BCIs. The first wave of “Neural Tech” aims to replace lost function [think cochlear implants on steroids], targetting everything from depression to Parkinson’s Disease. But the next frontier is focussed on enhancing brain function — connecting our brains to computers and the internet to achieve entirely new capabilities well beyond our natural abilities. TAVES Talks Tech will be taking a look at Neural Prosthetics: what’s here, what’s coming and where it’s heading.

Then head to the show floor to try out the early generations of BCI — from MindSet’s smart headphones that improve your concentration to Smartstones’ gesture tech.

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You definitely can test fly a drone — just not with your mind! Stop by OmniView Tech’s Drone Cage and try out some of the most sophisticated DJI drones on the market.

Sit back and savour the fundamentals — sound and vision

And if all this interacting exhausts you, slip into a home demonstration suite and savour incredible, immersive sound and vision technology. TAVES boasts North America’s largest selection of home entertainment systems: speakers, turntables, amplifiers, portable audio, projectors, cutting-edge TVs and more. All the major brands will be there, launching their latest products and offering the experience of a lifetime.

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Check out TOTEM’s latest high-end loudspeakers as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary. Engineered to delight the most discriminating ear, Montreal-based TOTEM delivers lively, spacious, powerful sound in a stunning aesthetic.

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Italy’s Goldnote is one of the many brands of turntables that will be showcased at this year’s show.

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

TAVES Consumer Electronic Show runs October 13-15th at the Toronto Congress Centre. Tickets are on sale now at

From VR to RV: TAVES and the Toronto Fall RV Show and Sale

VR is one way to escape — RV’s are another! TAVES and the Toronto Fall RV Show and Sale are offering a special ticket so you can explore the world of recreational vehicles. No special headsets required!

The JOLT! Art Gallery gets a virtual jolt!

Live painting is back — with a twist — virtual reality. Don’t miss award-winning artist Danilo Ursini using cutting-edge VR tools live on the show floor. Watch him in action — then strap on a headset to experience them in three dimensional space. TAVES will also offer more traditional artwork on display and available for purchase than ever before!

Wicked fun for the whole family

TAVES is a dream destination for the whole family. Kids can build and program robots, fly a drone, hop on a hoverboard, try the latest in VR and thrill to the sight of fighting robots.

Save $3 off your ticket with promo code NOVO17 on the TAVES Ticket Page


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

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

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 13-15th, TAVES is North America’s ultimate consumer tech and audio event, a high-octane experience for the tech-minded, the toy-minded 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.

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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.

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.

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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.


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!


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This hydroponic fruit and vegetable system has been getting a lot of buzz. Just Vertical can produce over 10 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables a month in less than 6 square feet. Powered by proprietary ZipGrow technology, the system is easy to use, looks great and lets you grow what you want at home or work without worrying whether you’ve got the right “sun” or not! Just Vertical launches on Kickstarter in May.

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Coming this May on Kickstarter — the Nise Wave’s “sous-vide” system. At only 11 inches tall, this waterproof device rotates and precisely heats water so you can cook gourmet steaks, chicken, vegetables — even crème brulee — to perfection with less than a minute in set up. Decide when you want your food ready, set it and forget about it. The Nise Wave app comes with hundreds of recipes to get you started.

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