Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

With Summon, your Tesla gets a virtual valet

With Summon, your Tesla gets a virtual valet

A free software update has taught Tesla's Model S to autonomously park itself and then return, summoned from the keyfob like a virtual valet. Dubbed "Summon", the new ability is part of Tesla Version 7.1, the latest iteration of the electric car's software which has been released as an over-the-air update this weekend.

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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2016

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2016

CES 2016 draws to a close, and once again the SlashGear team has picked its selection of the very best the consumer electronics show had to offer. As we expected, automotive announcements, digital health, and virtual reality in many ways overshadowed the traditional huge TVs, thought here was no shortage of the latter. Read on for our highlights from CES.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first-drive – Prototype Promise

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first-drive – Prototype Promise

Making a luxury electric car is fairly simple. Making an affordable EV that will overcome the range anxiety of the mass-market is a very different thing, but General Motors thinks the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has that X-factor. Production won't kick off until later in 2016, but GM invited us to test one of a couple of engineering prototypes at CES 2016 to get an early insight into how the Volt's baby brother is shaping up.

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Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Google Glass may have proved too goofy for everyday wear, but the ride to connected eyewear might prove to be on two wheels. Solos is pitching its smart sunglasses as the ideal accessory for dedicated cyclists, a head-up-display which floats performance data like speed, power, pace, and more in the line-of-sight, courtesy of a connection to a nearby smartphone.

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FLIR’s new cameras give you cheaper Predator-vision

FLIR’s new cameras give you cheaper Predator-vision

Escaping bears might not be a common fear at CES, but you could be forewarned of nighttime attacks by predators with FLIR's new thermal camera range. The Scout TK thermal vision monocular takes the same infrared camera technology as is in the company's heat-sensing attachment for the iPhone, and packages it into a standalone form factor capable of standing up to the outdoors.

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This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

Smart strap upgrades for the analog watch you can't quite part with aren't new, but few let you pretend to be Inspector Gadget as well. TipTalk, one of the skunkworks projects out of Samsung's Creative Lab on show at CES 2016 this week, does just that, however. Out goes the traditional strap or bracelet on your Rolex, Panerai, or family heirloom, and in its place goes a Bluetooth replacement.

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