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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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Prizm may be the sleeper hit of CES 2016

Prizm may be the sleeper hit of CES 2016

There's a device out there called Prizm, one made to turn your music playing experience into something wholly unique. This device detects how many people are in the room, seeks out familiar signals, and plays music based on the room's occupants. This device knows what music you like, and it knows what music your significant other likes. It knows what music your best friends like, and it knows how to play that music, automatically, whenever you enter the room.

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This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This BUDDY robot we're about to tell you about was found at CES 2016 appearing to scurry around with a terrifying, sobbing face. That was when we first saw it. We later realized it was probably mad, maybe a little bit annoyed. He, if we're going to be so presumptuous as to give it a gender, seemed to be angered by the fact that he had to roll around the floor while his cohort, another robot, was allowed to sit on the table.

The one on the table was happy.

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Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.

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Lenovo reveals its Google Project Tango phone

Lenovo reveals its Google Project Tango phone

It isn't just Intel who's working on a Tango smartphone after all. Lenovo unexpectedly revealed, right in the middle of CES 2016, how it has been working with Google and Qualcomm for over a year to create its own spin on Project Tango. Powered by a still undisclosed Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, of course, the still unnamed device will launch sometime in summer, depending on how the design and development process turns out, and won't be bigger than 6.5 inches, which seems to be the standard size for a Tango smartphone.

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Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

With the Acer H7, Acer is jumping in on the USB-C party with what may be the first USB Type-C monitor to be released to the public for sale. What we're doing today is having a peek at what its panel looks like. Here at CES 2016, we're having a peek at this monitor as it's connected to both USB-C and HDMI cables - for power and video. What's great about this monitor is that, while it works with USB-C for video, you can also roll with a slightly more universal (for now) bit of video connector.

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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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Acer Predator Z35 Ultra-curved gaming monitor hands-on

Acer Predator Z35 Ultra-curved gaming monitor hands-on

Acer is on fire when it comes to oddly enticing monitors this year already, starting here with the Predator Z35. This is a 35-inch "ultra-curved" gaming monitor from Acer, rolling with an ultra-wide FHD panel and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology under the hood. That means there's a real-deal NVIDIA G-Sync chip behind the scenes, working in concert with your NVIDIA GeForce graphics card for the smoothest graphics you've ever seen.

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Acer Chromebase 24 hands-on: big time Chrome OS

Acer Chromebase 24 hands-on: big time Chrome OS

One of the biggest Chrome devices we've yet come across is the Acer Chromebase 24, the first of its kind with an Intel Core inside. This device has a 23.8-inch Full HD panel up front and a chassis that allows this panel to tilt from 5- to 30-degrees, making it great for a variety of purposes. This thing is big. It's a monster. It's here to convince you to ditch your Mac and/or your Windows desktop altogether.

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Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

The Acer Switch 12 S is one of the most sophisticated looking 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices we've seen yet. Here at CES 2016 we're getting up close and personal with the device, checking out what it'll mean to roll with an Intel RealSense camera and a 12.5-inch display with IPS LCD tech under the hood. We'll still have to wait a bit to see the final product before we can judge the innards, but for now, the outsides look and feel pretty great.

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Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

A Smart Outdoor Watch from Casio has arrived, ready to roll in three colors with rugged exteriors and Android Wear inside. This device goes by the name WSD-F10, and a 1.32-inch dual layer display. Much like the Moto 360 Sport, this device has the ability to shine brightly with TFT LCD display technology when you're using it indoors, as well as work in the sunlight (in a relative low-power mode) with its monochrome LCD.

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Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Virtual reality is a strange place to visit, particularly when that virtual reality is a mountain you’ve never been to in person. At CES this week, NVIDIA showed off the HTC Vive Pre VR headset with a Mount Everest demonstration -- that is, a snowy digital landscape very carefully created to simulate the real thing, tents and all. Of course, imparting the climbing experience in virtual reality is not really possible, at least not in the absence of a stepping machine and air conditioner. Making you feel as if you might plunge down an icefall abyss, though? They nailed that part.

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