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JBL Synchros S210BT hands-on: gesture controlled earbuds

JBL Synchros S210BT hands-on: gesture controlled earbuds

Without a doubt one of the strangest devices we saw this past week at CES 2015 were the JBL Synchros S210BT set of earbuds. They fit (snugly) in your ear in a normal enough manner, and they're wireless - nothing especially new there. But with the JBL Reflect Response and the JBL Synchros S210BT, you'll be using gesture control to move between tracks. Moving your hands left to right, right to left, up and down, you're able to do more than just control audio - you can answer calls, as well.

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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

We entered the room Oculus VR had prepared for us not knowing exactly what we were in for. Not the Samsung Gear VR - surely not - that's already nearly a consumer product. Instead, Oculus had a padded room ready for us. Not because the SlashGear team is ready for straight jackets, but because this demonstration required that we be in as quiet an environment as possible. This demonstration - of the newest Oculus Rift headset prototype Crescent Bay, beyond the DK2 - required that we stand on a platform 4 feet by 4 feet wide in the center of a room that was perhaps 12 feet square. We were dropped immediately into a series of demonstrations.

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JBL GO hands-on: the cutest little Bluetooth sound blaster

JBL GO hands-on: the cutest little Bluetooth sound blaster

This little beast may be cute, but it packs a surprising punch of sound quality. What you're working with here is Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile smart devices for music or audio for entertainment on the go. JBL GO is a box of sound blasting you'll be able to fit in your pocket, working with built-in speakerphone abilities and a whopping 5 hours of sound playback. This past week at CES 2015 we got to get up close and personal with the whole color collection.

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Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

You could hardly walk five paces through the halls at CES 2015 without stumbling over a wireless light bulb. Connected lighting seems determined to be the point of entry to domestic home automation, and there are plenty - startups and larger - hoping to corner the market. Ironically, then, the company which arguably created the market, Philips, had decamped to a nearby hotel, outfitting a suite with a full array of hue bulbs and lamps. I stopped by to get a demo of the newest 12 Monkeys hue light-soundtrack support, as well as to find out what's coming up next as the smart home accelerates.

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JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

It's time for the officially Apple licensed Lighting-connector earbuds and headphones to begin arriving, and they're starting with Harman's audio brand JBL. The JBL Reflect Aware earbuds bring on the lightest-in-class ABL headphone technology with features that'd normally require a separate power source to function. Here, though, the audio product works with a Lightning Connector or Micro-USB - depending on the pair you get. While JBL and Harman haven't announced a release date yet, these headphones (or earbuds, whatever you want to call them), are fully functional right here right now.

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Parrot Drones gen-2: hands-on with the next Sumo and Spider

Parrot Drones gen-2: hands-on with the next Sumo and Spider

Parrot has sent out their drones in the sky and on the ground to capture the audience’s attention at CES. Flying gracefully in the air and roughing it on the ground has stirred up a crowd that shows strong interest in the prototype drones. Parrot's success with drones started back in 2010 with the AR.Drone, then branching out from flying models to other form factors. It's those which come in for attention here at CES, with a range of upgrades that includes a beast that does off-road droning.

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Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor paired with NVIDIA DRIVE CX studio technology had the company suggesting they'd be powering the smart consoles of the next generation of smart vehicles. But what good is a system like this without actual, real integration? Surprise - NVIDIA's been working with the Renovo group to bring a Tegra X1-powered smart console to their prototype EV Coupe over the past several weeks. It's not only impressive to see in action - it's a testament to the quick optimization and integration powers of NVIDIA's software system.

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AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

Fitness wearables haven't been in short supply here at CES, but whether they're on your wrist as a watch or band, or clipped to your clothes, there's the hassle of always remembering to attach them. AmpStrip aims to bypass that by sticking to your skin, a digital, wireless Band-Aid that can track heart rate and movement and then funnel that data via Bluetooth to your phone. By opting for direct skin contact, AmpStrip says, not only are the biometric readings more accurate, but you can go several days without having to think about the sensor itself.

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Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

“Phoneographers”. That’s who Beastgrip is for, according to their website. It’s clever, and oddly endearing for people like me who like taking photos with their phone, but sometimes want to take it a step further. After reviewing the original Beastgrip, I was pretty excited to get word of the Beastgrip Pro, the iterative progression from the original. Still in its beta stage, we caught up with the man behind Beastgrip while he hoofed through CES. What we found was another reason to get excited about smartphone photography.

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Acer’s Chromebook 15 is just what Chrome OS needs

Acer’s Chromebook 15 is just what Chrome OS needs

For everyone who has begged for a larger Chromebook, there seems to be several others who can't get their heads around Chrome OS on a bigger than 13-inch display. Acer is wading into that argument head-on, launching the Chromebook 15 at CES this week, and in the process becoming the first manufacturer to offer Google's web-centric platform on a "traditionally" sized notebook. With many seeing Chromebooks as the spiritual successors of netbooks - ultraportable and super-affordable - you can understand the confusion around the Chromebook 15, but it turns out there are several good reasons for its existence.

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