Accessories

Samsung wants you to eat with a Gear VR on your face

Samsung wants you to eat with a Gear VR on your face

Imagine the scenario -- you're eating dinner, but it's something you cooked in the microwave and you're sitting at home in your apartment. Yes, a fancy restaurant would be ideal, but that's expensive. The solution? In Samsung's vision of the future, the solution would be strapping one of its Gear VR headsets to your face and eating while surrounded by the virtual version of that aforementioned fancy restaurant.

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Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Though winter was unusually warm for many late last year, the cold weather has finally caught up and many have faced single-digit temperatures in recent days. When it's that cold outside, everything feels cold all the time -- especially your feet when they're trapped under a desk with little air flow. Enter the Ye-T Warmpad, a mostly passive device that uses your existing laptop charger to keep your feet toasty.

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TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

We’ve seen older models akin to them in the past, and now the company behind the product is back with refined versions of its Keyport, a multitool designed for the modern world. There are two new versions this time around, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot 1.0. Both models are modular and can be customized, and are inspired by classic multitools, only they bring a modern twist.

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Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

Myo gesture control band controls MPL prosthetic arm

The Modular Prosthetic Limb has suddenly become a lot more versatile as the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory-developed prosthetic works with the Myo armband. The Myo armband is a gesture-control accessory that allows people to control all manner of devices and software as it senses movements in their arm*. Muscles expand and contract and the armband sends signals wirelessly to other devices. In this case, it means that the armbands are able to give this MPL arm movement.

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8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

8Bitdo Retro Cube Speaker is inspired by NES controller

After you’ve owned a few, most wireless speakers start to look alike. The particulars — color, shape — may vary a bit, but overall the designs are very similar. That’s not the case with 8Bitdo’s new Retro Cube Speaker, a small wireless speaker with a design inspired by the original NES controller. Rather than featuring a touch panel or ordinary buttons, the speaker has a useable directional pad on the top.

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3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

3D printing and horology meet in an actual working watch

We've seen 3D printing applied to many wondrous, and sometimes absurd, things, from toys, to confectionery, to replacement dog limbs, and even to car parts. One thing we rarely see is 3D printing applied to watches. Not smartwatches, but plain timepieces. Sure, there may have been times when watch parts are 3D printed, but Swiss engineer Christoph Laimer might have earned the distinction of having made what is possibly the world's first working 3D printed pocket watch. Sure, it's not going to compete with a TAG Heuer or even a Swatch, not by a long shot, but it's still a manufacturing achievement worth bragging about.

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Mega Man helmet is wearable, features LED lights

Mega Man helmet is wearable, features LED lights

Mega Man helmets — there’s no shortage of them unless you’re looking for one big enough to wear on your own head, in which case your options dwindle to almost nothing. Enter ThinkGeek's latest creation, the human-sized and totally wearable Mega Man helmet. With this, fans get a lightweight wearable option with a side dose of flashy effects thanks to some embedded LEDs and a couple batteries.

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Zeiss and Fellowes Brand unveil trio of smartphone lenses

Zeiss and Fellowes Brand unveil trio of smartphone lenses

Zeiss and Fellowes Brand have announced a collaboration to produce lenses for smartphones, the first three of which were recently shown off at CES 2016. The two companies plan to launch telephoto, macro, and wide-angle lenses for the iPhone in the second quarter of this year, doing so with Zeiss optics in conjunction with the Fellowes ExoLens brand. The lenses are promised to “meet even the highest aesthetic standards.”

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Vimble gimbal makes your iPhone steady even when you’re not

Vimble gimbal makes your iPhone steady even when you’re not

Smartphone cameras have ome a long way since the paltry yet faithful 2MP shooters of old. But try as they might, there are still some things that these mobile devices can't do perfectly, like stabilization. For that, you'll need an honest to goodness three-axis stabilizer. That or you'll need a gimbal like DelTron's Vimble for the iPhone, which, together with the ViCam app, not only promises superb stabilization, but also great control over your iPhone camera's functionality. Say goodbye to shaky footage, tilted panoramas, or even low resolution selfies.

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Swordfish World of Warcraft mobile accessories up close and epic

Swordfish World of Warcraft mobile accessories up close and epic

CES isn't normally a place where you look for things like collectibles. However, While browsing the show floor, I came across some statues of familiar characters. They were two Warcraft heroes engaging in combat, with an iPhone sitting docked in front of them.

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Speck Pocket VR viewer case is a durable, foldable Google Cardboard replacement

Speck Pocket VR viewer case is a durable, foldable Google Cardboard replacement

Mobile virtual reality on our smartphones is one of the newer technologies that's sure to take off in 2016, and while Google has already come up with what's probably the cheapest, easiest option with its Cardboard headset, Speck has something that's a bit more durable and portable, but still simple to use. At CES 2016, the smartphone case-maker debuted its Pocket VR viewer, a case for the iPhone 6 & 6s and Samsung Galaxy S6 that unfolds into a headset.

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