Accessories

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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Razer webcam “Stargazer” release to take on streaming industry

Razer webcam “Stargazer” release to take on streaming industry

Razer Stargazer revealed at CES 2016 to take the video game streaming industry out a whole new door. Much in the same way Razer aimed to provide the game streaming environment with a hero microphone with the Seiren and the Razer Seiren Pro, the Razer Stargazer is what the company calls "the world's most advanced webcam." As such, this camera is able to capture and stream video at 720p at 60 frames per second. This camera is tops - if only because it has basically no competition whatsoever.

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Apple Watch might be getting new color for Milanese Loop band

Apple Watch might be getting new color for Milanese Loop band

Apple this week announced that the Apple Watch would be making its debut in several countries later this month, including Malaysia, Portugal, and Czech Republic. Shortly after the news, the localized online Apple Store for the latter country was updated with a new color option for the smartwatch's iconic Milanese Loop band: Space Black. This is the first time the watch band has been seen in a color other than the original silver, and could mean that Apple will be bringing to the US in the near future as well.

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iLuv debuts an alarm clock that can vibrate your pillow

iLuv debuts an alarm clock that can vibrate your pillow

At CES 2016, accessories-maker iLuv has announced the latest in line of Bluetooth-connected alarm clock devices: the SmartShaker 2. The thin disc-shaped object pairs with users smartphones to enhance the alarm options when it comes to being woken up in the morning. Instead of just playing music or an alarm tone, the SmartShaker 2, which is placed under the pillow, can use multiple vibration levels to get someone up on time.

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Apple MacBook scores MagSafe with Griffin BreakSafe USB-C cable

Apple MacBook scores MagSafe with Griffin BreakSafe USB-C cable

The decision by Apple to use USB-C as the 12-inch Retina MacBook's sole port has been a fairly controversial one among users, but one of the biggest tradeoffs was to forgo the MagSafe power adapter found on other MacBook models, which allows the magnetic end of the cable to just pop off at any sign of a pull. Instead, with USB-C, there is a male connector physically plugged into a female port, so if a user trips over the cable, the laptop goes with it. Thankfully, accessories maker Griffin has just unveiled a USB-C power cable that perfectly replicates MagSafe.

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Lenovo X1 gear collection brings earbuds, dock, BT mouse

Lenovo X1 gear collection brings earbuds, dock, BT mouse

As revealed today, Lenovo has added a slew of new laptops and other PCs to its X1 lineup, and joining them are some similarly-designed accessories to make the business life a little easier. Included among the accessories is a wireless mouse and a pair of earbuds, as well as a WiGig Dock and a 65 watt micro adapter for Lenovo's X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga machines. They’ll all arrive this month except the adapter, which launches in April.

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