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Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Adding to the growing number of smart things trying to vie for our attention, love, and money, Kisha is bringing out what it is poising as the world's first smart umbrella. Using a combination of Bluetooth wireless technology, a mobile app, and some weather reporting, Kisha tries to make sure that not only will you never accidentally lose your umbrella again, you also won't have to leave home or office without your umbrella on a forecast rainy day. And it won't get broken so easily either.

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Shazam, Gimbal partner for location-based music suggestions

Shazam, Gimbal partner for location-based music suggestions

Shazam has officially announced a really exciting project that will could you in the right mood, at the right time, no matter what. The music-finding and suggestion service has included the Gimbal SDK, which will bring you location-based recommendations. Using Gimbal’s impressive proximity awareness features, Shazam will be able to tell where you are, and recommend the appropriate musical soundtrack. Shazam CEO Rich Riley said it was a way for his company to “connect our users with the world around them.

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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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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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Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven BRV-PRO “tank-like” speaker brings outdoor accessories

Braven has introduced its new BRV-PRO rugged Bluetooth speaker, something the company is bidding as a solid option for outdoorsy folks in need of a "tank-like" speaker. The BRV-PRO is both ultra-rugged and portable, and is being offered alongside accessories that improve its usefulness for certain users, including an extended battery pack to keep the tunes coming sans a convenient power outlet. The speaker is already available and the accessories will be coming soon, and we have all the details on what they have to offer.

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Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Why should grownups get all the smart toys? In the ever growing attempt to make everything smarter, a few companies are gearing up to address the youngest generation as well. But these two particular smart products don't simply cater to kids. Unlike entertainment or even educational smart devices, this VivaLnk eSkin Termometer and BlueMaestro Pacif-i Smart Pacifier are specifically designed to help kids go through the horrifying ordeal of being sick, with as minimum fuss or stress for both the kid and their parent.

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Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Noke Bluetooth lock hands-on: forget keys forever

Remember Noke? The bluetooth lock made a more than respectable showing on Kickstarter, where they ended up annihilating their $100,000 goal on the way to $652,828 in funding. All that extra cash meant stretch goals were reached, but it also meant they had funds to show their wares off at CES this week! The keyless lock had us interested from the start, and we stopped by their booth to check it out. turns out, some Kickstarter dreams really do come true.

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This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

This tiny button could solve the IoT’s big headache

Controlling your digital life from your smartphone, or even by voice, is great, but there are times when it'd be a whole lot more convenient to reach out and stab a physical button. That's the idea behind Flic, crowdfunding success from late last year, and here at CES to show off what you can do with a tiny stick-on button, long-lasting battery, and a few simple conditional rules. Flic's primary target is smartphone users looking to gain swifter access to a couple of key features, but as I played with the rubber-coated key I realized it comes surprisingly close to the perfect IoT control.

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LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

On the heels of President Obama calling for more police to wear body cameras, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to bring around 8,000 cameras to the LAPD. Not content with monitoring, the LAPD is also purchasing 3,130 tasers that connect to those body cameras. The Taser X26P, a “smart” taser released two years ago, will automatically activate the worn camera if the safety is turned off. The two pair over Bluetooth, theoretically calling for rolling tape each time the taser is fired.

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Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

Hands-on with ReSound’s collection of smart hearing aids

We've always believed that aside from benefiting the masses, technology should also be of use to those who are physically handicapped in one way or another. ReSound is one of those companies that have taken up that call and have produced quite an assortment of hearing aids that not only help people to hear better, they also help them stay connected with the latest trends in media streaming. ReSound also has a rather smart app that really drives home the "smart" point.

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Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser unleashes several new headphones at CES

Sennheiser is back with some new headphones, hawking its wares at CES 2015 to both fitness enthusiasts and those who prefer to listen to their music without a cable shackling them to their gadgets. A couple of SPORTS earbuds and several RS, Urbanite, and Momentum headphones deck out its offerings, bringing with them features like NFC, long battery life, noise isolation, and durability to meet a variety of needs. All the while, these cans include design elements any Sennheiser fan will recognize.

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New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

Bluetooth speakers are now ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the market segment in an attempt to win your favor. when you’re on the go, it’s just another thing to carry along, and charging it up can be a bit annoying. ZAGG thinks they have the solution, though, and it’s a pretty interesting one. their Speaker Case for the iPhone 6 packs a detachable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves to protect your phone and bring a battery backup along for the ride.

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