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Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Bluetooth trackers and IoT-style connected gadgets have given us tech that James Bond once could only dream about, but startup Metasensor has even broader ambitions than Q. Sensor-1 is a roughly coin-sized, motion-tracking Bluetooth puck that promises to secure your belongings, help you avoid forgetting your phone, and even hunt down objects without power-hungry GPS.

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Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance Fi70 streaming music player has dual 8-inch woofers

Fluance has launched a new streaming music player that has a rather retro looking design. It looks like something you would find in an audiophiles house in the '60s. The streaming audio player is the Fi70 and it is offered in black, white, and walnut colors.

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iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

iLoud Micro Monitor speakers: portable studio reference monitors

Music fans and audiophiles who want to be able to hear all the nuances of their favorite tracks will want to check out the new iLoud Micro Monitor speakers from IK Multimedia. They claim to be the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. The monitors have a pair of bi-amplified speakers designed to deliver an expansive stereo image.

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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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Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg has a pair of new wireless music controllers for digital musicians on the go, with the nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio hooking up to iOS devices and laptops. Launched at NAMM 2016, the portable duo support both Bluetooth and USB, and work with not only Korg's own Gadget soft-synth but popular apps like Garageband and any other Bluetooth MIDI compatible software.

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Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

Senic Nuimo hands-on – The IoT’s tactile smart controller

With the smartphone offering a near-infinitely flexible interface, do we really need physical controls for digital services? Senic believes so, and the Nuimo controller is its solution, a touch-sensitive wireless scroll wheel that can manage your streaming music, connected lights, and more.

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This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

Smart strap upgrades for the analog watch you can't quite part with aren't new, but few let you pretend to be Inspector Gadget as well. TipTalk, one of the skunkworks projects out of Samsung's Creative Lab on show at CES 2016 this week, does just that, however. Out goes the traditional strap or bracelet on your Rolex, Panerai, or family heirloom, and in its place goes a Bluetooth replacement.

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Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds have customizable sound

Jaybird has unveiled two new sets of wireless premium earbuds at CES 2016 called the Freedom and X3. Both of the earbuds offer customizable sound profiles that can be moved with the user from device to device. That means you don’t have to reset your sound preferences if you want to use the earbuds on multiple devices.

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Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing Super LifeJacket and Freedom Earbuds feature Bluetooth tech

Altec Lansing is on hand at CES 2016 and among the new items they are showing off in Las Vegas are the Super LifeJacket Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker and the Freedom wireless earbuds. The Super LifeJacket portable speaker is IP68 rated to survive underwater indefinitely without damage.

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Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Harman Voyager Drive makes in-car audio portable

Three devices make Harman's newest in-car audio system unique. The first is Voyager Drive, the second is Voyager Drive+, and the third is the Voyager Soundwear. The last device on that list is a U-shaped speaker you wear over your neck for personalized surround sound. The Voyager Drive+ is an upgraded version of the Voyager Drive, providing a removable subwoofer for your vehicle. The standard Voyager Drive system, including a heavy-duty speaker system in your car with a removable, wireless speaker you can take with you when you need to exit and head towards the beach.

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Polar Balance combines a Bluetooth scale, activity tracker and app

Polar Balance combines a Bluetooth scale, activity tracker and app

Polar is a huge player in the wearable sports and fitness sensor world. The company makes heart rate monitors among other things and has announced a new system called Polar Balance. Polar Balance is a weight management service that uses a Polar Balance Smart Scale, Polar activity tracker, and Polar Flow app and web service.

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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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