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Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Intel and AltspaceVR Shared Virtual Reality hands-on

Every added building block to the Virtual Reality space creates a whole new level of immersion. The folks at AltspaceVR have collaborated with Intel to present not only a virtual reality space with Oculus Rift, not only the Oculus Rift DK2's external camera to track hand movements, but connectivity between users. The people you see here aren't just playing virtual volleyball with each other, they're interacting with another user from the AltspaceVR staff using a headset at their headquarters in California.

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Walkerwheel 350 electric unicycle hands-on

Walkerwheel 350 electric unicycle hands-on

There's more than one self-balancing electric unicycle here at CES 2015 - you didn't think you'd get away with only seeing one, did you? Here we're seeing the lesser-known KOEOK bring the heat with their Walkerwheel 350, a super simple vision for the future of self-transport. While we can't say too much about how well this beast is going to barrel down the road in the field, we can say this: we'd love to have one to get through this convention center with all speed.

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Toshiba Canvio HDDs target portability, entertainment

Toshiba Canvio HDDs target portability, entertainment

Three new hard drives are on their way from Toshiba, each of them tailored towards a specific type of user. Those who have large storage demands will find the Canvio Basic suitable to their needs, with it offering a solid 3TB of storage, while those who prefer something wireless for their entertainment setup will enjoy the Canvio AeroCast. Joining them both is the Cavio Connect II, as well, which is available in up to 2TB capacities alongside features like scheduled backups and remote access.

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Dell 27-inch UltraSharp 5K monitor announced at CES

Dell 27-inch UltraSharp 5K monitor announced at CES

Dell, not content with letting loose an awesome tablet and mind-boggling Windows laptop, also unveiled a 27-inch 5K monitor today. Featuring over 14 million pixels, the 5120 x 2880 display is about the best we’ve seen. Accurate color recreation and Harmon Kardon speakers also make this one special. Dell says their new monitor delivers 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage, right out of the box. It also supports up to 1.07 billion colors, so it can take whatever you throw at it.

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Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

In our increasingly connected world, having to pause and connect a USB cable or swap in an SD card to transfer files is a cumbersome, nearly archaic process. Wireless SD cards largely solve that problem, making it possible to shuttle, for example, pictures from a digital camera to a laptop quickly. Such is the usefulness of Toshiba's new third-generation FlashAir III, a standard SD card with a twist: the inclusion of its own WiFi for simple transfers among devices even if there's no wireless network available.

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Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Joining Toshiba's new products at CES 2015 is the 2-in-1 Portege Z20t, a pen-toting tablet that transforms into an ultrabook with the use of a detachable keyboard component. The entire system is promised to be a mixture of sleek and lightweight while offering precise input via Wacom technologies and some features not entirely common on systems like this, such as a keyboard that is resistant to accidental spills. Despite its small size, this is no toy -- the system covers all the bases, and comes with a price tag to match.

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The new Dell XPS laptops are slim, pixel-dense beasts

The new Dell XPS laptops are slim, pixel-dense beasts

At CES, Dell is hitting hard with a full lineup of exciting new products, and their updated XPS 13 and 15-inch laptops might be the coolest we’ve seen so far. The super-slim laptops also pack a punch with an astounding screen and amazingly slight bezel. Dell also says the XPS 13 is the “best performing notebook of its size”, and sports a 15-hour run time on a single charge. They’ve also got 5th generation Intel Core processors, and the 13-inch model weighs a mere 2.6 pounds.

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Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets: it’s all about the pen

Toshiba has introduced two new tablets, the 8-inch and 10-inch Encore 2 Write slates. With both these new Windows 8.1 tablets come a stylus tailored towards those who want precise input. Says Toshiba, these are the first slates of their kind to offer Wacom's newest "feel pen technologies", making them usable in a variety of stylus-based tasks, including drawing and writing. As with Wacom's newest Cintiq tablets, these Toshiba offerings utilize a pen offering 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

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Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell wants to protect your home with new Lyric security system

Honeywell is back with its Lyric lineup, adding to it a home security system the maker promises is professional-grade. The entire roster of home security needs are met with the inclusion of things like smoke and intrusion detectors, motion monitors, cameras, and more. In addition to its security-centric focus, the system itself can be integrated into a smart house's existing products, including things like intelligent lighting setups, connected thermostats, and even smart locks. Even better, the system responds to voice commands, making the process hands-off.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet packs Intel RealSense depth-finding camera

Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet packs Intel RealSense depth-finding camera

Dell has rolled out their Venue 8 7000 series tablet today, taking a bold step toward Android tablet prowess. Featuring a “series of firsts”, the Dell Venue 8 7000 is based on the Intel Atom Z3500 processor, and checks in at a remarkably thin 6mm. Dell didn’t cut corners when they cut weight, though. The Venue 8 7000 packs a 2560 x 1600 OLED display. It’s also the first tablet to integrate the new Intel RealSense camera, which provides enhanced depth sensing technology.

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Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Today at CES, Pioneer and Kenwood both released some interesting new products aimed at getting your car up-to-date. Both announced in-dash receivers meant to bring you into the Android Auto and/or CarPlay future. Both receivers will support both new automotive initiatives from Apple and Google, making it easier than ever to go OS-agnostic. What isn’t easy is the price tag. Though Kenwood hasn’t yet announced pricing for their unit, the Pioneer receiver will cost at least $700.

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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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