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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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Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Over the past year, Razer has turned their original Nabu wearable device (revealed exactly one year ago) into a bit of an underground hit - thousands sold, but to their fan club members and developers only. Here in 2015, Razer is returning to the scene with the Razer Nabu X, a slightly more simple affair. This device has the same abilities as the original Nabu, but this time you're being notified by three LED lights, not a full screen with text. This unit is a whole lot less expensive, too.

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Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Acclaimed audio makers Bang & Olufsen are no strangers to the mobile industry, but here at CES 2015 they are unveiling some rather interesting products that represent a few firsts. Among these is the Play H8 headphones. B & O are positioning this as their first wireless headphones, but they are definitely more than just that. Not only do they offer active noise cancellation for an even better listening experience, they also have a touch interface that makes it easier to control your music on the go.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment: hands-on with touch-sensitive wood

Bang & Olufsen has a few wares on display here at CES 2015, but undoubtedly the most eye-catching piece of them all is the BeoSound Moment, a sound system, practically a sound system controller in the form of a large tablet-like slab, that has a few gimmicks up its sleeve. Of all those features, the most prominent, because also the most visible, is the wooden side, which features what B & O calls the world's first touch-sensitive wood interface. Fortunately, that isn't its only great feature.

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Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Wondering who’s at your door when that bell goes off is either alarming for some or curious for others. The Ring acts as an internet camera door bell that displays on your smartphone and shows you who’s at your door step when that bell goes off. The functionality is cool because now when you're busy or not, you don't have get up to answer the door, let alone talk to whoever it could be. Just answer the door from wherever you are or not. The smart doorbell has me wondering how fun its going to be now when people ring the door.

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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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Meccanoid G15 KS Hands-on: your programmable, 4-foot buddy

Meccanoid G15 KS Hands-on: your programmable, 4-foot buddy

Not, this isn't Johnny 5, but you might as well mistake it for him if not for the lack of tank treads for mobility. But then again you can probably add those to Meccanoid G15 KS later on as well. This 4-foot robot at CES 2015 is more than just a 4-foot robot. He's (or It's) a completely programmable, interactive, and configurable mechanoid that is being advertised as a personal robot for makers, players, and even, quite amusingly, fanatics.

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Boogie Board reinvents the Magna-Doodle with a transparent LCD

Boogie Board reinvents the Magna-Doodle with a transparent LCD

Depending on your age, you might have played with a toy called a Magnetic Writing Board - called a "Magna-Doodle" by Fisher-Price. You drew pictures on a board with a special magnetic stylus and erased whatever you wrote with a swipe of another movable bar in the toy. Now we're seeing a device called the Boogie Board Play N' Trace that does something very similar, but here with a digital interface and a transparent area to draw and write. All it needs is a couple AA batteries.

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ClearOhm hands-on: any surface turned into a touchpad

ClearOhm hands-on: any surface turned into a touchpad

The bottle of liquid you're going to see in this article is filled with millions of tiny metal wires. Silver Nanowires permeate this bottle of liquid, each of them highly conductive - enough to sense human touch. Cambrios makes this substance, calling it ClearOhm, Silver Nanowire Coating Material. With it, manufacturers are able to turn strange and varied surfaces - even bendable, transparent surfaces like this piece of plastic - into touch-sensitive surfaces with which they're able to control computing devices - like this simple doodling interface.

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3Doodler 2.0 hands-on: thinner, lighter, better

3Doodler 2.0 hands-on: thinner, lighter, better

3Doodler may have only been looking for $30k in crowdfunding for their second-gen 3D art pen, but with ten times that amount raised in a matter of hours the stakes are high. Completely redesigned from top to tip, the body frame is thinner, quieter, and most importantly easier to handle. The new JetPack accessory is a portable battery power pack that follows you so you’re not forced to hug a wall anymore. Question is, has 3Doodler done enough to warrant an upgrade? I went hands-on to find out.

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