Hands On

Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

This day definitely has a lot of gaming in it, with a bunch of announcement from the likes of Razer taking up our CES 2015 attention. Gaming accessory maker Mad Catz is definitely not going to be left behind. We go hands on with its new L.Y.N.X. Bluetooth controller that can support devices of almost any size, up to 7 inches to be precise, but can still amazingly fit in your front pocket when not needed. Oh, and it can do a lot more than just let you play games.

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This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

The automotive status symbol may no longer be the fob on your keyring but the smartwatch on your wrist, and we’ve got up close with the LG-made wearable Audi casually revealed during its CES keynote. R&D chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg used the watch to summon a self-driving Prologue to the stage, the touchscreen timepiece similar in appearance to LG’s existing circular-screened Android Wear model, but updated to suit the German marque’s automotive needs. Audi exclusively demonstrated the new smartwatch to SlashGear, and explained to me why it’s more than just a G Watch R with a custom skin.

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Razer OSVR headset hands-on: a platform, not a competitor

Razer OSVR headset hands-on: a platform, not a competitor

The teams at Oculus Rift, Samsung, Google, and the rest need not worry - Razer isn't really gunning for them with the VR headset you're about to see here. Instead, this unit is part of a long-term plan for Razer in which their software is utilized by other companies - in other words, this isn't a headset you're going to be buying in a store any time soon. The model we're seeing and using here is just the first step in a long-term plan by Razer to make their big play in the ever-expanding virtual reality ecosystem.

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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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Inmotion v3 Electric Unicycle hands-on: self-balancing and smooth

Inmotion v3 Electric Unicycle hands-on: self-balancing and smooth

The third version of the Inmotion Electric Unicycle is here, and it's a much smoother experience than the rest of the self-balancing unicycles we've used in the recent past. Which is silly to say because it's not like we use self-balancing unicycles all that often - or ever. Inmotion basically has the market cornered. Here at CES 2015, at least, there's really nothing like it. Riding around on a unit that lets you turn with a flick of your hip - that's the future of one-wheeled transportation.

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Qualcomm and QNX tag-team the dashboard of the future

Qualcomm and QNX tag-team the dashboard of the future

Someone at Qualcomm has the right idea: buy a brand spanking new Maserati, fit it out with the latest in QNX-running, Snapdragon-powered infotainment, and call it a business expense. The company brought its latest concept for the connected dashboard to CES 2015 for the first time, pairing the Snapdragon 602A car-centric chipset with BlackBerry-owned QNX's latest entertainment, safety, speech recognition, and gesture control systems. Qualcomm's argument is that, if next-gen automotive dashboards really are going to gain traction, it'll take a company with a strong presence in chips to push it, and that's why it thinks its 360-degree watching, radar toting prototype will prove convincing.

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Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app wrist-on

Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app wrist-on

Smartwatches are popping up everywhere here at CES 2015, even in cars! As reported earlier, Hyundai is indeed bringing its Blue Link system to the showroom floor and it is bringing it to your wrist. The Android Wear incarnation of the app, as expected, lets you control certain functions of your Blue Link-enabled Hyundai car by talking to your wrist, which probably brings to mind many a spy or sci-fi show. We take a hands-on, or a wrist-on rather, tour of what Hyundai has in mind when it comes to wearables.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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Hands-on with Livescribe’s new Android support

Hands-on with Livescribe’s new Android support

While Livescribe might not have a shiny new gadget to show off at CES 2015, it still has some very big news to share. Finally the company has turned its eyes to one of the most populous user bases in the mobile industry, announcing the upcoming release of the Android version of its Livescribe+ app. Starting spring, Livescribe users will no longer feel chained to only one mobile platform, freely switching between their iOS or Android device of choice, if they're actually making that choice.

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