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Immersis wants to beat Xbox to IllumiRoom VR gaming

Immersis wants to beat Xbox to IllumiRoom VR gaming

"This is just a model, the real thing will be much bigger," Immersis' enthusiastic booth team helpfully points out about its diorama, a tiny stem of 3D print-out to represent the immersive projector tech it's hoping will score it a place in living rooms. They're not kidding around, either: assuming the Kickstarter due to open later this year gets traction, the final Immersis VR projector will tower over the back of your couch, spraying the walls around your TV with an expanded gaming experience. It's not the first time we've seen attempts to break out of the TV bezel, but Immersis' approach is particularly ambitious.

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Zuta Labs’ robo printer is post-post-paper: hands-on

Zuta Labs’ robo printer is post-post-paper: hands-on

It may be a post-paper world in theory, but in practice a printer is all too often required, but what if it could - like a tiny autonomous car - roam around the page rather than sit in a corner of the office looking ugly? Zuta Labs promised just that last year, a palm-sized mobile printing robot small enough to drop in a desk drawer or a bag, and yet capable of spitting out a page of text and graphics from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Rather than shuffling the paper through a slot, however, the little printing robot does all the movement. With working printers now in hand, I caught up with the Zuta Labs team at CES to find out more.

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Golf R Touch hands-on: VW’s dashboard of the near future

Golf R Touch hands-on: VW’s dashboard of the near future

Bendable displays and fully touch-sensitive dashboards are the dreams of the future, but what are we to do in the meantime while engineers and designers frantically work on the next automotive gimmick? Volkswagen's Golf R Touch represents a return to sensibility and practicality, without really giving up on the visions of tomorrow. Employing the latest of touch and haptic technologies, the concept car's dashboard still manages to wow us while still presenting something that's familiar and useful, injecting an ample amount of hi-tech wizardry without going overboard.

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Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Does the world need another connected lightbulb? Misfit believes the answer is yes, and it's taking advantage of its existing place on people's wrists to give its Bolt bulb an edge. Launched at CES this week, the color-changing LED light is quite content to do the usual hue-like switching of tones between different presets; however, it can also wirelessly connect to Misfit's Shine and Flash wearables, along with the Beddit sleep monitor, and tie lighting effects into your sleep patterns.

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Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi’s Android tablet: hands-on with a crash-proof slab

Audi is really giving mobile devices a good run this year. After a new smartwatch custom made by LG, the car maker is also turning to tablets. But make no mistake, this isn't your regular Android tablet simply slapped on with some car-related features. Like the Audi smartwatch, this tablet has been meticulously designed and curated by Audi not only to bring the latest car diagnostics, navigation, infotainment features to backside passengers, they have also been designed to protect said passengers in case of an accident.

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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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