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OKDoor turns Google Glass into a virtual gatekeeper

OKDoor turns Google Glass into a virtual gatekeeper

Google Glass could put your receptionist out of a job, one company has suggested, with new Glassware called "OKDoor" putting remote control of your doors on the wearable. The handiwork of Brivo Labs, OKDoor basically pipes video from a security camera to the headset, and then allows an electronic lock to be be triggered with just a tap on the touchpad.

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WowWee MiP robot hands-on

WowWee MiP robot hands-on

WowWee is back, and it has a tiny robot pal to pitch here at CES, a Bluetooth-controlled balancing two-wheeler. The 'bot can either be moved around by using an iOS app as a controller, or put into one of a number of game or entertainment modes, such as dancing to music stored on the iPhone, or even following your hand around.

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Huli color-changing lamp hands-on

Huli color-changing lamp hands-on

We've a soft spot for color-changing lighting here at SlashGear, not to mention minimalistic design, and the Huli lamp on show at CES 2014 fits the bill on both fronts. A stark 20 x 20 x 3 cm aluminum square, the Huli keeps its LEDs on the back, intended to flood the wall behind it with light whether you're picking hues from the iOS app, or letting it synchronize to your music playlist.

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Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Kit takes on hue

Belkin has added to its growing WeMo smart home system with a new LED lightbulb, allowing for remote control of lighting around the home or office from an Android or iOS app. The new bulbs, which come in a starter pack with the WeMo Link that plugs into a spare power socket and bridges the home network with WeMo, are standard screw-fit, and the equivalent of 60W traditional incandescent bulbs.

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Parrot Jumping Sumo leaps its way into stardom at CES 2014

Parrot Jumping Sumo leaps its way into stardom at CES 2014

Parrot has done it again, this time with their Jumping Sumo remote device. Unlike the civil drone, the Sumo rolls and tumbles, grabs as it leaps. It’s controlled via an app, and has a front facing camera for all kinds of shenanigans. For pure fun, the Jumping Sumo might take the cake at CES 2014.

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Orbotix Sphero 2B takes mobile-controlled ball to wheels

Orbotix Sphero 2B takes mobile-controlled ball to wheels

This week the folks behind the mobile-controlled sphere toy called Sphero have unveiled a device they call Sphero 2B. This device from Orbitix takes the basics of the Sphero device - the mobile-controlled bit, mostly, and tears down the rest, bringing instead a pair of wheels with hubcaps for control in a very similar manner.

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Lumen TL800 Bluetooth Bulb Review

Lumen TL800 Bluetooth Bulb Review

Colorful remote-control lighting isn't the preserve of the multi-million dollar mansion any more, and Tabu wants to democratize smart home bulbs even further with the Lumen TL800. It's not the first smartphone-controlled LED bulb, but unlike Philips' hue, however, Tabu has turned to something far more prevalent in today's phones and tablets to make the connection: Bluetooth 4.0. Does that make Lumen the remote bulb for the mass market? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Samsung Smart Control updates TV remote with motion & mic

Samsung Smart Control updates TV remote with motion & mic

Samsung may be saving its big TV news for CES 2014, but it can't help but squeak out a little about its new Smart Control, a peanut-shaped remote that wants you to shake it. Launching alongside the 2014 range of Samsung TVs, the new remote control wraps a circular touchpad, minimal buttons, and a microphone for voice control into a curvaceous shell, as well as dedicated buttons for browsing through smart features.

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Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Swann Quad Starship brings RC flight back to basics

Today's remote control vehicles - like the Swann Quad Starship - aren't like the simple wired-and-one-way cars of the past. What we've got now are machines that do just about anything, controlled with your smartphone or remotely, flying, diving, and driving like mad. The Swan Quad Starship only does a few of these things - it's essentially a return to the basics (with flight intact).

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Staples Connect launches to tame the smart home

Staples Connect launches to tame the smart home

Staples has launched its smart home platform, Staples Connect, bundling third-party sensors, lights, wireless sockets and locks, and more, with a universal control hub that links them together. The $99 Staples Connect hub - which works with Honeywell, Philips hue, Lutron, Yale, GE, First Alert, and other brands of home automation kit - will be sold alone as well as in themed kits, such as for those wanting to take remote control over lighting or security monitoring, with a single iOS and Android app to manage them.

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Goldee Light Controller wants to be Nest for smart lighting

Goldee Light Controller wants to be Nest for smart lighting

Smart lighting like Philips' hue is great if your phone or tablet seldom leaves your hand, but sometimes you want a light switch on the wall where you'd expect it to be. The Goldee Light Controller promises to be just that, but it's no ordinary switch: the minimalistic black square hides touchless-gesture sensors, an AMOLED display, and Nest-style intelligence for automatically managing your lighting schemes.

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Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Color-changing LED lighting is probably the most obvious way of introducing some smart home tech, and though Philips' hue is the best known system, that hasn't stopped startup rivals from trying to take its crown. Lumen turned to crowdfunding to get its TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 bulb off the ground, and now it's headed to store shelves, promising direct control from your iPhone or (select) Android handset.

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