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These Lumus displays could fix HoloLens’ big problem

These Lumus displays could fix HoloLens’ big problem

Field of view might be the Achilles' heal for augmented reality devices like Microsoft's HoloLens, but better optics might be incoming to address that. Lumus brought its latest stereo-vision AR headset prototype, the DK-50, to CES this year, complete with two transparent eyepieces that give a digital upgrade to a significantly larger portion of your vision.

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Neeo hands-on: one smart remote to control them all

Neeo hands-on: one smart remote to control them all

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company behind Neeo is taking pre-orders and showing off their smart remote at CES 2016. This remote is (probably) unlike any you've ever experienced -- it features a touch screen and runs the company's own system, merging together the best parts of a remote and a touch device to create a single, slim, highly functional device.

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You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

Forget tracking steps, the next big thing in wearable health metrics could be counting frowns. BioTrak claims to do for compulsive stress-heads, TMJ sufferers, and migraine victims what Fitbit did for couch potatoes: train them up into a more functional version of themselves by making previously subconscious things conscious.

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FLIR’s new cameras give you cheaper Predator-vision

FLIR’s new cameras give you cheaper Predator-vision

Escaping bears might not be a common fear at CES, but you could be forewarned of nighttime attacks by predators with FLIR's new thermal camera range. The Scout TK thermal vision monocular takes the same infrared camera technology as is in the company's heat-sensing attachment for the iPhone, and packages it into a standalone form factor capable of standing up to the outdoors.

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Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

Hands-on with Jabra’s IFA 2015 wireless headset trio

IFA isn't just a time to show of smartphones, tablets, PC, and TVs. It's also an opportune time for accessory makers to make a big splash as well. Jabra did just that when it announced not one, not even two, but three new wireless headsets to appeal to all sorts of users, from the highly mobile and active, to the style conscious, to the regular audiophile. At IFA 2015's showroom floor, we take a brief tour of the Jabra Eclipse, Sport Pace, and Halo Fusion.

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olloclip Studio at IFA 2015: hands-on with mobile creativity

olloclip Studio at IFA 2015: hands-on with mobile creativity

olloclip's goal has been to make creativity accessible, and by "creativity" they mostly mean being able to record videos and take photos with your smartphone with the same quality as digital cameras with professional lenses but with even more mobility and portability. To that end they've created a wide variety of snap on lenses to deliver on that promise. But they've taken that promise a bit further by working on the olloclip Studio which we had a chance to see and touch for ourselves here at IFA 2015.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A6 is another would-be Sonos dethroner

B&O’s BeoPlay A6 is another would-be Sonos dethroner

Bang & Olufsen's Play series of more affordable, playful speakers has gained a new behemoth, in the shape of the fortune cookie-like BeoPlay A6. The unusually shaped speaker joins its smaller brethren in packing wireless for streaming from a computer or smartphone, including support for B&O's multi-location system.

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Driving a robot vacuum cleaner is surprising fun

Driving a robot vacuum cleaner is surprising fun

Sometimes it feels like everything is joining the Internet of Things, no matter how tenuous, but it turns out remotely controlling your robo-vacuum is great. Neato has brought its Botvac Connected to ShowStoppers at IFA 2015, a connected version of its automated vacuum cleaners, which gives you the choice of either leaving it to its own devices or being a bossy housekeeper.

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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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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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