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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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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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Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

It's a true testament to the high-quality audio delivery of the Pono Player that we're able to suggest that it's all that it's cut out to be at a tech convention. We're at Showstoppers during CES 2015 and it's loud - not deafeningly loud, but loud enough that it's not an optimal environment for listening to tunes. This device delivers sound that's next-level. With a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones plugged in, this music player brings a depth to music we simply did not expect.

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Cherry Fast Charge and Sync Station hands-on

Cherry Fast Charge and Sync Station hands-on

At Showstoppers during CES 2015 we're getting our first look at the newest piece of power and data equipment from the likes of Cherry. Generally known for their next-level keyboard switches, Cherry is bringing on a stackable, super-simple charge and sync system for your PC. This piece of equipment works with 1 Type B USB port for input and 7 Type A USB ports for output. You can stack the unit up as high as you want, and each unit interlocks with the next.

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Mionix inductively charged mouse prototype hands-on: always wireless

Mionix inductively charged mouse prototype hands-on: always wireless

While it's not headed to market for a while yet, seeing a completely wireless* mouse capable of recharging itself on the go wasn't something we expected to see this week from Mionix. Then again we have discovered - over the past year or so - that this relatively small group of creators are capable of making fantastic gaming peripherals, and don't put it past them to figure out the dilemma they've got facing them in this product here this past week at CES 2014. While we can sit still and charge with this prototype mouse - wirelessly - we'll still have to stop with the charging while we're playing.

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Mionix NASH 20 hands-on: premium gaming headset in all black

Mionix NASH 20 hands-on: premium gaming headset in all black

The team at Mionix can never be called out for not taking their time with a product - certainly not in the case of the Mionix NASH 20 headset. Here we’re seeing a pair of headphones with a mic that were originally scheduled to be released last year - here at CES 2014, we’re seeing them in their final form for the first time. For an idea of how high-end these cans sound right this minute, Mionix points toward the meaning of NASH: “according to Arabic mythology, NASH is an Arrowhead, which is a suitable name for a top class gaming headset with superior precision and sharp sound.”

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