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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

This week the folks behind the original Tile bluetooth tracker have introduced another unit - Tile Slim. This bluetooth tracker is as thin as two credit cards pasted together, allowing the user to keep it comfortably inside their wallet - or basically wherever else they might need to slide it. This Tile's thinness does not do away with the functionality of the original Tile - there's still a button to tap and connectivity for smartphones of all sorts.

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Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

With the Steel HR, fitness gear company Withings is keeping it classy with a new classic-looking watch with smart functionality. This device looks like a simple analog watch - and indeed much of it is. What's next-gen about this watch isn't its looks, it's its ability to read its wearer's heart rate. With Withings smartphone app, this watch can tell its user what their heart rate is at the beginning of a run, throughout, and on-demand.

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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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