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Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Our first up close and personal look at the Fitbit Blaze takes place during CES 2016, where the reveal of this device had some ill effects. Fitbit's stock price took a little bit of a dive yesterday as this device was revealed - though it may have been a bit premature. While the watch does look quite similar to the Fitbit Surge - or perhaps a mix between a Surge and an Apple Watch - the end product is unique.

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This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

This is TipTalk, the smart watch strap that makes you Inspector Gadget

Smart strap upgrades for the analog watch you can't quite part with aren't new, but few let you pretend to be Inspector Gadget as well. TipTalk, one of the skunkworks projects out of Samsung's Creative Lab on show at CES 2016 this week, does just that, however. Out goes the traditional strap or bracelet on your Rolex, Panerai, or family heirloom, and in its place goes a Bluetooth replacement.

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Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

If there's anything that's going to know exactly how your waistline is changing, it's your belt, so it's about time the humble pants-gripper got a smart upgrade. Welt, the perhaps ill-named handiwork of a team from Samsung Creative Lab, focuses on the belt buckle in particular for its connectivity.

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MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

Amid waves of wearables at CES 2016, MC10 have revealed the BioStamp Research Connect System. This system works with a sort of soft stamp, or sticker, that sticks to your body and shares physiological data with computers. These flexible body-worn sensors allow the wearer to operate entirely normally as they bend and move with the body, rather than hindering it. This system reduces observation error at the same time as it improves data capture, so says MC10.

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Razer Nabu Watch hands-on

Razer Nabu Watch hands-on

One of the most unexpected things that I was able to see while visiting with Razer at CES was a product that actually has very little to do with gaming at all. Back in 2014, the company announced, and later launched their fitness band, dubbed the Nabu. Well the Nabu is present here at CES once again, but in the form of a watch.

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Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch is a ruggedized Android Wear device

Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch is a ruggedized Android Wear device

Casio has unveiled a new Android Wear product at CES 2016 called the WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor watch. The watch has a rugged design that is safe to water depths of 50 meters and built to military standards. The F10 is water resistant in rain and water use scenarios. The watch has Casio apps for outdoor activities like trekking, cycling, and fishing.

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Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings is known for its wide range of health and fitness devices, which include analog watch fitnesss trackers, digital scales, and, just this week, a thermometer. With the new Withings Go, the company is back to its tracker roots but with a twist. Just like any tracker, this handy gadget does keep an eye on your steps, activities, and even your sleep. But unlike most trackers that either use LCD screens or none at all, the Go uses a battery friendly e ink display to show you your stats, all that time and even in bright ambient light.

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New Balance to launch smartwatch this holiday season

New Balance to launch smartwatch this holiday season

New Balance has announced the launch of a new division called “Digital Sport.” This new division is tasked with developing “digital experiences” and various wearables, the first of which will be a smartwatch scheduled to launch this holiday season. The company plans to roll out a digital ecosystem targeted at athletes via the new division, and has announced Intel, Google and more as partners.

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Samsung Gear S2 iOS compatibility coming this year

Samsung Gear S2 iOS compatibility coming this year

When the original Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch was revealed, it wasn't prepared for the full collection of smartphones on the market. Android and Tizen would work, sure, but not the most popular smartphone on the planet - the iPhone. Now, according to Samsung representatives speaking at CES 2016, they're going to be bringing iOS compatibility to the Samsung Gear S2 by the end of the year. "This year" they said.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic hands-on: detailed in Rose Gold and Platinum

Samsung Gear S2 Classic hands-on: detailed in Rose Gold and Platinum

The smartwatch Samsung Gear S2 Classic, as it's now called, has been revealed in two new editions. Samsung has revealed that the Gear S2 Classic will now come in 18K Rose Gold in one edition, and Platinum in another. These devices will function exactly the same as the standard editions of the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, while their exteriors will be encased in slightly finer metals. And they look just fine indeed.

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Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

The Fitbit Blaze is a new smart fitness watch being revealed for the 2016 consumer season, shown off for the first time at CES 2016. What you're going to notice first and foremost - if you're familiar with smartwatches of all sorts - is that this watch looks rather similar to one of the more well-known smartwatches on the market. Beyond that, this machine works with FitStar by Fitbit for on-screen workouts, GPS, PurePulse heart rate tracking, and Fitbit's SmartTrack auto-exercise recognition system.

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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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