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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Small form-factor PCs aren't new, but Ockel is pushing the envelope with the Sirius A, a full touchscreen Windows 10 computer compact enough to fit your hand. At the opposite extreme to vast touch-enabled All-in-Ones like Microsoft's Surface Studio, the Sirius A instead aims for the ultra-compact end of the spectrum. That opens up some really interesting possibilities.

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Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera spits out small printed photos

Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera spits out small printed photos

Polaroid has another camera on the market that can print physical photographs, this one the Polaroid Pop Instant Camera. This small camera made its debut at CES 2017; with it, photographers can print instant 3x4” photos, the very thing for which Polaroid is famous. This camera is somewhat similar to the maker’s previous Snap cameras, using the ZINK Zero Ink printer integrated within the model to print the photos.

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I-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades make every phone modular

I-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades make every phone modular

Modular mobile phones have seen some success (Moto Z) and some failure (LG G5) - but what if every device could suddenly be modular? That's the guiding philosophy behind the i-Blades Smartcase and Smartblades, which combine a lightweight case with a microprocessor as well as a number of magnetically-attached add-ons that can be used with a multitude of phones, regardless of manufacturer.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer's Project Ariana was used this week at CES 2017 to show the potential of Razer Chroma lighting in full-room immersion. The company announced earlier today that they'd be making Razer Chroma open to 3rd-party partners, meaning more companies could bring millions of colors of light to their devices. Project Ariana is a device that lights up a whole room - and it's not just a concept for Chroma Lighting. This is a real-deal product that Razer says will be a production device - available for purchase - by the end of the year 2017.

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ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

Among its CES wares is the ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot mesh networking system, something the company describes as a modular and high-speed solution for home networks that’ll get rid of poor connections and dead zones in one’s residence. The system is comprised of HiveSpot and HiveDot ‘nodes,’ of which at least three are required to get a home mesh network up and running. The system maxes out at five nodes.

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Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Like many car companies, Nissan's focus at CES 2017 this year is autonomous driving technology. Nissan Chariman and CEO Carlos Ghosn took the stage at the trade show this evening to announce a new driverless system called Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). SAM will be one component of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility system, but it will likely be the most noteworthy one as well.

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LaCie Rugged and d2 storage updated with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie Rugged and d2 storage updated with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has announced updates to both its d2 and Rugged storage models, adding USB-C to the Rugged model and Thunderbolt 3 to the LaCie d2. With these updates, users can use the same drives LaCie has previously announced with the latest laptop models, such as the new MacBook Pro. These drives are offered with storage options ranging up to a 5TB hard drive or a 1TB SSD for the Rugged and up to 10TB for the d2.

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This Samsung spin-off reinvented the sticky note (for some reason)

This Samsung spin-off reinvented the sticky note (for some reason)

If there's office contraband then it's probably the humble - but coveted - sticky note pad, but one Samsung spin-off is aiming to give the sticky note a tech upgrade. Mangoslab began life as a Samsung Venture funded start-up courtesy of the South Korean company's internal incubator back in 2016, and its first product is Nemonic, a sticky note printer making its debut at CES 2017. Rather than a pad of notes on your desk, you have a small printer block instead.

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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround brings 3D audio recording to the masses

Sennheiser is making it easy for anyone to record binaural ‘3D’ audio via its new AMBEO Smart Surround, a pair of earbuds with two microphones that record audio from the position of one’s ears. The Smart Surround will be made available with both Lightning and USB-C connectors, as well, ultimately giving consumers a way to record high-quality 3D audio for their similarly high-quality and VR videos.

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Dell Canvas hands-on: Surface Studio gets a slick art rival

Dell Canvas hands-on: Surface Studio gets a slick art rival

Dell may be one of Microsoft's closest Windows partners, but that didn't stop it bringing along some Surface Studio competition to CES today. The Dell Canvas may not have a built-in computer like Microsoft's posable all-in-one, but pair it with a Windows notebook - and, optionally, a second display - and you have the art hub any Photoshop pro could be proud of. I stopped by to rub my grubby fingers all over it.

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