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Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

The Acer Switch 12 S is one of the most sophisticated looking 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices we've seen yet. Here at CES 2016 we're getting up close and personal with the device, checking out what it'll mean to roll with an Intel RealSense camera and a 12.5-inch display with IPS LCD tech under the hood. We'll still have to wait a bit to see the final product before we can judge the innards, but for now, the outsides look and feel pretty great.

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Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

A Smart Outdoor Watch from Casio has arrived, ready to roll in three colors with rugged exteriors and Android Wear inside. This device goes by the name WSD-F10, and a 1.32-inch dual layer display. Much like the Moto 360 Sport, this device has the ability to shine brightly with TFT LCD display technology when you're using it indoors, as well as work in the sunlight (in a relative low-power mode) with its monochrome LCD.

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Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Climbing Mount Everest with the HTC Vive Pre VR headset

Virtual reality is a strange place to visit, particularly when that virtual reality is a mountain you’ve never been to in person. At CES this week, NVIDIA showed off the HTC Vive Pre VR headset with a Mount Everest demonstration -- that is, a snowy digital landscape very carefully created to simulate the real thing, tents and all. Of course, imparting the climbing experience in virtual reality is not really possible, at least not in the absence of a stepping machine and air conditioner. Making you feel as if you might plunge down an icefall abyss, though? They nailed that part.

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Playing ‘Bullet Train’ on Oculus Rift (2016): the future of FPS gaming

Playing ‘Bullet Train’ on Oculus Rift (2016): the future of FPS gaming

In addition to taking the easy path up Mount Everest, this week at CES brought the opportunity to play Epic Games’ Bullet Train demo for Oculus Rift. If you were to simply watch the trailer for the game, Bullet Train offers little of interest -- it is, after all, just another game where the player grabs a gun and starts shooting. The hook, though, lies in its' platform: Oculus Rift, the hotly anticipated VR headset now up for pre-order. With the headset on, everything about FPS gaming changes.

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Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi Virtual Dashboard Highlights CES Presentation

Audi's booth at CES was elaborately formed out of a series of interlocking chrome cubes, but its actual public presentation was far more subdued. With corporate partner Volkswagen having stolen much of the thunder the day before with the BUDD-e Concept and the e-Golf Touch Concept, Audi chose to focus on the E-tron Quattro Concept which had been previously unveiled in the fall of 2015 in Frankfurt.

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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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VUZE Camera is a portable 360-degree 3D VR camera aimed at average Joes

VUZE Camera is a portable 360-degree 3D VR camera aimed at average Joes

A new consumer focused 360-degree 3D VR camera has been unveiled at CES 2016 called the VUZE Camera. The camera is billed as the world's first consumer, portable 360-degree 3DVR camera and it will sell for under $1000. The exact price isn't offered, but expect around $999. The VUZE Camera has been simplified as much as possible to make use and operation as easy as possible.

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SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is secure and water resistant

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is secure and water resistant

Business users who want to protect their data from theft and damage due to spills or rain might want to check out the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. The SSD is designed to be rugged and is water resistant. It has an IP55 rating for water and dust resistance securing data against spills.

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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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Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Google Glass may have proved too goofy for everyday wear, but the ride to connected eyewear might prove to be on two wheels. Solos is pitching its smart sunglasses as the ideal accessory for dedicated cyclists, a head-up-display which floats performance data like speed, power, pace, and more in the line-of-sight, courtesy of a connection to a nearby smartphone.

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TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link has rolled out a new multi-band WiFi router at CES 2016 that claims to be the first WiFi router based on 802.11ad technology. Inside the router are 802.11ad and 802.11ac MU-MIMO solutions from Qualcomm Atheros. The router is called the TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi router. It’s capable of delivering network speeds up to 4.6 Gbps on 60 GHz bands.

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