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Lumus’ AR glasses are a vision even Apple could approve of

Lumus’ AR glasses are a vision even Apple could approve of

If the mass market is going to be successfully sold on the idea of wearing augmented reality glasses, it could do worse than look to Lumus for design inspiration. The transparent display firm is showing off its latest hardware at CES 2018 this week, flush from a recent deal with Taiwanese manufacturing heavyweight - and, conspicuously, Apple partner - Quanta. If you've been waiting (semi) patiently for consumer AR to arrive in a less geeky form-factor, there's some good news.

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Sony Aibo hands-on at CES 2018: In the USA to make us envious

Sony Aibo hands-on at CES 2018: In the USA to make us envious

Today we got our first chance to take a look at the newest version of Sony Aibo. This is the electronic puppy dog that Sony re-introduced to the world late last year after an extended time of darkness. That is, a time without the doggy. People loved this dog's predecessor. They loved this robot dog's family members so much, they had funerals for them when they "died." Now, here in Las Vegas in January of 2018, we get to see the greatest robot puppy again.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

Right now there are two main types of virtual reality headsets, ones that are tethered to PCs and ones that need a smartphone to work. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. Standalone VR headsets have long been a dream but, as far as Google’s Daydream platform is concerned, that almost failed to take shape. Lenovo has, fortunately, come to the rescue with the new Mirage Solo with Daydream standalone headset that promises freedom in more ways than one.

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Razer Project Linda hands-on: Android phone-powered notebook

Razer Project Linda hands-on: Android phone-powered notebook

This week we're taking a look at the Razer Phone taken to a new universe. This is the Razer Project Linda, a laptop (or notebook, whatever you prefer,) made to house the Razer Phone. This device does nothing without the phone, but with it, it becomes a fully functional Android-based notebook computer. For the moment, this remains a concept design - but there is a chance it could be made into a real-deal consumer product in the near future.

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Razer Nommo Pro hands-on: blasting THX-certified Dolby Virtual Speaker sound

Razer Nommo Pro hands-on: blasting THX-certified Dolby Virtual Speaker sound

With Razer Nommo, three pairs of speakers have arrived from the gaming device company that's notorious for bringing heat to CES. These speakers arrive just in time for CES 2018, coming in three editions: Razer Nommo, Razer Nommo Chroma, and Razer Nommo Pro. These speakers look like cannons and they're made to sit right next to your gaming monitor, ready to melt your ears off.

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BlackBerry promises 2 new phones plus Motion US launch details

BlackBerry promises 2 new phones plus Motion US launch details

2018 should be a busy year for BlackBerry, with with the company promising two new smartphones in addition to at least one new special-edition. The phone-maker, now owned by TCL, is playing details of the upcoming range refresh close to its chest, but we do now a few tidbits at the very least.

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Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Rokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething pains

Is the world ready for augmented reality glasses? More importantly, perhaps, are augmented reality glasses manufacturers ready? Having tried the latest attempt at the segment, Rokid's Glass, at CES 2018 this week I'm pretty confident in saying the answer is "kinda, maybe."

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HP Z 3D Sprout camera add-on hands-on

HP Z 3D Sprout camera add-on hands-on

The HP Sprout desktop, announced way back in 2014, was already an odd idea. It basically mounted a 3D camera on top of an all-in-one PC that let you scan both 3D and 2D objects. Its near $2,000, at least back then, price tag didn’t help its cause either. Still believing that this is the future of computer input and interaction, HP has tried to make the technology more accessible, in both form and price. Enter the HP Z 3D camera, which is basically the Sprout camera, detached, and compatible with almost any Windows system, preferably HP’s, of course.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 line gets CES 2018 update plus 4K Thunderbolt 3 display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 line gets CES 2018 update plus 4K Thunderbolt 3 display

Lenovo's ThinkPad line-up is getting a refresh for CES 2018, with updated X1 Tablet, X1 Carbon notebook, and X1 Yoga models, together with a brand new 27-inch Thunderbolt 3 display. While they may be ostensibly targeting businesses and mobile pros, the combination of speedy 8th Gen Intel processors and features like Amazon Alexa mean there's likely to be plenty of interest among consumers, too. As for that ThinkVision X1 display, it might be the Thunderbolt 3 display-hub you've been waiting for.

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LG’s 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor demands good eyes

LG’s 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor demands good eyes

It probably comes as no surprise that LG's 34-inch 5K UltraWide monitor is a joy for the eyes; just make sure you have an up-to-date prescription for your glasses. Announced last month, the pixel-dense display again made us question why Apple is leaving other companies to make the accessories we really think it should be responsible for, but having set eyes on the 34-incher at CES 2018 today we can't really complain about whose logo is on there.

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Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Sgnl’s body conducting Bluetooth wristband is oddly compelling

Samsung's C-Lab hibernator for unusual projects seemed faintly ridiculous when we first saw its fruits a few years back, but one project has graduated and is about to hit the market. Sgnl gives the Bluetooth headset a twist by transmitting the sound through vibrations of your hand. To hear the person calling, you jab your finger to your ear.

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Planet Computers Gemini hands-on: Nostalgia’s Android reboot

Planet Computers Gemini hands-on: Nostalgia’s Android reboot

For geeks of a certain generation, there's something uncontrollably appealing about the Planet Computers Gemini. Fond memories of the classic Psion Series 5 are to blame, of course, and the Android-powered clamshell taps into that nostalgia with pitch-perfect accuracy. Having spent some time pecking at its keys, I have to say I'm swayed.

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