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Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousin

Snapchat's Spectacles may have given wearable cameras the consumer-acceptance Google Glass never had, but a far more capable set of specs could steal their thunder. Vuzix - which has been pushing head-mounted displays for several years now, though primarily to enterprise users and developers - brought its latest glasses to CES this week, the Blade 3000. While at first glance they might look like regular glasses, they're actually outfitted with a transparent display.

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Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

Razer Project Valerie hands-on at CES 2017: 3-screen laptop gaming is here

The Razer Project Valerie laptop has three displays - and all three are really, truly dedicated to gaming. Each of these displays is connected to the base computer, creating a laptop that's thicker than the company's standard Razer Blade, but all the more versatile as a result. While this notebook isn't the sort we'll be trusting around clumsy miscreants while engaged, the hardware used to make this project a reality is well worth the gander.

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ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

ODG AR smart glasses hands-on: Snapdragon 835 gets real

The first Snapdragon 835 device isn't a phone, and it isn't a tablet: it's a set of augmented reality glasses. Two sets of glasses, to be precise, the handiwork of ODG - or Osterhout Design Group - flush with a recent $58m cash injection from 21st Century Fox who have been pushing augmented reality and smart glasses for a decade now. While you might associate Snapdragon with phones, there are plenty of good reasons you might want the new 835 in a computer for your face.

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Samsung’s first QLED TV up close: intense color, versatile hardware

Samsung’s first QLED TV up close: intense color, versatile hardware

This week Samsung showed off their newest TV display technology with their first QLED television. This TV is able to roll with HDR with 1500 to 2000 nits of brightness, and optimized with reflection-stopping technology to get deepest blacks. This TV will be one of a collection of QLED televisions that'll be released this year by Samsung for the high-end TV market, ready to roll with a versatile mount system so it'll look magnificent in a wide variety of positions.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

Amazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets Alexa

This week at CES 2017 we're having a look at the Westinghouse 4K TV that'll be first in the first collection of Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions this year. This TV set puts Amazon Fire TV Edition - the software - on a massive 4K television, making the entirety of the content therein look fantastic. Along with the ability to roll with some extremely high-definition video, this set's integration with Amazon's software allows Alexa commands to be made through the TV's smart remote.

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Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

CES 2017 has barely begun and I'm already brushing my hair with a smart hair-tracking brush from Withings. This brush goes by its full name, "Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings," and looks the part of a smart hairbrush indeed. A single black sensor sits in the center of an array of standard fine brush pegs - looking at your hair, judging you, combing your hair, telling you what you're doing right and oh, so wrong.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech given its gaming headset range an upgrade, retiring the Greek God naming but adding a new, G533 Wireless Gaming Headset to the line-up for CES 2017. Announced today, the G533 targets PC gamers rather than their console counterparts, raiding the parts bin of the more expensive G933 for its Pro-G audio drivers. While it doesn't have Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the G533 does offer DTX Headphone X 3D sound support.

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LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

LG Stylo 3 hands-on: tiny stylus, no Note 7 kill

This evening we've had a little bit of time to experience the LG Stylo 3, aka the LG Stylus 3, a smartphone with a built-in stylus. This is the third edition of the device, as the name implies, and it's ready to do the basics. It's not ready to be a Galaxy Note killer - but once again it's possible LG never intended to make the direct comparison.

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Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

Cerevo Lumigent hands-on: robot spy lamp with a camera

This week at CES 2017 I did not expect to see a robot lamp with a camera with which it could take photos. I also did not expect to see a smart camera lamp with the ability to take commands from its user. Regardless of my lack of imagination, that's exactly what the folks at Cerevo have brought to the halls of the future of technology this week in Las Vegas.

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Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

The smart remote we're getting to take a peek at - and get our hands on - at CES this year is made by Sevenhugs. The company's name is Sevenhugs - and despite that oddity, they've got a really, really nice piece of hardware on their hands. The Sevehugs Smart Remote is capable of controlling multiple devices in a single room, working with smart Bluetooth markers to decide the direction it's pointing. Each direction can be a different device, and each device can have its own UI.

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Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

It's like riding a Ninja motorcycle while flying through the air - that's the first thing I thought at our first experience with Hypersuit. Here at CES 2017's first event, CES Unveiled, we're witnessing the future of virtual reality - well into the future. A future in which we've gotten so far into turning the real world virtual, we've gone back to making the virtual world feel real.

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