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Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

This week the folks at Sphero have revealed that they're continuing their high-five of a relationship with Disney with a CARS 3 vehicle. They worked with the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney to make a real-deal BB-8 a reality - and in the process made the best Star Wars toy we've ever experienced. Now they turn their attention to the Pixar mega-franchise Cars for a slightly more traditional endeavor with Lightning McQueen.

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Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

There's a ridiculous blind-spot in the smart home, and it's all about control. Our light bulbs speak to the internet, and our connected speakers stream from there, and we can adjust our thermostats from halfway around the world. When we're actually at home, though, actually having to pull out a phone or tablet to do something as simple as turning on the light is an oddly involved process. It's also something startup Brilliant believes it has the answer to.

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Logitech Pop HomeKit bundle gives Apple’s Home a smart button

Logitech Pop HomeKit bundle gives Apple’s Home a smart button

Logitech's Pop is getting an Apple HomeKit upgrade, allowing the programable wireless buttons to act as light-switches, scene-triggers, and more for iOS fans. Launched in August last year, Pop offers a triple-function button that can be customized to control hundreds of devices in your smart home. Now, there's a second version for those who went the HomeKit route.

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Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

The Strategic Capabilities Office of the United States Department of Defense and the Naval Air Systems Command have demonstrated a micro drone swarm. If that set of three words weren't enough to terrify your senses, just wait until you see the demonstration video. This demonstration showed 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The goal with this program is to be able to launch 1,000 drones at once.

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Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

While Sphero might have the tiny remote-control ball market cornered, it would seem that Leka is aiming for the next size up. Leka is a robotic companion ball aimed at children. While it might be aimed specifically at children with special needs, we couldn't help but be entranced by the possibilities in everyday mobile play. This ball has a face, after all, and far be it for me to deny the joy of chasing a cartoon robot creature across the floor.

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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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You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

If Santa left a new iPhone or Android smartphone under the tree, what do you do with your old smartphone? It's a perennial question each holiday season, but the answer doesn't have to be "sell it" or "dump it in a drawer". Instead, there are plenty of useful things a smartphone can be turned into, even if it doesn't have an active phone line connected. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

The folks behind the Anki remote control car group have released a new set of vehicles for all of our racing and smashing needs: Supertrucks. These miniature beasts play in to the Anki system of infrared camera-embedded car racing like hammers in a drawer full of nails, making it a wild new experience to attempt racing cars on the same track.

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Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

You're trying to find the remote control, but it's nowhere to be seen. It could be down in the cushions, or maybe one of the kids made off with it. Whatever the reason, it's annoying, and you wish you had a better solution. Depending on the phone you own, that better solution may be in your pocket right this moment: a smartphone with an integrated IR blaster, enabling you to control your TV and select other devices with the same device you're always carrying around. If your current phone doesn't have a built-in blaster, though, you're not without some options.

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DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

It's been a good month for drone lovers, and industry heavyweight DJI is playing its part with the freshly-announced Mavic Pro. Unveiled today, the new remotely-controlled drone promises the same abilities as DJI's Phantom series but in a seriously compact and easily transported form-factor, courtesy of a folding design that collapses it down to roughly half the size of a Phantom 4.

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