A new Samsung C-Lab project called S-Ray lets you to listen to your devices without disturbing others by beaming sound straight into your ears. The company says the technology could be used with a number different devices including a Bluetooth speaker, a phone cover and a personal neckband. Though the prototype’s audio quality wasn’t stellar, it was impressive to hear music — without headphones — over the tremendous din of Las Vegas.
On the education side, Blipblox was one of the more interesting items on the floor. A synth designed for three to eight-year-old kids, the Blipblox has arrow paths on top connecting all the buttons to show the synth’s signal chain. The idea is to get children interested in synthesis basics early on. But, there’s no iconography on the Blipblox itself to hint at what the buttons do, so it’s hard to say how much kids will really learn as opposed to just mashing buttons. The company told me that if kids want to learn more, they can read the manual that comes with it, but that seems to defeat the product’s purpose.
Intel and AMD, rivals in the CPU game, have teamed up to bring us a new set of processors. Specifically, they merge Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processing power with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M graphics technology. Like Nvidia’s Max-Q architecture, this new setup will make gaming laptops smaller and thinner. And both the Dell XPS 15 and HP Spectre X360 already use versions of the chip.
With every Black Friday sale overflowing with 4K TVs, LG had no choice but to go all out on 8K for this year’s CES. And this 88-inch behemoth will blow your eyes out of your head with its 7,680×4,320-pixel resolution — four times that of your now-middling 4K set and 16 times more than a pitiable standard full-HD TV. You’ll still have to wait for actual 8K things to watch, however.
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A characteristic class of US products––perhaps the most characteristic––is a small self-contained unit of high performance in relation to its size and cost, whose function is to transform some undifferentiated set of circumstances to a condition nearer human desires. The minimum of skills is required in its installation and use, and it is independent of any physical or social infrastructure beyond that by which it may be ordered from catalogue and delivered to its prospective user. A class of servants to human needs, these clip-on devices, these portable gadgets, have coloured American thought and action far more deeply––I suspect––than is commonly understood.
It’s not a real product yet, but Fove can plant the flag as the first company to have a usable VR headset with eye-tracking built in. Given how imprecise VR interfaces can be and how much data eye tracking can gather to inform how scenes render, the technology is a hot area for development.
The Osmo Mobile 2 from DJI not only has all of the features of the previous version, but it’s now just $129. For reference, the original Osmo Mobile was $299 when it first came out. Think of the Osmo Mobile 2 as a really fancy selfie stick.
If you spend all day squinting at a computer screen in the wrong light, you’re going to get a headache and not want to work anymore. With smart light bulbs from Philips Hue in your office lamps though, you can brighten or dim the room to just the right setting so your eyes aren’t strained, no matter what time of day it is.
When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of a home or office, there is plenty of work to be done. In fact, if the amount of space in the area is huge, it can feel as though the task has amplified. ILIFE figured out that homemakers and virtually anyone else who is too busy to clean the home can always receive a little bit of additional assistance in the form of the A8 robotic vacuum cleaner. This is a flagship model from the manufacturer, where the all-new A8 robot vacuum will arrive equipped with a 360 degree live-vision camera navigation system.
Do you find yourself hunched over your keyboard by 2 pm? I know I do! The Upright Smart Posture Trainer is a little gadget that you stick to your back during work, and it will coach you to sit up straight during the day—a small adjustment that makes a big difference if you have back pain.
Nvidia’s tech isn’t just about gaming. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took the stage at Nvidia’s CES keynote, where he said the automaker will integrate Nvidia’s just-announced Drive IX platform into the I.D. Buzz. This will let it recognize people as they approach the car, unlock the door for the owner or other trusted people, and tailor the in-car experience through personalization.
The glasses are attractive but discreet to minimize attention. Another great spy gadget that’s bound to get someone into trouble, buy now at hot spyprovisioning prices and get delivered direct to your door with a 12 month warranty. In some countries it is not permissible to import covert spying camera equipment that includes audio recording – please make sure you check your local Customs regulations.
Tired of your coworkers turning around and judging you for the very same thing they also do: browsing the Web, etc.? And what about those extra-special coworkers who take it one step farther and throw you under the bus behind your back, to your boss? Yeah, I’ve worked with those types of people before. Do yourself a favor and pop one or two of these puppies on your monitor. You’ll be glad you did. // Source
What makes it cool: Gesture control is not new. Facial recognition is not new. But this startup uses artificial intelligence to extrapolate models of your facial landscape, creating an array of expressions. It’s a smile to unlock feature. Eventually, it could learn your moods, likes and dislikes based on your individual profile and, for example, suggest activities or restaurants during a trip.
FIVE GREAT LENSES IN ONE CARRYING CASE: Awesome mobile photography for back or front facing cameras. Includes 5 quick connect lenses ? telephoto lens, circular polarized lens (CPL), fisheye lens, macro lens and wide angle lens. Combine with your favorite apps to share photos instantly.
No office environment is complete without a coffee maker, and there is no better coffee maker on the market this year than the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. Fast and convenient, the AeroPress uses water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce a cup of coffee that is rich in flavor. Each press takes only twenty seconds and makes 1-4 cups of coffee, meaning you can fill your mug and refuel without taking too much time out of your day.
But if we had to pick the best headphones overall then we’d go for the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. They’re wireless, which makes them more convenient for portable use, and they’re noise-cancelling for those who want to use them on a noisy commute.
What makes it cool: This Tier 2 supplier startup has spent years mapping America’s crumbling roads, and uses cloud technology and an electronically controlled device to mitigate vibration and jolts caused by uneven road surfaces.
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You love your iPhone, but as powerful as it is, there are some things it just cannot do alone. It cannot, for example, stream music for an entire room full of people. It cannot reliably power itself on a single charge for three or four days. It cannot take close-up photos of insects. And it cannot strap onto your arm as-is for those long runs. For all these purposes, you’ll need some accessories. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best iPhone accessories.