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Considering Alexa has made its way into just about every Internet-connected product, it was only a matter of time before the digital butler arrived in smart glasses. The Vuzix Blade augmented reality glasses will support Alexa so that wearers can ask for things like the weather and directions. The Vuzix Blade’s display also sits more prominently in the wearer’s field of view than Google Glass and looks much more crisp and colorful. If developers create compelling apps that blend Alexa’s capabilities and augmented reality, the Blade AR glasses could have some promising potential.
Here’s another category that’s rife with competition: dash mounts and phone holders. If you’re annoyed by mounts that require phone-specific cases or magnets to hold your phone in place, this is the device for you. The Airframe+ grips into the air vent slats on your car’s dash, and includes an adjustable grip to fit virtually any smartphone or phablet device. Simple. Easy. It also includes a compact car charger that plugs into any cigarette lighter. Called DualTrip, this thing features two USB ports capable of charging two smartphones or tablets at the same time.
Anaheim’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show featured plenty of traditional instruments, but as always, there was also a lot of cool music tech. From pro DJ hardware to gadgets that upgrade the instruments you already own to innovative music education tools and apps, NAMM showed that now, more than ever, the worlds of music and tech are intersecting in interesting ways.
Extend your world at your fingertips with the ASUS ZenScreen Portable Monitor. Complete with two USB ports, you can instantly access your media like never before. The ZenScreen measures a massive 15.6 inches to truly captivate you. Because you can connect via USB A and USB C, you have virtually limitless options for your devices.
Despite how long it’s been around, haptic technology is still really in its infancy. Tanvas takes it a step towards toddlerhood with touch feedback that gives you a sense of what different materials feel like.
Bring the power of a tornado right into your own classroom with this demonstration model. Your students will be amazed as you use this device to help you explain how tornados form, what weather conditions are necessary, and how they are influenced by outside forces. It includes a teacher’s guide with seven experiments
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Choice paralysis is something that you may or may not have heard of, but you’ll definitely have been affected by. It’s the thing that happens when you’re given so many options that you end up not being able to make a decision at all.
I might put this on my Christmas list this year. This is one cool car gadget. You add the four caps to your tires and the main one attaches to your cigarette lighter telling you what your PSI is! If you never remember to put air in your tires, now you will!
Skully Technologies launched an ill-fated Indiegogo campaign in 2016, raising nearly $2.5 million in preorders for a motorcycle helmet with AR features, and then folding. Backers of that will soon receive the Fenix AR — a helmet with a rear-view camera that displays a 180-degree view on a transparent display. It supports turn-by-turn navigation and (when connected to a phone via Bluetooth) voice commands, making phone calls and playing music.
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I’m not a huge gadget person but I LOVE the shower speaker I got on Amazon. It’s awesome for so much more than just the shower. I use it to play music in my room and also stick it to the window in my car! Money well spent. —ginababy417
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.
And I’ll wrap it up with this. Because between the giant racing exoskeleton and this showcasemobile from the luxury RV-outfitter — equipped with a hot tub, helipad and automatic seat-lifting toilet (with 2 modes for…figure it out) — I declare that Furrion wins CES 2017.
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When you’re going on a long journey and your passengers are using their phones/tablets, it can be helpful to be able to charge them en-route. However, with a charging port popped into the 12V DC socket (or 24V if you’re in a larger vehicle), if you have more than one passenger it can lead to arguments over whose gadget is more in need of a boost. The Olixar Triple USB Super Fast Car Charger can eliminate those car-journey squabbles. It comes with three USB ports – including two that are strong enough to charge tablets (2.1amps each) – the other is a 1 amp port for Smartphones. It’s worth noting the 1 amp port is on top (with the two 2.1 amp ports sitting below) as it’s not clear on the actual device.
With a phone that has no need of wires, why wouldn’t we want a speaker without them too? Bluetooth speakers are wireless yet rechargeable and can be connected with an easy click of a button and a quick sync action.