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Sony Goes All-In On Cloud Content With “PlayStation Now” And A Cloud-Based VOD TV Service

The cloud has covered Sony in a big way: at CES today the company announced a pair of new services that will bring a new wave of cloud-based content to use across its range of devices. PlayStation Now will be a new network for cloud-based games, and a new video service will deliver both live and …

Forget the Big Guys: 3 Startups to Watch at CES | Inc.com

One thing was clear at the Consumer Electronics Show press preview today: This year is the year of the startup.<p>Why 2014? Maybe it's that the timing is finally right. The big tech companies now rarely wait until January to unveil their biggest gadget surprises. In fact, complaining about how …

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Up close with Sony's futuristic Life Space UX projector

Sony unveiled Life Space UX, its wildly ambitious vision for future home displays, onstage at CES earlier today. In a tiny room in a tucked-away corner of their booth, we got a closer look at the interface — and we came away impressed.<p>Sony's demonstration was set in a mocked-up living room of the …

Whirlpool imagines a kitchen of the future with a touchscreen stovetop

Whirlpool is showing off a couple of its ideas for the kitchen of the future here at CES 2014, including an interactive touchscreen cooktop that can display recipes, Twitter and Facebook updates, news, weather, and more. If it ever becomes a reality, it could change the kitchen.<p>A simple mockup …

Yahoo acquires Aviate, the intelligent homescreen app for Android

Onstage at CES today, Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo had acquired Aviate, an Android app that shows users a dynamic home screen with the best apps and information it thinks they need. The purchase fits into Mayer's ongoing strategy of creating personalized mobile software that becomes a daily …

Italian Google Glass competitor GlassUp shows off first prototype

Venice-based GlassUp today unveiled its first augmented reality glasses prototype, an interesting combination of Google Glass and a more conventional heads-up display. Most importantly, GlassUp projects an image onto a lens in front of you, and not on a prism up and to the right of your field of …

Plugging into Crystal Cove, the new high-resolution, position-tracking Oculus Rift

My first time using the Oculus Rift was almost exactly one year ago, when I spent a couple of minutes walking around an <i>Alien</i>-inspired spaceship. Since then, a lot has happened. Oculus has shipped its first version of the Rift to developers, who have taken their first steps towards making a real …

CubeSensors Brings Health And Comfort Monitoring To The Whole Home

In the future, your home will know you just as well as your smartphone does. The era of the connected smart home is upon us, and that all starts with sensors.<p>CubeSensors, a competitor in our CES 2014 Hardware Battlefield, is looking to help you track the health and comfort levels in your home the …

Livemap Demonstrates A Motorcycle Helmet Concept With Built-In Navigation

Livemap, a Russian startup on-stage today at our CES Hardware Battlefield, aims to make GPS navigation more accessible to motorcyclists in the form of a new kind of helmet.<p>After all, CEO Andrew Artischev noted that if you’re riding a motorcycle, interacting with a GPS touchscreen interface isn’t …

CES 2014: Hands-on w/ Parrot’s Jumping Sumo insect robot toy (Video)

Yesterday we gave you our hands-on demo video of the latest MiniDrone quadricopter from Parrot, and today we got a demo of the new Parrot Jumping Sumo: a Wi-Fi connected “insect robot” toy that can turn on a dime and jump up to 30 inches.It’s controlled via an iOS app, packs in a gyroscope and …

3D Systems shows off a $500 3D scanner that clips onto your iPad

As excited as we were to play around with the Sense 3D scanner, the first-generation consumer scanner had some shortcomings. Near the top of the list was the fact that it only worked with Windows. While the operating system has a plenty large install base, any semblance of portability with the …

This is the final hardware for Scanadu Scout: a real, functioning tricorder

It's been a long time coming, but a real, functioning tricorder is almost here, and we got to see the final hardware for it today at CES. Scanadu Scout is its name, and in case you aren't familiar, we've been tracking the little hand-held human health tracker since its inception in late 2012. Since …

The best watches of CES 2014

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> The best watches of CES 2014<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Wearables came out in force for CES this year, and, naturally, watches are at the forefront of this still-growing mode of computing. New-and-improved devices like the Pebble Steel are leading …

CES 2014: Why wearable technology is the new dress code

If you laid all the wristbands, smartwatches and head-mountable cameras at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) end to end, they would probably run the length of the Las Vegas strip, where the show is in full swing.<p>But what the firms showing off "wearable" technologies this year would …

Intel dreams up a smart bowl that will charge gadgets

At Intel's CES keynote, a smart wireless charging bowl flashed across the screen. Here's what we know (and what we don't).<p>Now this would be cool: a wireless charging bowl.<p>If you're anything like me, you have a specific place where you drop your keys and phone at the end of the day. What if the bowl …

Gear & Gadgets

MiP is a balancing robot that works with your smartphone

Robotics company WowWee has brought its latest fun invention to the floor of ShowStoppers here in Las Vegas. MiP is a $99.99 toy-sized robot that's programmed to do pretty much whatever you want it to. In its default behavior, MiP responds to a user's claps and other hand gestures. Moving to other …

What do BlackBerry, Qualcomm and Nokia have in common? The connected car

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: GigaOM<p>At CES on Tuesday, BlackBerry’s QNX Software Systems(s bbry) revealed two new high-profile partners to help it …

Doc Brown sets the DeLorean to 2014, arrives at CES to shill for Gibson

When Marty McFly uses your guitar to introduce the world to rock 'n' roll and "Johnny B. Goode," your marketing department is pretty much set forever. So when it's your 120th anniversary, and you're at CES 2014, a place where a replica <i>Back to The Future</i> DeLorean is basically a celebrity, there's …

Vapor Corp's biometric vaporizer unlocks with a fingerprint

What if you could password-protect your cigarettes? It sounds like a dumb idea, unless you're a smoker with kids at home. Vapor Corp, a publicly-traded company that makes a line of e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and vaporizers, has introduced a very early prototype of what it's calling a "biometric …

Polar's latest wearable wants to be more than just a sports watch

When we brought you the news concerning Polar's V800 a few days ago, we were impressed that it would replace both a running watch and an activity tracker. But when we spoke to the company's representatives here at CES, it seems that there's a bigger target to aim for. Polar is currently working on …

Jabra's compact Solemate Max can overcome the noise of CES

Jabra is expanding its Solemate speaker family at CES 2014 with the Solemate Max wireless sneaker speaker. It's a larger version of the small and medium boom box-style Solemate speakers with complete wireless capabilities. What sets this speaker apart from the rest of the family is the Jabra Sound …

Play Angry Birds right on your wall: Touchjet's interactive Android projector debuts at CES

LAS VEGAS — It’s Android like you’ve never seen it before: projected, large, and still receptive to touch controls.<p>Touchjet’s TouchPico is a tiny handheld projector that runs Android and lets you interact with the projected image using a special stylus. Think of it like a giant Android tablet — …

All-electric Formula racing car shows vision of ‘cool’ tech at CES

LAS VEGAS – If electric Teslas don’t seem cool enough to you, maybe the all-electric racing car that made its first public appearance Monday afternoon at the International CES can change your mind. Check out the video above first.<p>This Spark-Renault SRT_01E, which made its first public driving …

Grillbot: FINALLY, a Grill-Cleaning Robot

What a time to be alive!<p>I don’t know about you, but I’m sick – SICK – of cleaning my grill by hand like some sort of unbelievably handsome wild …

FINsix laptop adapter is tiny, yet powerful, arriving in time for summer

It's 2014, and while some of you have already upgraded to an Intel Haswell laptop, many still have to carry a bulky power adapter for the more demanding machines. Luckily, MIT spin-off FINsix has come up with a breakthrough technology that dramatically reduces both the size and weight of laptop …

They’re multiplying! 3-D printers go big and small

3-D printed bunnies from Makerbot show the variety of color possible -- but other devices can create even more detail.<p>There are probably more 3-D printers in one place at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas than anywhere else, at any time. We know you want to keep up to date, …

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CES 2014, Day 2: Five signs you're at the biggest tech show on Earth

It's easy to lose track of yourself in a city as busy as Las Vegas. Between the iconic Strip, the historic downtown casinos and the international trade shows, folks have a habit of waking up without a solid sense of location. We understand, and we're here to help. It just happens to be the second …

The FLIR ONE Case Gives Your iPhone Thermal Vision

The FLIR ONE iPhone case significantly ups the imaging powers of your iPhone 5 or 5s, making it into a thermal imaging camera that lets you see heat signatures from either live people and animals from up to 100 meters away, or from environmental sources including heating ducts, wall gaps and …