The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

 I’ve been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk with… well, slightly different numbers attached. But this year I had a great time and found some amazing companies — because I avoided at all costs actually stepping foot on… Read More

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Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

 You may not think much about the switches that sit underneath the keycaps of your keyboard, but there are many enthusiasts who really, really care. The trend is clearly going toward slim keyboards — and that’s not lost on Cherry. At CES this week, the company introduced a new line of keyboard switches that may just be small enough to bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops. Read More

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This ring lets you bend musical notes on a keyboard with a wave of your hand

 We saw a small mountain of cool stuff at CES this week, but this one is still on my mind a few days later.
It’s a ring you wear while playing a MIDI keyboard. By wavering your hand or sliding your fingers up the keys, you can change the vibrato or intensity of your notes. It’s an effect perhaps best demonstrated on video: Read More

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CES should move to an innovative city

 CES, the yearly bacchanal of tech and innovation, has outgrown its shell. Las Vegas has been home to the event since the late 1970s and, for better or worse, the city has survived and served the influx of technologists who flock to the event each year to see the latest and greatest. But two things are happening simultaneously that make Las Vegas the last place to find innovation. First,… Read More

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This $1,600 fighting robot toy kicks serious butt

 All right, I’m impressed. I’m not sure I’m $1,600 impressed, but I definitely want one of these Zeus battling robots from Pilot Labs now. The robot is about 14-inches tall, with a design that was clearly influenced by the lovable lead in The Iron Giant. Pilot was on-hand at the show this week, showing the ‘bot to handful of folks. We probably should have booked the… Read More

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A tour of Google’s reopened CES booth

 For the first time ever, Google has a big presence at CES. You can’t look out of a window and not see a Google logo somewhere. But the one thing that didn’t work out so well for the company was its massive booth on the parking lot in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Yesterday, it rained a bit more than usual in Las Vegas and the booth leaked, so Google had to shut it down… Read More

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Inspired by insect ears, Soundskrit wants to make microphones magically directional

 Voice control is everywhere these days, but to hear people effectively from every direction, devices like the Echo need to have a whole collection of microphones in them — but they take up space, require extra processing power, and restrict industrial design. Soundskrit aims to replace those many mics with a single one that can clearly hear and separate sound from multiple sources and… Read More

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URB-E’s launching a scooter sharing network at college campuses and hotels

 URB-E, the startup that creates foldable electric scooters, is launching a transportation system designed to promote scooter sharing on colleges campuses and other large residential developments. One of URB-E’s first deployments is on USC’s campus in Los Angeles, where they will provide over 40,000 rides this year. Campuses like USC will pay URB-E for the entire system, which is… Read More

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Comcast launched free voice-controlled connected home services for Xfinity users

 The connected home has been a big theme at CES, and today Comcast is turning on a new service that underscores its intention to be central player in it. The broadband giant is turning on free, voice-controlled IoT services for connected home products to its Xfinity customers in the US — currently numbering 15 million — which will let users link up hardware from various brands it… Read More

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