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Even though he no longer pounds basketballs through hoops, Shaquille O’Neal has been keeping himself busy. In collaboration with Monster, he’s helped design a new Bluetooth speaker that can float. That’s right. “You can take it in the shower with you,” said Shaq. “Not in the bathroom, but actually in the shower.” Read More

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 Robotic pet-food dispensers are nothing new, but what happens when your robotic pet food dispenser is smarter than your pet. Petnet can help you find out. The system dispenses food automatically based on your preset schedule. You can even tell it which foods you’re serving Fido or Fidette, and it will dispense according to the animal’s diet. Read More

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 Here at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES 2015, Sereneti Kitchen showed off its wares, an automatic tool that helps people cook. The company has created a device that, via a simple stirring motion, can cook you dinner. Something akin to a cross between a quick crockpot and C-3PO, the Sereneti device takes in ingredients, stirs, and prepares them for you — insert food,… Read More

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 Fashion and tech, though perhaps an unlikely union, seem to have been getting along quite well over the past year. LookSee, an e-ink smart bracelet that allows users to customize the design through imagery, is the newest love-child of that union. The LookSee pairs with a LookSee app via Bluetooth to let users choose from either hundreds of pre-loaded photos and patterns or from their own… Read More

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 Meet Peeple, a connected peephole to screen who is knocking on your door. Whenever someone knocks on your door, Peeple snaps a picture and send it to your phone. This way, whether you are home or away, you can monitor who is passing by your home. Peeple is competing in our Hardware Battlefield at CES. Read More

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 Building circuit boards is fun but difficult. While you could do it at home with a some etchant and some clear plastic, Voltera hopes to make the entire process much easier with their V-One circuit printer. The creators, James Pickard, Jesus Zozaya, and Alroy Almeida all studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and got together to solve the problem of rapid… Read More

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Press day is over. The monster companies — Samsung, LG, etc. — have had a chance to say their piece. And now, we focus on what’s really exciting: the little guys looking to make it big in the hardware game. Read More

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 At its CES keynote today, Ford announced its Smart Mobility initiative, a set of 25 experiments ranging from big data analytics to a car swap service that let you swap your Mustang in for a minivan for the weekend. The company also talked about its plans for autonomous cars. Ford CEO Mark Fields noted four trends for the auto industry’s future: Increasing urbanization, and its… Read More

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 On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of a new collection of Swarovski-encrusted Shine wearable devices, connected products maker Misfit today unveiled a wirelessly-connected, color-changing light bulb called Bolt. The bulb, which competes to some extent with Philips Hue’s smart bulbs, as it supports multiple colors into addition to white light, but can also work in conjunction… Read More

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 Cloud storage and backup company iDrive today launched its first hardware product sold directly to consumers and businesses, with the debut of the new iDrive Wi-Fi. The encrypted external drive offers either 1 TB or 2 TB in storage space and, as the name implies, includes wireless connectivity. This allows customers to back up their computers and mobile devices more quickly over their… Read More

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 HTC has released unaudited results for its Q4 2014 and the Taiwanese mobile maker is reporting a slim net profit, of $14.7 million (NT$0.47 billion), following the slender $19.7 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit it reported for its Q3 back in October. Read More

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 Earlier this year, high-end gaming tech company Razer announced at Google I/O that it would be soon be making its first foray into Android-based gaming consoles. Today at CES, that device made its public debut. The Razer Forge TV is a micro-console, 4×4 inches and selling for $100, and Razer hopes it will give the company three new routes into your living room: as a platform for… Read More

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 The headset, which the company says will arrive this June, is meant to serve as an alternative hardware test bed for developers looking at the VR space. Read More

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Bald and/or balding folks, listen up! A new company called Apira Science is ready to use low-light therapy to make your hair grow, or soon, make your face more beautiful. Sounds unreal? I felt the same way, and then I checked out the iGrow and the iDerma. The company says that the technology is approved by the FDA and has undergone extensive testing to verify its validity. All that said, the… Read More

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 Qardio started out building medical heart sensors to improve health. Now they’re branching out into more accessible territory including connected scales and blood pressure cuffs. Called the QardioBase and QardioArm, the devices are designed to take your vital measurements and report on your health. The Base, thankfully, can even be put into “happy” mode that displays a happy… Read More

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 Apple is set to start finally selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus without SIMs, completely unlocked in the U.S., according to 9to5Mac’s reliable Mark Gurman. The SIM-free version of the iPhone has been available in the stores of other countries before now, but a debut stateside would be the first time it’s officially unlocked and without any carrier ties or SIM since its launch this… Read More

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 Samsung’s CES press conference was pretty dull. We mostly saw TVs, an SSD hard drive and of course washing machines and other home appliances. But the most interesting part of the conference was the focus on design for boring items, such as the Chef collection for the kitchen, a new lineup of 360° speakers and a TV designed by Yves Behar. In other words, Samsung is trying to pull off a… Read More

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 My first CES started a little bit more than 24 hours ago for me. As I wrote yesterday, I want to share my impressions of the show. I’ve been following CES for years, but seeing it in person is a much different experience — starting with press day. Press day at CES means that all the big names from Samsung to LG, Panasonic, Sharp are holding a press conference to announce their… Read More

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 This afternoon in Las Vegas, Samsung announced a new storage product, the SSD T1, which can store up to a terabyte of content in a device the size of a business card and weighs about an ounce. The SSD T1 also comes in smaller, 256 gigabyte, and 500 gigabytes. The device will retain for between $179, and $599, depending on how much storage capacity you need. The T1 ships this month. In the… Read More

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 During its CES press conference today, Qualcomm, a semiconductor company, announced partnerships with Walgreens and Novartis to use its 2net wireless health platform. The San Diego-based company’s president, Derek Arberle, also spent a chunk of time discussing its previously announced Snapdragon 810 chip making its debut in the new LG G Flex 2 today, which will include support for 4K… Read More

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 Ivan Owen is usually more of a pacifist. He’s well known for making prosthetics for kid but now he’s back with something slightly less cool but far more fun. He built his own 3D-printed cornstarch flamethrower using a battery-powered leaf blower, a hopper, and a propane torch. Called the The Conflagulator, it blows a cloud of cornstarch at the the torch which lights it, turning it… Read More

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 Don’t tell Taylor Swift! Philips has announced a set of speakers that connect directly to Spotify and allow you to move your queue to the speakers from your mobile device. The system also supports an adapter, pictured, that lets you use your own speakers to get some dulcet tones out of your Spotify queue. How does it work? Well, there’s a single button to bring up Spotify content. Read More

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 Surely hoping to encourage the perception that Internet-connected TVs are de facto ‘Netflix boxes’, the on-demand streaming service is setting up a recommendation program for consumers wishing to identify the Internet TVs that are most Netflix friendly. Read More

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OhMiBod, the most forward-thinking sex toy company I’ve ever seen, has just introduced brand new functionality to its line of blueMotion Bluetooth-equipped vibrators. Tapping into the biofeedback received from a smart watch, blueMotion products can be powered by the beating of a heart, whether it’s your own or your partners’. “The idea is that, as you get aroused by… Read More

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 Right after LG’s press conference at CES, we got our hands on the newly announced LG G Flex 2. LG’s new flagship smartphone’s killer feature is its curved form factor that is supposed to resist to bending. The phone falls into the phablet category with its gigantic 5.5-inch display. But it was much easier to grab than an iPhone 6 Plus. The curved form factor is a nice… Read More

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