ZTE unveils the Projector Hotspot, Wi-Fi via LTE for up to 8 users and projects images and video up to 120-inches

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I know the last time you were connected to a hotspot, you thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this hotspot had a projector in it?” Well ZTE has you covered with the Projector Hotspot. It will not only serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot via LTE for up to 8 users, but it will also project images and video up to 120-inches.If you’re doing the math, that is 10 feet, but unfortunately it tops out at a resolution of 800 x 480.

It also includes Android 4.2 and a 4-inch (800 X 480) display so users can share content via third party applications. You can connect other devices such as a laptop via HDMI or Wi-Fi Direct. It’s pretty small (4.7 x 4.7 x 1.1-inches) so you can take it just about anywhere.

We will be sure to get some hands on time with the Projector Hotspot and let you know what we think. Full presser after the break.

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Orbotix’s Sphero 2B carries a low price tag, provides a ton of fun with fresh design

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To kickoff their stay in Las Vegas for CES, Orbotix has unveiled its new Sphero 2B device. Unlike the Sphero 2.0, the 2B is essentially a cylinder with wheels rather than an orb. The great thing about this new device is its price. For just $100, users can have a little device to roll around and do tricks — all controlled by a smartphone. The rugged design allows users to navigate wildly without worrying about breaking the device. At launch, Sphero plans on adding IR built-in, more lighting effects, and smoother tires. With a lower than usual price, the company is confident that consumers will purchase more than one Sphero 2B at the time of their initial purchase.

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Lenovo joins the crowd bringing Android to the desktop

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Acer jumped out of the gate last week with the announcement of the Acer TA272 HUL Android-powered all-in-one device, a 27-inch 2K display unit for the desktop. Lenovo is ready to up the ante with their own desktop device, the ThinkVision 28, with a 28-inch display running at 3840×2160 resolution or 4K as it is also known. Like the Acer unit, the Lenovo ThinkVision 28 will have a touchscreen, useful for interacting with the Android 4.3 operating system that will come loaded on it. The ThinkVision 28 will be powered by a Tegra processor, it will support NFC and microSD cards, and will come with 3 HDMI ports, a USB 3.0 port and a microUSB 3.0 port.

Lenovo expects to launch the ThinkVision 28 in July, but no pricing information has been announced. Be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid for more CES 2014 coverage.

Rochester Optical to bring prescription lenses to Google Glass

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Rochester Optical has announced that they will offer a prescription lens for Google Glass even before Google is able to do so. Rochester Optical’s system will use a Glass Prescription Lens Carrier (GPLC) that clips onto the bridge of the frames and will contain the prescription lens. This will make it easy to move Google Glass to different lenses. » Read the rest

Seiko Epson unveils incredibly small label printer for Android devices

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Seiko Epson has formally announced a label maker for Android devices, and it’s one of the world’s smallest at only 24 mm large. That equates to about an inch large, which is easily small enough to carry around wherever you might need it. The Bluetooth-capable label maker is good for printing out labels for clothing, decorations, organizing, etc., and with the free iLabel app, you can even do things like print labels from your own handwriting or from an image taken with your camera. There are also options for things like QR codes and speech-to-text transcription. Pretty powerful for such a small tool.

The label maker is battery powered, but includes an AC adapter if you don’t plan on going mobile with it. The add-on application works on both Android and iOS devices, and Epson has released an open-source SDK to allow personalized development for business use. It will be available for $99 with a single roll of paper, or $123 with two rolls of paper. They plan on really showing off this little device at CES next week, so be sure to keep up with our CES 2014 coverage if you want to find out more.

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ZTE looks ahead to 2014, plans to unveil the Projector Hotspot, Iconic Phablet and others at CES

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ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.

That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.

Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.

ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.

Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.

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Google Glass could hit the market in 2014 with a $600 price tag

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Like it or not, Google Glass is coming in 2014. It’s about time, since the Glass Explorer Program as been going on for quite a while now. The device has only been available to those that received special invitations or were accepted to the program by Google itself.

Pricing has remained a major question mark— when the product inevitably hits the market later this year, it will surely cost less than it currently does under the Explorer Program, but we still don’t know exactly how much it will be.

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Samsung blog post hints at possible unveiling of Galaxy Gear 2 or Galaxy Band at CES next week

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CES is now less than one week away, and we’ll soon be getting an up-close look at all the new gadgets for 2014 and beyond.

Plenty of manufacturers have been hinting at what they’ll be showing off at the event for weeks now, and today we received an idea of what Samsung will be unveiling.

The Samsung Tomorrow blog touched upon CES in a recent post, and mentioned that in just the past few months, the company has released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and also is working on a new “smart home” concept. Here’s what the post explicitly said:

“The wearable device market is on the rise and the concept of ‘smart home’ has started to gain ground. Hence, at this CES, maybe we can expect some innovative products that we had imagined to use in the future.”

So, could we be looking at a brand new Galaxy Gear (Galaxy Gear 2) or possibly the rumored Galaxy Band at CES next week? It was originally thought that it would be unveiled at MWC 2014 next month, but we could be looking at an earlier release.

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[Deal] Get the Sony SmartWatch 2 from Best Buy for $159.99

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If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.

If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.

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Samsung offers wireless charging, S-View flip cover for Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has combined two popular cover options into one with the release this week of the Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 3. The S-View feature gives users access to their phone’s features without having to actually flip open the cover. Users can access information like the clock and phone status, accept or reject incoming calls, quickly access the camera, open the Action Memo menu and even navigate music. » Read the rest