Sony wraps up day one of CES 2014 with launch of multiple wearables

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Sony’s new Smartwear products include a bunch of really neat devices— included are the SmartBand and the wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. They even released some information regarding the SmartWatch 2.

The all-new SmartBand is a bracelet (seen above) that keeps track of the user’s activities throughout the day. Not only is it comfortable, but you can also wear it in the water, and the battery lasts up to five days. You can toggle music using the button on the bracelet, and a companion application called LifeLog lets you look at all of the data being collected by the SmartBand.

The SBH80 Bluetooth headset features NFC, HD voice, and aptX. It surely makes a great companion for exercising or multitasking throughout your day.

As for the SmartWatch 2, there were some minor updates to the device, and more apps are now available, bringing the total to around 300 globally and 250 in the U.S.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses announced

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At CES 2014 today, Epson announced the next generation for their Moverio “smart glasses” product. The BT-200 utilizes a miniature LCD projection lens system on both sides of a pair of glasses to produce a binocular type display. The system is capable of producing see-through overlays of digital content on top of the physical world seen through the lenses. Powered by Android 4.0, this makes the glasses ideal for augmented reality applications.
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Logitech announces keyboard case for Samsung’s two new 12.2-inch tablets

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If you are going to purchase a Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 or NotePRO, then here is an accessory that may be appealing. Logitech has just announced a new keyboard case that has a full-sized keyboard attached. One of the perks is that there is a full row for just app shortcuts. When Logitech releases the keyboard case next month, it will cost $130.

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LG launches Lifeband Touch

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We’re seeing tons of new products at CES today, and that will continue throughout the next few days— LG isn’t coming short, either.

The company is launching its Lifeband Touch fitness tracker (seen above) which tracks calorie output, steps walked, as well as many other fitness statistics. The device is water-resistant as well. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0 and an LG application to both Android and iOS phones, letting users see phone notifications, check exercise goals, and play music from a smartwatch.

A release date is still unknown, but expect a formal announcement relatively soon.

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Polaroid Socialmatic delayed in move to merge retro style with modern Android power

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Polaroid has been working on a new camera that they think merges some old-school style with the utility of a modern Android-powered device, the Polaroid Socialmatic. Of course, anyone who remembers old Polaroid cameras knows part of the magic was seeing the picture spit out of the camera and then waiting for it to “develop” so everyone could see the image that was just captured. With the ability to view images virtually instantly on a smartphone screen, there is not much utility in being able to print an image any longer, but Polaroid thinks there may still be some consumers out there that want to re-live the experience. The Polaroid Socialmatic delivers at least partially on that front by providing the capability to print 2×3 copies of images using Zero Ink (Zink) printing technology.
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Vizio announces Smart Audio speakers that have Android 4.4 KitKat-powered displays built in

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Vizio has announced two new devices that put an interesting spin on Bluetooth speakers. The Portable Smart Audio devices have Android-powered displays built in. There are 4.7-inch and 7-inch models. The whole purpose is to get rid of the interruptions from a smartphone to control speakers. You can control the Smart Audio speakers from a screen that is already there. In case you were wondering, Android 4.4 KitKat is powering these 1200×800 displays and it is stock Android. Support for 802.11n WiFi is inside. Both models are scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2014.

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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.
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