Toshiba announces dual 5MP sensor camera module for smartphones, packs dedicated processing chip

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Toshiba is set to launch a brand new camera module with unique hardware which will refocus all of the photos you take on your smartphone. Known as the TCM9518MD, the module packs dual 5MP sensors and a separate processing chip which will capture all image and depth data in a picture. With this new technology, Toshiba says that consumers will soon be able to take pictures that are not currently possible with normal lenses.

The TCM9518MD is currently being shipped to phone manufacturers right now for testing, and the module should hit the market in devices within the next year (perhaps in the HTC One+).

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Hands on with the Garmin vivofit at CES 2014

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Smart glasses and smart watches are not the only wearable tech making an appearance at CES 2014. Companies continue to try to help users improve their health through “fitness” bands. The Garmin vivofit is one such device. Similar to a watch, fitness bands like the vivofit are designed to be worn 24 hours a day as they continually collect data about the activities you are engaged in. The Garmin vivofit is capable of collecting information like number of steps walked per day, miles per day, calories burned, and even heart rate if connected to an appropriate heart rate monitor. Garmin has also added a feature that will display a red bar on the display if you have been sitting for too long. » Read the rest

GlassUp to display smart glasses prototype at CES 2014

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GlassUp hopes to compete against Google and others in the “smart glasses” wearable tech market segment with their own take on how such devices should work. The company has been working on a prototype for the past year and is ready to make a U.S. debut this week at CES 2014. The GlassUp devices plan to set themselves apart from devices like Google Glass in a number of ways, one of which is price with an expected retail price point of $399. Unlike Google Glass which can run as a standalone device, GlassUp will operate as a second screen for Internet-connected devices via a Bluetooth connection. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Garmin HUD+ at CES 2014

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At CES 2014, Garmin decided to announce its HUD+ device to make driving safer. Like the original HUD did, information is projected onto the driver’s windshield. The difference is on the software side. Before, the HUD only worked with select Garmin apps that users had to purchase from the Play Store. The HUD+, however, allows drivers to use its own companion app. The original HUD will stick around for $149 while the new HUD+ will retail for just $179. Not bad for people that want a heads-up display.

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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. » Read the rest

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. » Read the rest

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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