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Keep your eyes open for these gadgets in 2015

Posted: 14 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES? IoT? smart? UHDTV? 3D?

Sharp called it "the world's first 8K TV with 120Hz refresh rate and a 12bit panel to achieve 85 per cent of BT2020 colour gamut." Those who saw the demo at Sharp's booth were offered a hand-held magnifying glass to confirm the highest possible resolution that the human eye can discernuntil next year.

Flic C Touch and go

Sweden's Flic leverages existing Bluetooth Low Energy connections to create a start button for mobile devices. It uses a quarter-sized PCB with sticky bottom to attach to any surface; its capacitors, resistors and small cell battery are always off to achieve a five-year or 60,000 click lifetime.

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While Flic can be programmed to make calls, the button can also leverage a smartphone's GPS for safety tracking in case of emergency. Flic's creators have also made a Spotify button for instant music access and hope to enable direct access to laptops in the future. Other use cases include a snooze button, remote camera aperture or an automatic unlocking feature for smart homes.

3D rudder C joystick for your feet

3DRudder is a joystick you control with your feet. Designed for gamers, virtual reality enthusiasts, and 3D designers to have a more precise and hands-free experience, users control direction by tilting a saucer at their feet while seated. 3DRudder is based on an Arduino Leonardo board with several accelerometers, a gyroscope and pressure sensors. The controller can be connected through USB and, eventually, through wireless.

Company officials say CAD engineers saw 30 per cent efficiency improvement in their work, while motion sickness decreased in 3D gamers. 3DRudder is currently running an Indiegogo campaign.


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You can always do Photoshop on your portrait picture to make yourself look better. But how to enhance your kisser for an early morning video conference?

Easy. MediaTek's chip, while supporting high-grade camera features, enables real-time video beautification in a smartphone. Shown here, the software enlarges my colleague Jessica Lipsky's eyes, while trimming her jaw, turning her from mere reporter into manga babe.

Quantum dots come to 4K UHDTV

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Samsung's SUHDTV. Samsung isn't saying what "S" stands for.

Samsung calls its new 4K TV "SUHDTV." The company claims it uses "proprietary nanocrystal semiconductors." Sharp calls it "Beyond Ultra 4K HD." LG, while pushing OLED, is also promoting something called "quantum dots" for its 4K TV. China's TCL is also pitching "quantum dots."

It's all confusing, but two things are clear.

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