The weirdest things we saw at CES 2016

The weirdest things we saw at CES 2016

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LAS VEGAS — CES 2016 got really weird

From watching virtual reality porn to LG’s rollable display, there was plenty we saw around the CES show floor that made us scratch our heads.

In the spirit of getting weird, we asked Twitter users to show us what made them take a second look with the hashtag #WeirdCES. Here are our favorites

They see me rollin’

This lady is handstand riding the @RazorWorldwide hovertrax Hoverboard #CES2016 #WeirdCES pic.twitter.com/AekVooiAoK

— Raymond Wong (@raywongy) January 7, 2016

Typical

Many things make me laugh today. This is one of them #weirdces #ces2016 https://t.co/EVP2ECFvlP

— Nancy Andrews (@NancyAndrews) January 9, 2016 Read more…

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U.S. Marshals raided a Chinese company at CES for selling a knockoff hoverboard

U.S. Marshals raided a Chinese company at CES for selling a knockoff hoverboard

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A Chinese company at CES was raided by the U.S. Marshals on Thursday for producing and selling a knockoff of a patented single-wheeled electric skateboard.

Changzhou First International Trade’s “Trotter” electric skateboard infringed on Future Motion’s Onewheel design and technology, according Bloomberg. The Marshals confiscated all Trotter devices, promotional signage and fliers.

Kyle Doerksen, the creator of the Onewheel, said he made several attempts prior to the booth raid to get Changzhou First International Trade to cease and desist, but never heard back from them Read more…

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All the best tech we saw at CES today

All the best tech we saw at CES today

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The International CES has kicked into full gear and Tuesday was filled with some of the best gear we’ve seen yet.

Whether it was monster TVs, elegant smartwatches or brand new sensor-laden gadgets, the day was jam-packed with news from big companies and startups alike and Mashable’s team was there to see it all all.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite announcements that came out of CES today. Keep reading to see all our top picks and let us know which ones you’re most excited about.

LG’s new ultra-premium brand Signature

LG introduced LG Signature, its newest ultra premium brand of electronics. The minimal — and most likely expensive — lineup includes products like the ultra-thin (2.75mm) 4K OLED TV, a smart stainless steel fridge that has an “auto door” system and a hybrid air purifier with a transparent window. LG Signature products will launch in North America, Europe and Asia shortly after CES. Read more…

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Cliche or not, Chevy's 200-mile Bolt EV is a game-changer for the masses

Cliche or not, Chevy’s 200-mile Bolt EV is a game-changer for the masses

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LAS VEGAS — Let’s get the cliches about the Chevy Bolt out of the way, shall we? The Chevy Bolt is a game-changer. It’s like driving the future. It’s a Tesla Model 3 killer.

Now that we’ve cleared our system of all that silliness and excitement, let’s discuss the details and implications of the Chevrolet’s all-new, long-range electric car that debuted this week at International CES.

First off, it will be capable of traveling more than 200 miles (Chevy’s still scant on exact numbers) on a single charge and it will cost around $30,000 after a $7,500 tax deduction. Those are the two biggest figures you need to know and ones that make it a very impressive car not only for General Motors but also the American car market. Read more…

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Volkswagen debuts production-ready gesture controls on its e-Golf Touch

Volkswagen debuts production-ready gesture controls on its e-Golf Touch

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LAS VEGAS — Until this moment, BMW has been the only carmaker with production-ready gesture controls. However, Volkswagen just got into the touch-free game with the debut of its new 9.2-inch infotainment system — complete with gesture controls — here at the 2016 International CES.

The system that will be pushed into the German automaker’s new cars over the next few years debuts inside the e-Golf Touch here at CES. The new screen features interactive tiles that can be configured in 10 different ways. And the personalized settings are saved in the cloud and easily accessed by other synced VW vehicles. Read more…

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Volkswagen's all-electric microbus concept is the ultimate hippie mobile

Volkswagen’s all-electric microbus concept is the ultimate hippie mobile

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LAS VEGAS — Down, but not out, Volkswagen has officially unveiled at International CES a car that signifies its new way forward. Diesel is done (I hope) and, in its place, VW will focus on electrification.

It’s called the BUDD-e and, as you can see, it’s both a nod to the German carmaker’s past as well as its future.

Ignore the looks or the 373-mile all-electric range. Perhaps the coolest thing VW has said about its new BUDD-e microbus EV concept is this: “BUDD-e is a mobile interface which connects the vehicle with the world around it.” Now if that doesn’t sound like the statement of a car brand ready to remake itself, I don’t know what does. Read more…

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Sony's Ultra delivers 4K content to your TV, but only if it's a Bravia

Sony’s Ultra delivers 4K content to your TV, but only if it’s a Bravia

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LAS VEGAS — 4K TVs may be cheaper than before, but they still lack native 4K content for consumers to watch on them.

Sony’s remedying that, kinda. At CES, the company announced Ultra, a new 4K streaming service from Sony Pictures that will let users buy 4K movies and TV shows and stream them to their TVs

Sony says it will have roughly 40 to 50 movies at launching, including Men in Black 3, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Pineapple Express, to name a few. Sound good?

There’s just one big catch: Ultra will only work on Sony Bravia 4K TVs running Google’s Android TV operating system. That means your Samsung or LG 4K TV won’t be able to stream Ultra Read more…

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Under Armour’s HealthBox is a sleek fitness-tracking starter kit — in a pricey box

Under Armour’s HealthBox is a sleek fitness-tracking starter kit — in a pricey box

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LAS VEGAS — Under Armour’s answer to getting in better shape lies within this box.

The company revealed a smart fitness starter kit called HealthBox ($400) at CES on Tuesday, which features a web-connected scale, fitness tracker called UA Band (made in partnership with HTC) and a heart-rate chest monitor. You can buy devices separately — UA Band for $180, UA Heart Rate chest strap for $80, UA Scale for $180 — but the set intends to help consumers see a deeper look at their overall quantified health.

The company also announced at the conference wireless heart-rate tracking earbuds (with JBL by Harman audio) for $250 and Gemini 2 sneakers ($150), the first smart shoes that track steps taken, calories burned and distance without the need to be tethered to an iPhone. Read more…

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Under Armour’s Gemini 2 sneakers are fitness trackers for your feet

Under Armour’s Gemini 2 sneakers are fitness trackers for your feet

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LAS VEGAS — My feet are wearing the future.

At CES on Tuesday, fitness apparel company Under Armour announced the first sensor-filled sneakers that track your workouts without needing to tether to a smartphone.

At first glance — and first feel — Gemini 2 sneakers could easily be mistaken for any other athletic shoe on the market. But embedded within its soles are tiny sensors that track where you’re going, the distance you’ve traveled and calories burned. They are fitness trackers for your feet, allowing your wrists to go wearable-free when out for a run. Read more…

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Canon gives a big boost to its Vixia camcorders and PowerShot cameras

Canon gives a big boost to its Vixia camcorders and PowerShot cameras

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Canon delivered a full refresh to its line of digital camcorders at CES on Tuesday.

The updates cover the camera maker’s Vixia and PowerShot lines and boost the overall functionality of a range of shooters

Retaining the line’s now well-known cylindrical shape, Canon’s Vixia Digital Camcorder joins the high-end prosumer market with the Vixia HF G40 ($1,299), which has a 20x optical zoom lens, dynamic image stabilization, and HD CMOS Pro image sensors that deliver better images in low light video for quality 1080p video. Read more…

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