Best of CES 2015: In pictures

The best and most noteworthy products and technologies found at CES 2015.

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2015 CES

The 2015 International CES kicks off this week, bringing with it an influx of new technology trends and buzzwords. Keep up with the biggest announcements and best new technologies on display in Las Vegas this week.

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HP ZBook Mobile Workstation laptops

HP is introducing two new Ultrabook laptops, the ZBook 14 and ZBook 15u. Both feature Future 5th-general Intel Core processors and AMD FirePRo graphics chips, 16 GB of memory, and 1.25 TB of storage. The ZBook 15u boasts a 15.6-inch (diagonally) display, while the ZBook 14's 14-inch screen offers a 10-point multi-touch option.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Stack for PC accessories

Aiming to make PC accessories more portable, Lenovo designed a Bluetooth speaker, a 10,000-mAh power bank for charging devices, a wireless access point, and a 1TB storage drive to be stacked on top of one another and interlock. The Stack essentially provides everything a mobile worker might need.

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Lenovo P90 smartphone

With a 5.5-inch display, the Lenovo P90 steps into the arena with the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of screen size. To compete in this market, Lenovo designed the P90 for high-speed connectivity: a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 processor, an Intel 5-mode XMM 7262 modem, and support for LTE-Advanced wireless connectivity. The P90 also boasts a 4000mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera, both of which surpass the specs on the iPhone 6 Plus. The P90 will be available beginning in February.

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Lenovo VIBE X2 Pro smartphone

With an eye toward selfie-crazed smartphone users, Lenovo upgraded its VIBE X2 smartphone line with a larger screen (5.3 inches on the Pro, up from 5 inches on the original VIBE X2) and a much more capable front-facing camera (13 megapixels, up from 5 on the previous model). The VIBE X2 Pro also features a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but this phone is really about selfies – Lenovo also designed a pocket-sized flash that plugs into the phone’s audio jack and allows users to take front-facing photos even in low-light conditions. Both the VIBE X2 Pro and the VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash will be available in April.

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D-Link ULTRA Performance 11AC routers

At CES, D-Link unveiled three new routers, one of which is already available for purchase. The AC3200 ULTRA Performance is a tri-band Wi-Fi router with data rates up to 3.2Gbps, but the big news is that, unlike many other products at CES, it's on sale right now, for $309.99 at NewEgg.com. By the spring, D-Link plans to release two other routers – most notably the tri-band AC5300 Ultra Performance router that boasts speeds up to 5.3 Gbps – along with the AC1900 USB adapter that brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi to previously incompatible laptop and desktop PCs.

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TP-Link Wave 2 routers featuring Qualcomm technology

TP-Link also announced two new routers, including the Archer C2600 that comes equipped with Qualcomm's VIVE 802.11ac technology – bringing speeds up to 2.6Gbps using the 2.4GHz band at 800Mbps and the 5GHz band at 1733Mbps – and Qualcomm's MU | EFX multi-user MIMO technology designed to help process data from multiple devices simultaneously. TP-Link also showed the tri-band Archer C3200, with two 5GHz bands with speeds up to 1300Mbps and a 2.4GHz band operating up to 600Mbps. Both are expected to hit the market in Q3.

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Foobot: Smart monitor for allergens and indoor air pollutants

Reminiscent of the massively popular Nest smart thermostat, the Foobot consists of a small device with sensors that monitor the room's air for everything from allergens and chemicals to temperature and humidity. A mobile app that presents the information for the user.

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LG's wireless speakers you can text

LG is aiming to take the wireless speaker to the next level with its Music Flow Wi-Fi series of speakers and audio accessories. Its speakers are compatible with Android and iOS and, unlike the more common Bluetooth-enabled wireless speakers, they connect via Wi-Fi and can continue playing audio uninterrupted when the smartphone to which it is linked receives a call. And using the free text messaging app Line, users can send messages directly to the speakers to control audio. An example – sending a text that says “play songs for a party” will launch a playlist of party music on the speakers.

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FreeWavz wireless earbuds with health sensors

A lot of companies are advertising wireless headphones lately, but FreeWavz stands out for its integration with health sensors that measure heart rate, pulse, oxygen saturation, calories burned, and distance, among other things. That data is presented a smartphone app that connects to the ear buds through Bluetooth.

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Lenovo VIBE Band VB 10

The wearable market is going to get crowded in 2015, but Lenovo's VIBE Band VB10 boasts some impressive features that could attract some attention, particularly a battery that can last up to seven days even with the display and Bluetooth display turned on. Given that it can handle phone calls, text messages, and social networks like Facebook and Twitter, constant Bluetooth will be a must. The waterproof VIBE Band also features fitness tracking functions and an E Ink display to prevent sun glare. Lenovo will make the VIBE Band available in April.

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Sulon Cortex Virtual Reality headset

Calling its headset the “first-ever fully immersive spatial VR technology,” Sulon Technologies sets the Cortex apart from Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear virtual reality headsets by eliminating its connection to a separate device, such as a PC, smartphone, or video game console. Sulon is preparing to launch a developer kit, which will consist of a headset that features built-in batteries, in-ear audio, a charger, lens cleaner, a manual, and access to the Cortex SDK, which supports Unity3D with Unreal engine. The developer kit is expected to be available by Q2 2015 for $499. No consumer pricing is available yet.

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MOD-t 3D printer by New Matter

The MOD-t holds the all-time funding record on Indiegogo, and the people behind it are rewarding their supporters with a $400 3D printer. Compared to most 3D printers, that’s a very low price, and the MOD-t can connect to Wi-Fi for access to designs hosted on New Matter’s online marketplace. If 3D printing is indeed going to become a consumer technology, companies like New Matter are going to open the doors.

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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 uses any pen as a stylus

With an eight-inch screen, the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 on its own is two things: easy to carry and difficult to navigate. To solve the navigation issue, Lenovo designed the YOGA Tablet 2 not only to work with a stylus, but to work with any metal object that might be nearby. That means users don’t need to worry about losing the stylus, but can still use a pen or a screwdriver or a fork if they want to select small icons or hyperlinks on its eight-inch screen. The YOGA Tablet 2 comes with Windows 8.1 and a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, and will be available this month starting at $299.

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Netatmo's Welcome home security camera with facial recognition

By shunning the cloud and storing all the camera's footage on an SD card, Netatmo's Welcome smart security camera system prevents its users' private footage from leaking to the web, a measure that other vendors in this space should have considered long ago. Welcome incorporates facial recognition technology and custom notification settings so users aren't inundated with alerts every time their family members use the front door, but are still notified when children return home from school or a stranger is on the property.

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Sonavation IDKey ultrasound fingerprint reader for passwords

Using a unique approach to biometrics, the Sonavation IDKey fingerprint reader uses ultrasound to send soundwaves against the surface of the skin and send back detailed information for a highly specific fingerprint. The company says this creates “virtually unspoofable authentication.” The technology is housed in a small, portable device equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality for quick access to two-factor authentication for access to sensitive data.

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Backpack that protects laptops, tablets

STM Bags has developed a backpack designed specifically to protect laptops and tablets from damage. The bag has two separate pockets – one for a laptop and another for a tablet, for those who carry both – that the company calls “floating sleeves” that remain suspended when the bag is dropped, keeping the devices inside from feeling any of the impact.

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Wearable temperature monitor for dogs

In an effort to protect dogs who overheat while left in cars on hot days – a mistake that can often be fatal – Tagg has added an ambient temperature sensor to its GPS Plus tracking device for dogs. The device can be attached to the dog’s collar and monitors the temperature of the room or space where it is located. When the temperature gets too high or too low, it automatically alerts the owner through a notification on a smartphone app, which also provides GPS location. Even owners who don’t think they’d make this kind of mistake could use a device like this to ensure that their dog walkers wouldn’t.