MadCatz L.Y.N.X.9 Android games controller


The big launches from CES, the world’s largest consumer tech trade show, including smart bikes, solar-powered crystals and Oculus Rift for your ears

MadCatz L.Y.N.X.9

This Transformers-style modular games controller can change shape and configuration to suit what you want to use it with. It'll grip a smartphone or tablet between its expanding left and right 'Wings' and central 'Brain', and also folds down into a unit that'll fit (albeit rather lumpily) into a shirt pocket. As well as meaning Android device game control is vastly improved, the Lynx9 will also mirror those devices to HDMI TVs, plug in as a controller via Bluetooth for PC and compatible Smart TVs and set-top boxes. There's also a built-in mic and 'mouse sensor pad', as well as clip-on QWERTY keyboard.

Vanhawks Valour

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"The world's first connected bike" comes stuffed with sensors and a connected app. Put a destination into your phone and integrated lights on the handlebars tell you when to turn. Meanwhile, sensors relay distance, time, calories and elevation back to the app. You can even use the app to alert Valour owners in your city with your bike's last-known location if it's stolen. The app also harnesses user data to tell you where potholes are (data from inbuilt accelerometer and GPS). And two ultrasonic 'blind spot sensors' even tell you if something's too close (3m) behind you, by vibrating the bar grips.

Misfit violet Swarovski Shine

The world's first solar-powered fitness tracker, this is a collaboration between Misfit and jewellers Swarovski. The result is a "patented energy crystal technology" that delivers "efficient solar charging on a small surface". This "energy harvesting technology" as Misfit also describes it, means that despite only having a watchface-sized space to suck in solar energy from, the violet Shine will apparently be perpetually self-powering while it tracks your steps. The blue colour and crystal cut is to maximise the solar power harvested, and not at all because it looks very pretty. A clear crystal Swarovski Shine launches March, this will be available June.

3D Sound Labs Neoh

below $299
Unique new headphone idea that combines pseudo-surround-sound DSP (digital signal processing) with head-tracking positional data – think of it as Oculus Rift for your ears. 3D Sound Labs claims that its DSP can create a surround sound experience from any input akin to 25 positioned speakers in the headphones. But pseudo-surround is nothing new. What is, is that by using sensors on the headphone band and cups, the Neoh can track your head's movement – altering the soundfield to reflect which way you're facing – for a much more immersive and realistic surround environment. And with potential VR applications.


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The world's first Bluetooth padlock was a Kickstarter smash. Now, after CES 2015, it's headed to general availability. The idea is that by pairing with your phone, you avoid having to keep an extra set of keys on you, and the problems associated if you lose those keys. Its internal battery is designed to last over a year, it uses silicone gaskets for water resistance and you can also let friends open the padlock with permanent, once-only, or custom sharing settings. The only remaining issue, then, is the size of lock means this is still a target for old-fashioned bolt croppers potentially.

Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell's Android tablet stormed CES, although it was an admittedly lacklustre year. Not only is the Venue 8 7000 the thinnest tablet in the world (for now) at 6mm, it also features the "best tablet display" (for now) with an 8.4" 2,560 x 1,600 OLED screen and is the first tablet to feature Intel's "RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera". Two 720p stereoscopic sensors and 8MP standard camera combine to give every pic a Lytro-a-like depth map - so you can change focus after the fact. Other specs include Intel Atom 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB memory and 16GB drive plus MicroSD slot.

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