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How Many Times Have You Checked Your Phone Today?

Mother is a device by Sen.se launched at 2014 International CES, that turns objects into smart and understanding things that enrich your life. She comes with Motion Cookie sensors to attach to your toothbrush, your keys, your shoes, your pill bottle, or your child - anything that you want to monitor throughout the day using temperature, geolocation and accelerometer capabilities, even your phone. How many times do you check yours per day?

Wearable Tech Goes To The Dogs: The VOYCE Dog Health & Fitness Monitoring Collar

Radar and wi-fi have been a part of wearable technology for dogs for some years now; you might even say that dogs have had a 'paw up' on wearable technology.  Of the new dog tech products being introduced at the 2014 Computer Electronics Show (CES),  I particularly like prospects for the Voyce dog-wearable collar that monitors and reports your dog's health and fitness levels 24/7.

The Oculus Crystal Cove Prototype Makes VR Better Than Reality

At today's Consumer Electronics Show, Oculus unveiled a new prototype of its Rift virtual reality headset. The new device, dubbed "Crystal Cove," adds positional tracking and a new OLED display. What that basically means is that Crystal Cove blows the old Rift out of the water.

The UpBed™ Literally Gets You Out Of Bed In The Morning

Many of us have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but that may be more a reflection of our mental state than physical.  For those with conditions that physically limit their ability to get out of bed without assistance, whether due to arthritic conditions, balance issues, or injury, the new UpBed™ Ajustable Lift Bed can really make a big difference in their independence.

Don't Waste Time Sleeping: Fight Dragons In Your Dreams

Lucid dream masks work by flashing a series of light patterns when you are in REM sleep. The Remee Mask, the Aurora Mask, the REM Dreamer as well as apps like DreamZ, or Lucid Dreaming, claim they can make you aware you are dreaming, and have some control over the events that occur. Can we regain hours of our lives, in our imaginative worlds where anything is possible? Can we fight dragons in our dreams?

The Ozobot Wants To Play A Game With You - Is Your iPad Ready?

Unveiled today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Ozobot is a robot that's all about playing games. The diminutive robot is capable of recognizing and responding to lights, colors, and shapes; it uses this to react to stimuli in mobile games. Basically, it's like Nintendo's ROB for your iPad.

Feeling Anxious Or Pessimistic? Use This WristBand To Measure Your Mood

Measure your autonomous nervous system (ANS) with Phyode's wristband, the W/Me wearable wellness tracker. Measure your pulse and your temperature, and see if you are passive, excitable, anxious, or pessimistic. Then just let the smartphone app coach you on breathing techniques to help you feel more balanced. 

A Unique Approach To Texting Mittens

Texting in the winter is inconvenient no matter which way you look at it, and that's pretty inconvenient whether you're doing it for business or pleasure. Particularly during the cold weather months when there's an increased number of delays getting to your destination due to snow and ice, and during the holiday season when you really just want to send your well-wishes to loved ones. Many have tried to tackle the issue of texting during the winter, but this new wearable option is unique.

Looking for That Last Minute Christmas Gift? Turn to the Dark Side... of Tea.

Darth Vader: "Would you care for sugar and milk?"

Emperor: "No, no thank you, Lord Vader.  I prefer my tea bitter and black."

Darth Vader: "As you wish."

King Robota -- A Real Giant Robot?

Ranging anywhere from eight to sixteen feet in height, King Robota manufactures some amazing robots designed for corporate events and large entertainment venues.  But... how much of the robot is a robot?