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The First Windows 10-Powered Smartwatch

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German OEM TrekStor is the company working on the first Windows 10-powered smartwatch-- a yet unnamed wearable device based on Windows 10 IoT Core able to run Universal Windows applications.

Windows 10 SmartwatchAnnounced in a Windows Blog post, the TrekStor smartwatch is primarily aimed at industry use, with applications such as retail inventory management, building automation, industrial automation, healthcare, asset management and fleet management. As Microsoft puts it, the device "allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages."

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Oppo Intros UDP-205 "Audiophile" UHD Blu-ray Player

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Oppo announces a follow-up to the UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray player-- the UDP-205, a player the company claims carries superior components for the audiophile set.

Oppo UDP-2015The UDP-2015 uses a pair of ES9038PRO DACs, flagship of the ESS Sabre Pro series, to deliver "best-in-class" audio performance. A toroidal transformer boosts player efficiency, while full metal construction ensure it is less prone to vibrations.

It also features an HDMI audio jitter reduction circuit, support for XLR balanced and RCA single-ended connectors, a set of 7.1-channel analogue outputs and an asynchronous USB DAC input with PCM and DSD file support.

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What are the CE Trends of IFA 2017?

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The pre-IFA 2017 press conference details the what visitors are to expect at the trade show-- with offerings including ultra-slim TVs, high-quality audio components, 360-degree cameras and 3D printers.

Christian Goke“We believe it’s time to define consumer electronics in a new way," Messe Berlin CEO Dr. Christian Göke says. "The boundaries between consumer electronics and home appliances, the digital and the physical worlds, are blurring. Whether it is in the kitchen, the living room or the office, the “consumerisation” of devices is exponential room to healthcare and wellness, automotive, mobile devices Internet of Things and the smart home, to new fields like drones, virtual, augmented and mixed reality."

The press conference also provided details on the CE market-- according to GfK director Jürgen Boyny sales are likely to take a slight dip in 2017 (from $949 billion in 2016 to $945bn in 2017) before recovery in 2018 ($954bn). Driving the market are 5 key trends, namely the rise of mobile commerce and mobile payments, the mainstreaming of VR/AR, the growth of smart home, connected cars and autonomous driving, and wearables.

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First-Person Drone Control Via DJI Goggles

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DJI presents a means for customers to control drones using their heads-- the DJI Goggles, a headset providing a first-person VR-style experience only in the real world.

DJI GogglesThe DJI Goggles are fairly bulky, being similar in both size and style to the PlayStation VR headset. First teased last year at the Mavic Pro announcement, they carry a pair of 1280 x 1440 resolution displays (creating the equivalent of looking at a 216-inch screen from 3m away) and use DJI's OcuSync technology for wireless video streaming over both short and long distances.

A touchpad on the side allows users to summon intelligent flight features (such as ActiveTrack or Tripod Mode) via on-screen menu. Head Tracking capability puts drone control to head movements, with left and right turns making the drone yaw left or right, just like a joystick. Another mode has head movements control the 360-degree gimbal, with the handheld controller taking care of flight direction.

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Lenovo Intros Flex 11 Chromebook

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Lenovo announces the Flex 11-- a ChromeOS-powered 2-in-1 convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution touchscreen and a 2.1GHz quad-core ARM processor "designed with Android apps in mind."

Flex 11Allowing for the transformation between notebook and tablet modes is a 360-degree hinge, and one can also use the Flex 11 in 2 other modes, "watch" and "tent." Construction promises to be drop-resistant up to 75cm, while the keyboard can handle spills of up to 330ml, with channels draining liquid away from electrical components.

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