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Sonos Presents the Playbase

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Sonos confirms a long-running rumour with the announcement of the Playbase, an all-in-one wireless speaker designed to sit under TVs.

Sonos PlaybaseDescribed by the company as "equal parts TV speaker and music speaker," the Playbase carries 10 drivers (6 midrange, 3 tweeters, 1 woofer) and 10 digital amps inside a 58mm thick. It can operate as either a standalone audio device or pair with other Sonos products for surround sound and bass, and includes one digital audio input.

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The Phone With a 360-Degree Camera

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The Protruly Darling is a sure contender for the strangest smartphone of Mobile World Congress 2017 award-- it features a built-in 360-degree camera and, in the case of one version, embedded diamonds.

Protruly DarlingMade by an obscure Shenzen-based company, the Darling has an unusually long design housing the aforementioned 360-degree camera. It allows users to shoot photos and record videos in all directions, which one can preview on the 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display in globe form before sharing on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

The phone also include a pair of regular cameras on the front and back, and runs on a 2.5GHz deca-core Helio X20 MT6797 CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The OS of choice is Android 6.0, the battery is a 3560mAh number and connectivity comes through USB-C. Topping off the package are a fingerprint sensor and, as if the device is not strange enough, a thermal camera.

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Fitbit Tracks Heart Rate With Alta HR

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Fitbit presents an update to the Alta fitness tracker-- the Alta HR, a slim wearable featuring a new sensor complete with real-time heart rate tracking.

Fitbit Alta HRLike the previous model, the Alta HR has a tap-sensitive OLED display, and promises 7 days of battery life on a single charge while automatically tracking activities. Sleep tracking is apparently more detailed now, with "Sleep Stages" combining motion data with heart rate variability to show light, deep and REM sleep stages, while "Sleep Insights" shows how diet and fitness patterns affect sleep patterns.

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LG Presents "Dual Premium" TV Strategy

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LG launches plans of a "dual premium" TV strategy for 2017-- one involving the launch of OLED screens together with next generation Super UHD LED TVs featuring Nano Cell technology.

LG OLED TVUpcoming LG OLED TVs include the 65-inch W7, a display less than 4mm thick when wall-mounted. The company plans to launch five 4K OLED TVs in its home Korea, in screen sizes ranging from 77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7 and 65/55B7. More details on specific models in other markets will be revealed locally at time of launch.

Meanwhile Nano Cell technology uses 1-nanometre particles to offer is described as superior colour reproduction by absorbing unnecessary light waves. Such capability allws the LCD displays to filter out specific colours with greater precision, rendering each colour exactly as intended.

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The Wooden Turn Touch Remote

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Inventor Sam Clay presents a minimalist means to control multiple connected devices-- the Turn Touch, a small four-button remote carved out of solid mahogany, maple and mother of pearl.

Turn TouchThe Turn Touch is programmable via Mac or iOS app, and uses wifi to control Hue lighting, smart locks, Nest thermostats and music systems. Users can program the remote to activate home automation scenes with a single button press, such as dimming the lights, lowering music volume and locking the door. One can also hold a button down to select a different home automation app, meaning the 4 button remote can offer 16 different controls (or more if one adds double-taps to the control equation).

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