Cool Tech From CES 2015

CES 2015 is off to a strong start. Here is some of the great tech being revealed this year.

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CES is kicking off 2015 with a bang. Smartwatches and other wearable tech are big this year, but that's not all. Here are some of the highlights from this year's event.

Also, CES lasts all week. We will be updating this slideshow through the entire event so that we continue to bring you the best and coolest technology CES has to offer, so check back regularly.

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Rollkers is a "personal transportation device" developed by a French-based company of the same name.

The Rollkers attach to the bottom of your shoes and provide the means to reach speeds of up to 7 mph by walking, said Paul Chavand, the CEO.

"You cannot fall," said Chavand, and balance is maintained by a controller system and electric motor. "No training is necessary," he said.

It may be a year or two before the product gets to market, and Chavand said he expects consumers will be first to buy it, but businesses, such as warehouses, will be interested in the technology.

-- Patrick Thibodeau

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If you tend to hike outside your smartphone's range but still don't want to be out of touch, the goTenna will let you send text messages and location information long distances via VHF. Shipping in the second quarter of 2015, a pair will run $150.

-- Barbara Krasnoff

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HP's futuristic Zvr display

Holographic imaging meets virtual reality in HP's futuristic Zvr display, which bring new levels of 3D interactivity not yet seen in monitors.

The 23.6-inch display combines sensing and imaging technology from HP's research labs that change how 3D content is viewed and modified. The monitor projects full 3D images into thin air, and users -- who have to wear 3D glasses -- can then navigate, zoom and manipulate those images without touching the screen.

The price for Zvr was not immediately available, but it will ship later this year. The stylus and 3D eyewear are included with the monitor.

-- Agam Shah

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D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi router

The D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi router automatically assigns clients depending on the bandwidth they need using six (yes, six) antennas. It offers up to 1300Mbps on two 5GHz bands and 600Mbps on its 2.4GHz band. And it's red. It's currently shipping for $310.

-- Barbara Krasnoff

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XOEye Technologies

XOEye Technologies developed eyewear that includes a camera and sensors that are designed for blue-collar occupations, not consumers.

XOEye's eyewear has numerous functions, including barcode scanning and sensors that can track, for instance, how many times an employee has to bend down to pick something up, or how far someone must walk to perform certain tasks.

But the big use for these glasses is for job training, especially today as many baby boomers in the skilled trades retire. With the glasses' video link, someone can see exactly what a person is doing. This means that a person with expertise can observe, guide and instruct someone on a particular job, no matter where they are located.

XOEye has been performing pilot tests on the eyewear, but was launching it at the show.

-- Patrick Thibodeau

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Ericsson's new wireless technology

Ericsson announced a wireless technology at CES that's designed to improve coverage and speed for bandwidth-hungry smartphone applications such as streaming video.

Ericsson is creating a small cellular device that will cost about $2,000 when available later this year that relies on software called Licensed Assisted Access. LAA is part of an emerging specification of the international 3GPP standards body that's designed to help wireless carriers offer greater potential for LTE-Advanced networks now being rolled out around the world.

LAA allows wireless network traffic to work over both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, thereby giving carriers greater flexibility in improving application performance for smartphone users.

-- Matt Hamblen

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Lenovo Thinkpads

Lenovo is showcasing thinner, lighter, faster, and more expensive, Thinkpads at this year's CES

Lenovo hasn't radically changed the new ThinkPads, and for good reason. Its committed user base resists product overhauls. Headlined by the ultrathin ThinkPad Carbon X1 and workhorse ThinkPad X250, the new laptops now have Intel's latest fifth-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.

Prices on the new laptops, in some cases over $1,000 for the Carbon X1 and X250 models, seem high, but expect them to fall over time.

-- Agam Shah

ODG consumer smartglasses

San Francisco-based Osterhout Design Group (ODG) is showing a consumer prototype of its smartglasses at CES that have a classic Wayfarer sunglasses design. While bulkier than regular shades, they aren't too heavy at 4.4 ounces.

The glasses run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and have stereoscopic HD displays, accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes and a nine-axis internal measurement unit (IMU). Additional hardware features include a high-speed autofocus camera, stereo audio, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity.

The eyewear is slated to be released in 2015 for under $1,000.

-- Tim Hornyak