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What you must see at CES 2014

It's the final stretch of CES! It can be overwhelming to digest all the news coming out of the show in Las Vegas, but fear not -- this episode highlights some of CNET's must-see products:

- Don't bother mounting the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector on the ceiling.

- Say goodbye to tangled charging cords with Intel's wireless charging bowl.

- Kick up your feet on the road when the Audi A7 takes the wheel for you.

- Hisense and TCL keep smart TV simple with new Roku TVs.

- Play air hockey on this … Read more

Gadgets with split personalities shine at CES 2014

It's time to take a look at some of the more quirky products on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In this episode:

- Learn about Razer's Project Christine, a high-end gaming rig prototype that makes it easy to build your own PC. (Mineral oil is involved.)

- Switch your headphones into a video-playing visor with the Avegant Glyph.

- Behold the ultimate mobile-device mashup, the ZTE Projector Hotspot.

- Judge a new twist on the tablet-laptop hybrid with Toshiba's latest prototype.

- Never let go of your BlackBerry addiction with the Typo iPhone keyboard case. … Read more

Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector turns your wall into a TV screen

LAS VEGAS -- Forget giant flat-screens -- why not just turn your wall into the TV?

That's always been the promise of home theater projectors, which offer screen sizes far larger than any consumer-priced LED and plasma TVs. But projectors always come with a caveat: they need to be mounted, often on the ceiling in the rear of the room. That presents plenty of wiring challenges, ranging from electrical to audio-video connectivity -- not to mention the aesthetic challenges involved, even if you're ready to crack some drywall.

Those problems disappear with Sony's 4K Ultra Short Throw … Read more

Up close with ZTE's unique Projector Hotspot hybrid (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- We've heard of a lot of odd things here at CES before, and this year is no different. Case in point: the ZTE Projector Hotspot. Part charger, personal hot spot, and image projector, this device is one of several products (including the Grand S II and two Nubia handsets) that ZTE is showcasing at this year's conference. Though no official pricing has been announced yet, the Chinese mobile company confirmed that the Projector Hotspot will be available in the US later this year.

Design Physically, the square-shaped device measures a little less than 5x5 inches … Read more

Turn your wall into an Android app interface

Singapore-based company Touchjet unveiled a new $500 projector and sensor at CES 2014 called TouchPico. This all-in-one portable gizmo can download apps from Google Play and project them on a wall or other flat surface using infrared tech. Basically, it takes an app from the confines of a smaller screen to a 60-inch space on an obliging wall or table.

That opens up opportunities for families to play games together. It also seems like it would be a cool collaborative tool for schools and businesses. TouchPico offers pinpoint accuracy and functions a lot like the smartphone and tablet touch screens … Read more

ZTE announces 5 smartphones for CES 2014, including Grand S II

LAS VEGAS -- ZTE isn't holding anything back for CES 2014. In addition to debuting its first smartwatch, a mobile hotspot projector device, and four other smartphones, it has officially launched its marquee handset of the season, the Grand S II.

As a followup to its flagship from last year, the device is the highest-end ZTE handset yet. It sports a 5.5-inch, 1080p full HD screen, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. This is the same CPU used in the powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

In addition, the LTE-enabled phone will have a 13-megapixel camera on … Read more

BenQ details wireless W1500 projector

BenQ has announced its newest home theater projector, the W1500, which it claims is the first to feature onboard 5GHz wireless video.

The W1500 uses the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) standard and competes directly with the WirelessHD system used by Epson. The company claims that any HDMI device or even an iPad (with an HDMI adaptor) can be used with the BenQ. The package includes an HDMI dongle that communicates via WHDI to the projector. As an aside, it's interesting to note that the compatible products detailed on the official WHDI site are largely unavailable as the list … Read more

Create a giant screen for under $100

For the past five years I have been patiently waiting for the day when my son is mature enough to experience "Star Wars." Well, to be completely honest, I probably started the countdown when he was still in the womb.

The timing is critical. Too soon, and Darth Vader will inspire night terrors for years to come. Too late, and one of his blabbermouth friends at school will spill the beans on Luke's paternity test.

So we're working up to it, and with any luck someday soon his tiny brain will be imprinted with the opening … Read more

Avegant teases retinal projection wearable display

We don't know much about it at this point, not even a name, but we do have two small teaser images of what Avegant is promising will be a revolutionary device in the field of wearable displays. It's a head-mounted stereoscopic projector that uses the company's Virtual Retinal Display (VRD) technology, relying on a combination of optics and a micromirror array to project an image directly onto your retina. Unlike Glass, the images will be immersive and stereoscopic, providing a full 3D effect.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., company has also signed on a new COO, Yobie Benjamin. … Read more

JVC debuts cheaper pseudo-4K projectors

While 4K may make little sense on a tiny television screen, on a projector? Yes, please. Hearing these pleas is JVC, which has dropped not one but three consumer projectors said to offer a 4K-like picture. Prices start at $4,999.

The three consumer models are the DLA-X900R ($11,999), the DLA-X700R ($7,999), and the DLA-X500R ($4,999), which include a new D-ILA device, 4K inputs, e-shift upscaling for 1080p-and-lower sources, and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture.

The projectors, which according to JVC aren't technically 4K, use a system called "e-shift" which splits all incoming signals … Read more