Highlights of the 2015 Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show
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This car is really a classic, luxurious carriage remade for the modern era, according to Mercedes. The vehicle even has color-coded LED lights on the front and back to let you know what the car is thinking.

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It can tell you whether or not it's in autonomous mode, or give pedestrians a heads-up when it's safe to cross. You probably won't ever see the F015 go on sale, but it's a good clue as to what Mercedes hopes you'll drive (or rather, not drive) in the years ahead.

 

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Not Everything that Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

 

Editors of all major Tech Magazine were hard at work pounding the show floor here in Las Vegas to bring readers what they believe to be the most promising gadgets for major categories of consumer products showcased during the  2015 international show, which range from innovative wearables to the most innovative technologies of the future. 

 

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Imagine a world where you don't have to plug in your electric vehicle to charge it. That's the vision behind Gogoro, a new startup by former HTC execs that envisions citywide networks of battery stations so that getting new batteries for your EV can be done in seconds. It also introduced a brand-new electric scooter that's as futuristic as the company's vision. The ability to easily swap out old batteries for new ones could make electric vehicles much more mainstream and, in turn, transform urban transport as we know it.

 

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Bragi's "The Dash" smart headphones were a big hit when they launched on Kickstarter last year, raising over $3 million. Here at CES, the waterproof, touch-controlled, media-playing, fitness-tracking, do-it-all earbuds have been shown to the public for the first time.  Bragi's Dash smart headphones are so impressive, that they deserved to be in the wearables category, too. They're waterproof and touch-controlled and can do things like play media and track your fitness.

 

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The Garmin Vivoactive is the company's first-ever dedicated smartwatch that has a color touchscreen and the ability to get emails, texts, notifications and more. Staying true to Garmin's roots, it also has a built-in GPS radio, a waterproof design and apparently has tremendously long battery life.  Quell's new wearable pain reliever sends small electrical pulses to your pained calves. It can be worn 24/7 and promises 40 hours of pain relief in a single charge.  Lenovo's beautiful Vibe Band VP10 gives a new spin on the standard wearable by offering Bluetooth notifications on an E Ink screen. It also tracks your steps, calories, distance traveled and sleep quality. Plus, it's waterproof and comes in an array of stylish metallic colors.

 

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If all vehicles came equipped with BMW's new 360-degree collision-detection technology, there might not ever be accidents on the road. It uses an array of scanners to figure out its surroundings and the equipped car will do the best it can to avoid any and all obstacles. QNX continues to wow with its ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) improvements. New on this year's demo car are all-digital rear and side-view mirrors. These new displays eliminate blind spots and, as an added perk, light up green if the coast is clear for a lane change.  Audi finally offered us a glimpse at its "retail" Audi Tablet. Scheduled to ship as an option on the 2016 Q7, this unibody aluminum tablet is quite likely the finest handheld we've ever used. Not only is the matte display beautiful to behold, but it's also been crash tested.

 

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LG's curved phone gets upgraded in all the best ways. A higher-resolution screen that's consciously smaller, higher-quality design and internals that include a top-of-the-range mobile processor from Qualcomm. Oh, and there's also a beautiful red color option. Dell's Venue 8 7000 is an 8.4-inch Android tablet with a super-high-res 2,560 x 1,600 screen and a depth-sensing camera. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera plus two 720p ancillary ones that can capture different variations of each shot.  Your next smartphone could come loaded with the newly announced NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip, a next-gen mobile chipset that's the first to offer a teraflop of processing power.

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