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Sphero’s Specdrums music kit ships January 15

Over the summer, Sphero acquired Colorado-educational music startup, Specdrums. The news arrived at a transitional time for the company, which was undergoing substantial growing pains as its line of licensed Disney products failed to catch fire. Today at CES, the Boulder-based company is finally ready to share the first fruits of that acqusition. After debuting ...

Withings promises an extensive at-home health solution for $250

Withings had a weird couple of years. The company was acquired by Nokia, only to be abandoned and launch again as its own brand late last year. It was a welcome return for a solid  brand in the health space that was cut down too early. Until now, the reborn company’s releases have largely relegated ...

Withings brings EKG readings to its hybrid smartwatch

When Apple added EKG to the Apple Watch for the Series 4, you knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the industry followed suit. This, however, is a bit of a surprise. The recently resurrected Withings just announced that it will be bringing the heart monitoring tech to its line ...

ASUS drops a combo Alexa router/smart speaker for $220

ASUS just announced the first — but surely not the last — combination router/Alexa smart speaker of the show. The Lyra Voice is a pretty decent looking thing — covered in the sort of fabric design that’s become all rage with smart speakers like the Google Home and the latest iteration of the Echo. In ...

Even KitchenAid has a Google smart display

I mean, this makes sense, I guess. The kitchen has long been a case use manufacturers have pointed for these kinds of smart screens. So why wouldn’t KitchenAid/Whirlpool want in on a little bit of that action? The simply-named KitchenAid Smart Display is looks like your standard smart screen — taking a few design cues ...

More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

More than 100 million devices with Amazon’s Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday. The new metric, revealed by Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp in an interview with The Verge, showcases just how quickly the company has crammed the voice assistant into disparate hardware devices and shoved them out the door. The ...

GE adds a bunch of Google Assistant-friendly smart home products

This year’s CES is already shaping up to be another big show for smart home devices, with the Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant show down in the center ring. GE bought into the Alexa ecosystem fairly early on and got on-board with Google Assistant more recently. At the Pixel 3 event back in October, the company announced ...

Here’s what LG has on tap for CES

LG announcing all — or, at least, most — of its launches ahead of CES has become something of a time honored tradition. That’s one way to get noticed. This first week of the year tends to be among the slowest, and the same can’t be said for next, when we’ll be in the belly ...

Maybe earbud charging cases don’t have to look terrible

Since the advent of bluetooth earbuds, charging case have been utilitarian, at best. Understandable. I suspect few, if any, purchase the things based on how their cases look. For many of us, however, headphones are the one piece of tech aside from a smartphone (and, perhaps, wearable) we never leave the house without. When they’re ...

Vengo, maker of touch-screen vending machines, just collected $7 million in fresh equity funding

Vengo, a six-year-old, Bethpage, New York-based startup that makes touchscreen vending machines for a wide variety of uses and clients, has raised $7 million in new equity funding, shows a new SEC filing. That roughly doubles the amount of money the company has raised over the years, including from such notable investors as Brad Feld, ...