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Psyko 5.1 Headphones

Psyko 5.1 Headphones

Psyko’s 5.1 gaming headphones truly live up to their insane moniker; they produce 3D surround sound by squeezing in five speakers and a subwoofer. Also included: mic and 5.1 amp.

Lenovo Y Series Laptops

Lenovo Y Series Laptops

An update to its entertainment-oriented Y-series, Lenovo’s Y650, Y550 and Y450 are 16″-14″ notebooks with a 16:9 glossy screen, multi-touch trackpad, and tapered design cues.

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In-Car Internet Radio

In-Car Internet Radio

Also debuting at CES: Blaupunkt and miRoamer are teaming up to release the first in-car internet radio receiver; early models will connect via Bluetooth to a 3G/HSDPA/HSPA device.

Kodak Zx1 Camcorder

Kodak Zx1 Camcorder

A more affordable version of Kodak’s Zi6 camcorder, the Zx1 gets a smaller 2″ LCD, but it also includes two hotly requested features: 720p HD at 60fps and an SD/SDHC slot.

DIY iPod Speakers

DIY iPod Speakers

Give your first or second gen iPod a second lease on a musical life by turning it into a 2.25″ speaker; DIYer Jordan Horwich details how to build a pair of your own for under $100.

Kodak Z980 Camera

Kodak Z980 Camera

Debuting at CES this year, Kodak’s Z980 is packed with all sorts of goodies including an incredible 24x image stabilized optical zoom, HD video recording and 12 MP sensor.

iPhone 3rd Party Keyboard

iPhone 3rd Party Keyboard

The lack of a physical keyboard has been a downer for many iPhone fans, but Mat Brady’s proposal for a third party solution might do the trick; it’s sleek and also doubles as a case.

TecnoDec Turntable

TecnoDec Turntable

JA Michell’s TecnoDec is an entry-level turntable with a low-noise DC motor, advanced bearing and a solid plinth, yet is still easy to use; it requires no user setup or maintenance.

Million Dollar PC

Million Dollar PC

With a growing collection of gorgeously photographed case mods and custom desktops, Million Dollar PC will help to satisfy your appetite for sweet, sweet gadget pr0n. Thanks, Jack!

s-Jays Earphones

s-Jays Earphones

These s-Jays earphones come with a SIREN armature that bumps up output and dynamic range; they also include extra sleeves, a stereo splitter, airline adapter and extension cable.

Lupa Concept Phone

Lupa Concept Phone

Mac Funamizu over at Petitinvention is well known for his ultra-sleek gadget concepts that often favor form over function; his Lupa phone is part Aura, part iPod and all sexy.

baLens White Balance Cap

baLens White Balance Cap

No more ghetto white balancing with a sheet of paper: baLens White Balance Lens Cap not only protects your glass, but features a translucent dome in both warm and neutral colors.

MotoFocus Concept

MotoFocus Concept

With declining marketshare, Motorola might want to consider Brad Mitchell’s MotoFocus concept; two touchscreens allow for dynamic displays that separate work from play.

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2009 Times Square Ball

2009 Times Square Ball

A New York City tradition since 1907, yesterday’s Times Square Ball was double-sized with 32,256 LEDs, yet was 20% more efficient than last year’s ball. It’ll also remain up all year.

Oppo Muse G11

Oppo Muse G11

Although details are light, we’re excited by the Oppo Muse G11; it’s a portable game emulator with an SNES-like d-pad, PlayStation buttons and a 3.2″ swiveling touchscreen.

Asus S121 Notebook

Asus S121 Notebook

Too large to be a netbook with a 12.1″ screen yet running an Intel Atom CPU, Asus’ S121 appears to be an upsized Eee S101 with a larger keyboard and chintzy textures aplenty.

Phenom SpecialOps

Phenom SpecialOps

Not to be upstaged by the LG GD910, the heretofore unknown hipsters at Phenom have dropped the SpecialOps; it sports a 1.3″ touchscreen, external keypad, and camera.

HP ex485/7 Server

HP ex485/7 Server

NAS servers are a dime a dozen nowadays, but HP’s ex485/7 MediaSmart Servers are one of the few non-Apple devices to support Time Machine; choose from 750GB or 1.5TB.

MSI U115 Hybrid Netbook

MSI U115 Hybrid Netbook

MSI’s U115 Hybrid Netbook takes a page out of Apple’s MBP playbook: it has the ability to run both SSD and HDD drives as well as selectively turn off the HDD to save power.

Philips X710 Xenium

Philips X710 Xenium

Clean and unpretentious, Philips’ Russian market X710 Xenium is a simple phone, but two features stand out for business travelers: a generous 1900 mA/h battery and dual SIM slots.

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BlackBerry Bold Smart Skin

BlackBerry Bold Smart Skin

Case-mate’s BlackBerry Bold Smart Skin case features a laser-cut cover that lets backlighting through; we also dig the Carbon Fiber texture which is similar to their Vroom case.

Multitouch Music Device

Multitouch Music Device

Built by Randy Jones for his CS thesis, this multitouch music device is actually a passive force sensor that makes music with a MacBook Pro via an 8×8 RME audio interface.

LG Video Wristphone

LG Video Wristphone

LG’s GD910 wristphone seems too good to be true; it’s a gadget lover’s dream, with a 1.43″ LCD touchscreen, 3G HSDPA, text to speech, and built-in camera for fielding video calls.

Solar Powered Sunglasses

Solar Powered Sunglasses

Looking like a bug-eyed freak is a small price to pay with these concept solar-powered sunglasses, which feature organic dye solar cells in the lens to recharge your gadgets.

C&C Case Mod

C&C Case Mod

Command & Conquer fans will love this GDI construction yard case mod by Frenkie Janse; he uses a Recom RC-9B case, polystyrene, old Pentium I fans and perforated steel.

Eee Keyboard/Mouse

Eee Keyboard/Mouse

If you like the tactile feel of scissor switch keys, Acer is gearing up to release an Eee-branded wireless keyboard + mouse combo, with a minimalist look that matches the Eee well.

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