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Quiz: Which CES Gadgets Would You Actually Buy?

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And how much do you think people would pay for them?

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From smart thermostats to cigarette lighters that help you quit smoking, lots of futuristic gadgets were on display at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show this week. But which ones would you actually buy?

TIME and predictive analytics firm First Insight have put together a fun quiz to find out which hot new technology you’d buy and how much you think people who pay for it. Eventually, we’ll be able to look at the results and see which gadgets come out on top.

Ready to take the quiz? Click here to start picking your favorite gadgets of CES.

TIME space travel

Your Ride on Another Planet Will Be Self-Driven

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Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Nissan Motor Co.'s Autonomous Drive Leaf electric vehicle is driven for a demonstration ride at the CEATEC Japan 2013 exhibition in Chiba, Japan, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

NASA and Nissan team up to create autonomous vehicles for other worlds

Nissan has begun developing a self-driving car in partnership with NASA, in the hopes that some of the technology will one day be used to ferry passengers around on other planets.

The Japanese car manufacturer and the U.S. space agency announced a five-year partnership on Thursday to jointly engineer vehicles capable of self-operation, Wired magazine reports.

The cars will be developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center, close to Nissan’s Silicon Valley facility in California. They will also be zero emission, modeled on the electric Nissan Leaf.

“This is a perfect blend of the capability of what the robotics folks at NASA Ames have and the autonomy that we bring,” said Martin Sierhuis, the director of Nissan’s Silicon Valley research center. Sierhuis, incidentally, is a former NASA scientist.

NASA said that it was looking forward to using some of the automation technology pioneered by Nissan in its space programs. “We have a rover on Mars. It is not very autonomous. As we go deeper into space, into more and more dangerous locations, we need to add that autonomy,” Pete Worden, director of the Ames Research Center, told Wired.

[Wired]

TIME Innovation

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

Doctors at a Florida hospital get up close to bones, organs and veins, without making a single cut

General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures bones, blood vessels and organs in high-definition.

The patients ride into the chamber of the scanner, dubbed “Revolution CT,” where a fan-shaped beam of x rays passes down their bodies and a computer reconstructs a digital model of the body, slice-by-slice. The scanner can build an image of a heart in the time it takes for a single heartbeat, according to GE.

The snapshots below, provided by GE, may look like an artist’s rendering from an anatomy textbook. In fact, they were taken from living patients at West Kendall Baptist Hospital in south Florida, the first hospital to test the new scanner in the field.

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TIME apps

Apple’s App Store Just Had Its Biggest Day Ever

Customers spent half a billion dollars on apps in a single week

Apple already won Christmas. Now it looks like it probably won New Year’s too. The company just revealed that New Year’s Day was the largest sales day ever for the App Store, which sells apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. During the first week of January, customers spent nearly $500 million on iOS apps, a new record for Apple.

2014 wasn’t a shabby year for the App Store either. Apple said app sales rose 50 percent year-over-year and the company paid out $10 billion to developers in 2014. Since Apple keeps 30% of the revenue from each App Store transaction, that means the company pocketed about $4.3 billion from app transactions last year. Overall, developers have earned about $25 billion from app sales since the App Store launched in 2008, putting Apple’s total take above $10 billion.

Cultivating a user base that spends lots of money on apps remains one of Apple’s key advantages over Google and its Android operating system. Though the vast majority of smartphones today run on Android, the App Store’s global revenue was 60% higher than revenue from the Google Play Store in the third quarter of 2014, according to mobile analytics firm App Annie.

TIME Video Games

Sony Pushes Back PlayStation 4 Launch Date in China

PlayStation 4 Launch China
Chesnot—Getty Images A visitor plays on Sony Playstation 4 video game console (PS4), produced by Sony Corp during the 'Noel de Geek' at the Cite des Sciences et de l'industrie on Dec. 23, 2014 in Paris, France.

Latest setback for Sony's PlayStation, which was hacked last month

Sony said Thursday it is delaying for “various reasons” the launch of its PlayStation 4 in China, where a 14-year ban on foreign game consoles was lifted last year.

The delay in sales, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, resulted from prolonged negotiations with China’s regulators, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed company source. Sony said it has not decided on a new date.

China’s Ministry of Culture, the agency regulating video game content, is notoriously slow to approve foreign titles. The lengthy approval process is believed to be why Microsoft’s Xbox One launch last year was also delayed. Both companies have been forced to limit their game offerings, as Chinese regulators do not approve of violent, profane or political content, the reason for Beijing’s blanket ban on foreign consoles in 2000.

The delay is the latest setback for the Sony PlayStation, which, along with Microsoft’s Xbox Live, suffered multi-day network outages last month. A hacking group named Lizard Squad has since claimed responsibility for tapping into the two online networks. The PlayStation and Xbox hacks are understood to be unrelated to the devastating cyber attack on Sony in November.

[Reuters]

TIME ces 2015

This Is the Crazy-Biggest Tablet You’ve Ever Seen

No, it's not a big-screen TV

These days, bigger is better for device makers, and a new tablet unveiled Tuesday by Fuhu at CES has taken that mantra to a new extreme.

Fuhu’s Nabi tablet is an extra-large device the size of a TV, with displays ranging from 32 inches to 65 inches, USA Today reports. They’re due out in the second half of 2015 in a price range from $699 to $3,999 for the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model.

The idea is create interactive experiences in the kitchen and the living room, and build a smarter kitchen. “Imagine watching a recipe and then downloading the recipe and ordering groceries or ingredients for that onscreen, as well,” Fuhu co-founder and president Robb Fujioka said.

The screens can serve as entertainment for kids and adults, too, including video games and movies or TV shows.

The tablets are manufactured with Foxconn and run Android.

TIME ces 2015

This Robot is the World’s Best Beer Pong Player

Despite its talent, drinking games are not the robot's primary function

Sorry frat guys, you’re about to become obsolete. Ahead of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Empire Robotics showed its new creation, the VERSABALL, absolutely crushing a round of beer pong. Despite its talent, drinking games are not the primary function of the VERSABALL. It’s actually a robot that grips and lifts, made to perform tasks for the disabled or to tackle jobs like screwing in a light bulb in a hard-to-reach place. But someone at Empire—probably just after happy hour—realized that this invention could also succeed in throwing a pingpong ball into a plastic cup better than any human ever could.

And lest you think this is just a step toward the automation of the college experience, there is an actual reason the VERSABALL is playing pong: It is meant to show off the ability of the robot to handle delicate objects without damaging them. And to that end, it does a great job.

To see if the machines really are taking over, you can watch the VERSABALL in a robot matchup at CES that took place Jan. 6, when it played the winner of the World Series of Beer Pong—which is also going on right now in Vegas.

The smart betting is on the VERSABALL, but we’ll see what happens after it’s had five or six beers.

This article originally appeared on FWx.

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TIME CES2015

The 5 Most Important Things Happening at CES 2015

Attendees take a break at the 2015 International CES on Jan. 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ethan Miller—Getty Images Attendees take a break at the 2015 International CES on Jan. 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Come for the 4K TVs, stay for the Bluetoothbrushes

Autonomous cars. Crazy high-definition resolution televisions. Toothbrushes that have Bluetooth, for some reason.

These are just a few of the products on display at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, during which nearly 160,000 technophiles are expected to descend upon Las Vegas. This year’s show has nearly two miles of floor space, packed with the expected, like powerful smartwatches, to the downright weird, like a “smart belt” that gives your belly some breathing space after you’ve had a little too much of grandma’s meat loaf. Still, a handful of categories have broken out as stealing the show.

4K Televisions

If CES is any indication, 2015 will be the year 4K televisions could finally hit the mainstream. LG, Sony, Sharp, Samsung and others are dedicating plenty of floor space to their newest ultra-high definition sets. The standout here so far has been a new LG 4K set that uses OLED technology. That stands for “Organic Light-Emitting Diode,” but what it means in reality is a sharper picture with much-improved contrast over older high-resolution TVs.

4K displays have been kicking around for a while, but they’ve long been too expensive and devoid of content to make them a worthy purchase. But that’s changing. Some of these manufacturer’s new 4K sets aren’t much more than non-4K displays, like an offering from Sharp that will cost under $800. And platforms from Netflix to Amazon are beginning to offer more native 4K shows and movies, meaning there will be more content that’ll help give consumers a reason to buy a 4K set.

Still, it’s wise to take all of this with a grain of salt. 3D televisions were all the rage at the show back in 2010, and they’ve all since disappeared from store shelves.

Smartwatches

The most hotly anticipated smartwatch of 2015, the Apple Watch, is nowhere to be found here in Vegas. Apple doesn’t attend the show, and in fact has a habit of making big announcements during CES in a bit of savvy counter programing. But there are plenty of other smartwatches and fitness trackers attempting to grab show-goers’ attention this year.

Take, for example, Withings’ Activite Pop, a classic-looking timepiece you’d be forgiven for mistaking for a typical “dumb” watch at first glance. The colorful Pop, selling for $149, hides fitness and sleep tracking functions behind its face, using a combination of a secondary hand and smartphone syncing to display vital information. Sony, meanwhile, rolled out a stylish stainless steel version of its SmartWatch 3. A company called Nymi is demonstrating a wristband that unlocks your devices using your heartbeat. And whispers of a new LG smartwatch came from a most unexpected place: Audi’s Tuesday press conference, during which eagle-eyed viewers caught a glimpse of an LG-branded, car-controlling device unlike anything the company currently offers.

Self-Driving Cars

Let’s get something out of the way quickly: 2015 won’t be the year the steering wheel goes extinct. But we’re getting closer, with Audi, Mercedes-Benz and VW all offering demos of various automated car technology. Audi pulled a stunt in which it got what it calls a “piloted car” (it shies away from “driverless”) from San Francisco to Vegas in time for the show. Mercedes CEO Dietrich Zetsche showed off a bullet-shaped autonomous concept car with a cabin that’s more like a living room than a car. Audi presented a smartwatch app that can signal your car to drive itself out of your garage and come pick you up.

While fully autonomous driving is still a ways down the road, elements of that future are already making vehicles safer — features like blind spot warnings and parallel park assistance are all cousins of the tech that makes autonomous cars possible.

Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift, one of the leading companies in virtual reality, is showing off its new Crescent Bay prototype, and it’s a much-improved experience compared to Oculus’ previous offerings. Samsung, meanwhile, is offering demos of its Gear VR Innovator Edition, a mobile VR headset powered by a Galaxy Note 4. An upstart company called Virtuix has made a treadmill-like contraption that lets users move about in a virtual world without resorting to using an immersion-breaking controller. And several automotive technology companies are pitching “augmented reality” concepts, which can overlay valuable information about road conditions and traffic on your car’s windshield.

Whether or not virtual reality goes mainstream this year depends on hardware and content. Oculus won’t say when its Crescent Bay prototype will make it to consumers, and there’s still a pretty small (but growing) universe of developers making stuff to run on VR headsets.

The Absolutely Weird

Some of the most fun stuff at CES is also the downright strangest. Oral-B’s Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush syncs up with a smartwatch app in an effort to help consumers brush better. There’s more than a few floating speakers, which use magnetic levitation to spin a few centimeters off your desk. The smart belt that automatically compensates for your giant dinner is all the rage. TIME used an app that uses a selfie to unlock your banking app. A company called TrackingPoint has an intimidating-looking rifle that “allows even novice shooters to make mile-long shots.” And selfie sticks are, of course, everywhere you turn.

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TIME Smartphones

You Can Now Rollover Your Unused AT&T Data Into the Next Month

The AT&T logo is seen on June 2, 2010 in
AFP—Getty Images The AT&T logo is seen on June 2, 2010 in Washington DC.

But you'll only have that month in which to use it

AT&T users tired of watching all their extra megabytes melt away at the end of the month have reason to rejoice — the mobile carrier just announced Rollover Data, an upgrade that allows customers to transfer their unused plan data into the following month.

The data that rolls over will only last for one month, which means, for instance, that if you have 5 GB that carried over from last month but only use 3 GB of it, you’ll lose the rest.

The announcement on Wednesday is AT&Ts latest salvo in the tussle with rival provider T-Mobile, which announced a similar rollover feature a few weeks ago.

But AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told USA Today that his company, which had pioneered the rollover concept for voice minutes years ago, has been planning to launch Rollover Data for a long time.

TIME Media

Google’s Ambitious Foray into Your Living Room Is Dead

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded in Menlo Park, Calif., on Sept. 26, 2013.
Stephen Lam—Reuters A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded in Menlo Park, Calif., on Sept. 26, 2013.

At least the search giant's first effort, Google TV, is. Android TV and Chromecast have replaced its first living room device

Google TV, the search giant’s first big foray into the living room, is finally dead. Google announced via Google+ Tuesday that it would no longer be providing updates for the Google TV platform and that it was removing Google TV’s development tools from the Web.

Back in 2010, Google launched Google TV as a kind of modern take on Microsoft’s WebTV, which was once thought to be the future of television entertainment. On compatible television sets, users could boot up Chrome and surf the web for articles, videos and other content at the same time they were watching live TV, even using a mouse and keyboard if they chose. The concept didn’t catch on in the ‘90s when Microsoft tried, and it didn’t really work for Google either.

Since then, the search titan has pivoted to more streamlined and elegant TV options. The Chromecast dongle lets people stream content from their phones onto the big screen, the new Nexus TV set-top-box focuses on surfacing premium video content from a variety of sources and a new line of Android-powered television sets will attempt to make switching between live TV and online streaming services completely painless.

Google TV products will still work though they’re not being supported, and Google says a “small subset” of Google TV devices will be updated to run Android TV. But for all intents and purposes, one of the earliest high-tech competitors in the battle for the living room is no more.

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