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Mac, iOS products abound at CES's Digital Experience

Serenity Caldwell and Alexandra Chang | Jan. 16, 2012
Though the International Consumer Electronics Show officially starts Tuesday, electronics and gadget makers look to get a head start on the rush of product announcements at Monday night's Digital Experience. The annual press-only event held by tech showcase company Pepcom usually features a cavalcade of new products, some of which are of particular interest to Mac and iOS device users. We spent a few hours combing the floor and found a few Mac and iOS things that stood out.

Other cool things we saw

Not everything we saw was iOS- or Mac-related. But that doesn't mean those products didn't spark our interest. For instance, we finally got our hands on Nest, the touch-controlled thermostat created by former Apple iPod and iPhone hardware development chief Tony Fadell. It was just as sleek and user-friendly as everyone has been saying.

The Roku Streaming Stick, another recent hot-topic item, was on display at Digital Experience as well. It seemed like there was always a crowd around the latest and smallest streaming television product. Having the stick docked in your television set is like having a traditional Roku set-top box--you'll get Roku's 400 plus channels and apps, including content from Netflix, HBO, Vimeo, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Vimeo, and Amazon's video service. The product will be available in the fall; a final price is still pending.

CES wouldn't be CES without a few robots, and one of the most intriguing was Tosy's Future Robot, which we watched dance to upbeat tunes. The brand-new entertainment robot definitely put a smile on our faces, even if it isn't the most practical product of the show. Tosy also has pop stardom going for it--Justin Bieber, the biggest celebrity appearance of CES 2012, is scheduled to appear at the company's booth on Wednesday.


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