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Robot “baseball fans” coming to a ballpark near you?

What if you didn’t want to spend the time and money on attending a game in person, but still wanted your voice heard at the ballpark? One Korean baseball team, mired in its own cycle of losing and empty seating, has an innovative answer: seat-filling robot fans — referred to as “fanbots” — that represent real fans in the stadium.

Saddle seats: Get ready to hate flying even more

Want to ride in an awkward position on a bike seat for a couple hours? Airbus has your (aching) back with its patent-pending “saddle seat” technology. And oh, is it teh awesome.

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Cynical truckers blow smoke to protest environmentalism, common sense

There are entire countries on this earth who live in squalor, poverty, hunger. There are countries like Germany, which has committed to making the transition to alternative energy and which has become one of the world’s strongest economies as a result. And then there’s America, where people are so privileged and pampered that they’ll deliberately waste energy and pollute the air to make some kind of deranged anti-science, anti-regulation political statement. Or, even worse, doing it just to be a jerk.

5 outdoor electronics products for summer fun

Here in the U.S.A., it’s a short work week as we head into Independence Day, July 4. Some of you are already on vacation. Others will be on vacation soon. And some of us will just be chillin’ on the patio or in the backyard all summer. So we thought it would be a good time to list some cool product categories that can make your outdoor holiday experience super-awesomer.

My deep thoughts on the CE Week show

I’ve been to dozens of trade shows over the years. When it comes to these events, some are great, some are duds. This one had a really positive energy, not the least of which was due to the large number of innovative startups in the house, complementing what was a sizable presence from the old guard of consumer electronics.

Snow Lizard to bow SLXtreme iPad Gen 4 waterproof/battery-boosting cases at CE Week

It’s summertime, which means it’s time for fun outdoor adventures on land and water. Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme — billed as “the world’s only waterproof and battery-boosting case” — would seem an excellent companion in those adventures. The company will introduce a Lightning Connector version of the ruggedized case for the 4th-generation iPad at CE Week, to be held June 25 and 26 in New York.

The Tiffen Company to show new imaging accessories from Steadicam, Domke, Dfx and Lowel at 2014 CE Week

The Tiffen Company will show off its new imaging accessory product lineup at CE Week, to be held June 25 and 26 in New York.

WindowLikr to unveil mobile-focused video codec at CE Week

WindowLikr will introduce a mobile-focused video codec at CE Week, to be held June 25 and 26 in New York. Its eponymous technology is billed as “the world’s first video platform created exclusively for truly engaging interactive video” — one that “attaches end users directly to their favorite content in a fluid and uninterrupted fashion.” Which of course is, like, the Holy Grail of video. Time will tell if its technology is up to the task.

R.J. Reynolds’ VUSE e-cig has the vapors, soon in all 50 states

The VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette has been available in Colorado and Utah, but not the rest of the country. That’s going to change on Monday, June 23, when it’s rolled out in all 50 states.

Loksak to show hackerproof Shieldsak bag at CE Week

Loksak will show its newest product, the Shieldsak, at CE Week, to be held June 25 and 26 in New York. The lightweight Shieldsak bag, which features a fabric Faraday cage, “blocks RF signals capable of reading your critical information” on your mobile and electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, says the company.

PulseOn to show its heart rate monitoring device at CE Week

There sure are a lot of heart rate monitors out there. The hook for PulseOn’s? The company claims it makes heart rate monitoring easier than ever because there’s no need for a chest belt, just a small wrist device that measures your heart rate.

Birksun solar portable power accessories to shine at CE Week

Birksun will show its new line of solar portable power accessories at CE Week, to be held June 25 and 26 in New York. The line consists of three solar charging packs, two lightweight power banks, and Apple-certified Lightning cables.