Some side effects can come with activity monitoring with a Fitbit Force health tracker, but they're not sore muscles or an accelerated heart rate -- rather, they involve skin irritation around the wrist.
More than 10,000 people have reported skin irritation -- including redness, rashes, itchy and dry patches, and blistering -- from their Fitbit Force, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because of these issues, the CPSC posted Fitbit's official recall notice on its site on Wednesday. Now, all Force owners can get a full refund for their device.
The $129 Force, which is … Read more
The story of Tesla is a bit like that of "The Little Engine That Could." It's a smaller company, which makes a product different than the rest, that's been working to stay afloat in a world of giant car companies.
Well, it appears Tesla has just made it over the mountain.
Here's what Consumer Reports writes about the car:Sure, you can talk about this electric luxury car's blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride, … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- It was an unforgettable scene: A crowd of smiling people gathered around a table on the show floor watching a charming, animated, and lifelike green robot dinosaur called Pleo for the first time.
Wait, though. It was CES 2014. Indeed, if you walk the floor of the Robotics section of the giant consumer electronics trade show here this week, you'll see Pleo, as charming … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- I've done my good deed for the day.
To get CES attendees to visit the massive consumer electronics show's less-popular areas, CES put on a scavenger hunt this week. To play, participants run the show's official mobile app and head out on a trip around Vegas looking for nine hidden wireless iBeacons.
The app offers general information about their locations, essentially the name of a specific industry area, like 3D printing, or digital health, and the building it's located. Once there, the app alerts players that an iBeacon (which wirelessly transmits its location to mobile devices, as well as the distance to those devices) is nearby and gives them an approximate distance to the treasure. … Read more
As the wearables craze starts to go mainstream, one company is betting that medical devices deserve to be at the party.
Already a maker of a range of connected mobile health care devices, iHealth is taking the next step and banking that it can win federal approval for its new set of wearable products: an ambulatory blood pressure monitor, a wireless ambulatory electrocardiogram, and a wearable pulse oximeter.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitor The company … Read more
In a year full of star-studded CES keynotes, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai is as big a name as any.
While it's not clear exactly what Hirai will talk about during his Tuesday morning keynote, it's a sure bet the company's PlayStation 4 will be a centerpiece, as will Sony's wide range of TVs and other consumer electronics.
One possibility is a discussion of mixing content and hardware, and the Wall Street Journal reported that Hirai may unveil a streaming service for the PS4.
Join CNET at 8:30 a.m. PT Tuesday for our live coverage … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Want video entertainment wherever you go in your house? Keecker has you covered.
At CES on Monday, the Paris-based company unveiled its new mini robot, an entertainment system on wheels that can roll around any house, bringing video and audio entertainment, as well as mobile audio and video capture wherever you go.
The new robot, which is 25 inches tall and 16 inches wide, is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2014 at a price of between $4,000 and $5,000. It is designed to project video and capture audio or video in … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Drones carrying cameras is no longer something worth getting worked up about. But a drone that can carry a heavy-duty digital SLR capable of shooting Hollywood movies? Now that's exciting.
At CES on Sunday, China's DJI Innovations showed off its forthcoming S1000, an 8-rotor drone that was built specifically to carry Canon's 5D Mark II or Mark III. For those not familiar with camera gear, that's a setup capable of shooting feature films or documentaries.
DJI knows that it has plenty of competition in the drone space. Companies like Parrot have already sold … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Drones just got a lot more playful.
Parrot, which thanks to its AR Drone already is a leader in the space, will release a brand-new mini version of its signature device later this year. Designed to be very easy to use, extremely lightweight, and less expensive than its cousin, the Mini drone offers much of the same technology and features as the AR.
Built with a high-speed camera, a 3-axis gyro sensor, and a 3-axis accelerometer, the Mini can climb walls, or fly around effortlessly, controlled by either an iOS or Android device. Unlike the AR, which … Read more