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Notti smart light does notifications and wake-up calls with style — There are already a good handful of options in the smart bulb market, but if you're after something more of a portable mood light with notification feature, then Witti may have something for you. The Notti, a project just launched on Kickstarter, is a 'polygonic' smart LED box that hooks up to your iPhone or Android phone over Bluetooth.

You can now get a 7-inch 3G Android phablet for just $54 in China — No, that's not a bulk purchasing price. According to the folks at Beijing chip designer NuFront, some Chinese retailers are now selling 7-inch 3G phablets -- powered by NuFront's TL7689 chipset -- to consumers for as low as CN¥330 or about $54 per piece (the prices pictured above are for distributors).

Dotti is a cute LED block that does notifications using pixel art — Let's face it: There's always a part of us that can't resist a good bit of pixel art -- be it on bank notes, in games or even in the form of sculptures. For those who are seeking something more interactive, you may want to check out the Dotti by Hong Kong startup Witti.

Omate's Lutetia is a smartwatch that women may actually like — Samsung, Pebble, LG and others may have already released a good handful of smartwatches, but we've yet to come across one that's dedicated to the ladies. That's about to change thanks to Omate, whose team of women led the designing and engineering efforts on the upcoming Lutetia.

Honda's latest robotic stool is fun to ride, still impossible to buy — One of the several reasons for why we love CEATEC is that we get to test ride human transporters there (as well as meeting robots of all sorts).

Let this shape-shifting baton escort you around town — Don't you hate it when you have to constantly check your phone for map navigation, thus not able to fully enjoy the scenery while travelling? Rather than just switching to audio navigation (which can get annoying after a while), NTT Docomo believes tactile feedback is another possible solution, as demonstrated by its Yubi Navi concept at CEATEC.

The one (gesture control) ring to rule them all — While many companies are tinkering with lasers, ultrasound and even arm muscles for touchless gesture control on portable devices and desktop PCs, Japan's 16Lab just wants to put a pretty ring on you.

I played ping pong with a robot and it went easy on me — No, this isn't the Tokyo Game Show. OMRON, the alleged company behind Amazon Fire's face-tracking feature, exhibited its ping pong robot at CEATEC just to demonstrate its automation prowess.

Make your aging air conditioner cool again with this pile of sensors — Many folks who reside in South East Asia will agree that during the summer, air conditioners can be temperamental at times -- your room's either too cold or not cold enough. As a result, users -- including this author in Hong Kong -- end up having to pick up the remote control every now and then to adjust the temperature.

At last, phones will get ultrasound gesture control in first half of 2015 — We've been following Elliptic Labs' development on ultrasound gesture control for quite a while, but no time frame was ever given until now. Ahead of CEATEC in Tokyo, the company finally announced that its input technology -- developed in partnership with Murata -- will be arriving on phones in the first half of 2015.
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