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Virtual reality and humanoid robots: Taking in tech wonder at CES

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A consumer plays a video game using an OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) headset on display at CES 2015 in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
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ChihiraAico, a robot created by Toshiba at CES 2015 in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

International Consumer Electronics Show | Las Vegas Convention Center | January 6-9

Every year, journalists whine about covering CES. The crowds, the parking, the impossibly vast halls of trendy tech blurring together, no matter how cool. But then you get there, and someone prints you a pair of sunglasses, or a snack. The wonder always wins out, and this year, it came in the form of Toshiba’s ChihiraAico, a humanoid robot so real I bet you looked twice at the photo (to the right). The Body Glove waterproof iPhone case and virtual-reality gaming headset by OSVR just couldn’t compete.

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