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Top 100 Gadgets Trends of 2016

From Portable Lunchbox Ovens to Underwater Drone Concepts

— January 29, 2017 — Tech
The 2016 gadget trends show the diversity of what technology is capable of today. As attendees of our annual innovation conference have seen, technological gadgets are used in a variety of fields to increase efficiency, speed, and fun.

Wearable devices are among the most popular 2016 gadget trends. Beyond smartwatches, there are wearable devices suited for a variety of tasks. For instance, 'Glucowear' is a stylish wristband that helps diabetics monitor their glucose levels, and the 'Lucid Dreamer' is a sleep wearable purported to engender lucid dreams from its wearer.

Plenty of gadgets have also emerged to improve the king of the gadget world: the smartphone. Snooperscope is a smartphone camera add-on that turns regular cameras into night vision viewers, while the Insta360 Nano extension turns iPhone's cameras into 360-degree video recorders. There are also countless devices that turn smartphones into virtual reality headsets.
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Freshness
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Sling Tablet Bags
Sling Tablet Bags
The Bluelounge iPad Messenger Tote is Padded for Secure Travel
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99
Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
The Homido Mini Glasses Make Smart Eyewear Compact
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98
360-Degree Smartphone Cameras
360-Degree Smartphone Cameras
The Insta360 Nano Extension Turns Mobiles into Adventure Cameras
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97
Hydroelectric Battery Chargers
Hydroelectric Battery Chargers
The 'Enomad' Hydroelectric Generator is Small Enough for a Backpack
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96
Micro-Detailed 3D Printers
Micro-Detailed 3D Printers
This New 3D Printer Can Handle Extremely High-Resolution Printing Tasks
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95
Bedtime-Focused Smartphone Docks
Bedtime-Focused Smartphone Docks
This Smart iPhone Dock Simplifies Apple Users' Nightly Routines
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94
WiFi-Free Baby Monitors
WiFi-Free Baby Monitors
The Project Nursery Baby Monitor Just Made Its Debut at CES 2016
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93
Saltwater-Powered Lanterns
Saltwater-Powered Lanterns
The Hydra-Light PL-500 Lantern is Powered By Saltwater
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92
Senior-Friendly Wearables
Senior-Friendly Wearables
The Omate Wherecom S3 Android Smart Watch is Designed for the Elderly
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91
Sculptural Chocolate Printers
Sculptural Chocolate Printers
The 'XOCO' 3D Printer Uses Chocolate as Ink
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90
Candle-Powered LED Lights
Candle-Powered LED Lights
The Lumir C Lamp is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Battery Lanterns
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89
Earphone-Headset Hybrids
Earphone-Headset Hybrids
The Jabra Halo Smart Headphones Go Around the User's Neck
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88
Dream-Augmenting Wearables
Dream-Augmenting Wearables
The 'Lucid Dreamer' Helps Enable Users to Control Their Dreams
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87
Ice-Powered Air Conditioners
Ice-Powered Air Conditioners
The 'Geizeer' is an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner for All
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86
Electronic Circuit Pens
Electronic Circuit Pens
These Electronic Pens Can Draw Functional Circuits on Paper
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85
Classically Designed Smartwatches
Classically Designed Smartwatches
The Vector Luna Smartwatch Packs an Impressive Battery
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84
Customized Warmth Jackets
Customized Warmth Jackets
'Flexwarm' Smart Jackets Adapt to Your Body Temperature
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83
Scandinavian Stylus Holders
Scandinavian Stylus Holders
The Walk Your Pencil Wooden Apple Pencil Case is Handmade in Denmark
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82
Hand Crank Smartphone Chargers
Hand Crank Smartphone Chargers
The Ampware Phone Case Allows Users to Charge Their Phone by Hand
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81
Connected Hybrid Guitars
Connected Hybrid Guitars
The Sensus Smart Guitar Blends Acoustic and Modern Sounds
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80
Dual-Charging Devices
Dual-Charging Devices
The 'Thino' Portable Battery for Android or iOS Efficiently Uses Power
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79
Wearable Smart Stamps
Wearable Smart Stamps
The Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform Offers Numerous Applications
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78
Customizable Cyclist Lights
Customizable Cyclist Lights
The 'STELLIGHT' LED Bicycle Light Can be Customized via Smartphone
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77
Square Hole Drills
Square Hole Drills
Quadsaw Allows Any Drill to Create Square or Rectangular Holes
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76
Interactive Touch Illuminators
Interactive Touch Illuminators
The 'Helios' Modular Touch Lighting System is Artistically Designed
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75
DIY Crafting Machines
DIY Crafting Machines
The 'Mr Beam II' Laser Cutter and Engraver Offers Superb Crafting Uses
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74
Ultra-Efficient Toothbrushes
Ultra-Efficient Toothbrushes
GlareSmile Claims to be the First Automatic Toothbrush
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73
Home Automation Assistants
Home Automation Assistants
The 'Lola' Home Automation System Helps Streamline the IOT Experience
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72
Reductive Handset Designs
Reductive Handset Designs
The Ophone Is Stripped Down to the Basics to Refocus Energy Elsewhere
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71
Vintage-Inspired Smartwatches
Vintage-Inspired Smartwatches
The Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshall Touchscreen Watches are Dapper
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70
Wireless WiFi Backpacks
Wireless WiFi Backpacks
The Venture Knapsack Combines Luxe Design with Wearable Tech
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69
Astronomical Clock Designs
Astronomical Clock Designs
The Cosmos Clock Combines Mood Lighting with an Unusual Time Concept
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68
Wireless Charging Devices
Wireless Charging Devices
This Device Uses Radio Waves to Charge Smartphones
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67
Watertight Smartwatch Cases
Watertight Smartwatch Cases
This Catalyst Apple Watch Case from CES 2016 Enhances Protection
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66
Wearable Bass Vests
Wearable Bass Vests
The SubPac M2 Lets Users Enjoy Baritone Sound With Touch and No Hearing Damage
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65
Chic Designer Smartwatches
Chic Designer Smartwatches
The Michael Kors Smartwatch Looks Like the Brand's Traditional Design
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64
Short-Range Commuter Scooters
Short-Range Commuter Scooters
The 'DriftWheels' Hoverboard Scooter Makes Short Commutes Easier
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63
Chromatic LED Sneakers
Chromatic LED Sneakers
The Electric Styles LED High-Top Shoes Feature Illuminated Soles
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62
Luminous Interactive Tabletops
Luminous Interactive Tabletops
The 'Interactive Tabletop' by Sony Made Its Debut at SXSW
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61
Device-Charging Backpacks
Device-Charging Backpacks
This Modern Backpack Keeps Your Electronic Gadgets Juiced Up
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60
Hovering Selfie Drones
Hovering Selfie Drones
The Hover is a Flying Camera Made to Capture Photos from an Ideal Height
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59
High-Performance Phone Lenses
High-Performance Phone Lenses
This 'Zeiss ExoLens' Partnership Was Officially Unveiled at CES 2016
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58
Wireless Necklace Heaphones
Wireless Necklace Heaphones
Will.i.am's 'i.am Buttons' Turn Into a Necklace When Not in Use
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57
Wearable Wireless Audio Systems
Wearable Wireless Audio Systems
The 'Sound' System Offers Revolutionary Over-Ear Audio Listening
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56
Wireless Streaming Headphones
Wireless Streaming Headphones
The Asome Module Uses Bluetooth to Listen and Stream Music
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55
Luxury Headphone Cases
Luxury Headphone Cases
The Hard Graft 'Point' Earphone Case Ensures Equipment is Kept Safe
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54
IoT Hydroponic Systems
IoT Hydroponic Systems
'Gro.io' is a Fully Automated Hydroponic Garden System
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53
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
The 'Air-Tree' Can Reduce Energy Consumption and Costs in the Home
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52
Droplet Digital Cameras
Droplet Digital Cameras
This Curved Camera is Functionally and Ergonomically Enhanced
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51
Rolling Robotic Toys
Rolling Robotic Toys
This Robot Companion Helps Children with Developmental Disorders
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50
Ultra-Precise Guitar Gadgets
Ultra-Precise Guitar Gadgets
The Virtual Jeff Whammy Bar Offers Increased Musical Versatility
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49
Powerful Water Jet Engines
Powerful Water Jet Engines
The SCUBAJET Supplies Aquatic Equipment with More Speed
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48
Non-Invasive Diabetes Wearables
Non-Invasive Diabetes Wearables
Glucowear by Malvin Gonzales Checks Glucose Levels Comfortably
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47
Magnetic Charging Cables
Magnetic Charging Cables
The MuConnect Prevents Cables From Being Unduly Damaged
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46
Natural Plant Air Purifiers
Natural Plant Air Purifiers
The 'Clairy' Natural Air Purifier Merges Technology and Nature
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45
Flexible Paper-Thin Displays (UPDATE)
Flexible Paper-Thin Displays (UPDATE)
The Bendable LG Display Made Its Debut at Ces 2016
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44
Smart Bottle Openers
Smart Bottle Openers
These Unique Bottle Openers Share Your Drinking Status with Friends
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43
Ethereal Smart Gowns
Ethereal Smart Gowns
Intel's Intelligent Dress Displays Breathtaking Fluttering Butterflies
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42
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
Cord-Organizing Outlet Covers
The 'Loop' is a Cord Keeper for Encompassing Electrical Outlets
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41
Responsive Tactile Stress Balls
Responsive Tactile Stress Balls
The Interactive 'Stressball' Senses Body Data and Responds
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40
Slim Power Banks
Slim Power Banks
These Portable Power Banks Are Highly Convenient
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39
Autonomous Taxi Drones
Autonomous Taxi Drones
The '184 Drone' Made Its Debut at CES 2016
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38
Computerized Woodworking Tools
Computerized Woodworking Tools
The Shaper Origin is a Computer-Guided Cutting Tool
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37
Anti-Drone Bazookas
Anti-Drone Bazookas
The SkyWall 100 Net Bazooka Offers Enhanced Airspace Control
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36
Ultracompact Smart Scooters
Ultracompact Smart Scooters
This Foldable Scooter Weighs Only 4 kg But Boasts Fast Travel
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35
Compactly Versatile Multi-Tools
Compactly Versatile Multi-Tools
The MSTR Key Multi-Tool Offers 20 Different Tools In One Package
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34
Rugged Smartwatch Protectors
Rugged Smartwatch Protectors
The SUPCASE Apple Watch Case Protector Provides a Rugged Finish
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33
Prenatal Monitoring Devices
Prenatal Monitoring Devices
The 'Thread' System Gives Parents Pregnancy Updates
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32
Sleek Connected Air Conditioners
Sleek Connected Air Conditioners
The 'Noria' Window Air Conditioner Can be Controlled via an App
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31
Wraparound LCD Displays
Wraparound LCD Displays
This Flexible LCD Display Can Be Wrapped Around Your Wrist
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30
Power Exchange Device Plugs
Power Exchange Device Plugs
The 'STROMR' Power Exchange Cable Transfers Files and Electricity
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29
Heartbeat-Sensing Rings
Heartbeat-Sensing Rings
The 'HB Ring' Allows Wearers to Feel the Pulse of Their Loved Ones
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28
Circular Coffee Machines
Circular Coffee Machines
This Coffee Machine Concept Was Inspired by Dyson
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27
Fitness-Tracking Mirrors
Fitness-Tracking Mirrors
The Naked 3D Fitness Tracker Helps Users Visualize Body Changes
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26
Free-Rotation VR Pods
Free-Rotation VR Pods
The Rotating Krush Moveo Simulation Pod is Showing Off At CES 2016
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25
Sleek Window Air Conditioners
Sleek Window Air Conditioners
This Small Window Air Conditioner is Controlled by Bluetooth
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24
Modern Modular TVs
Modern Modular TVs
This Deconstructible Screen Guarantees a Longer Life for the Electronic Device
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23
Intuitive Dinosaur Toys
Intuitive Dinosaur Toys
The CogniToys Dino Combines Fun and Learning in a High-Tech Way
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22
DIY LED Accent Lights
DIY LED Accent Lights
The 'mylight.me' LED Closet Lighting Kit Enables Soft Illumination Anywhere
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21
Connected Smart Shoes
Connected Smart Shoes
The Digitsole Smartshoe at CES 2016 is Designed for Men and Women Alike
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20
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
Plastic Bottle-Recycling Cutters
This Plastic Bottle Cutter Turns Waste into Usable Materials
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19
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
Levitating Smartphone Chargers
The OvRcharge Dock Rotates to Wirelessly Reboot Cellphones
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18
Interactive Dog Bones
Interactive Dog Bones
The Gobone is Designed to Play with Pets When Its Owners are Away
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17
Underwater Drone Concepts
Underwater Drone Concepts
The 'Remote Operated Vehicle' is a Camera-Mounted Submarine Drone
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16
Electric Bike Conversion Wheels
Electric Bike Conversion Wheels
The Electron Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike
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15
Compact Ring Tasers
Compact Ring Tasers
The 'Sting Ring' Handheld Stun Gun is a Discreet Self-Defense Device
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14
Portable Selfie-Capturing Drones
Portable Selfie-Capturing Drones
The 'AirSelfie' is Integrated into Mobile Phone Covers
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13
Health-Monitoring Patches
Health-Monitoring Patches
The 'BioStamp' Premiered at CES 2016
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12
Fire-Starting Survival Watches
Fire-Starting Survival Watches
The Ascent Survivor Was Made to Keep Crucial Tools Close By
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11
Next-Generation Electric Pipes
Next-Generation Electric Pipes
This Smoking Device Commemorates Sherlock Holmes' Iconic Pipe
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10
DIY Flying Chairs
DIY Flying Chairs
The 'Manned Multicopter' Flies with the Use of Homemade Multirotors
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9
Portable Lunchbox Ovens
Portable Lunchbox Ovens
'HeatsBox' Warms Up Home-Cooked Food for Lunches
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8
Strap-On Sneaker Wheels
Strap-On Sneaker Wheels
The New Strap-on Jetts Turn Any Pair of Shoes into Rolling Footwear
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7
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Night Vision Smartphone Lenses
Snooperscope Lets Users See in the Dark While Hunting or Fishing
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6
All-In-One Fitness Equipment
All-In-One Fitness Equipment
The 'Move It' Device Helps Consumers Exercise at Home
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5
Optical Open-Source Telescopes
Optical Open-Source Telescopes
This Tracking Telescope Was Made Using a Raspberry Pi Computer
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4
Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
Multi-Purpose Transforming Bags
The OWLBAG Changes Shape to Meet Your Every Need
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3
Collapsible Electric Scooters
Collapsible Electric Scooters
The 'Xcooter' is Set to Be Unveiled at CES 2016
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2
Smart Security Door Locks
Smart Security Door Locks
The 'Altro' Smart Lock Blends Connectivity and Security
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1
DIY Augmented Reality Books
DIY Augmented Reality Books
This Augmented Reality Book Requires No Apps or Special Glasses to Use
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