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Wearable cameras at CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- Most of the wearable tech at CES 2014 has been about smart watches and fitness trackers, but that's not all that's out there.

Small, wearable hands-free cameras for capturing everything from snapshots as you walk around a city to your kid's birthday party to barreling down a mountain popped up all over the show floor.

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Looxcie 3

Announced last November and on display at CES 2014, the Looxcie 3 has enough video-processing power to simultaneously live-stream WQVGA-resolution video at 15 frames per second while recording at 720p at 30fps.

Read more about the Looxcie 3.

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The $399 Autographer clips onto your clothing or bag strap or hangs around your neck on a lanyard, and uses its five built-in sensors -- ambient light, accelerometer, magnetometer, passive infrared motion, and temperature -- to determine when to shoot 5-megapixel stills (though there's a shutter release if you want to manually shoot, too). A built-in GPS module keeps track of where your shots are taken. The camera can capture up to 2,000 photos a day, shooting for up to 12 hours on a single charge, and can store 16,000 images.

You can use the camera's Bluetooth to connect to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet and use the Autographer app to preview, browse, and share your photos. The included desktop software for Mac and Windows gives you three different ways to view your photos and displays all of the data gathered by the camera's sensors, too, as well as GPS mapping data. You can also turn your photos into GIFs or MPEG stop-motion videos (which is probably the best use of 2,000 photos captured over an entire day).

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Pivothead's Smart Colfax, a camera for your face

Pivothead develops glasses with built-in cameras (here's a review of its Durango glasses). At CES, the company showed its Smart glasses funded on Indiegogo.

Read more about Pivothead's Smart Colfax glasses.

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Liquid Image Ego LS 4G LTE

Most action cams are too big to be worn without some type of mount. The new Liquid Image Ego LS 4G LTE is small enough and light enough to clip to a jacket without flopping forward or falling off. For $199.99 you can clip it on and record HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second as well as HD 720p video at up to 60fps. Plus, you can get an accessory for streaming live video over a 4G LTE network.

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Currently a Kickstarter project that's well on the way to meeting its $50,000 goal, the MeMini quickly attaches to your clothes using a strong magnet. Press record and the camera captures 1080p HD video in a loop adjustable from 5 seconds to 5 minutes. If something interesting happens, press its Recall button and it stores the clip. It has built-in Wi-Fi, too, so you can connect to your smartphone or tablet to preview, watch, and share your recordings. Backers can get them for $169.

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Polaroid C3

The $99 Polaroid C3 is a 1.3-inch square camera that captures 720p or VGA video and 5-megapixel stills. It's tiny, cute, and lightweight, but it also has magnets under its skin letting you quickly attach one or more to you. The C3 is waterproof down to 6.5 feet, too.

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Google Helpout Camera (reference design)

Google Helpouts is a service that gives you access to a marketplace of people who can help you out with some task, like changing a tire or tending goats, through Google+ Hangout sessions. Just before CES 2014, Ambarella, a developer of low-power HD video compression and processing solutions, announced it was working with Google to create a small, lightweight streaming-video camera for Helpouts. Helpouts experts will be able to remotely control the cameras, allowing them to do things like digitally zoom in to get a closer look.
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