Gadgets galore [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The recent Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas revealed a host of delightful innovations. Here are some interesting bytes.
Ultra high resolution displays
1 Two key terms spice up the display category - 4K (the new high resolution format) and OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode). While 4K is the new toy among film makers, OLED TV is hailed for its power savings and deeper blacks. The latter is edging closer into today's living rooms as Panasonic shows off its massive 56-inch 4K model and LG unveiled plans to market its 55-inch OLED TV in March. Sony exhibited its 56-inch 4K OLED TV prototype along with its 2013 range of Bravia TVs. Sharp also demonstrated an 85-inch 8K display.
Innovative screen designs
2 TV is no longer boxy, as seen at CES. Hisense came up with thin and transparent 3D TV while LG's latest TV is a panel that has five- degree curved edges to counter image drop off. Another curved display comes from Samsung - its Curved OLED TV promises a comfortable and life-like viewing experience for users. Beyond curves, Samsung goes a notch up with its flexible OLED display technology called Youm that may likely be part of its smartphone and TV designs in the future. Other manufacturers going for bendable screens include Nokia and LG.
3 Now that more telcos are creating buzz about their LTE roadmap, enabled products such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, ZTE Grand S LTE, Pantech Discover and Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD-LTE also gained attention from CES2013 crowd. Besides promising speedy Internet access delivery, these smartphones also offer a wide range of multimedia support and productivity features. Meanwhile Nvidia offers its Tegra 4 smartphone and tablet processor that comes with a 4G LTE modem.
4 Dell, HP and Samsung's latest range of notebooks also include touch-enabled displays. Budget-conscious users can opt for Dell's latest Inspiron range with touchscreen that supports 10-finger tracking and enhanced gesture support while HP Pavilion Sleekbook with TouchSmart feature is built around AMD's A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) architecture. Samsung's touch-enabled computing machines materialise in the shape of Series 7 Ultra as well as premium touch screen monitor model Series 7 SC770 to go with desktops. 3M also stands out with its 84-inch touchscreen display.
Quirky design for phones, tablets
5 Panasonic heads this list with its world first 4K tablet prototype. The tablet sports a 20-inch touchscreen with Windows 8 operating system. Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix embodies the 'rip and flip' concept where users can flip the tablet 180 degrees and snap it back to base or fold the screen down and use the device as a tablet. Huawei's smartphone Ascend Mate comes with a 6.1-inch 1080p IPS+ display. This Jellybean-based model also comes with 1.5GHz quad- core processor and an equally massive 4,050mAH battery. Pantech's smartphone, Discover has a 4.8-inch screen.
6 Hot on the trail of Samsung and Nikon, Polaroid shows off its Android-based compact interchangeable-lens smart camera, the 18- megapixel Polaroid iM1836. Runs on Jelly Bean and ready for shipping in the first quarter of 2013, the camera allows fast sharing via WiFi connectivity onto sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo and more.
Samsung also updated its Smart Camera range with new models that offer Wi-Fi connectivity and AutoShare feature. Canon's offering within this category comes in the form of PowerShot N that accommodates sharing via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Cool gaming tools
7 Gamers will be thrilled to know that chipmaker Nvidia has introduced Project Shield, an Android gaming device with Tegra processor inside that plays well with titles off Google Play, TegraZone. For fans of Half-Life and gamers on the Steam bandwagon, Xi3 Corporation and Valve unveiled a compact set-top box prototype codenamed 'Piston' that will allow users to access thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system.
Razer, meanwhile, unveiled the end-product of what was codenamed Project Fiona in CES 2012. Called the Razer Edge, this powerful tablet is not only the first tablet tailored specifically for avid gamers but is also the first to go through a series of crowdsourcing effort involving millions of gamers from around the world.
The device will debut in North America within the first quarter of the year.
Keep fit tech
8 Health is the aim of products such as HAPIfork by Hapilabs.com, which uses haptic feedback to warn users who are eating to fast as well as Scanadu Scout that measures user's vitals such as heart rate, temperature, blood oxygenation and electrical heart activity. Wearable gadgets such as Fitbit Flex and BodyMedia CORE 2 fitness trackers also garnered the crowd's interest.
9 Dacor unveiled its Android-based Discovery wall oven that lets users surf the Internet to check out recipes and offer a guided cooking mode for kitchen novice.
Giants such as Samsung has T9000, a refrigerator comes with LCD screen that comes with Evernote app, weather app and Google Calendar support while its rival LG planted NFC tags onto refrigerators, dishwasher and vacuum for users to activate and control using their mobile devices.
Audio visual lovers lauded products such as Polk Audio's Airplay and aptX Bluetooth-enabled Polk Woodbourne wireless speaker dock and Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 15/16 system which pairs two BeoLab 15 speakers with BeoLab 16 subwoofer for an in-wall or in-ceiling placement of audio system.
10 While Google previously pushed the concept of driver-less cars that leverage on mapping capabilities, car manufacturers at CES 2013 demonstrated self-driving cars that focus on safe driving.
Toyota's Lexus LS has advanced pre-collision safety system while Audi's A7 sedan pilots itself in traffic jams as well as negotiates the tight confines of a parking garage. Other manufacturers such as Hyundai, General Motors, Porsche and Chrysler each demonstrated their in-car tech platforms.
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