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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son trav­elled to Las Ve­gas as a guest of LG.

Best and worst of the world’s lead­ing gad­get show.

GIRD your wal­lets and brace for se­ri­ous gad­get envy.

The world’s largest gad­get show re­vealed a long list of tech­nol­ogy trends and more than 20,000 new de­vices last week, set­ting the agenda for 2012.

Among the fresh of­fer­ings re­vealed at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas are a host of tele­vi­sions fea­tur­ing new screen tech­nolo­gies and res­o­lu­tions, skinny com­put­ers, net- savvy cam­eras and de­vices that can be con­trolled with your voice or a wave.

While they may sound like in­no­va­tions from a far dis­tant fu­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ers prom­ise these new cre­ations will ar­rive in months, not years. GET SET FOR NEW TVS Af­ter years of prom­ises, bigscreen OLED tele­vi­sions are fi­nally due to ar­rive in Australia late this year. Both LG and Sam­sung un­veiled 55- inch screens us­ing or­ganic lightemit­ting diodes at CES, and both prom­ise to de­liver the tech­nol­ogy be­fore Christ­mas.

LG’S OLED tele­vi­sion has a slen­der pro­file of just 4mm and a weight of 7.5kg. OLED tele­vi­sions de­liver brighter colours and greater con­trast, as the tech­nol­ogy does not re­quire back­light­ing; a fact that also makes it more en­ergy- ef­fi­cient.

Sony came out back­ing a dif­fer­ent type of tech­nol­ogy, un­veil­ing a pro­to­type Crys­tal LED TV screen that uses an ar­ray of LEDS to cre­ate a brighter picture.

Sony pres­i­dent Sir Howard Stringer says the tech­nol­ogy is unique, it de­liv­ers brighter pic­tures and will help the TV­maker out of a price war that has hurt its busi­ness.

In an­other trend, with com­mon TV sizes in­creas­ing up to 213cm ( 84 inches), TV- mak­ers will this year de­liver so- called ul­tra­def­i­ni­tion res­o­lu­tions of­fer­ing 2000 by 4000 pix­els. UL­TRA­BOOKS OF THE FU­TURE Lap­tops may have shrunk sig­nif­i­cantly last year, but they’re los­ing even more weight this year. Sam­sung showed a pro­to­type of its new Se­ries 9 Note­book with a pro­file of just 1.4cm, while Acer re­vealed the As­pire A5, with a 1.5cm thick­ness.

In­tel PC also showed off fu­ture en­hance­ments for the slen­der lap­tops, in­clud­ing a credit card reader for fast and safe on­line pur­chases and voice recog­ni­tion, de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Nu­ance. GES­TUR­ING WILDLY Blame Mi­crosoft’s Xbox Kinect, if you will, but many up­com­ing prod­ucts will respond to your ges­tures or your voice this year. Tele­vi­sion re­mote con­trols from Sony, LG and Sam­sung will all add voice- recog­ni­tion fea­tures, al­low­ing you to is­sue voice com­mands.

LG and Sam­sung will also add built- in cam­eras to some TV screens and de­liver cam­er­ae­quipped set- top boxes that will recog­nise your ges­tures.

Users will be able to wave and pinch in mid- air to con­trol all as­pects of the TV with­out the need for a re­mote. NET- SAVVY CAM­ERAS Both pro­fes­sional and cheap- and- cheer­ful cam­eras will con­nect to the in­ter­net this year, de­liv­er­ing pho­tos to web­sites with­out a com­put­ing mid­dle man.

The trend is de­signed to steal ap­peal from the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar phone cam­era.

MOVIE MAGIC: At­ten­dees walk by an LG Cinema 3D Smart TV dis­play.

SHARP FO­CUS: An LG 55- inch 3D OLED TV is par­tially seen through a pair of 3D glasses.

IN OVER­DRIVE: Kia Mo­tors dis­play their UCD con­cept car.

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