The future was on display in Las Vegas,
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.