For many people Las Vegas is all about gambling and big stage shows, but in a four-day period this month it became the hub of the technological universe as it hosted the 2012 International CES event.
Some 3,100 exhibitors displayed their wares during the expo – with everything from new Blu-ray players and smartphones to 3D TVs and digital cameras on show – making it the best place to see which new products we’ll be going wow over during the next 12 months.
One product that certainly looks set to take off in a major way is the LG 55EM9800.
This 3D TV is the first in the world to have a 55-inch OLED screen and comes with nifty features such as 3D depth control and voice recognition all encased within a super-thin panel.
Due to be shipped in the third-quarter of this year, the TV was certainly one of the most popular devices on display at the show, as it was awarded the ‘Best of Show’ prize by a panel of CNET editors.
The CNET team also waxed lyrical about HP’s Envy 14 Spectre. Noting that the laptop featured an all-glass lid and palm rest area, the experts suggested it could
be the most stylish of the bunch.
However, not only does the laptop look good but it also performs, with Beats Audio, Wireless Audio and NFC support all included.
Other gadgets singled out by the team include the D-Link Amplifi HD 3000 DIR-857 router, while the Asus Memo 370T was noted as being the best tablet on show.
According to CNET, the computer
proves that premium performance doesn’t require a premium price,
and it runs on Android 4.0 technology, has an eight-megapixel camera and 16 GB storage all for a recommended retail price of $250 (£159).
Another tablet to be singled out for praise was Sony Tablet S.
The winner in the tablet, e-reader and netbook category of the CES Best of Innovations 2012 award, the product was noted by event organisers as
ergonomically designed and balanced to feel light and comfortable in the hand.
Smartphone fans, meanwhile, may be excited about the HTC Amaze 4G which was on display. Featuring a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3-inch HD LCD screen, it won the Innovations 2012 prize for the best handset.
Unfortunately – and despite high anticipation that it would – CES 2012 didn’t see Sony or Microsoft unveil the successors to their respective PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It is thought, however, details of these will be released later in 2012 and they could even be available to purchase before the year comes to an end.
Regardless of whether this happens or not, the products that were unveiled at the CES show means 2012 will be an exciting year for technology.