Highlights from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas


At 2012’s CES, held throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton and The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was innovation to be found at every turn. More than 3,100 companies demonstrated new products and services to a sold-out crowd that featured celebrity guests. Some of the cutting-edge products to be found included voice and gesture-based technologies, smartphones and OLED TVs.

Cell phone maker Nokia unveiled its Lumia 900, a Windows-based smart phone with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen and dual cameras. Fujifilm made a bold stride for the digital camera industry with the X-Pro 1, it’s first mirrorless model. The camera features such innovations as a promising new sensor and lovely hybrid viewfinder, all in a sleek retro design. Of course, the winner for Best In Show was LG, having premiered the first 55-inch OLED television, which offers quality video from an ultra-thin panel.

There were many exciting mobile applications premiered as well. SkyQ enables you to point your I-Pad anywhere at the sky and be shown a faithful digital rendering of stars and planets. To see what’s under the horizon, pan down. SkyQ also features multimedia explanations of what you are seeing, giving you a field trip to the planetarium at your fingertips. Road Bike Cycling Pro, a nifty gadget for the intrepid cyclist, features an odometer, GPS, map router, weather updater, speed and altitude gauge in one nifty app. Automotive security giant Viper premiered Smart Start, a mobile phone application that enables a motorist to remotely start his or her car, lock the doors or locate it in the event that it becomes stolen.

Among the new gadgets premiered at the CES were Cotton Candy, a lightweight Android computer that plugs into any screen via a USB connection; and Sony’s PlayStation Vita, a portable gaming system with a touchscreen, two joysticks, two cameras and a half dozen motion controls. The winner of the CES Last Gadget Standing Award, however, was the Lytro, a digital camera that enables a shutterbug to bring a photograph into focus after it has been taken.

Without a doubt, the Consumer Electronics Show features some thrilling new products every year. It certainly makes you wonder what they will think of next.

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