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Las Vegas (Jan 21) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, and The Las Vegas Hilton from January 10-13, 2012. More than 150,000 attended this year’s event to view the latest in technology, attend hundreds of conferences, meet celebrities, and have the opportunity to see, 20,000 new products yet to hit the market. The floor space equaled more than 30 football fields with 2700 exhibitors, 250 conferences, and 500 speakers. One of the keynote speakers was Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer. This was Microsoft’s last year at CES.
CES, a vision of the future of technology, gave conventioneers a first look at concept cars, designer 3D eyewear, sewing machines that embroidery from a photo along with, Glass for your electronics so tough it is named Gorilla. Additionally, home appliances for the future, a product that protects your electronics from water from the inside, Smart TVs, kitchen gadgets, new cameras, robots, super micro screws for medical equipment, Smartphone’s, tablets, Ultrabooks, TVs tying multiple screens together with social networking, and even eliminating the universal remote with touchscreen technology.
The coolest item introduced at CES this year was by HZO. It’s a chemical vapor deposition that blankets vital electronic circuitry with nano-thin film that’s highly effective in sealing electronics from the inside with their “WaterBlock” technology. HZO scientists developed this technology, “a seal from the inside” which is both, powerful and invisible. Before HZO, electronics could only be guarded against water from the outside. Although HZO developed “WaterBlock” for electronics, they do provide water protection for many other devices like HD cameras, hearing aids, and in the future perhaps carpets and upholstered furniture. The Rapper 50 Cent at CES to promote his new line of headphones, and was overheard expressing his delight with this new technology as protection for headphones artist must wear while sometimes performing in the rain.
Concept cars were on display. Audi’s two passenger Urban Concept, has a plug in hybrid power train that maximizes efficiency by selecting the best combination of all electric and hybrid modes to suit the predicted travel route, including any emission zone restrictions.
The Ford Evos, with a four door fastback design and hinged gull-wing doors, is Ford’s Vision of the Cloud-Connected Car. The Ford Evos Concept embodies the company’s new global design language by the use of cloud computing to enhance the driving experience. By exchanging data with the cloud, the Evos Concept extends the connected lifestyle from home and office to the vehicle, providing new possibilities for personalization and adaptability of the car.
The Kia, LTE connected car with a tablet PC that can connect directly to the information about a vehicle’s status and media contents, and also be integrated inside the vehicle units, and provide more diverse and convenient features like multimedia contents by real-time streaming. By using LTE service, a variety of automotive applications are available along with Web service, Media Sharing, Smart Mirroring ,and NFC with information available easily and quickly.
The Mercedes-Benz F125 gull-wing coupe hybrid concept car is a stunning beauty. The top speed is 127 miles per hour and can go from zero to sixty-two in less than 5 seconds. A full tank of hydrogen and you can travel 621 miles.
Celebrities were in exhibitors booths introducing new products. TOSY Robotics unveiled a brand new robot to a packed crowd of attendees with the help of multi-platinum selling pop & R&B singer, Justin Bieber. The mRobo Ultra Bass is a brand-new, state-of-the-art portable speaker that doubles as a fully-functional robot that dances to any of your favorite music. The mRobo stores up to 5Gigs of music, which is over 500 songs additionally, robots in the world of tomorrow, programmed to live alongside and assist humans. TOSY Robotics is the first Vietnamese robotics firm that produces 4 types of product; Giant Robots, Personal Robots, Industrial Robots and High-Tech toys. TOSY’s mission is to make robots available everywhere, change lifestyles, and help save lives. During times of disaster Giant Robots will go into war zones and disaster areas, eliminating risk to human lives. After the unveiling of the mRobo, Justin signed autographs for the fans.
Marc Ecko, designer, introduced his new portable Bluetooth speaker that stands 10 inches tall, looks like a spray paint can, has two speakers inside, and pairs with any Bluetooth device within 30 feet. Marc Ecko Enterprises evolved from six t- shirts and a can of spray paint back in 1993 and now has brands that include his Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Eckored Complex Media Network, Marc Ecko Entertainment, Ecko TV, ShopEcko.com, and Ecko Unltd. He signed t-shirts for his fans.
Blink, Korea South, a design and manufacturing company specializing in traditional eyewear, has expanded their 3D glasses business worldwide. Normal human eyes each see an object; one eye actually perceives the object in depth by combining two images from two eyes into one. Same principle applies in 3D. The screen sends two different images to each eye enabling the user with 3D glasses to combine two images into one normal image in depth.
Brother™ International Corporation, a leader in the sewing and embroidery industry, showcased three new machines as well as exciting accessories for the avid sewing and embroidery enthusiast, including a mobile scanner and a range of new embroidery and monogramming software. The most exciting product Brother™ showcased was the award-winning Quattro® 2 offering advanced technology with a first-ever built-in scanner in a sewing and embroidery machine, a new Color Shuffling TM function, which allows for complex design color changes with the touch of just a few buttons, and a 10-inch pen tablet that allows users to digitize drawings, signatures and sketches, without the use of a PC.
Many new gadgets were introduced at this year’s CES show and none were too simple to be included like the “3feet”, the perfect little stand for holding your Smartphone, iPad, or Android tablet. It’s made in the USA, and introduced by the President of the company, Albert Werth. It’s made of dense plastic, it’s portable and compact, and it locks in place preventing it from sliding while typing on your tablet and it’s economical. Another company with a small product, Matsumoto Industry Co., Ltd. represented by General Manager, Shinsuke Matsumoto, and Manager Shinsuke Matsumoto, presented Miniature screws for machines, and NOJI Lock Screws for eye wear. Matsumoto Industry Co., Ltd. offered a unique technology by manufacturing the super micro screw and rivets that is used for medical equipment.
Hewlet-Packard’s new Envy Spectre Ultrabook was one of the many Ultrabooks introduced this year at CES. With the power chip and solid state storage, that replaced a mechanical hard drive, the HP Envy Spectre is one of the most competitive in today’s technology market. With its aluminum shell it weighs less than 3 pounds and it’s thin less than an inch thick. The HP Envy Spectre ultrabook’s casting is covered in Corning® Gorilla® Glass, a lightweight and highly damage-resistant glass. Corning® Gorilla® Glass also protects Smartphones, tablets, TVs, and millions of devices worldwide.
Wagan Tech, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech electronics, showcased The Solar e Power ™ Case 450, a compact unit featuring a 450 watt inverter and a 26 AH battery, contained in a sturdy metal case. It has plug and play solar generators that harness the sun’s energy, and provide instant access to AC power that is fume and noise free. The Solar e Power™ case 450 has an MSRP of $700.00.
Vivitar ® launches digital cameras at CES 2012 with their latest collection of affordable, multifarious, and stylish digital cameras. These new designs are equipped with exciting new features including 3x optical zoom, full touch screen, with underwater capabilities. Vivitar/Sakar designs & manufactures a wide range of technology, toy & consumer electronic products ranging from Vivitar & Sakar brand digital cameras & camcorders, to computers, iPods, GPS & gaming acc, binoculars, MP3 players, clock radios, gift & toy electronics.
Members of the media were invited for cocktails at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, NV by Streamworks, the global streaming company that uses proprietary technology and end-to-end service to help news, sports and entertainment brands deliver better streaming experiences. The Associated Press introduced live broadcasting via satellite in 2003 when it covered the invasion of Iraq in real-time, and today it delivers breaking news video to nearly 200 broadcasters worldwide. In October 2011, AP partnered with Streamworks to utilize its proprietary encoding technology to deliver unrivaled picture quality to online, mobile and tablet devices to meet the growing demand for live content from digital platforms.
NetChef™, another small gadget, was proudly introduced at CES. Up to 500 recipes can be preloaded and content updated via cloud technology. You can select a food recipe, enjoy music, view photos, surf the internet, and watch a movie while cooking. Yes, NetChef™ provides all these services and NetChef™ links to the internet wirelessly.
Samsung introduces the 7.7 inch tablet and the big screen 5.3 inch Galaxy Note Smartphone. They also presented their 55 inch full HD OLED TV. The Ultra slim Bezel creates a virtually edgeless picture and these Smart TVs with web connected Samsung Apps & Web Browsers allow you to easily search for movies, browse the web, and chat with friends. Samsung and Smart TVs allow your digital experiences to converge on a brilliant HD screen.
Technicolor unveiled a new brand, M-GO at CES with a free app that combines all media including movies, live TV and music in one easy to navigate location through a cloud-based experience. M-GO can also be used with Smartphone’s, or connected tablets, a premium second-screen experience, when watching TV.
Sales of consumer electronics for 2012 are projected to exceed $200 billion. The International CES show, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, is owned by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®
Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine
Photography by Donald Scelzo – WorldNewsVine