Gear
by Ted Williams Head on January 11, 2012

TVs   

The hot new trend in televisions is organic light emitting diode or OLED. With this new technology, huge screens can be super skinny. For instance, Samsung and LG rolled out their super-vivid 55-inch OLED televisions that are thinner than some smart phones. Don't go running with your wallet to your local electronics store just yet, though. Currently the only commercially available OLED television is the Sony XEL-1, an 11-inch model that debuted at the 2007 CES with a price of $2,500. (Other TVs you'll never have is this 84-inch “ultra resolution” television.)

Why does the Samsung ES8000 Smart TV contain a dual-core processor and support for multitasking, as well as a built-in camera and microphone? Because you'll be telling and motioning to your television what you want it to do. This unit has Samsung's “Smart Interaction” services, which includes face, gesture, and voice recognition capabilities. That's right, now yelling at your TV will actually accomplish something.

Do you want your living room to be a movie theater? Maybe you need a Vizio CinemaWide TV with a 21:9 (2.37) aspect ratio, the first devices of that kind to be available in the U.S. Vizio showcased three models of the super widescreen displays: 50-inch, 58-inch, and 71-inch.

Cameras

Want a point-and-shoot camera with the performance of a top-notch SLR? Then you may want the new Canon G1 X. Only one issue: it will set you back $800.

Tired of going into Photoshop and attempting to fix your friends' ugliness? Worry no more because the Olympus VR-340 has a built-in beautifier. This $150 16MP camera offers a “Beauty Mode with Makeup,” which will take your less-than-handsome friend and offer you 18 pre-programmed tweaks. Why go to the gym, when your camera can eviscerate that gross double chin of yours?

Tablets

Razer's prototype Project Fiona isn't you're typical tablet. This tablet was made with the gamer in mind. The concept tablet has mini-joystick and other gaming controls on the side of the unit.

Spring time is coming, so it's time to slim down. And at .3 inches, you can't get much thinner. Toshiba's Excite X10 Tablet is super skinny and only 1.18 lbs. It features a 10.1-inch, 1280×800 resolution screen, a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 CPU, 1GB RAM, and Honeycomb 3.2.

You can now buy a tablet for less than $100. That's right, the Ainovo 7 Basic will set you back only $99.

Laptops

Check out the new HP ENVY 14 Spectre — it's not your father's laptop. It's beautifully designed and shows off with the lightweight, scratch-resistant midnight black glass on the lid, display, palmrest, and ImagePad. It offers touch-sensitive glass displays that can change their function and morph into the tools the user requires. This thin Ultrabook is a mere 20 mm thick and features a high-resolution, rich-color Radiance Display. You can get your very own on February 8 for a starting price of $1,399.99.

Dell is expanding into the Ultrabook business with their Dell XPS 13 laptop, a thin and high-performance laptop. Dell's super-thin, high-performance laptop will attempt to compete against the Apple MacBook Air. The new machine has a 13.3-inch screen and weighs 2.99 lbs.

Smart Phones

Nokia attempts to revive their presence in the the U.S. handset market with their highly anticipated Lumia 900. The unit will run with Windows Phone 7 and its 4.2-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display is the the largest display ever seen on a Nokia WP7 device. The guts in this baby are pretty impressive, a powerful 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, and a 8MP camera featuring a Carl Zeiss lens. The Lumia will be available on AT&T in the coming months.

Sony has not been a big player in the smart phone market, but they hope to change that with their sharp-looking Xperia S. It features a large 1280 x 720 4.3-inch display, 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 12 mega pixel camera.

If you like Motorola phones on the Verizon network, than we have a treat for you. Motorola rolled out three handsets at the CES. The Droid 4 has been dubbed “the thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone” on the planet. The Droid Razr Maxx will feature 21 hours of talk-time in a small package. For you fans of Prince, there's the Razr, now available in a stylish purple color.

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Everything Else

This is what a 900-pound iPod dock looks like.

Don't have time to tell your friends that you lost weight? No problem because the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale will tell everyone for you. Aria can track weight, BMI, and body fat percentage, and sync all that information to the Fitbit website. Your fatness is private on the website, but should you be bold, Fitbit will share the info. 

Pioneer has come out their AR Heads Up Display for cars. The device will present information like directions, upcoming points of interest, and details about road hazards onto a projected see-through display, which will be in your view, but not obscure your driving vision.

Don't want warm beer? Give the LG 31 five minutes and it will turn your yucky, warm beer into frosty goodness. 

Is your tiny smart phone's screen too small? Why not transform your 4-inch screen into a 23-inch touchscreen monitor? Viewsonic has a 10-point multi-touch monitor with built-in wireless connectivity. You can finaly watch adult entertainment on your phone without ruining your eyes.

Now you can stalk your hot neighbor easily with the Wi-Spi line of video surveillance vehicles. This RC helicopter and RC race car have a camera that delivers a live stream of video to your iPhone or Android device, which also controls the vehicle via Wi-Fi.

Expanding on the industry-leading line, Sony is now offering two new set-top boxes powered by Google TV—one connected Blu-ray Disc Player and one Network Media Player.  Enhanced features include access to the new Android Market as well as a redesigned remote control for improved functionality, new linkage with the Sony Entertainment Network platform, and a new mobile device interface that allows consumers to use smart phones and tablets as a content source.

Are you lazy? No I mean really lazy? Then these remote control, motorized shoes are for you. They're called “spnKiX” (pronounced “spin kicks”) and you can motor around at 10 m.p.h. without burning a calorie. Apologies to our overweight readers: these robot shoes are not recommended for anyone over 180 pounds.

The possible future of credit cards was also on display at the CES. Dynamics Inc. introduced their credit card, which generates a one-time use code every time it is used, both for online and physical transactions. The company's innovative magnetic strip, can be programmed in real time, and then wiped clean just as quickly.

If none of this technology interests you, maybe you could just take a gander at the lovely booth babes.