Top five innovative new gadgets for 2012
We scoured the halls at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to bring you five of the most innovative products to look out for in 2012. They include a 3D printer, a transparent LCD screen and a very flexible laptop.
See them for yourself in our hands on first look videos below live from the show floor.
Samsung and LG OLED TVs – super thin TVs
Brand new TV technology seen in a watchable 55-inch size for the very first time. Both LG and Samsung unveiled larger OLED (organic light emitting diode) TVs at CES this year. Super bright, sharp colours with a thickness of as little as 4mm thick mean we expect to see more of these sets in the future.
Magicbot Replicator – making 3D printing a reality
You can print your own gadgets with this 3D printer in ABS (a material similar to Lego bricks) or PLA (a corn-based biodegradable material). Sadly you can’t just print anything but there are around 15,000 pattern designs to choose from including figurines, model animals, buildings and cars, jewellery, containers, decorations and tools. Enough to keep you entertained for a fair while…
Samsung Smart Window – transparent LCD screen
A personal favourite, this 46-inch transparent touchscreen from Samsung looks like a window but you can also use it as an interactive computer screen. It’s not a finished consumer product at the moment so it may not be available to buy in 2012, but it was gaining a lot of interest at the show so I’d be suprised if Samsung didn’t take this further.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga – a ‘bendy’ laptop
Expected to launch before the end of the year, this 13-inch ultrabook stood out from the many other thin and light laptops at the show because of its flexible nature. It can perform moves including a full 360 to turn it into a tablet or standing up in a tent shape. It’s designed to run Windows 8.
Sony Bloggie Live – wi-fi & live video streaming
This pocket camcorder has built in wi-fi making it one of the most advanced models we’ve ever seen. You can upload videos and still photos straight to Facebook or Flickr without having to connect it up to a PC, or you can live stream video in a low resolution format. This allows a camcorder to compete with the ease of smartphones in terms of uploading for the first time – could it give the market a new lease of life?
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