It’s one of the largest showcases of new technology in the world and is hotly anticipated every year. Hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association in Las Vegas, it opens to exhibitors from every facet of the electronics industry, giving them the opportunity to show off their innovative new designs. So, with four exciting days of new gadgets and gizmos to see, here’s our run down on the first inventions to appear.
One of seven new Google TVs LG is showcasing at CES, the GA7900 is its most high-end. There’s a Bluetooth remote with a keyboard on the back. And what’s more, couch potatoes won’t even have to lift a finger if they want to change channel because it also features voice control to search for your favourite programme. The television set will be released first in the US before international availability is announced later. Pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it is expected to be in the region of $1,499 to $1,599.
It’s all about the battle of the new TVs so far at CES. Panasonic is hoping to take on LG will its new flagship plasma, the ZT60. Features include a 1080p resolution, a web-browser, three HDMIs, three USB ports and wireless LAN. There’s also a Studio Master Panel which promises a crystal crisp picture.
Along with other new models, the ZT60 is due to be released next month, although no price details have yet been revealed. It’s due to be available in either 55, 60 or 65 inch models.
Haier’s TV of the future
While LG may be offering voice control to change the channel, Haier is going a big step further. The Chinese company is showing off televisions which you could soon be controlling with eye movements or brain power, with technology developed in partnership with NeuroSky. Along with a glimpse into the future, Haier is offering up technology which will be available in the shorter term, including its first Ultra HD TVs, offering up to 3840×2160 resolutions.
Asus 10-inch tablet
With Jelly Bean and some juicy specs, Asus is aiming to capture a bigger share of the tablet market. It’s ME301T model is expected to be aimed, however, primarily at the business market. Due to cost somewhere in the region of £250, the Taiwanese firm’s new 10-incher is expected to feature Android 4.1 jelly Bean, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a microSD slot.
Gorilla Glass 3
It’s already popular on the higher-end smartphones of this world because of its durability, and Gorilla Glass is now set to get even tougher. Corning is announcing its third generation Gorilla Glass system, which is set to be three times more scratch resistant than previous generations. One of Cornings key features, called Native Damage Resistance, is said to stop flaws and scratches from showing up, even after knocks and bumps. That’s sure to prove popular with consumers who pay hundreds of pounds for the latest gizmos, only to end up damaging them soon after purchase.
We’ll keep you posted with all the latest from CES as the expo continues this week.