|Top 10 Gadgets Launched @ CES 2012
A host of gadgets and devices have been launched at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas. The innovation and technology is indeed praiseworthy. We try and compile a list of some interesting gadgets unveiled at the show so far.
Ice Cream Sandwich TV
world's first TV that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating
system was unveiled by Lenovo. The K91 TV runs Android 4.0 and not
Google's TV software, which is based on Android Honeycomb. The
company claims to have wrapped a new smart "Sandwich" UI
that unites three major smart TV functions, including Video On Demand
(VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programmes around
Android 4.0. The 139.7-cm (55-inch) 3D TV is powered by a 1.5 GHz
Qualcomm processor and has 1 GB RAM. The television set also has a 5
MP camera, which integrates with the facial recognition tech on board
the TV. Lenovo has also included an Android app store of its own
called the Lenovo store.
fourth generation of Motorola Droid Android smartphone has been
unveiled at the show. It is a 4G LTE device that sports a 10.2-cm
(4-inch) qHD display. The smartphone resembles the Droid RAZR, the
only exception being the presence of a full QWERTY keyboard. With
Droid 4, the company aims to target the Android phone fans who always
wished for a physical keyboard. The smartphone is 1.3-cm (0.5-inch)
thick and is powered by a dual-core 1.2-GHz processor, 1GB RAM, an
8-MP camera, 16GB internal storage and 4G LTE. Verizon will launch
Droid 4 and has said that the device will eventually be updated to
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be priced between $199 and
$299 on a two-year contract.
Lenovo Intel Smartphone
and Lenovo announced the world's first Intel-powered Android
smartphone -- the K800 at the show. The smartphone utilises Intel's
Medfield mobile platform -- the Atom Z2460 1.6GHz processor.
According to both the firms, the new Medfield platform is a "no
compromise" mobile processor in terms of performance and battery
life. The smartphone iwll run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
operating system and will have an 8 MP rear camera along with a front
facing camera. It is expected to be available in china in the second
quarter of this year.
Samsung Super OLED TV
released it 55-inch super OLED TV. The television boasts that same
eye-popping picture quality, super fast response times and ultra-thin
form factor that is the hallmark of OLED technology. the unique thing
is that the TV is produced from a single pane of glass and is powered
by a dual-core chipset. Users can run multiple apps simultaneously
and open multiple pages on the tabbed web browser. The TV can also be
controlled via voice controls along with the traditional remote
controls. It has two unidirectional microphones and background noise
cancellation technology that allows the user to activate selected
apps, activate the search function in the web browser and tell the TV
what to search for. It also has a built-in camera enabling face
recognition feature and motion control.
world's thinnest tablet was released by Toshiba which measures just
7.7mm, around 0.9mm thinner than the previous thinnest tablet in the
world -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The 25.7-cm (10.1-inch) device
has a capacitive touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It
is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and runs Android
3.2 Honeycomb operating system. Other tech specs of the tablet
include, 1GB RAM, up to 64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,
microHDMI, microUSB, 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera. The
tablet will be launched initially in the US market at $529 (approx Rs
27,936) for the 16GB model and $599 (approx Rs 31,635) for the 32GB
used the CES 2012 platform to unveil its latest Windows phone
offering - the Nokia Lumia 900. The phone will be available
exclusively on the 4G LTE network of AT&T. The company did not
announce the pricing and availability of the phone. The smartphone
sports a 10.9 cm (4.3) inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a
resolution of 480 x 800. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz Scorpion
processor and will include 16 GB internal memory. The phone will run
Windows 7.5 Mango operating system and will also come with an 8 MP
rear camera and a 1 MP front facing camera.
Blast Chill Refrigerator
unveiled its three-door refrigerator (model LFX31935) with extra
large capacity at the show. The refrigerator has a proprietary 'blast
chiller' feature. With this quick chill technology, the 91.4-cm
(36-inch) refrigerator can cool off a 12-ounce beverage can in less
than five minutes, when other typical refrigerators take around 40
minutes to cool off a can even within the freezer compartment.
Mbile Phone With 15-Years Battery Life
launched a mobile phone that offers a battery life of 15 years. The
phone has been designed for emergency situations and can stay without
being charged for years. It runs on a single AA battery and allows
users to program the mobile phone for instant access to phone numbers
of key contacts. The phone is also able to automatically transmit its
location via its mobile ID. It includes a built-in torch as well.
Cotton Candy USB
Technologies demonstrated its new USB stick dubbed as 'Cotton Candy'
at the show. The company showcased Android 4.0 and Ubuntu on the
world's smallest PC. The Cotton Candy is a USB stick-sized computing
device which allows users a single, secure point of access to all
personal cloud services and apps through their favourite operating
system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen. The
Cotton Candy USB stick comes equipped with an ARM Cortex-A9 (1GHz)
CPU from Samsung, an ARM Mali-400 MP (Quad-core, 1.2GHz) GPU, Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth, HDMI output and the Android operating system. The
power-packed stick decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats and
displays HD graphics on any HDMI-equipped screen. Users can control
content via smartphones, keyboards, mice and other USB peripherals.
Other than the Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu 2.3 offerings, the
device is reportedly technically capable of running Windows 8 since
ARM is a supported architecture. The device is slated to go on sale
in Q2 at a price below $200.
unveiled its budget Android 4.0 ICS tablet device aka ViewPad e70.
This new device boasts of the most updated Google's Android platform
and that too at a much cheaper price tag -- just $169. The ViewPad
e70 sports a 17.7-cm (7-inch) screen display with a low 800x480 pixel
resolution and an unidentified 1 GHz single-core processor. It is
said to ahve a fairly responsive capacitive touchscreen. It packs in
a microSD card slot, microHDMI port and 4GB storage. It is said that
the tablet will offer Amazon Appstore and Amazon Kindle app but
without the official Google Android Market.
-- Upasana Rajpal, EFYTimes News Network