What better way to kick off a new year than by treating yourself to an awe-inspiring collection of today’s (and tomorrow’s) latest and greatest gadgets? Cue CES 2012 – the Consumer Electronics Show, or ‘the industry’s largest educational forum to help companies expand their businesses and understand new technology’.
For four days, visitors and exhibitors alike took the opportunity to check out the very latest in technology & gadgets.
This year’s CES Hot Stuff Awards were decided by the editors from best-selling gadget magazine Stuff (and its online version). The Stuff team chose 10 products based on the ‘gadget joy’ they could provide their happy owners with.
At number 1, there’s the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, which looks a lot like a ‘normal’ laptop but offers a 360 degree hinge so its snazzy 13.1″ touchscreen can be angled any way you like.
Number 2 is Starck’s Zik Parrot – headphones with triple-mic noise cancelling, touch-sensitive swipe volume and track controls, along with a proximity sensor that means the tunes start automatically when you put the headphones over your ears.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1, at number 3 in the list, is a stylish compact system camera that looks good and delivers good pictures with ‘three beautiful prime lenses in its launch line-up’.
As you’d expect, there’s a TV in there too – the 55″ Super OLED Smart TV from Samsung at number 4. Seriously thin, this TV offers lovely bright images and also facial recognition! It’s also one of the very first TVs to come with upgradeable insides.
Number 5′s a great idea for anyone who’s ever stuck a drink in the freezer for a quick chill, only to forget it’s in there and have it explode. The Jet Flow system on the door of LG’s Blast Chiller can chill an entire bottle of wine in eight minutes – and a can of beer in just five.
The Xperia S from Sony (number 6) comes with all kinds of features to get a gadget fan excited, from a 12 MP camera and dual-core processor to its NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality.
Number 7′s the Blue Spark Digital Microphone, which that connects to tablets, PCs and Macs to let people ‘play old-school disc jockey with no-so retro features like Garageband compatibility’.
At number 8 there’s the HP Envy Spectre, an Ultrabook with a stylish look – its top panel is a ‘solid slice’ of glass, while the wrist rest goes with the silica theme.
If you thought vinyl was dead and buried, take a look at number 9, the LP 2 Go turntable from ION. Retailing at just $70, it comes with a speaker and is capable of ripping records to a PC. What’s more, it just needs four AA batteries, so it’s a good way of enjoying music on the go.
Finally, number 10 is the Razer Project Fiona – a tablet with a serious Core i7 processor and PC architecture and two controllers with analogue sticks on the sides. For gamers who like tablets, this could be a great way forward…
Written by Think Insure.