CES is the biggest electronics expo in the world and the showcase for some of the most innovative new techie products – in audio and beyond. Here are the gadgets we like that have been grabbing the headlines this year.
Dubbed “the world’s most powerful smartphone”, the Android-powered Atrix features so much processing power that it’s able to power a laptop. No, really: you can dock the Atrix in a Motorola Laptop Dock and its transformed into a reasonably beefy 11.6-inch notebook computer. It’s able to run apps, check emails, create and edit documents, show videos and play videos – all of which are actually being accessed from the Atrix handset. There’s also an HD Multimedia Dock, which works in a similar way but connects to your HDTV or computer monitor.
The traditional Polaroid camera re-imagined for the 21st century – by none other than flamboyant popstress Lady Gaga, the company’s Creative Director. The GL30 is a digital camera with a built-in printer, allowing you to grab instant glossy prints of your photos – but only the ones you like. The inkless printing uses special paper which releases pigment when heated, and the wedge-like design allows the camera double up as a digital photo frame.
Sony 3D Bloggie
The world’s first truly affordable 3D camcorder, the pocket-sized 3D Bloggie uses a pair of lenses and sensors to capture full HD 1080p footage, storing up to four hours of it on the built-in 8GB of memory. You can then watch your 3D videos in one of three ways: on the camera’s own screen (which is lenticular and requires no glasses), on a regular 3D television or by uploading them to YouTube and watching them through old school red and green anaglyph glasses.
LG LW6500 3D TV
As with last year, 3D televisions are once again dominating CES, but LG has something that stands out a little from the massed ranks of flat panels. The LW6500 is, according to its makers, the world’s first flicker-free 3D TV. Most active shutter 3D TVs exhibit noticeable flicker, which can lead to eye fatigue after long periods of viewing, but this model has been built for comfort: it uses lightweight passive glasses, similar to those you’d find in a cinema, and the screen uses a technology to minimise the crosstalk “ghosting” that can arise with some 3D pictures. Having given the LW6500 a try, we can say it delivers one of the best 3D images we’ve seen.