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Hottest Gadgets and Tech Goodies to Come Out of This Year’s CES

by DannyGallagher   January 17, 2012 at 12:00PM  |  Views: 1,335
Year after year, the Consumer Electronics Show brings the world its first look at some of the biggest and most impressive pieces of technology, electronic engineering and time wasting gadgetry. This year's show was no exception to the norm. The halls of the annual expo in Las Vegas were filled with all sorts of drool producing innovations that could very well be in every home around the world within just a few years. Of course, some produce more drool than others. These were the most innovative and coolest, based on their level of interest, innovation and volume of drool produced.

LG's 55 inch OLED TV

This Year's CES Shaping Up to Be the Battleground for Cinema-Style TVs

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Thanks to the rise of smart phones and smart appliances, smart TVs were also all the rage at this year's CES. In fact, just about every major television producer in the business had some kind of new "smart" innovation at the show to provide couch potatoes a new way to change the change without a remote or let them surf the web or check their email without having to get up from their favorite TV-watching chair.

Of course, only one could be crowned this year's smart TV king and that honor went to LG's latest creation as well as the best in show award. The ultra-thin cinema style behemoth helped the TV industry achieve a giant step in technology by offering a crystal clear picture with a screen less than one-fifth of an inch thick and organic light-emitting diodes. The first model may go for several thousands of dollars when it hit the store shelves, but it could mark the first step for a new wave of television technology in the years to come.

HP's Envy 14 Spectre

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When it came to get consumers interested in laptops, the PC world hasn't had the easiest time attracting new customers. They have generally placed technology ahead of style in just about every new innovation while Apple's AirBooks kick them around the room with their ultra light style and very user friendly design, both among MacHeads and more caustic computer users.

Hewlett-Packard could have cooked up the first PC laptop that could take back some of the customers lost to the Apple machine. Their Envy 14 Spectre is not only a powerful machine, but it's glassy design and lightweight engineering make it an interesting competitor in the laptop world. It's touch sensitivity is equally impressive in a world where Apple has cornered the market on touch screen technology solely for their mobile devices and it even offers an array of extra goodies, most notably the Beats Audio output.

Mercedes Benz's F125

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These days, it's hard to have a groundbreaking electronics show without cars. Automotive technology has made some huge leaps and bounds in just the last year and thanks to the emerging "Cloud" technology, apps and Internet access are bound to become the new norm for the hottest and even the most standard cars.

Mercedes-Benz won this year's car show at the CES hands down their impressive concept car, the F125. It not only offers constant wireless connectively to information and entertainment apps for this hot new import thanks to the updated "Mbrace2" connectivity technology, but it's one hell of an impressive looking ride. Even if it wasn't a giant iPad with wheels, we'd be lining up to buy one just so we could have a car with gull wing doors.

Microsoft's Interactive TV

Seasme Street CES

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Television may have made some interesting leaps in technology and connectivity, but they have yet to become the full motion response machine that our forefathers envisioned they would become in their future.

Microsoft gave the CESers a chance to see what this technology might look like their impressive prototype of a fully interactive TV show that responds to the viewer the same way a video game might with full motion graphics. Microsoft's demonstration included an episode of the PBS children's show "Sesame Street" that taught kids how to count, read and spell with full interactivity with some of the show's most colorful characters such as Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster. The video screen responded to all of the children's motions, fully engaging them in the activity simply by standing in front of the TV and responding to the character's words and motions. It was even able to put some of the kiddies in the screen with their favorite characters, allowing them to interact with them in ways that even Microsoft's Kinect can't accomplish. Just imagine what this technology could do with an old episode of "Baywatch" (then have a smoke and a nap).

The MakerBot Replicator

MakerBot CES

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The only thing that could truly impress the masses at CES is some kind of device that can actually make other gadgets for you. This year, that dream finally became a reality.

The famous printer from MakerBot Industries is far from the newest gadget at CES, having made its debut at other technology trade shows and even on "The Colbert Report". Their latest model hit the floor of this year's CES as their latest model of the famed 3D printer and it's still just as impressive as the first time it passed through our brains. The newest model can still build full three-dimensional objects based on just about any design your mind can fathom, but the newest model can now print bigger designs in multiple colors in half the time. The only way it could be cooler is if it could building another MakerBot and I'm sure it's creator Bre Pettis is working on that for next year's CES

Danny Gallagher is a freelance writer, reporter, humorist and gull wing door collector. He can be found on the web at http://www.dannygallagher.net/