Consumer Electronics Show 2012

This week in Las Vegas, the major device manufacturers are introducing what they hope will be the latest hot gadget or the technology that will be buzz-worthy in 2012.

In the last couple of weeks, the trending rumors have been mostly about tablets and, lately, TVs. Here are some of the more interesting items that will be coming out:

Asus 7-inch Eee Pad
Asus introduced us to the much-acclaimed Eee Pad Transformer last year; this year, the 7-inch Eee Pad Transformer Prime Mini 7 will make its debut. It will have similar features to the original Prime, but a smaller, 7-inch screen and will run Android’s Honeycomb operating system.

Pantech Element Tablet
AT&T hopes to make a splash with the Pantech Element tablet. It also runs Android Honeycomb OS, and has a screen size of 8 inches. Its unique feature is that it is splash-proof as long as the external ports are sealed properly. (A quick Internet search reveals that the tablet can be submerged in water up to 3 feet, but until that is proven I would not read underwater.)

Google TV 2.0
The emerging Internet TV market will be represented at CES 2012. Samsung and LG will introduce televisions that allow people to access websites and game apps (such as video games).

World’s Largest OLED
LG will be showing off the world’s largest organic light-emitting diode display. The new TV has a 55-inch screen, is 0.16 inches deep, and weighs 16.5 pounds. The TV has LG’s  “4-Color Pixels” and “Color Refiner” features, which help to produce a brighter picture and natural, more accurate colors.

LG 4K TV
If 55 inches is too small, LG is also introducing an 84-inch “Ultra Definition” television. It will have four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs and will also come with Magic Remote, a device that features voice recognition, smart gestures, and voice search.

Author: Susan Hallinan

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