International CES 2013 promised to be the best yet with the pre-show hype reaching a crescendo after Christmas and Twitter timelines full of CES hash tags as the industry got excited about what products and trends would appear.
Post 3D, the sexy new thing in television is 4K, which promises four times the resolution of 1080p HD. The pictures you get are amazing but it is going to be some time before we have channels producing 4K ready images.
So if you want to upgrade your TV tomorrow and get the best thing on the market, you need to be buying an OLED.
Touch screen laptops are also coming your way – rumours of a Macbook with touchscreen technology have been circulating for a while and there are already PC models on the market from Sony, Acer and others. By the end of 2013 you can expect your new company laptop to be a touch screen.
Some other things that caught the eye included the continued rise of 3D printing. If you have not heard of 3D printing in the last year then where have you been? There were plenty of examples of this amazing technology on show. In particular product from 3D Systems, which smartphone – you simply pair the AudiOffice to your device via Bluetooth and the result is either a conference call- ready set up via the speakers or the more traditional handset to use as a phone, all using your mobile line or preferred voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) application.
Finally, if you like your music loud then the Behringer iNuke Boom might be the thing for you. Standing at four-feet high and eight-feet wide, this monster pumps out over 10,000 watts of power and it connects to your iPhone using Airplay. You will need £29,999 spare but, if you have the room, then as a statement of
Pitched as better than LCD and Plasma its big advantage is how quickly the pixels change colour – up to 1,000 times faster. This means no blurring even when watching fast moving action and provides a stunning picture. Priced between £5,000 and £10,000 this is annual bonus territory! If you do not want a telly, then you might want to settle for the Hecto Laser Projector from LG. Sitting a mere 22-ins from a wall, it projects a 1080p image up to 100-ins in size. If not useful for your lounge, then it is a decent bit of kit for the boardroom.
Away from big screens the rise of the smartphone continues. These pieces of kit are becoming the control point for our lives and the use of smartphone technology to monitor health, operate home security and to run the rest of our daily lives expands. In the future we will do it on better resolution screens with 1080p HD being the norm.
won an award for best emerging technology for its Cube printer. Makerbot and Kickstarter darlings FormLabs were also wowing the crowds.
One gadget that might well appeal to SI readers is from a French telephony company called Invoxia launching a new version of its AudiOffice product. Essentially, this is a dock for your disposable income you’ll be hard pushed to find a louder one!