The biggest gadget showdown of the year is quickly approaching! CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, will be coming to Las Vegas next week for what should be a strong display of new tech from industry heavyweights and newcomers alike. If you feel like you’re out of the loop on the latest devices, then just read on below for our roundup of what’s sure to be a hot CES.
The television industry is in a period of transformation. While computers and personal devices have changed radically in the past 20-30 years, the average living room has remained functionally the same; a large central screen with a few media devices feeding into it.
Manufacturers like LG and Samsung have been searching for the ‘next big thing’ in television for some years now…remember 3D TVs? Some speculate that Apple is biding its time until it can enter the TV market with a killer product in tow, so expect most established companies to feel out new technologies this year before heading in a new direction. However, Samsung teased their CES appearance with the image above, suggesting an unprecedented vertical design (for displaying mobile-optimized content), a rotating wall mount and even the possibility of a translucent screen.
Beyond that, ‘Ultra’ HD televisions seem to be pretty hot. OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs combine the best of LCD and Plasma screens into one package, albeit an expensive one at that; the OLED and other 4K resolution TVs unveiled this year are expected to cost well into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Shifting away from hardware, we expect TV software will be getting some attention as manufacturers continue to experiment (some may say ‘blunder’) with smart TV systems, usually running on Android. Samsung in particular will show off a kit that will ‘evolve’ older televisions to 2013 standards.
The most exciting CES announcement we’ve heard of so far is what is expected to be Samsung’s flexible display for the Galaxy S4. However, something like a 5.5-inch bendy 720p display would merely be a component for a future device, rather than the finished device itself. Rumors and demos have been swirling around for years, but this may be the first time we get an actual confirmation of the technology in a mass-market gadget. While a flexible-screened phone may be within our grasp, fully foldable and rollable screens seem to be far-off for the time being.
In the world of cameras it appears that although point-and-shoot models are generally becoming obsolete with the rise of smartphones, wifi-enabled Android-based kits with downloadable apps will still make a strong showing this year. The venerable Polaroid is betting on such ‘smart’ cameras with their Android-powered mirrorless model pictured above, featuring a 18-megapixel sensor, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an interchangeable 10-30mm lens, HDMI output and WiFi.
What can we expect for general trends at CES 2013? This helpful infographic from Intel, although titled with ‘mobile trends,’ is a great summarization of just about everything you’ll see at the show:
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