Smartphones and big screens mark CES 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) international conference in Las Vegas featured 20,000 innovative products, with smartphones and televisions the most prominent.

Smartphones featured greatly, with new adapted functions such as the Pebble smart watch which controls your email, music and movement with e-paper display.

With the introduction of Youm technology, phone screens can now bend with an alternative screening instead of glass.

New phone releases included the Sony Xperia Z, Huawei Ascend D2 and Pantech’s Discover.

The launch of big screen televisions (TVs), mainly by Sony, LG, Toshiba and Samsung was a definite highlight.

The array of ultra-high definition (HD) comes with a revolutionised remote of new swing features. Samsung’s model has 8.3 million pixels and a 4K HD.

Sony also released a bigger TV with a 129 cm screen in Sandton, South Africa, in November last year. 

LG’s showcasing of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screens, among others, was also part of the TV screen evolution with flexibility and enhanced colour attributes.

On the computer side, Californian startup Leap Motion demonstrated a device that allows control through finger movements with an active, surrounding device-controlled invisible field.

Sony also revealed a Wi-Fi camcorder with a built-in LED-based projector and adaptability with smart phones, TVs and tablets or personal computers.

In health and fitness, a new vibrating fork, the HAPIfork, was revealed. The calorie counting piece of cutlery helps to take in the right amount of energy to keep in shape by vibrating at the suggested final bite.

Metria wearable sensors and fitness straps, which can record medical data in real time, were other health-orientated innovations present at the exhibition.

For the tech savvy family life there was the i-potty that keeps mums happy and the We-vibe bedroom experience improvement tool for couples.

CES also released some statistics regarding the forecasted growth of the industry, which is set to grow an estimated three percent in 2013 to reach US$209.6 billion from 2012’s US$204 billion, which was in itself a five percent improvement since 2011.

The CES hosted 100,000 industry professionals, covering 172,000 square metres of exhibition ground with 20,000 innovative products.

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