The International Consumer Electronics Show for 2012 (CES 2012) is now history. And it truly proved to be “historic” in the process. Get this:
Record attendance…more than 153,000 industry insiders (NOT open to the public!)
Record show floor space…1.86 million square feet (that’s 37 football fields!)
Record number of exhibitors…more than 3,100
You can see the official CES recap video here which is a brief teaser.
But I thought I’d give you a quick run-down on some of the products that were considered “best of CES” by CNET. If you’ve ever surfed for reviews on technology then you know you’ve already been to their site. So while LOTS of media will walk away with their own take on the show, CNET’s list is gonna provide a pretty good take on what earned buzz.
At the top of the list is their “Best of Show”…LG’s 55-inch OLED TV. Just gorgeous! First, it is the slimmest and lightest anywhere. It weighs only about 16.5 lbs and measures (get this) only 4mm thick…that’s just 0.16 inches! Its little more than a sheet of plate glass.
And picture? Engadget called it “crazy sharp” and Gizmodo said this: “OLED is no joke. Acronyms are often hype, but damn does this set look killer. The wafer-thin screen is terrifically bright, small details pop, and colors are gorgeous, making the rest of the panels on display already look like old tech.”
The first model ships out Q3 of 2012 so don’t go hunting stores looking for it just yet.
Ok, on to other stuff worth the buzz…
Cameras aren’t new technology. They’ve been around, what, a hundred years? But here’s something to check out. Lytro came out with a little box of a camera that was named winner of the “Last Gadget Standing” competition. Take a picture now but focus LATER! You catch a shot at a wedding reception. Later you think, “do I want to focus on the flower arrangement in the foreground, the happy couple in mid-ground or Uncle Harry dancing in the background with his rug sliding off his head?” If this were around when JFK was assassinated, it could have changed history.
(All right. Not on CNET’s list but it just sounds too fun not to mention here.)
In the home theater category they went with Simple.TV a new kind of wireless DVR. Check out the link to see this little pod and get a sense of its simplicity.
Androids were a huge category at the show this year and the Asus Memo 370T gets kudos here. Priced at only $250 this quad-core (not dual-core) Android 4.0 tablet comes stock with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, an 8 megapixel camera, HDMI output and a 1,280×800 resolution IPS screen.
Man! There’s so much more to talk about but I’m gonna have to call this a wrap. Stay tuned. I’ll get back with more later!
by Bryan Naquin. Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts. And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Naquin is president of Acadian Home Theater and Automation. CEPro Magazine ranked Acadian in the top 100 consumer electronic companies in the U.S. coming in at Number 87 for 2011.