CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas features the absolute newest technologies, sometimes in prototype form and sometimes just as the products are being released. Sometimes they're following a trend, sometimes starting one. Here are our top five new gadgets/technologies from CES this year:
1. Sony Bloggie 3D
Several companies, from Including JVC, Panasonic and Canon had consumer 3D video cameras. They were battling for full features and expected higher-end pricing. Then there was Sony with the newest Bloggie camera. The Bloggie 3D is a tiny camcorder from Sony. It has dual lenses, so it can record in 3D or full HD 2D, plus 5.1 megapixel still photos. 3D content can be shown directly on any 3D capable HDTV via an HDMI connection. There are several companies with consumer 3D video cameras, but the Bloggie is by far the smallest and lightest. It will be available in April, 2011.
2. TCL Gesture Control
First there were controls like the Nintendo Wii, which offered wireless controllers that sensed where they were in 3D space in the real world to allow you to control a video game. Then came Microsoft's Kinect, allowing video game controls using your body. TCL showed a prototype of gesture-controlled televisions that simply uses your body to control your TV instead of using a multi-button remote. You certainly won't lose THIS remote!
3. Polaroid GL20 Sunglasses with built-in camera and viewing screens
If you want a very stylish pair of sunglasses that also has a 5 megapixel camera built in, the Polaroid GL20 sunglasses are worth a look. Oh, did we mention they were designed by Lady Gaga herself? And that not only can you shoot photos with them, there is a 1.5" OLED display inside each side that can show you the images. INSIDE the glasses! The images are stored on an SD card and there's a discreet shutter release button on one side. It can transfer images to your computer via USB or bluetooth. You can look like a glamorous spy from a Bond film and even have one of the cool spy-like toys.
4. Sharp Galapagos
The ability to transfer content between devices isn't new, but Sharp's new Galapagos tablets and smartphone, available this year, offered a truly unique version with control unlike anything we'd seen. When in proximity of another one of their tablets, phones, or televisions, you could instantly transfer content. If you were watching a movie on one of their tablets (5.5" or the largest one yet, at 10.8") and walked into the room with your Sharp television, you could literally flick the movie over to your television and continue watching. This ability to seemlessly, easily and quickly share content between devices is where everything is headed.
5. Blackberry Playbook
Tablets are all the rage, and this year almost every company had one. Whereas the iPad kicked off the trend with one size, some companies had two or three sizes. Most run Android, many will run Android 3.0 when it comes out. Those who live and die with their Blackberry were left out. That is, until now. The Blackberry Playbook tablet, running all the Blackberry services and apps you've come to expect, debuted at CES, and it is stunning.