CES 2013 Roundup: Day One

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With CES 2013 underway, Las Vegas always sees an influx of Geeks, Nerds and Gadgetry.  Every year, a persuasive theme jumps out, almost immediately, as if everyone has seen the bandwagon.  This year, it seems Bigger, better TVs and Smaller and Better screens.  This is whats new and notable.

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Tablets shrink
The PaperTab was unveiled Monday, causing a stir.  Boasting an interactive 10.7 inch plastic, the high-resolution display is made of plastic and feels like paper.  The designers goal say they want to create a product that can bend, or be dropped onto a desk.

Phablets grow.
Huawei unveiled its Ascend Mate, a 6.1 inch smartphone, with a crazy HD display.  Weighing only 7 ounces,   the Ascend Mate comes with a 8-megapixel camera, and Dolby surround sound speakers.  Its water-resistant screen held up, when, In a demonstration, an entire glass of water was poured over the screen.  Snazzy.

The Ascend Mate also boasted a toughbattery which Huawei claims represents a 20 – 30 percent increase in efficiency.  On standby the phone can last for up to six days.  There are no plans to bring to phone to North American markets as of yet.

Chinese manufacturer ZTE had its own giant surprise, The Grand S, which boasts a more powerful 13-megapixel camera.

Also of note was Panasonic’s giant 20-inch tablet which boasted a crazy 4K resolution.  While technically a tablet, at 20-inches, its almost TV sized, while still being portable and packing a punches

While there are some obvious setbacks to increasing the size of displays – like less battery life, and reduced portability – they are a massive advantage for gamers and video-chatters.  Angry Birds and Skype-ing seem more user-friendly.

Samsung shrugs.

Samsung brought its 55-inch OLED TV back from last year, still without a release date or price.  Its finalized model will include the Smart Hub software, Voice control and 1.35 GHz processing speed that its 85-inch 4K will.

LG is set to begin shipping of its own OLED TV in February.

Lexus beats Google to the punch.
Toyota presented the Lexus LS which features autonomous driving, designed to enhance safety.  the LS offers lane assist, blind-spot monitoring, active cruise control and more.  The car monitors its environment using a 260-degree, roof mounted, laser-based tracking system, and 3 HD cameras.  These allow the vehicle to not only see oncoming traffic from every angle, but even determine if the traffic lights are green or red.

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Steve Balmer shows.
During Qualcomm’s keynote, Steve Balmer showed up to give a demonstration of Windows 8.  And then disappeared.

HAPIfork
Thats right.  In a world when we monitor everything about ourselves, the HAPIfork knows how fast your eating.  The smart internet-connected fork vibrates if you eat too fast, making you slow down to enhance your digestion.  Only at CES.

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More in the Kitchen: T9000 fridge comes with Evernote.
Samsung unveiled a smart – and huge – fridge.  With 32-cubic-feet of space, the T9000 picks up where the Samsung RF4982 left off by integrating Evernote.  the connected fridge can update a shopping list, or pull up recipes.  It also boasts a 10-inch LCD.  While there is no pricing for the fridge, a touchscreen-less version will ship this spring – for $4000 USD.

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