CES displays latest high-tech must-haves

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gave tech companies an opportunity to show off their latest products including 4K TVs, a curved smartphone and Toyota’s latest venture into hydrogen-power

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gave tech companies an opportunity to show off their latest products including 4K TVs, a curved smartphone and Toyota’s latest venture into hydrogen-power

An attendee plays in a virtual volleyball game at the Intel booth during the CES-2015 in Las Vegas
An attendee plays in a virtual volleyball game at the Intel booth during the CES-2015 in Las Vegas

CES, one of the world’s biggest tech shows, has attracted record crowds to Las Vegas.

This year was all about being connected, with everything from Smart Wallets, 3D printing, wearables and much more.

Today’s world presents more and more devices aimed at offering consumers ‘smart homes’, where doors open and lights turn on automatically, and clever kitchens where everything is done via the Internet.

One item on show was LG’s G Flex 2 — the South Korean company’s second curved Android smartphone. It adds a powerful processor to the original G Flex device. Gone is the earlier model’s big screen — replaced by a more manageable 5.5 inches with 1080p resolution. The curve is also less pronounced — which the company hopes will make it easier to hold. And the casing is hard, glossy plastic, which they hope will be more scratch resistant.

Japanese giant, Panasonic, unveiled the CX850 series of 4K LED LCD Ultra HD smart TVs. The company says they display more vibrant colours and higher purity blacks. The CX850 series also supports 4K streaming.

And Toyota’s new sporty, hydrogen-powered ‘Mirai’ was also on display. The electricity that powers the motors is made on-board, as needed, by simply combining hydrogen with oxygen, producing no emissions other than water vapour.

There are also drones, lots of them, with manufacturers betting on the fact that drone fever will remain high for a while yet. The show was an opportunity for them to present innovative features that should make drones smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer can do with them.

And if 3D printing is your thing, CES was the place to be, with twice as many vendors as last year, showing off different types of 3D printing devices in all shapes and sizes, including food printers and 3D-printed outfits.
With plenty of models demoed live on the show floor, from chess sets to jewellery, there seems to be no end to applications for 3D printers.
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