January can be a gloomy time, but not for us gadgeteers. To distract us from dark mornings and turkey curries, we’ve got the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the great and good of the tech world meet to show off their latest toys.
Stuff will naturally be brawling with thousands of other journos to bring you the latest announcements live. To make sure our excite-o-meter doesn’t blow we’ve made you this, a list of the most eagerly anticipated CES gadgets:
1.) LG Blu-Ray/HD-DVD player. LG has called a ceasefire in the hi-def format wars by announcing a debut for the world’s first dual-format player. It could, we hope, be the first of many.
2.) Vistagami. The nickname for the next generation of Vista-powered UMPCs, we’re hoping the new OS, inclusion of slide-down keyboards and improved battery life will make them genuine laptop alternatives.
3.) Mitsubishi laser TV. It claims to be half the weight of existing plasmas, consume a third of the power and have a much brighter, clearer picture. We’ll see, Mitsubishi, we’ll see.
4.) Samsung YP-K3. Remember a rather splendid MP3 player with a slide-out speaker called the K5? This is its new brother, sans speaker but avec new svelte sexiness.
5.) 3D TV (pictured). Samsung, Philips and LG are all expected to be showing their attempts at bringing the third dimension to the goggle box. We’ll be there to find out if it’s as good as it sounds.
6.) LG Shine. The successor to the Chocolate ubiqui-phone will be making its bow at LG’s stand. A new 2MP camera, bigger screen and metallic body sound promising.
7.) Ultra Wideband. CES will be a festival of the wireless, with a torrent of new Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking gizmos on show. This new standard of short-range radio, though, offers the exciting possibility of streaming high-def round your house.
8.) O Logic Follow-Me. A visit to CES wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the robot techzone. The Follow-Me apparently traipses around after its owner, carrying their bags and belongings.
9.) HTC Athena. An exciting handset that looks like the missing link between an HTC TyTn and a UMPC. We’ll hopefully get a play with its removable QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen.
10.) Netgear’s mystery gadget. We don’t know what it is yet. Apparently it’s big news. It may turn out to be a wireless router. We’ll let you know.Essentials
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