More goodies lifted from CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, which took place in Las Vegas in January.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia Lumia 800 may not have singlehandedly ended the Finnish company's woes, but it's gone a long way to restoring a damaged reputation. And on its back comes a raft of new Windows Mobile models. The 900, available in the US and announced at CES, has one major trick up its sleeve - LTE. This post-3G/start of 4G "Long Term Evolution" standard is currently running in the US, with the 900 as an exclusive to the carrier AT&T. As well as superfast data speeds (AT&T claim 10x faster than standard 3G), the 900 features a bigger 4.3" screen and a second front-facing camera.
LG Smart ThinQ refrigerator
LG was showcasing its Smart ThinQ range of home appliances at CES - the next step in "smart" appliances. LG's vision? A central smart meter talks to each appliance and then to an app on your smartphone. In the fridge's case, this means automatic re-ordering, energy consumption monitoring and an alert if someone leaves the door ajar. It'll remember expiry dates, advise on healthy eating while tracking calories and display recipes. The US version of the fridge is also set to feature a "Blast Chiller" to speed-cool a specific compartment, chilling cans in five minutes, wine bottles in eight.
The slimmest Android tablet around - the 10.1" screened AT200 measures 7.7mm, that's 1.1mm less than the current iPad. It's light too, a mere 558g. Despite that, the AT200 crams in a microHDMI, microUSB and, unusually, microSD card slot, as well as 1280 x 800 Gorilla Glass capacative touchscreen, 1.2GHz TI dual-core processor and two cameras (one 5MP). In other words, despite the slimmed-down form factor, there's not been excessive spec pruning. The question is, then, are you willing to spend no doubt some extra money on getting a marginally thinner, lighter tablet than the next Android?
£TBA (below $200)
A smart solution for those that want wireless streaming to their hi-fi, but don't want more complexity than that. The Twenty simply connects out via standard jacks to your hi-fi and takes in AirPlay wireless streams. That means you can not only use your iDevice to stream wireless MP3s to your existing hi-fi (without any set-up hardly), but also you can stream from iTunes on a wi-fi-enabled computer and use apps such as Pandora, Spotify and Last.fm that are AirPlay-enabled. The system runs as a 20W per stereo channel digital amp, with a separate output for powered subwoofers too.
Pure Contour 200i Air
The first of Pure's well-liked range of radios to include wireless streaming via Apple's AirPlay system. That means as well as hooking via wi-fi to thousands of Internet radio stations, the 200i can stream tracks from a nearby iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. On top of that, there's a digital audio output to connect to existing hi-fis, so you can then bring your Apple device's music and Internet radio to your living room speakers. And 36W RMS sound from the built-in speakers (including bass ports). There's also, of course, a docking connector to recharge your iDevice if you're not using it wirelessly.
Announced at CES, this collaboration with Nokia has the potential to revolutionise head-mounted displays. A compact video engine feeds a signal to a 1.4mm thick polymer lens. The result is finally a head-mounted display that firstly doesn't leave users lugging a gigantically heavy set of batteries and display equipment or result in a display that utterly obscures the view. In fact, Vuzix claim the resulting glasses can be "used at night or outdoors in full daylight". Vuzix are launching with industrial applications for the headsets and eyepieces in 2012, with consumer solutions after that.