ForexTV NewsDesk | January 2 2013 2:19 EST
ForexTV.com (New York) by Kyle Henry
It's the dawn of a new year, and technology enthusiasts know that means the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is just around the corner. Scheduled for the second week in January, CES will preview new and improved technology to be released in 2013, ranging from automobiles to cameras and more.
Microsoft, normally one of the main participants in the CES, has announced that it will not be as involved with the show as in the past. This is not to say that Microsoft will not make an appearance this year, however the company will not have a keynote or a booth. The Windows giant announced that its reasoning for the major withdrawal is due to the company's product news milestones generally not aligning with the show's January timing. With Microsoft's participation significantly diminished, questions arose about whether the CES is becoming irrelevant given all the other technology expos throughout the year.
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, was determined to stop these rumors noting the 2013 show will have a record amount of exhibit space, expanding 2012's 1.862 million net square foot show to 1.87 million net square feet.
"With the largest show floor in history, more innovative technologies and services will launch at the 2013 CES than anywhere else in the world," said Shapiro. "From cloud-based services, advancements in digital health, connected vehicle technologies, the latest apps, flexible devices and beyond, the innovations unveiled at the 2013 CES will create new jobs and further economic growth around the world."
A record number of automakers are scheduled to make an appearance at the show including; Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, and Subaru covering over 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
The focus will not only be on the car's technological advances to themselves, including better sensors and data, but also highlight their interface technologies with gadgets consumers already have.“Cars are becoming rolling computers,” said Tom Coughlin, a consumer electronics consultant and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He went further to say that cars are becoming "mobile application platforms" rather than simply automobiles.
The confirmed appearance of new technologies ranging from, cameras to TV's to cell phones include the following:
Polaroid Android CSC
Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy has confirmed that the company is to launch an Android-based CSC at CES 2013. The camera is set to include a 3.5-inch touch screen display, a 10-30mm lens, pop-up flash, HDMI output, built in Wi-Fi, and a 18-megapixel sensor.
Huawei Ascend D2 & W1
Yu Chengdong, Huawei's CEO, has confirmed that the company will announce two new phones at CES 2013. The Huawei Ascend D2 is expected to be a 5-inch 1080p monster phone that features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 13-megapixel camera. The Ascend W1 will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM and a 5-megapixel camera.
Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei also confirmed it will debuting a massive 6.1 inch touch screen, 1080p Android powered smartphone. Notable features include a 1.8GHz Hass K3V3 quad-core processor, 1920 x 1080 resolution with 361ppi and believed to have a huge battery 4,000mAh, 9.9mm thick.
ZTE Nubia Z5
Chinese manufacturer ZTE released its latest Z5 ahead of the CES but will still be making an appearance. The 7.6mm thin aluminum body Z5 features a 5 inch, 1080p screen with 443ppi resolution, Android Jelly Bean (v4.1.1) handled by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of 533MHz RAM.
LG Google TVs GA7900 & GA6400
Both LG Google TV's will be available in a variety of sizes and feature LED displays, and support LG's 3D technology which works with the companies passive 3D glasses. Each of the TV models will work with the redesigned LG Magic Remote Qwerty to deliver a full Google TV experience, including voice search. Plus, each has a dual-core processor, which will ensure that the Smart TV functionality is smooth and speedy. Cloud gaming service OnLive will also be pre-installed on the TVs.
LG 4K UHD TVs and Monitor
With a 4096x2160 pixel resolution, the 4K be the highest resolution computer monitor ever to make it to market. LG has announced that in addition to its enormous 84 inch model it will also be offering more consumer friendly 55 and 65 inch models.
Samsung 85 inch 4K UHD TV
Samsung announced that one of its main exhibits this year will be an 85 inch Ultra High Definition TV, which was given a CES 2013 Best of Innovation award. This LED panel features lifelike picture quality with over 8 million pixels, four times the resolution of Full HD displays.
Vuzix Smart Glasses 100
Although Google Glass has been taking up most of the spot light for the augmented reality glasses market, Vuzix is looking to make its place in the market known this year. The Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 is a hands-free display that you hook over your ear like a Bluetooth earpiece. It also uses Bluetooth to connect to an Android smartphone or iPhone and features a virtual display that the user can see, an integrated camera and its own processing engine, running a modified Android operating system.
The stage is set with 3,000 exhibitors for CES 2013, and attendance is expected to exceed 150,000, more than any other year. With the major success' of CES 2012, including Apple's iPad, and Samsung's Galaxy X3, CES 2013 will be sure to offer exiting, new, and possibly life changing gadgets of the future.
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