The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held in Las Vegas
every January and its purpose is to show us the latest high technology gadgets
that we will be using in the near future. The CES is eagerly anticipated by
both the public and commercial organisations, and the 2013 event has proven to
be as exciting as ever, with some amazing technology on display. Here is just a
small sample of some of it.
It is impossible not to be impressed by Samsung's latest television offering. Firstly it is seriously big; the screen is 110 inches, as big as some small cinema screens, and secondly the definition is amazing; it is ultra-high definition, which means that it has four times the resolution of today's HD TVs. Currently this is only a prototype, though it is expected to be commercially available late in 2013. In the meantime an 85 inch model that uses similar technology is available today.
Virtual reality headsets are another feature of the show. Although Google was not present to show their Google Glass technology, a prototype Oculus Rift VR headset was, and with a reasonable price tag.
Mobile phone technology has advanced considerably over the year, and the latest generation of phones tend to favour ever bigger, brighter and higher resolution displays. Quad core processers, five inch displays, and 4G connectivity are now the bread and butter of 2013 generation smartphones. However some phone manufacturers have moved even further forward with their phone technologies, and the highlights include a bendy phone and a waterproof one.
The bendy phone is currently only a prototype so it won't be available to purchase for some time. It has been demonstrated by Samsung and includes a display that can be folded up, almost as if it was made of paper. The display is made from very thin plastic rather than glass and when it is bent and flexed there is very little image or colour distortion. Flexible batteries are also possible as are flexible electronics, but they are still a little further away.
The waterproof phone, the Xperia Z, has been launched by Sony and it is commercially available. It can survive being submerged in a few feet of water for up to half an hour which means that you can take it with you into the shower. As well as being waterproof, this Android handset has many other exciting features including a stunning display and a 13 megapixel camera. With 4G connectivity, networks such as Virgin Mobile will soon be adding it to their range of pay monthly phones as well as pay as you go phones.