We trawl through the CES 2009 mayhem so you don't have to, and below are ten of the coolest gadgets we ran across as follows:
1. Palm Pre
The Palm Pre has been the undisputed champion of CES this year. Just when everyone thought that CES was shaping up to be a bit of a damp squib, Palm shocked us all with the Pre.
It looks like it could be the best challenger to the Apple iPhone yet - and everyone who's had a play with it thus far has been smitten by its awesomeness.
2. Logic Bolt Projector Phone
Mini projectors can now be made so small that you can fit them inside mobile devices like phones and MP3 players. It's another example of the old cliché: ten years ago this would have been science fiction. Today it's very much a reality. The Logic Bolt Projector Phone does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a phone, with a mini projector built in.
3. MSI X-Slim X320
Until now, the MacBook Air has ruled the roost in the ultra-slim notebook category. But now we're starting to see the PC laptop manufacturers begin to compete. The MSI X-Slim X320 is a mid-spec'd laptop that measures in at just under 20mm thick. That's pretty awesome.
It's not the most powerful laptop out there - in fact its performance will be comparable to the latest netbooks. Still though, this is one to watch.
4. Sony Reader 2.0 PRS-700BC
E-books are coming - there's no denying it. The humble paperback has no reason to worry just yet - e-readers are still a long way from going mass market. But before long, we're going to see more and more people on the Tube reading the morning newspapers, and the latest John Grishams on electronic tablets instead of chopped down trees.
5. Lenovo IdeaCentre A600
The IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one desktop PC with a number of very cool features. Most notably, it comes with a motion-sensing remote control, not unlike the Nintendo Wii-mote. It can be used for playing games, controlling the Windows cursor, and it can even be used for VoIP/Skype calling - simply hold it up to the side of your head. Cool, huh?
6. Blu-ray extravaganza
As per the last few years at CES, we've been treated to a plethora of new Blu-ray players. Among them comes Samsung's gravity-defying BD-P4600 as well as Sharp's LC-BD80U, which is an LCD TV with Blu-ray player built in.
7. Samsung's ultra-thin LCD panel
At last year's CES, two of the most exciting products were on display on the Pioneer booth. Both concept panels, they were the extreme-black and the ultra-thin plasma screens. The second one was only 9mm thick and since then, we've seen many manufacturers bringing out super-thin panels.
Most of them are only concepts though - there's no tuner or power supply in most of them. So they're just LCD/plasma panels with the electrics stored in a separate box. Still though, that doesn't stop Samsung's super-thing LCD panel from being any less impressive.
8. SanDisk Slot Radio
Many people love Apple and would never dream of buying an MP3 player that wasn't part of the iPod range. But equally - there are plenty of haters out there who make a point of snubbing Apple at every turn. Designed especially for these people, the SanDisk slotRadio represent a new revenue stream for digital music.
9. Sony Cybershot G3
There were lots of compact cameras launched at CES this year, but none were more impressive than the Sony Cybershot G3. It's got 4GB of internal memory, has in-built Wi-Fi and a vast range of cool features.
The powermat uses magnetic induction to charge your gadgets without the need to plug them into anything. You just place them on the mat. Obviously, your gadgets need to be compatible - but this is the future of charging.
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