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CES 2013

— Mobile Technology

snappgrip makes your smartphone more like a real camera

There’s a reason that so many digital cameras have a hand grip built into their bodies – it makes them easier to hold onto when taking pictures. Unfortunately for people whose smartphone doubles as their camera, phones lack such a feature. London-based product designer Lee Harris decided to address that shortcoming, with his snappgrip case for iPhones 4 and 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3. Read More
— Electronics

Corning introduces laser fiber optic USB cable

Digital systems are notorious for bottlenecks. It’s no good having a blazing, overclocked PC and an internet connection like a firehose if the USB cable between them is like a straw. It’s even worse when the distance between PC and modem is more than a few feet away, so the cable can’t reach. With the aim of eliminating these bottlenecks, Corning Cable Systems LLC is unveiling its Optical Cable by Corning at CES in Las Vegas. These cables replace copper wires with fiber optics to produce cables up to 100 meters (328 ft) long, that are much more durable and achieve speeds of 10 gigabits per second, which is enough to load a full-length HD video in 30 seconds. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Samsung and LG prove that the world of OLED TV is not necessarily flat

I was lucky enough to sample firsthand the incredible viewing experience offered by big screen OLED TVs at the IFA 2012 booth of consumer electronics giants LG and Samsung last year. Both companies have new models scheduled for commercial availability in early 2013 and both, it would appear, are claiming a world first at CES in Las Vegas this week ... each claiming to be first to debut a curved OLED TV. Read More

LG shows off new version of its PenTouch TV

Tucked away on the outside of LG's CES booth is the company's newest version of its PenTouch plasma TV. The new version comes with some slick improvements that make it much more practical for actual use than the previous version of the device. The new model, called the 60PH6700-UB, comes with a 60-inch screen, and should see some interesting uses in various business and home settings. Read More
— Home Entertainment

LG's Laser TV system projects 100-inch HD video from less than two feet

LG has demonstrated a new Laser TV at CES which uses an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector to display an image on a 100-inch screen at a distance of less than two feet. Despite the close distance and large size, the system delivers a full 1080p image with a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and LG hopes the set-up will eliminate some of the issues posed by typical home theater projectors that require a much larger space to function. Read More