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CES 2012: Highlights from the Pre-Show Event

by Igor Termenon

For those of you who haven’t heard of CES (International Consumer Electronics Show) before, it is a trade show that takes place each January in Las Vegas. With more than 2,700 exhibitors during last year’s edition, CES is definitely the place to be if you want to know about what the future will bring in the consumer electronics sector.

CES 2012 will be the last edition at which Microsoft will be present as the company has confirmed its intentions of pulling out of the show. Microsoft states that CES isn’t the right place for their product cycle, but even with this major loss there are still loads of big brands presenting their products during this year’s show.

These are some of the highlights from the Pre-Show event which took place on January 9th.

The Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop allows the user to place pots and pans anywhere on its surface. The Freedom Induction technology brings a greater degree of flexibility to cooking as the user doesn’t have to care about the size of the cookware. Energy losses? Not at all, the heating elements conform to the size of the pots. An incredible idea for overcrowded kitchens like mine.

Fujitsu presented a waterproof tablet and smartphone. The tablet runs on Android 3.2 OS and the smartphone is apparently the world’s thinnest model at 6.7mm. Both can be submerged up to 1.5m, but no longer than 30 minutes. I don’t really know about the utility of the waterproof tablet but looks like the smartphone could be a great choice for water sport enthusiasts.

The Oregon Time and Wireless Charging Station uses Qi-enabled technology and has been recipient of the CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award. Apart from charging Qi-enabled mobile devices (or iPhone 4 with the use of a Qi-enable sleeve) it features a projection clock, it tells you the weather and it reads the temperature. What else could you ask for?

The iHome iP4 Portable Stereo Boombox is a personal favourite, not much innovation involved but I have always wanted to walk down the street with a boombox on my shoulder…

What do you think of these gadgets? Let us know in the comments section below!

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