CES 2013: Hottest gadgets at the show
Best gadgets at CES 2013 is what we're all about at Pocket-lint. Our team is on the ground in Las Vegas as we speak, scouring the show floor for the very finest technology the coming year has in store. When we find something that we think qualifies as one of the hottest gadgets of CES 2013, we'll be adding it to this list.
Don't forget to follow the links for a closer look at each one, including hands-on pictures and first look impressions from the team. What's more, make sure to stay tuned to all of our CES 2013 coverage on our CES 2013 homepage.
As part of the Samsung CES keynote address, the company screened a video created by Microsoft Research which shows a technology that may make the next generation of gaming rather interesting indeed. Instead of confining action to merely the screen, IllumiRoom features projected images to expand the playing field to fill the entire room, surrounding the gamer in a fully immersive graphical ambience.
It's not something that's completely unfamiliar as something similar appeared in the leaked Xbox 720 document that surfaced online back in June 2012. It suggested that the entire room could be used through cunning projection methods, and it now seems as if Microsoft is one step closer to make it a reality.
The Pebble smart watch, a bit of a Kickstarter legend, is now ready to ship. It is essentially an E-Paper watch which uses technologies such as Bluetooth and accelerometers to act as a wrist-mounted extension of your phone, as well as being a very cool customisable watch.
It's waterproofed to 5 atmospheres and is intended to be as tough as possible, allowing you to use the watch with apps such as RunKeeper, which will be coming about a month after launch. Android 2.3.3 and iOS 5 or later are required to use the Pebble app. Once you have it installed, then the app will allow over the air installation of elements such as new watch faces and added functionality. Pebble pictures
Lenovo IdeaPhone K900
We're getting a bit bored of all these 5-inch, 1080p mobile phones pouring out of CES 2013, so why are we including yet another one from Lenovo in our hottest gadgets at CES 2013 list? The interesting point about the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is that it runs not on an ARM chip but an Intel Atom CPU.
So far, Intel phone seem to have been largely mid-rangers with ideas of budget and focusing on long battery life. The K900, however, is intended as a flagship. It's got a 2.0 GHz CPU, it's just 6.9mm thick and it's got some kind of sexy, brushed metal chassis. No word on whether it's intended for the global market just yet. Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 pictures
Sometimes the small things are the best. CardNinja is a simple yet effective wallet replacement - or more of a card pocket really - that can stick on the back of most smartphones or cases. We know you're probably already thinking that your cards will fall out, but CardNinja has a sensei-like grip that can hold in one card or a whole bunch.
We can see a lot of practical use for the CardNinja: Subway or Oyster cards needn't go missing again; bulging wallets needn't be seen protruding from back pockets; or when you've got those dancing shoes on it offers a practical way to cut down on what you're carrying. CardNinja pictures
The Acer Iconia B1 is not a particularly jazzy tablet. What makes it special is that it will retail for £99 and it appears to be usable. The B1 comes with Android Jelly Bean, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Sensibly, there’s also microSD card storage too - are you paying attention Google?
The 2700mAh battery is something of a concern and there's no 3G but then there isn't a lot of perfectly good tablets which cost 50 per cent more. The proof of the pudding with this one is going to be whether or not there's any lag. There shouldn't be, but we'll see. Acer B1-A71 pictures
The iRobo Looj will sweep your gutters clean of debris, and it’s heading for the UK soon. The robotic cleaner specialists have been selling this gutter cleaner in the US for a few months now, but having surveyed the gutters of the UK and Europe, the company has made some tweaks and got the little leaf cleaner set up for our homes.
The idea behind the Looj is that it saves you from the relative danger of shinning up a ladder and brushing leaves out for yourself. Of course, it can’t fly, so you do need to shin up a ladder to put it in the gutter in the first place. And, it will need help accessing the various gutters around your house, because it’s too big to get around the corners. iRobot Looj pictures
ZTE Grand S
The Sony Xperia S might have got the drop on the 5-inch 1080p phone market at CES 2013 but the ZTE Grand S looks like a hot product all the same. You get that same 443 ppi screen and a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro chip, which certainly sits at the top end of the mobile spectrum.
The phone itself is One X thin at 142 x 69 x 6.9mm and in all honesty feels very similar also, albeit a lot thinner. There's also the requisite 13-megapixel camera and LTE. The only slight concern is the apparently small 1780 mAh battery. ZTE Grand S pictures
Scosche has used CES 2013 in Las Vegas at which to announced the BoomBottle, a wireless speaker designed to be carried on your bicycle. The housing is shaped to fit into a conventional bottle carrier on a bike frame, meaning you can simply slip it in and off you ride.
It has an IPX4-rated casing, so will withstand the odd splash, with a shockproof TPU exterior. Large rubberised buttons provide control, so you can skip tracks and change the volume. The wireless connection is Bluetooth, meaning the BoomBottle will be compatible with just about any modern mobile device. Read more
Pentax has revealed its latest compact camera, the high-end Pentax MX-1 at CES 2013, and we've had the chance for a quick play on the show floor. We love the retro styling, which evokes memories of classic camera models from the past, and with that substantive styling comes substantial weight too. Pentax has opted for brass top and bottom plates rather like a Leica.
There's unfortunately no dedicated viewfinder but the 3-inch display is a high resolution with 920k-dots setting it among the sharper screens you'll find on a compact camera, so there's plenty of detail. Naturally, in our limited time with the camera we weren't able to take it outdoors to see how it coped with reflections, but it does have an anti-glare coating, Pentax tells us. Pentax MX-1 pictures
Panasonic 4K OLED TV
Why have UHD or OLED technology in your telly when you can have both? That's the plan behind this joint venture between Panasonic and Sony which has produced this 56-inch 4K OLED TV prototype at CES 2013.
Panasonic says that what makes its OLED panel better than any others is the printing technology used to make the display. This method is said to dramatically reduce costs of production, increase yield rates and make the displays more reliable. Panasonic also claims that its printing process scales very well. So there’s no reason you can’t print both 24 and 56-inch screens using the same technology. Panasonic 4K OLED TV pictures
CST-01 E-ink watch
The CST-01 is the "world's thinnest watch". Using E Ink technology for the display, the screen is just 0.5mm thick and encased in a single piece of flexible stainless steel - making the whole watch 0.80mm in total and weight no more than 12g.
It looks essentially like a bangle or bracelet (depending on your location for the correct naming convention) and is currently making waves on Kickstarter, having made $36,690 of its $200,000 goal in just a matter of days. You can check out the CST-01 E Ink watch on the company's Kickstarter pageand even pledge some money to get one on release. CST-01 watch pictures
Huawei Ascend Mate
Sadly for Huawei, the Huawei Ascend D2 seems to have been trumped by the Sony Xperia Z listed below but there's currently no equal to the largest phablet around which is the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. There's only a 720p screen this time but the 240ppi density still makes it look sharp.
Keeping the display ticking over is a 4050mAh battery, which should see the device through the day, and a 1.5GHz quad-core chip which, in our brief hands-on session. Software-wise there's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Huawei's own Emotion UI, which from the looks of it isn't hugely interfering. Huawei Ascend Mate pictures
Kingston HyperX 1TB pen drive
Kingston Technology has announced it is launching a pocket size 1TB flash drive for those who need a lot of storage in a small casing, and always with them. Not content with being the biggest storage option for a flash USB drive from Kingston, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive also promises to be the fastest USB 3.0 Flash drive in the Kingston family, with speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write.
Coming in a 512GB storage size from today, the 1TB version will be available before March, the company has promised. The new drive also comes with a keyring attachment so you can carry it on your keys. No word on pricing, but expect it to be expensive. Read more | Kingston HyperX Predator pictures
Asus VivoTab ME400
Asus is hoping to replicate the success of the Nexus 7 for Windows 8 users with a new Windows 8 tablet - the VivoTab ME400. Promised in UK stores for £499 by the end of the month, the new tablet will be powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 Dual Core 1.8Ghz processor and come with 2GB of RAM. Coming in two flavours, there will be 64GB and 32GB storage options for the 10.1-inch 16:9 1366 x 768 resolution ratio screen.
The VivoTab will pack a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with flash and 1080p video recording and a - megapixel camera for video chats around the front. Where Asus is hoping the VivoTab ME400 will be a success is that it will give you the full power of Windows 8 rather than Windows RT as found on the Microsoft Surface, and promises 9.5 hours of battery life from a single charge. Asus VivoTab ME400 pictures
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40
Panasonic has announced a new flagship travel zoom camera at CES in Las Vegas that's packed with bundles of new features and tech including NFC to help make transferring pictures to other devices incredibly easy. It has a 20x optical zoom 24mm Ultra Wide Angle LEICA DC lens, an 18.1-megapixel sensor and a multi-touch LCD 920K resolution touchscreen display with pinch to zoom.
On the shooting side, the camera promises Light Speed AF, which Panasonic says achieves focus in just 0.1 seconds. There is also 10fps continuous shooting at the touch of a button, so you can capture and review a selection of shots, choosing the one you like best. And the NFC? Tap it against an Android phone with NFC running the Panasonic app and you'll be able to share pictures via a direct Wi-Fi connection. Panasonic Lumix TZ40 pictures
Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z phablet is a mammoth 7.9mm thick, 5-inch beast. It weighs 146 grams, and comes with a Full HD 1080p Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 that builds on the technology found in the company's 2012 range of phones.
But it's not just about a big screen. There is power behind the Xperia Z too in the guise of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor - the 1.5GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM - a 13-megapixel fast-capture camera, 4G LTE, NFC, and a 2400mAh battery which, with additional help from a new software feature from Sony, should give you more than nine days of battery life. Sony Xperia Z pictures
Nvidia has come up with something genuinely exciting in the gaming world with the announcement of Project Shield, a totally Android-based games console that looks like an all-in-one game controller. The real trick of the Shield though is its interaction with the PC. Nvidia has turned the controller into a media streamer that lets you play games from your desktop on your TV.
So your desktop streams the PC game over Wi-Fi to the controller, which in turn plays it on your TV or the attached 5-inch screen. The controller even runs Steam. Think of it like a Wii U for the PC gamer, making it finally possible to easily hook up your PC to your big screen TV in the living room. Read more | Nvidia Project Shield pictures
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon
There are times when computer manufacturers go a bit bonkers just because they can. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon falls into one such category. It's a 27-inch touchscreen "tabletop" computer. It's so big that, when we first saw the Lenovo Horizon, it had people gathered around it playing "virtual" air hockey against one another.
The Horizon comes with four removable controllers that can be placed on the screen's surface and used like joysticks. It's largely a wired solution but does feature a battery that will last two hours - just enough for a game in the house. We don't suppose anyone will be popping it in their backpack. Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon pictures
When Fujifilm unveiled its retro-styled, high-end X100 compact camera two years ago, it was received with rave reviews for the most part. Its autofocus speed, however, wasn't lightning fast - something the Fujifilm X100S, the updated follow-up to the original compact, looks to stamp out. How so? With the world’s fastest autofocus speed of just of 0.08 seconds, no less.
The X100S comes complete with the same 23mm f/2.0 Fujinon fixed prime lens and body styling as its predecessor, but adds two key new features: a newly developed 16.3-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor with updated processor to match, plus a new, higher-definition hybrid viewfinder system. Read more | Fuji X100S pictures
Samsung S9 4K TV
Samsung has proudly announced that one of the centrepieces for its CES presence will be an 85-inch Ultra High Definition TV. This comes after the set was awarded a CES 2013 Best of Innovation award and, understandably, the company is happy to cry out from the rooftops about it.
This LED panel boasts lifelike picture quality in ultra HD resolution with more than 8 million pixels, four times the resolution of Full HD displays. It uses an innovative enhanced dimming technology and a very high contrast ratio to deliver deep, real blacks and pure whites for greater detail. It will be unveiled at the manufacturer's CES press conference on 7 January and Pocket-lint will be in attendance to tell you exactly what we think. Samsung S9 pictures
Plastic Logic PaperTab
Offering a glimpse into what computers might look like in the future, Plastic Logic has unveiled a paper-thin flexible tablet PC prototype at CES in Las Vegas. Called PaperTab, the tablet has a flexible, high-resolution plastic display that looks and feels just like a sheet of paper.
However, it's a fully interactive flexible, high-resolution 10.7-inch plastic display powered by the second-generation Intel Core i5 processor. Where the technology aims to differ from your average tablet experience is that users will be expected to run an app per display rather than multiple apps on a single display - as we do now with regular "tablets" from Google and Apple. PaperTab pictures