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Unique gadgets at CES 2012

Here’s a round-up of gadgets that stood out at this years’ Consumer Electronics Show

business Updated: Jan 17, 2012 01:51 IST

If you’re tech savvy, but couldn’t attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas, here’s a lowdown on some really innovative and unusual gadgets that were on display at the show. From stylish cellphones, uber cool laptops to slim TV and unusual motorised shoes, here is a look at some of the products that attracted maximum spotlight during the four-day show.

The Dot IPhone lens attachment
The $79 Dot clips on to an iPhone, aligning with the lens of the camera, and allows the smartphone to shoot 360-degree panoramic video. A version of Dot for the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone will be available in the first half of this year. More models for the Android phones are expected later.

The MakerBot Replicator
The MakerBot Replicator from New York-based MakerBot Industries, is known as a 3D printer and can make objects as large as a loaf of bread by working off of a blueprint fed into the machine. It is loaded with some interesting features and costs $1,749 (Rs. 90,000 approx).

Nokia lumia 900
The Lumia 900, which is powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software, was named best cellphone at CES. Pricing and availability were not announced for the Lumia 900, seen as Nokia’s bid to break into a US smartphone market dominated by Apple’s iPhone and handsets powered by Google’s Android software.

Motorised shoes
An invention of industrial designer Peter Treadway, the battery powered high-tech footwear allows users to glide along at a speed of up to 10 miles per hour (16 kilometers per hour). The shoes will begin shipping in March and will cost $649 (Rs. 34,0O0 approx).

The Asus Memo 370T
The tablet computer from Asus Taiwan was named best tablet at CES. It has a seven-inch (17.8 cm) screen, is powered by the latest version of Android software for tablets and costs $250 (Rs. 13,000), half the price of the cheapest iPad.

BlueStacks for Windows
BlueStacks, an Android app player for Windows Windows 8, was named best software application at CES. It provides Windows users with access to the hundreds of thousands of Android applications.

The Blast Chiller
It’s not going to change the world, but the Blast Chiller does promise to chill a beer in just five minutes. The Blast Chiller distributes cold air in a compartment of a new LG refrigerator to quickly cool down cans or bottles.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre laptop
The HP Envy 14 Spectre laptop from US computer maker Hewlett-Packard was one gadget to watch out for. The Windows-powered HP Envy 14 Spectre was named best computer at CES and is known as an “ultrabook”. One of the several dozen ultrabooks unveiled at CES, the HP Envy 14 Spec-tre is to go on sale in February for $1,399 (Rs. 72,000 approx).

The Ascend P1S smartphone
At just 0.26 inches (6.68 millimetres) thick, the Ascend P1S smartphone from China’s Huawei is the world’s slimmest smartphone, according to Huawei. The Android-powered Ascend P1S is to go on sale in Europe in March and worldwide in the following months. It is expected to sell for around $400 (Rs. 20,500 approx).

First Published: Jan 16, 2012 18:19 IST