Welcome to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show – and a $70,000 ‘smartest’ TV from LG

105UB9_2[20131219082437740]We exaggerate: LG’s new curved screen telly, the smartest of smart TVs it seems, newly unveiled at the Consumer electronics Show in Las Vegas, actually costs $69,999. Who needs to save a dollar?

LG is also offering a G Flex curved phone with a “flexible” 6-inch display, bendable screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 mobile processor and 13 MP camera, set for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint devices. No prices yet, but probably a bit less than the telly.

Anyway, the world and its aunt (including, no doubt, hundreds of tech-obsessed agencies) are milling around the exhibition halls of Vegas to see what we’ll all obsess about this year.

Here, courtesy of the ever-useful Brandchannel, are some of the other early-stage goodies:


– Dish switched gears from the Hopper and introduced new versions (aka a ‘troop’) of its Joey, the Super Joey, the Wireless Joey and the “Virtual Joey,” the latter actually an app coming to Sony’s PS3 and PS4, so gamers can use those consoles as virtual Dish set-top boxes.

– Roku announced the Roku TV platform, partnering with Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL to manufacture the first sets with six models slated to launch this fall in sizes from 32 to 55-inches. Roku TVs can access 1,000 plus channels, with cross-platform search for movies and TV shows, and a ‘simple’ user interface.

– Samsung revealed its own curved 105-inch Ultra HD TV and smartphone, along with brand partnerships for UHD content.

– HP’s Slate21 Pro is an all-in-one PC complete with an Android interface, keyboard and mouse, and the tablet doubles as a display monitor with an IPS touch screen adjustable for changing work environments. $399.

– Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 8 runs on Windows 8.1, with a front and rear-facing camera, eight hours battery life, USB, HDMI and MicroSD ports, and 3G, 4G LTE or Wi-Fi connectivity. $399.

– Vuzix V720 headphones create a virtual screen for watching movies or playing games and connect to PCs, mobile devices, and game consoles, with a visor that supports 3D HDMI content.

– Netamo’s “June” bracelet tracks exposure to the sun, monitoring UV rays and warning of sunburn or time to reapply sunscreen. Designed by Camille Toupet, June stands out aesthetically compared to other wearables. $99

– Pebble Steel is $100 more expensive than the original smartwatch which debuted at CES 2013, due to a more classic watch design and generally higher-end materials. Available for pre-order now, shipping January 28th for $249.

“The industry is trying to move on to the ‘new new thing’ now that the smartphone market is becoming saturated,” notes the New York Times. “That, in a nutshell, is what CES. is all about this week: the battle to be in the next generation of computing, whether it is in your car, on your TV or on your wrist.”

Phew – feeling tired already.

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