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CEA has a small side show two days before the main CES that shows off many small companies, and a few big ones.  With some exceptions, this year's "CEA Unvieled" was dominated by phone and/or tablet oriented peripherals.

Witness the HAPIfork from HapiLabs.  It is only appropriate that after the holidays, when all the diet ads appear on TV, we now find a fork that helps you lose weight?  How does it do so, you ask?  It times when you start and stop eating, how many bites you take and how much time between bites.  Plug this data into your App (USB version in April, Bluetooth version in Q3) and you get an analysis that helps you lose weight.  Cheaper than other diet plans at $99.
Lilliputian Systems can charge your phone 10 to 14 times when you are on those long wilderness trips.  The fuel cell (cells are shown in photo) come in $10 cartridges and plug into a $299 base.  Each cell provides 55 Watt hours. Lilliputian Systems Anyone can go out and buy a fancy cover for their iPhone, but not everyone has one that they designed themselves.  Now you can be that person with your own design.  You download a free App from Sculpteo and design your iPhone cover in 3D.  Press "Send" and five days later you have your own cover for $25 to $39, depending upon complexity. Sculpteo
Felt Audio KubxLab sells a cover for your iPhone called the "AmpJacket" that passively amps up the audio coming out of your phone.  It sounded pretty loud, even in a noisy room.  $35. Felt Audio Prefer the traditional Bluetooth type audio amplifier?  This one is a fairly compact unit.  Sound quality was difficult to hear in the noisy room.  This speaker can clip to the back of your phone or stand up on its own.  Available Q2 for $99.
While other phone controlled helicopters can fly around, this one lets you "shoot" your opponent's helicopter.  Five shots and the helicopter is "dead".  Or, if you only have one helicopter, you can shoot at a table target that shoots back.  $70 per helicopter from Beewi. beewi Alarm.com is one of the companies that has a phone oriented alarm and home management system (lights, heating, too).  Unlike the IRIS system sold by Lowe's, the Alarm.com system requires a monitoring subscription ($40 to $50 month).  Installation can run about $150.  One trick it has is to adjust heating and lighting based on where you are. Alarm.com
Allure Energy If you prefer to avoid the service fee and you only want to control your HVAC, Allure Energy can seel you their Eversense system for $349.  It works with NFC-capable phones because the two pads you see in the photo let you place your phone in awake and sleep modes.  Seems a little awkward, but perhaps control freaks would like it. Canopy Sensus

Shown here is the Sensus from Canopy Co.  It is a phone cover that adds touch controls to the back and sides of the phone case.  At first it was difficult to figure out what this was good for.  But, consider one app that lets one touch the back of the phone to type in braile.  Not sure if braile users would find this useful, but it is certainly unique.  Works with iOS, and is out this summer for $60.
Atmel is partnering with Corning's Gorilla Glass to give curved surfaces touch input.  The system in called XSense.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of this.  Certainly, one can imagine kiosks, etc. Atmel Xsense Some people carry a phone only to use in an emergency.  When such an emergency happens, the battery is dead.  This phone from SpareOne uses one AA battery.  You do not need a cell phone plan - it works with anyone; but, it only calls 911 (or equivalent emergency number).  A new version adds a form of geotracking so that people can figure out about where you are (it is not based on GPS) Spareone
Netamo In case you are wondering, you can now read inside and outside temperature, noise levels, barometric pressue, CO2, and even Air Quality from your phone.  Netatmo uploads all this to the cloud where you can see it graphed out.  $169 Parrot The little blue device is a sensor that reads moisture, temperature, lighting and fertilizer level.  Sort of the equivalent of the Netatmo device, but for your plant.  This plant monitoring system will be coming out later this year from Parrot, but no price has been set.
OK, now for the device that any frequent flyer will have to have.  Trakdot will start to sell you their Tracdot Luggage device for $50 and $13/year.  It tells you if your luggage made it to the same airport you are in.  If it didn't make it, it tells you where it is.  It is GSM based, so it works worldwide.  It turns on and off automatically, so the battery lasts a "long time" and is compliant with airlines. Trakdot Sharp started with several minutes of explanation of how their company is in good health with lower expenses, etc.  Hmmm...
That said, they showed one of the more promising technologies - "IGZO" - Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide.  IGZO replaces the much slower amorphous Silicon used for transistors in today's LCD displays. IGZO is 20-40x faster and many benefits result, such as more display area used for display instead of transistors.
The photo is of their 4K (32 inch) monitor that uses IGZO. Q1, $7.3K.  A version with touch comes out Q3 for $8.5K
 No TVs use this new process yet, but several phones exist in Japan.
Sharp IGZO  monitor

Quite frankly, showing TVs in a photo is a challenge because one cannot really appreciate them unless they are seen in person.  So, instead of photos of TVs sporting OLED, Big 60 to 100" Screens, 4K (or 8K) resolution, Gesture Controls, "Phone is your Remote", LED matrix lighting, 3D, Apps (e.g. Netflix, Youtube, Skype, Facebook, HSN, etc.), built-in 2.1 speakers, etc., let us just say that the major CE vendors all talked about having some combination of these features in their "biggest lineup of TVs ever".
Note to TV Marketing Staff - when you have over 20 models to cover just 4 screen sizes (all in black),
the consumer no longer understands what you are trying to sell them.
Panasonic Toaster

With TV sales and margins challenging major CE companies, we are seeing more diversification in product categories showing up at CES.  As an example, the item to the left is a new toaster from Panasonic.  Personal note: the first time I saw the Panasonic brand was on my parent's rice cooker when I was a child.  As you can see, they still make them.  I don't mean to pick on Panasonic here - LG, Samsung, etc. are all trotting out appliances, some "smart", some traditional, at CES. Christie Street

Speaking of venturing out, Christie Street is trying to be a sort of crowd sourcing version of Sand Hill Road for new product ideas.  Products must be physical in nature, like the doorbell shown on the left.  Christie Street helps to fund startups via pre-sales.  For example, they started last month with this doorbell and have generated $160K towards a $250K goal.  Christie Street keeps 5%.
Are you a golfer that always slices the ball into the weeds?  Attach the Swing Tip to your club, hit a few balls, upload the swing data into your tablet via Bluetooth and see an analysis of your swing, including a graphic view from different angles of your swing path.  $129, available now  Swing Tip What sets this noise cancellation earphone set from the others is that it connects to your player via Bluetooth. They claim 95% noise reduction (but they didn't know over which frequencies).  Called the PS210BTNC, it sells for $159. Phiaton
Invensas Invensas developed a chip interconnect technology to help shrink memory boards in blade servers.  Now DELL is using this technology for tablets and notebooks.  The small board on the left holds the same amount of memory as the PC board on the right (there are 8 chips on this board, front/back).  Not only is it smaller, it is cheaper, saving about $20 in this case. iMusic iMusic is doing a Kick Starter, trying to raise $50K, for this Body Rhythm product.  Listen to your music in a whole new way, with vibrations that go with the music.  They say it will go on the market for $169, but a Kick Starter price is $69.
Here is another do-it-yourself home security system.  The iSmartAlarm has a kit that includes what you see for $250.  Like the others, it uses the phone for the UI, and Z-wave for device communications. iSmart Alarm You wear this Lark Life on your wrist and it tells you about your activity, suggesting that you do more exercise, for example.  A charge lasts 2 days and it communicates to your phone via Bluetooth.  $149 Lark Life
Corning Corning got big on fiber optics, and now they are applying their knowhow to optical cables for USB3 (30m) and Thunderbolt (100m).  HDMI is not yet available.  Pricing is TBD Logitech Gamers look for every advantage they can get, including knowing every shortcut key code in the game.  Now, with the Logitech G600 mouse you have an extra keyboard at the tip of your thumb for that extra competitive edge, pun intended.  $80
Ever try to sign an electronic document, particularly one in PDF format (incidently, I needed to do this just today).  With DocuSign you just open the document in their application and drag your signature to the right spot.  You can fill in other things, like date, name, etc.  Signing is free for the person doing the signature, but the company that needs to read the signed document pays a fee.  There are 55,000 companies, they claim, that do so. DocuSign This line of watches from Martian works with your smartphone to do all kinds of things.  Use the watch to secretly read text while driving (or better yet, don't), hold coversations, take a picture from your phone by pressing button on the watch, and all kinds of tricky little tricks.  Comes in various colors for $149 to $299, starting in March Martian
BASIS Another wearable body monitor here, this time from BASIS.  This measures a couple of unique things.  In addition to heart rate and motion, it reads temperature and persperation.  Works with Android only, and communicates to the phone or tablet via Bluetooth.  $199 hipKey This multipurpose gadget can be used to detect if your purse just moved, if you phone was left behind, if your child just walked off, or if you misplaced something.  It is called the hipKey and it just started selling in Apple stores for $90.  A charge lasts about 2 - 4 weeks.
Here is another body monitor.  This one from Zensorium is called the Tinke ($119) and it measures breathing rate, blood oxygen, heart rate.  It plugs into your iPhone 4 (version for iPhone 5 comes later). zensorium tinke OK, I have to admit to wasting many a quarter on pinball machines while in college.  Now you can buy your very own full scale pinball machine for just $2500 from the people that make them for real - Stern.  A "professional" version of this same machine would cost 2 or 4 times as much. Stern
CES - Day 1
Having noted the Panasonic Toaster earlier, it is only fair to now talk about their keynote address.
CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga's talk was a sort of relaunching of the Panasonic brand.  Yes, they showed some TV items, but the bulk of talk was spent on the company's role in energy, automotive, avionics and business products.  Most people don't realize that Panasonc has been a diversified company for many decades.  As I said earlier, my first memory of Panasonic as a child was of their rice cooker.
Kazuhito Tsuga - Panasonic

Panasonic OLED

Panasonic MyTV
Panasonic has been ramping up OLED research.  They used the keynote to show off their 56 inch, half inch thick, 4K OLED. Availability & price TBD.

By the way, the consumer name for "4K" is Ultra HD, or UHD - but we'll use "4K" on this page.

Something you will be able to buy soon in their "MyTV" interface. It uses facial recognition to bring up your personal home screen when you say "MyTV".  Your wall paper, choice of apps and links appear.  Expect this style of TV interface from everyone.  In fact, Panasonic just joined the Smart TV Alliance.
TV's aren't only things that are looking more like smartphones - Chevy is working with Panasonic on "MyLink" which lets you put your choice of new Apps in your car's dashboard years after you bought the car. Now you don't have to buy a new car just to get the latest features each year.

Also shown here are examples of the LED lights Panasonic uses to light up the Tokyo SKYTREE.
Panasonic Chevy MyLink

As a sample of their business oriented products, Panasonic showed a new 20 inch tablet with 4K resolution and touch/stylus interfact.  The larger size and higher resolution is something that some professionals will find very useful.

Panasonic 4K 20 inch tablet

Cao Gadgets We move from the well established to companies that are barely off their training wheels.

Here we have Cao Gadgets that wants to sell various sensors that you can scatter about to measure temperature/motion, moisture and current (0.1 amp resolution). The Temp/Motion sensor is $18.  Proprietary RF is used for communicate with a base station.
Now, if they can just shrink these
BakBone A simple, yet useful product - BakBone is launching a way to hold your tablet with one ring finger. This ring is magnetic and clicks onto a magnetic disk that you glue to the back of your tablet, so you don't have to have to have the ring attached all the time.  Doctors and other professionals might like this convenience. $35.
If you've watched golf on TV, you see all kinds of fancy graphics showing a player's shots, a live leader board, etc.  If you've played in a smaller tournament, you are left in the dark.  Now, with ShowMeGolfers.com your club can bring a lot of these features to your own home course.  Players use the GSM device to mark where they are and shots taken.  Graphics showing shots and leaderboards are automatically generated. ShowMeGolfers Max Virtual would like to sell, starting in March, a way for you to listen to music without headphones.  Instead, a pair of transducers are mounted into your hat of choice and sound is picked up via your skull.  Strangely, you actually hear the music better when you plug your ears with your fingers or something.  You'll be able to buy a self-install kit for $50, or buy one of their hats for $60. Max Virtual
Re-Time If you frequently suffer from jet lag, maybe you might benefit from Re-Time's goggles.  You wear these goggles for about 50 minutes in the morning after your trip and it helps your body to reset its body clock.  They claim that it works and that customers in Australia swear by it.  About $275. Syntellia Fleksy If you are visually impaired, like the person in this photo who is totally blind, how do you text or deal with the QWERTY keyboard? Syntelia has developed the Fleksy UI that you might think of as "T9 for QWERTY".  You can type by only touching keys that are close to the one you want and the system figures out what you meant.  Better than existing keyboards that try to do the same.  It optionally gives text to speech feedback and has other gesture commands.  It works with Android, and they hope to get it into iOS.
You know those little robots used by police and bomb squads?  Now you can own your own from Robotex.  While the two on the left are professional robots, the other two cost just $299 (blue robot) and $499 for the one that can climb stairs. Robotex If you are into robots but prefer to have a little playful fun instead, look at Modular Robotics.  They have about 16 different types, each with a preprogrammed function.  Clear blocks provide action (e.g. move, twist).  Black ones have sensors (e.g. light).  Colored ones provide different functions (e.g. red is "negate").  You click blocks together and they communicate with each other and work to do different things.  Also works with Legos.  A kit of 6 starter blocks is $160. A kit of 20 blocks is $520. Modular Robotics
Freer Logic Body Wave This device from Freer Logic is called the Body Wave. In Q3 it will be available in a smaller wrist band, reads you mind's wave patters (e.g. Theta and Delta waves).  From these readings it can tell if you are paying close attention to something, or if you are anxious about something, etc.  It is used to help in training, or to help people with attention problems.  It depends upon the application.  Versions cost $700 to $1800.  Side note: if you maintain a high level of Theta waves, meaning you are paying close attention, you'll soon have to go pee. Displair Advertisers are always looking for ways to get your attention.  How about a touchscreen display that appears to almost float in mid air? In fact, you can put your finger through this display.  The secret is that the display is projected onto a "vapor wall".  This display costs $15K, from Displair
Perpetua is located in Corvallis OR (where HP makes inkjets). They are selling a polymer sheet (TEGwear ) that generates power from body heat.  Depeding upon the person and conditions, one might expect from 50 to 100+ microwatts.  This power is just enough to power small monitoring devices that might communicate via a low power signal like Bluetooth.  They don't sell the end product, but various companies are using TEGwear for theirs. TEGwear Bluetooth speakers are one of the hot topics this year.  in2uit has taken the next logical step and made a stylish speaker that can be hung on a wall like art.  The 7 watt speaker's battery lasts 10 hours and costs $299. In2uit
RoadNarrows Several robot arms were being shown.  These arms are another example of industrial capabilities that are coming to the prosumer space.

The one of the left is from RoadNarrows.  It is a Beta unit because the base still needs work.  They call it Hekateros and this 5 axis arm will sell for about $10K.

On the right is the Robai from Energid.  This arm has 7 axis and can lift about 1.5 kg.  It also sells for about $10K.  A smaller arm can be seen in the back that sells for $5K.
Energid Robai
Earlier a helicopter that shoots down other helicopters with a laser was shown.  Here we have Combat Creatures - land roving spiders with attachable weapons, such as frisbee chips and plastic balls.  You aim for the legs.  A hit makes them pop off.  These will be out this Fall for under $100. Combat Creatures Here we have another watch that works with your iPhone via Bluetooth.  All the usual features, such as talk, mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, weather, stocks, news, etc.  What makes these stand out is their positioning.  A gold version sells for $17,000.  The silver version (shown in photo) is $2000.  These watches come from I'm Watch I'M Watch

Here is another product that reads your brain waves.  It comes from Neurosky. This one is a bit more of a toy.  Your thoughts control the helicopter's height.  It is sort of spooky when you see something physical being controled by your thoughts.  The kit sells for $189 and includes the head band reader, helicopter and IR blaster that talks to the helicopter.  This company was recently funded via KickStarter. Tethercell Tethercell has a product idea that will take a little thought to come up with practical purposes for.  Note the one battery that looks different than the other three.  It is a AAA battery, while the others are AA.  The AAA battery is in a plastic shell that has a Bluetooth controlled switch in it.  From your phone, you can turn the battery "on and off".  In this case, the light turns on and off.  They are using Indiegogo to raise $60K.
Cra-Z-Art has come up with a winner.  Their LiteBrix are Lego compatible and add bright colors to the things you make.  Shown in the photo are some of their soon-to-be-released products.  Their current line, more oriented to boys, sold out last Christmas after only a few months.  Kits cost between $20 and $120. Cra-z-art LiteBrix ZBoard (zboardshop.com) has a powered skateboard.  Believe it or not, you can go 17 miles per hour on one of these.  The range is 5 to 10 miles, depending on model.  The 5 mile version is $650, and the 10 mile version is $950.  You control its speed by leaning forward or backwards. ZBoard

CES - Day 2
Hisense Spent a little time amongst the big brands in the Central Hall today.  First thing one notices is that Microsoft (as they promised) is now missing in action.  The traditional spot they occupied is now taken up by Hisense. 
Korea and Japan are watching their rear-view mirror closely now.

Just to show that they mean business in consumer electronics, Hisense trotted out a full line of products, particularly in TVs.  Hisense can now co-claim to have the largest UHD LED TV, measuring 110 inches diagonal.  Not shown, but talked about next, is an auto-stereoscopic TV.
As just mentioned, Hisense is planning on an auto-stereoscopic TV.  It will be based on their 4K models because the technology comes from StreamTV.  StreamTV calls it Ultra-D.  The technology was designed by professor Walther Roelen in Eindoven.  Ultra-D does not use a traditional lenticular lens, though there are some similarities.  A four layer optical screen sits on top of the 4K display.  The pixels are manipulated to form subpixels, and the content is manipulated to match.  They claim that there are no sweet spots (unlike traditional lenticular displays), but one will notice some ghosting and wavering of the image when moving around.  Also, the 3D effect is optimized to a particular viewing range.  The overall results appear to be much smoother than lenticular lens based displays.  Display resolution is also helped by the fact that it starts with a 4K display.  Hisense TVs using this technology will come out about Q4 of this year, though a TV based on a 2K display will come out in Q2. StreamTV UltraD
LG LG (Samsung, Panasonic, etc.) devoted much more floor space to major appliances.  In LG's case, perhaps a 30% of their booth was filled with appliances.

The only thing of note here was the Tromm Styler.  This appliance takes the wrinkles out of you clothes and freshens them up.  Hotels use them.  It costs $20K, and is only sold in Korea.  No plans for the U.S. yet.

LG seemed to lead the pack in other forms of innovation, too.
LG There were a couple of TV's to note in the LG booth.

The one on the left is a 100 inch laser diode front projection TV with a 22 inch throw.  The projector is seen sitting just in front of the screen.  The bar under the screen is a sound bar.
This is an actual product that will come out in March (price TBD).  Interestingly, it uses a single DLP, not three.
The second TV to note is a 55 inch OLED TV with a curved screen.  Why curved?  Someone said that it would give the viewer a more encompassing viewing experience.  The actual reason is to get your attention.  Also, contrary to the sign, this was not the only curved OLED TV at the show.
Availability is tentatively "end of the year", and no price yet.
LG also showed their "Pocket Printer", which will go on sale in a few months for about $150.  Put you NFC-capable phone next to the printer and a 2x3 inch photo pops out about a minute later.  It uses thermal printing, not inkjet, so you need to buy special paper. LG LG Another clever LG product is their Ultrawide monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio.  Aside from letting you view Cinemascope (2.35:1) movies, the 2560 x 1080 resoultion might come in handy for more practical purposes.  The display is 29 inches diagonal.  Price is TBD
LG Finally from LG, this is their Smart Activity Tracker.  It tracks activity and location.  It has a GPS and accelerometer.  It links via Bluetooth to your phone.  Price is TBD. Sharp

Here is Sharp's 90 inch LED LCD TV.  Sharp's focus is on the larger screens.  When they start to apply their IGZO transistors to these TVs, they will be worth a strong consideration.

Sharp also demonstrated their "Moth Eye" coating.  This coating reduces glare and is said to be inspired by the moth's eye.  The photo to the left has the coating in the middle section only.  You should be able to tell the difference.
One of the issues with 4K, of course, is the lack of content.  One stop gap solution is to process 2K images to make them look 4K.  The results can be fairly effective. The Toshiba poster to the right explains a number of tricks they are trying. Toshiba Here is another way to address the issue of 4K content - don't use traditional cable, OTA or satellite providers.  Many movies are shot for showing in 4K today, so the trick is getting this content to the home.  So, Samsung and Netflix are playing with idea of "over the top" 4K movies. Samsung Netflix
Samsung This gives you an idea of what a 95 inch TV (LED LCD) from Samsung looks like when turned on its side for signage applications.  The guy in the photo said he is 6 feet tall. Samsung And here is Samsung's 4K LED LCD 110 inch display.  So, now as far as the display size arms race, it is between Samsung and Hisense, in case anyone is placing bets.
Just for the record, here is Samsung's curved OLED TV Samsung Also for the record, here is Sony's 56 inch 4K OLED display.  You might note that Panasonic showed their 56 inch 4K OLED display in their keynote address.  Sony and Panasonic collaborated on some of the printing technology, but it appears that they did not jointly make the same display. The two are actually different  designs.
OLED still has a poor reliability reputation, so it will be interesting what kind of prices (price is one indicator) we eventually see.
Canon Canon has departed from several traditional paths with their new PowerShot N camera.  This camera appears to be aimed at the "cool shooter". As you can see, the back touch panel display flips up, not to the side.  Old style viewfinder, if you will.  Or, if you hold the camera upside down, you could say it flips down. There is no shutter button.  You tap the display or part of the ring around the lens.  The ring also lets you adjust things.  It has 8x zoom and 12.1 megapixels.  Available in April for under $300. Sony This is Sony's PJ790V combination HD camcorder and projector.  This updated model now sports 35 lumens.  The claim is that it can project a 100 inch diameter picture, though it is a bit dim when doing so.  It has an HDMI input, so you can use this to project content from your tablet, etc.  $1600 for this version, but lower cost models exist that are as low as $350.
Now for a couple of gadgets from smaller companies

Plenty of companies have robot vacuum cleaners.  Some might even have robot lawn mowers.  But, you have a robot wondow cleaner?

Evonacs wants to sell you their Winbot for about $350, starting about May.  The photos show the front and back sides.

Instead of spying through those little wide angle viewers in the door, this PeepHole Viewer from Brinno lets you see who is at your front door on a small display.  One model can even record what it sees when a motion sensor or door knock triggers it.  A future model will let you detach the display and place it in another room  (uses Wi-Fi).  The version in the photo sells for under $100. Brinno
Day 3
HigherEd TECH There was an early morning talk by Walt Mossberg for the HigherEd TECH group. Walt started by observing that $60K/year for college is unsustainable and immorale.  But, throwing technology at the problem is not the solution, and schools have proven resistant to change. There is hope. New ways to think about "Time on Campus", Credentialing and Business Models are starting, and lower cost tech will make some of this new thinking possible. AWOX A clever idea from Awox - build wireless 10W speakers into "40W" LED light bulbs.  Play music from your phone via Bluetooth ($99) or Wi-Fi ($149).  This product can be useful for some.  It is currently monoraul, but stereo is coming for the Wi-Fi version.
These can't be used for surround sound because of latency issues.  They can, however be sync'd to each other.  Europe sees these in May and the US later.
Inside a plastic box, NVIDIA showed their "Project Shield".  This name is a placeholder until they introduce it in a few months.  It can plays Android and PC games.  You can use the builtin screen, or wirelessly (with low latency) see the video on your TV.  Perhaps one of the more unique points about this product is its business model.  Most gaming platforms rely on making money from game licenses.  NVIDIA plans to make money on just the hardware. Price is TBD. NVIDIA If you are a camera buff you know about HDR, the combining of multiple photos taken at different aperatures or speeds to get a high dynamic range photo.  NVIDIA has an parallel image processing approach that lets one take an HDR photo in about 200ms, which minimizes blur between pictures.  HDR fans will want this in their camera. NVIDIA
Whee Me We have robots for vacuuming, cutting the lawn, washing windows - now one to give you a massage. Whee Me will start selling these on Amazon in a couple of weeks for $69.  It also has a "Tickle Mode". Nikon

Nikon showed a new pair of interchangeable lens cameras, the S1 and J3.
The J3 (right) is 14 megapixel and has a mode dial - $599.  The S1 (left) is 10 megapixels, has no mode dial - $499.  These cameras are shown with optional lenses.  The J3 has a 10 - 100 (27 - 270 equiv), 4.0 - 5.6 lens that sells for $549.  The standard lens that comes with the camera is 11 - 27. Both use a 1 inch sensor.  Available in February.
The red camera is the CoolPix S6500.  It has a 12x optical zoom (3.1 - 6.5, so you sacrifice low light) and 16 megapixels.
Earlier it was noted that Hisense and Samsung shared in the display size race.  I overlooked TCL, which also has a 110 inch display.  In fact, as one might guess from their booth, this display was in the Ironman movie and is "Tony Stark's choice".  Of course, neither is available in the real world yet. TCL Chris Pedersen pointed these out to me.  LG has a scanner built into a mouse.  There is a long story behind these.  HP actually invented a similar scanner (project Zorro) over a decade ago, but it wasn't built into a mouse - it was a separate handheld scanner that let you "swipe" the page.  The scanner can reconstruct the page by noting where the scanner is on the page.  How did this work?  Well, it used sensors that could see the paper's texture.  The handheld scanner failed in the market, so Gary Gordon in HPL applied it to make an optical mouse.  Now virtually every mouse uses this technology.  What goes around, comes around. LG
Casio Seems that there were dozens of watches that "work with your phone" at the show.  Here we have the Casio G-Shock.  This one works with the iPhone via an App you download.  Relatively sparce functionality compared to some.  $180. Casio

This product from Casio shows more promise than the watch.  The top photo give a bit of a behind-the-scenes view.  The cartoon figure appears to be talking.  The image is projected onto a transluscent plastic that is cut out in the shape of the cartoon.  Casio helps you to create the graphics, but you can use a person, as seen in the 2nd photo.
Seeing these digital signs in person is very effective.  You can make them interactive, too.
These signs cost about $10K, but the LEDs used in the rear projector have a 20,000 hour life.
There are many LP to MP3 turn tables. This one from Ion Audio is a bit unique because of its docking station for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.  These are only $129. Ion Audio Parts of the North Hall of CES almost looked like you were in the Detroit Auto Show.  Full sized booths, like this one for Audi, were there from most of the major brands.  These were not the small booths of just a couple of years ago, but in some cases duplicates of ones used in the big auto shows.
When I first went to CES in the early 1990's the map showed "mobile electronics".  The term meant car stereos then.  Later, in the 2000's the term meant phones and MP3 players.  Now we have gone almost full circle, and the term applies to the car itelf.
SoloWheel Here is a different mode of transportation.  This came out a little over a year ago - the Solowheel.  One a single 1 hour charge you can go 10 MPH for 10 miles.  When you arrive, you pick up the 26 pound wheel and pop into your office. It has a built in gyro to stabilize your stance.  It is quite amazing to watch someone just hop on and ride it around.  This is not a toy.  It sells for about $1800. Sorry, after showing the Solowheel I just couldn't resist including this photo of a couple of gents riding their motorized wheelchairs.  Turns out someone is now renting these at the show and so these things were all over the place.
We end this day with a couple of "extreme" products.  Here we have the CompCooler from AD Technology.  A cooling unit that consists of miniature compressor (box on right side, midway up) and heat exchanger (top of case) pipes cool liquid to your CPU (middle left).  The unit has 300W of cooling power, allowing one to crank up the clock.  "Sample price" is $700. AD Technology My son likes to brag about his super bright LED flashlight.  I think I found one that will challenge his claim.  It comes from FourSevens.  It is 1,200 Lumens and you don't want to stare into it.  Most of the size and weight is in the copper that helps to keep the single diode cool. Available for $259.

Update: my son points out the following - Fenix
Four Sevens
CES - Day 4 

Here is another way that 4K TV vendors are trying to deal with the lack of content.  When you buy Sony's 84" 4K LED LCD TV you get this 4K player included, alond with a tablet that helps control it.  The player comes loaded with ten mainstream movies, plus some Indies and eye candy.  Sony will periodically send you a Blu-ray disc filled with more 4K content for free.  This free content service continues until a better solution comes around (like Blu-ray players that can play 4K directly, and discs that you can buy).  Sony is offering this "generous" free service now.  Just buy their $25,000 TV first. Sony Sony was showing their Xperia Z phone.  It has the usual things and is based on Jellybean.

The one thing that might stand out is the 13 megapixel camera with HDR.  They had a setup that let you compare your phone with their phone in a low light setting.  So, here is a photo of an iPhone 5 using HDR compared to Sony's phone (right).  The Sony phone did look a little nicer, with less of a blue tint when compared to Apple's.

Sony's phone comes out this Spring and price is TBD.
Pentax is taking custom colors to a whole new level with their Q10 camera.  The cameras shown here have a 5 - 15 lens (2.8 - 4.5) and are 12 megapixel.  The lens is interchangeable.  You go to the web and pick the colors you want from a choice of 100 possibilities.  $599 and a few weeks later your camera arrives.  Pentax If you've every wanted to own a jukebox, Crosley will soon (mid-year) have their model CR1205.  This jukebox holds 100 CDs.  It will sell for about $10K.

If that is too expensive, you can buy the CR1205 that can play a single CD and has a AM/FM radio. You can also slip your iPad into the front and play any music that you have in your iTunes (or Pandara, Spotify, etc.)  It is probably the fanciest iPad music speaker that you can buy, and it costs only $1799.

You've probably watched the "Help - I've fallen and I can't get up" ads.  One of the issues with these services is that they are limited to the a range of rooms in the home.  The service does not work if you are out of range.

LifeComm (now part of Verizon) has a watch (top photo), pendant or belt buckle that you can wear that uses the cellular network so the wearer can be almost anywhere.  It has a GPS and triangulation assisted location. It can be a panic button and it can sense a fall.  Battery last 3 days. Roughly $100 - $200 and $40-45/month.

Philips 'Go Safe' has upgraded their system in a similar way, though they can use their home-based base station, too.  The pendant has similar capabilities, but it also has voice communication. Battery lasts a week and it has a convenient cradle charger that lets you wear the pendant while charging. $200 plus $50/month.
PSiO PSiO claims that wearing this device will put you into a hypnotic state and in the course of 5 to 8 minutes you will be totally rested as if you had a 5 hour nap.  It also cures Jetlag and helps you to remember things better.

This fellow certainly looked relaxed. 

You can try to see if it helps you for $349.
Time to buy a new monitor for your computer.  ViewSonic will be introducing this 32 inch 4K IPS monitor later this year. Price is TBD ViewSonic 4K It is also time to buy a new car.  Here we have an inside view of the Tesla.  This photo was taken in the NVIDIA booth because their Tegra processor is driving the graphics.  Note the size of the display. Tesla
Whirlpool While traditional CE Mfrs move into Whirlpool's space, Whirlpool is playing with some concepts in a completely different space.

Here is one concept that they call the "Fireplace".  It tries to make objects into part of the conversation.  When you place a cup on the table, for example, you can twist the cup left or right and the lighting around the cup goes from red to blue.  It is suggested that the color signals if the drink should be hot or cold, but one can imagine other things that the color can signal - particularly at a bar.

A device in the cup is read by the table, if you care to know.  Don't expect this to appear anytime soon, if ever.  But, the concept fits perfectly here in Las Vegas.
Simply edit melody and words

click for mp3 audio

These two played the music you hear with the synthesized singer
Yamaha is taking synthesis to a new area - singing.

Starting in March you will be able to buy a $135 program called Vocaloid.  The photo shows a screenshot of the editor.  You enter the melody and words, plus some other data as needed.  The result is heard as a person singing the song that you just entered.  It does not play the music - that is done separately - but, their demo had a small band that played music as the synthesizer sang the words.  If you didn't know it, you'd swear that it was a real person singing. Click the link to the left to hopefully hear a crude recording made via a phone.

Yamaha will also have companion product called Megpoid that synthesizes the voice of singer Megumi Nakajima.
We close the CES portion with something a little different.
CES is constantly adding new market segments to the show.  Some of the recent market segments include photography (with inclusion of PMA), automotive, cable, digital cinema, health, and many more.  With so many new markets and companies, it is hard for a company to get attention. 
Here is a sign from one new vendor that didn't seem to have any trouble attracting attention. 
At times the line to this booth was quite long.
ICCE (International Conference on Consumer Electronics)
If you are not familiar with ICCE, think of it as the R&D counterpart to the Marketing done at CES.
Why would you care? Because the R&D folks are inventing the stuff that you will see in future CES events,
only they are talking about it now.
ICCE is run by the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society

Microsoft Research's Mary Czerwinski gave a talk about "Effective Computing", including summaries of several experimental projects that explore the use of sensors and compute power to measure emotions. Shown here is one try at measuring heart rate, skin conductivity and EKG with sensors built into a bra so that the measurements could be made without being visible to others (They tried men's boxer shorts, but couldn't read the heart accurately). The 2x2 diagram on the left is used to chart emotional intensity versus positive/negative emotions. 

The second photo shows a textured cloth wall that scrunches up when measured emotions show tension.  People see this and then watch the textured cloth "relax", which in turn helps them to relax, too.

The third photo is a "MoodWings" device that changes according to the tension measured by the wearer.  Can such feedback help drivers?  Particularly when such feedback seems to actually contribute to the stress? 

These, and other experiments are aimed at seeing how such feedback might help design better systems, environments and make better managers, etc.  Emotions are often thought of as the opposite of what computers are about, so it is interesting to speculate how Microsoft plans to build a business model around this research.
Panasonic's Koji Morikawa talked about a "portable" EKG system that doesn't need a gel to make good skin contact.  The key is an active electrode system that can measure realtime reistance and compensate for probe movement. The second photo compares active and non-active electrodes.

Having such mobility and portability opens up possibilities, such as more accurate hearing aid fitting, sports training, and sleep analysis.

Samsung is creating a way to clone facial expressions.  They have modeled the face to identify points that can be tracked on a real face.  These points are used to manipulate and avatar face in real time.

You might wonder what Samsung has in mind for this technology.  They say it is aimed at "better Smart TVs"

  Even though some may think that Samsung has moved on from working on 3D, here is a paper that shows some of the research they are continuing to fund. As you may see, 3D is a very tricky topic because the display is trying to trick the brain into thinking it is seeing something that is not really there.   This paper from Dong Wook Kim of Kyungpook National University talks about making a hearing aid that can link to a smartphone via Bluetooth.  While the example shown here shows a simple volume control, it is intriguing to imagine what other things one might do.  Interestingly, there were five papers, mostly from Samsung, on hearing aid research.  
   Ronald Williams, CEO for Landmark Group, gave a very good talk that summarized the state of 4K or Ultra HD TV in the industry. The slide on the left hints at the complexity of getting everything right.  It shows a monitoring panel for the Sony F65, the newest (video) camera that can handle 4K capture.  Most people don't realize the number of "knobs" that cinematographers can adjust. Not only does each captured frame contain a table of metadata explaining camera settings, but the resulting video then goes through all kinds of manipulation.  For example, "LUT" stands for Look Up Table, which is a matrix of numbers that tell people in postproduction how color has been adjusted.
The second slide lists some of the issues and directions that Ronald  sees happening in the industry in the future.  This is a paper that would sit well at the NAB, too.
Each year at ICCE, Sony sponsors the IEEE Masaru Ibuka award to people that have made significant contributions to consumer electronics.  This year's award when to Martin Dietz, Kristofer Kjorling and Lars Lilyeryd for the invention of AAC (standing left to right - sorry for blurry photo - I was using a backup camera). 

If you've listened to music (e.g. iTunes) or watched many forms of streaming video (e.g. MPEG4) chances are that you were hearing audio that was sent via AAC.
The second photo shows one of the original technical concept diagrams that launched the work on AAC back in 1997.  The third photo shows a comparison of audio quality from various audio codecs.  Note where AAC is when compared to MP3.

Dr. Teichner, CTO of Germany's Loewe AG, explained where TV is going.  While much of his talk stated some obvious trends in the industry, the slide to the left is a good summary of some of the challenges facing TV manufacturers today.  TVs have rapidly evolved from showing TV to sophisticated displays that might be thought of as 60 inch tablets.  But, with one foot in the past (traditional TV services) and one in the future (non-linear entertainment) the designers have plenty to do.

Even though ICCE is held in the U.S., papers are dominated by authors from Asia, and some from Europe.  Here we have a paper from Joshua Benjestorf from NMC Corporation and University of California, Davis.  It explains a way to make a waterproof USB3 connector using capacitive coupling. Such a connector might be useful for waterproof cameras, for example.  Interestingly, high frequency performance is actually better then direct metal-to-metal contacts becuase impedence and reflections issues are tamed.
There was a lot of interest in gesture technology, the ability of systems to recognize various hand and body movements as commands.  The Microsoft Kinect game put this technology in the mainstream.  Now companies want to make everything you see Tom Cruise do in the movie Collateral Damage come true.
Here we have a paper from Samsung  on how to get gestures to work down to the level of the hand.  In this case, they talk about how to recognize if the hand is open or grabbing.