If you are looking for the latest technology developments to dazzle your friends - or yourself - then look no further than the International Consumer Electronics Show which has just kicked off in Vegas.
One thing's for sure - the interconnectedness of the technologies now available means that we have moved right into a year where we can work anything from anywhere. I can switch on my aircon in NZ - even if I was in Vegas - or turn on the home monitoring micro-camera from the office to see the faces of those who have just triggered my house alarm. I can tap my credit card on my ultrabook to pay for stuff and turn my phone into a gaming console for a quick play while I wait.
Here are my top five 'most excited about' announcements so far:
- Intel is to bring gesture based computing to its new ultrabook technology (think Minority Report)
- Acer unveiled the world's thinnest laptop
- Huawei reveals its ultra-thin smart phone
- TV shifts to OLED technology
- Tobii Technology's eye tracking system that allows users to scroll, play and navigate using their eyes alone
If you like checking out the new and you can't get across to Vegas in the next couple of days (I wish) then you can follow the updates and breaking news on CESweb.org/news or check out the YouTube channel from CES Unveiled.
Here's some honourable mentions, including 'print your own objects' now available for the consumer.
A neat scanner mouse that will cause more copyright havoc no doubt...
And for a general round up of things green, comfort-inducing 'work it from anywhere' innovations, here's their taster: