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CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies

What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
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LG is bringing lots of televisions to CES, including new Google-infused models that feature an improved user interface and are responsive to voice commands. Those sets weren't part of Sunday's festivities, but the company did haul in its gargantuan 84-inch Ultra HD TV. The company recently announced that the model would be complemented by 55-inch and 65-inch models, both of which will be part of LG's main CES exhibit.

Winner of the Video Display category at the 2013 International CES Innovations Awards, the TV boasts 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution, pushing 8 million pixels per frame for an image four times denser than those offered by 1080p sets. It also includes 3-D capabilities and access to LG's Smart TV ecosystem, which includes upwards of 1,400 apps. Not a lot of content is available for 4K -- a point that was perhaps unintentionally underscored by the fact that the CES Unveiled exhibit continuously looped a series of time-lapse videos. The chance to bask in a high-res Hollywood explosion or car chase was nowhere to be found. Even so, the imagery was arresting and vivid, if a bit oversaturated.

Despite a lot of hoopla, Ultra HD is still seen as a niche market -- and with a $20,000 price tag, LG's model illustrates the primary barrier to entry. Then again, at only 80% the cost of Sony's comparable 4K set, this TV might be -- at least to affluent home entertainment enthusiasts -- a bargain.

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/14/2013 | 10:59:18 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Get a phone with Android 4.2, turn on the built-in "Always-on VPN" option. Done.

Though $50 a year isn't terrible for the service. Assuming it's decent (though looks like it requires stupid proprietary service) and speedy.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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1/14/2013 | 5:39:42 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Thanks for pointing that out, vk. You're right; the screen is almost 83% larger diagonally, which is different than the increase in overall screen surface area.
rw
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rw,
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1/14/2013 | 4:01:58 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Nectar Pod batteries for $9.99 and $300.00 for the base unit? Who is 2 weeks without power? Put a LI-ion battery in a box with a USB connector - done. Actually did it 2 months ago. Cost $5.00
robotanna
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robotanna,
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1/14/2013 | 2:46:01 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
No kidding, I'd easily pay $50/year for a set it and forget it VPN that I often forget I have running
vk
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vk,
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1/14/2013 | 2:41:49 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
A quick comment on the 3M screen, 46 -> 84 is the diagonal, but the screen is over 230% bigger, not 80%. You're talking about a screen that feels over 3x the size.
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Byurcan,
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1/9/2013 | 4:28:10 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Come pretty cool stuff, wouldn't mind having my own drone!
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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1/9/2013 | 1:29:54 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
I like the idea of invoking a VPN specifically designed to protect data on mobile phones. I would be interested to see how stable it really is. If so, I think this will be a hit.
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