CES 2012 gives look at what’s to come

The CES expo in Las Vegas has given the world an overview of the top consumer trends coming this year.

Smaller and thinner computing devices, more tablet PCs, connected cars, smart home devices and 3D and social TVs featured high on the list of innovations at CES, described as the world’s largest consumer technology trade show.

With global spending on consumer technology expected to pass USD1 trillion this year, and the mobile market alone expected to top USD1.3 trillion in the next few years, connectivity and the digital lifestyle is bigger business than ever.

Intel Corporation announced a number of advances across its smartphone business, including a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility and a handset by Lenovo based on the company’s new Intel Atom processor platform. Several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to come to market in 2012.

 “The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. Otellini also detailed Ultrabook category momentum and described how the company is innovating to deliver superior experiences across a range of mobile devices.

In just eight months, and built on a foundation of broad consumer appeal and ecosystem support, the category has gained strong momentum with a total of more than 75 ultra sleek, ultra responsive and secure Ultrabook systems expected to ship this year from industry partners.

He said this next generation of devices would expand the computing experience beyond anything realized today. Two Ultrabook concept designs powered by “Ivy Bridge” were demonstrated during the keynote speech.

Intel’s CEO promised that these devices will be more secure and eliminate the discussion on trade-offs for computing, like form factor, user interface or performance. He also said Ultrabooks will offer a flagship platform for a premium, no-compromise environment that helps deliver on the Microsoft Windows 8 promise of re-imagining Windows.

Applications specifically suited for the Ultrabook are available from the Intel AppUp center, a one-stop shop for the latest PC apps.

In addition to the phones, tablets and TVs on show, innovations grabbing attention included HzO’s WaterBlock, a coating that allows smartphones and other electronics to survive immersion in water.

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