CES 2012 Wrap-up: More than just gadget news


The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is officially over.

Electronics are infiltrating everything we use, and the halls of 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here in Las Vegas are now home to the manufacturers and suppliers of the consumer electronics that we call automobiles. Amid acres of gizmos, Delphi displayed their “MyFi Connecting with Safety Vehicle”—an electronic smorgasbord of what is possible in today’s connected car

Sony displayed two aftermarket A/V car receivers at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that not only control your smartphone, but they can become your smartphone.

CES 2012: TOSY SketRobo draws what it ’sees’


In the Robotics area at the Consumer Electronics Show , one little automaton caught our attention: The SketRobo (seemingly also named the Sketch Master), from TOSY Robotics, sat quietly creating tiny, perfect drawings as the hubbub of the show swirled around it. This particular SketRobo model was there for demo purposes and was drawing preset images, but when the ‘bot ships in September of 2012, it will have a camera with motion detection and facial recognition built in and be able to sketch from life. We’re looking forward to seeing how well that works! It’ll be quite affordable, as well, priced at around $50, the TOSY rep told me

Audi brought some interior bits from the upcoming A3 redesign to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While the console, dash, and other pieces on exhibit don’t give any hints of what the exterior of the redesigned compact will look like, the display makes a dandy way to show some new features coming to Audi Connect

While much of the buzz at any Consumer Electronics Show revolves around the sexier kids in school — TVs, computers, cell phones — there is a quiet rumble surrounding the impending release of a horde of “connected appliances,” which is a blanket term for fridges, washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves and ovens that communicate in some way with each other and maybe with the outside world.

At first glance, it would appear the camera industry is in trouble. Some of the smart phones introduced at CES have specs that equal or surpass cameras: 16-megapixel sensors, displays as big as 5.3 inches and the ability to shoot HD video at 1080p. Plus, smartphones have much more intuitive interfaces and can instantly upload photos and video to the internet for instant sharing.

CES 2012 Video: The hot products to watch


There are hundreds of thousands of products on display at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Only a handful caught the eyes of the Consumer Reports experts attending the trade show, however

In less than a year, AT&T went from swallowing up T-Mobile USA for for $39 billion to owing T-Mobile’s German parent company $3 billion in cash and another billion in spectrum because that deal slammed into the regulatory roadblock at the FCC and the Justice Dept . Speaking for the third year in a row at the Consumer Electronics Show, FCC chair Julius Genachowski defended his agency’s actions against the deal. “It was a reminder of the benefits and power of competition,” Genachowski told host and President of the Consumer Electronics Association Gary Shapiro

Speech-based controls have become the center of attention among consumers, in part due to the success of Siri on mobile Apple products such as the latest iPhone. And voice recognition are among some of the features in new products— HDTVs , tablets , smart phones and even cars —on display at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show .