Smartphone Representative: Pulls it out of the real world.
Robot: Have you visited our booth yet?
Smartscreen Representative: This huge 17-inch touch screen.
Maggie: This week, the city of Las Vegas has been taken over by the Consumer Electronics Show known as CES.This yearly event features cutting-edge gadgets, brand new devices and the more than 150,000 people who want to be the very first to get their hands on them.
Covering nearly two million square feet, CES 2013 has been showcasing 20,000 new products from more than 3,000 companies, breaking last year’s record in both space and number of exhibitors.
Since it first launched in 1967, CES has set the trend for what is next in technology. The annual show has introduced the world to the VCR , camcorder, DVDs, HDTV, Xbox and Blu-ray technology. But Apple has never taken part in CES and, for the first time, neither is Microsoft.
Molly Wood: A lot of companies are moving to the more Apple model of holding their own announcement to specifically create buzz around a product, and CES doesn’t let you do that. It’s easy to get lost in the noise.
Maggie: And some critics complain that many of the hot products that debut in Vegas don’t live up to their hype in the real world or never end up being released to the public. Yet many smaller companies say CES still offers them an opportunity to get the type of media attention that would otherwise be impossible. And that is why every year, millions from around the world watch CES closely to try to figure out what might be this year’s hottest new product.
David Katzmaier: CES 2013 is all about TVs.
Maggie: These TVs feature screens with incredible clarity and are ultra high-def. And they can practically read your mind.
David: One of the big TV trends this year we’ve seen is improvements in smart TV technology. For example, can recognize what you want to watch before you want to watch it and suggest shows; kind of a recommendation engine.
Maggie: Another big trend: devices that talk to each other, like this video game from NVIDIA that streams games from your Android phone.
If you want to get off the couch, check out this electronic skateboard that senses whenever you shift your weight. And why not give your hands a break. Take a flight in this helicopter that can be controlled entirely by your brain!
But all this trendy tech has the hefty price tag to match. Remember those high-tech TVs? Prepare to spend anywhere from $2,000 to an estimated $25,000.
Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.