2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the biggest tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada and the world’s largest annual tradeshow of consumer electronic products. The Consumer Electronics Show "CES" (CESweb.org) is sponsored by The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). CEA (CE.org) has more than 1,000 corporate members who design, development, manufacture, distribute and integrate audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless, landline communications, information technology, multimedia and accessory products, home networking, and related services. (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $190 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. The 2012 International CES® (January 10-13) was the largest in the show's 44 year history, with 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space.

International exhibitors and companies displayed and launched tablet computers, wireless 4G LTE, audio, digital content creation and distribution, digital imaging, embedded technology, gaming (digital entertainment), high-performance audio & home theater, home networking, in-vehicle technology, wireless & telecommunication communications, mobile electronics, navigation systems, satellite systems, home security & automation, digital video, consumer technology networking, broadband, content media, new business technology, delivery systems, accessories, computer hardware & software, the Internet via TV and a variety of other of products. The 2012 CES occupied the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, Central Hall and South Hall and the Hilton Convention Center.

Some of the companies and notable inventions or products at the 2012 CES tradeshow were (Alphabetically):

2K resolution 2048 px × 1080 px will eventually replace 1920 px × 1080 px.

3D television technology, without the use of glasses, was shown by multiple companies and will soon replace the use of 3D glasses to watch 3D content because the technology will not cause seizures or headaches, and can be watched for hours on end.

3dFusion's Auto Stereoscopic 3D Displays (AS3D) use a patent pending 2D to 3D content conversion depth mapping technology to produce a 3D picture without glasses. ASD screen sizes are available in 23", 42", 55" and 11' × 8'. 3DFusion live camera capture and ASD displays are supported by content conversion tools, video game plug-ins, post production editing suites for 3D content conversion and creation. The 3DFMax conversion process allows 3DFusion to use computer automation to make the 2D to 3D conversion process faster and less expensive than the competition. The conversion process allows the user to adjust the 3D depth to the user's comfort level.

4K resolution 4096 px × 2160 px cameras are available from Red Digital Cinema Camera Company (Red One) and Sony (CineAlta F65).

8K resolution 8182 px × 4320 px is being used to record and archive film.

Accupix demonstrated their 78g ibud 3D HMD (Head Mounted Display) which produces a screen size of a 100" (852 px × 480 px) and supports up to 1080p.

ACTIF produces linear and circular polarized lenses for 3D glasses

Bonus Sky Group showed its line of patented water treatment machines with scale suction and rust removal using high frequency technology and multi-sterilization and bacteriostasis using 02 and H202.

Dimension was demonstrating its iPhone app that uses the camera to produce measurements and dimensions of things.

DTI was showing its no glasses 3D HD high resolution back panel lenticular TVs using their patented (10 issued and 12 pending patents) Time Multiplexed Backlight® technology which does not produce resolution or brightness losses. 2D is switchable to 3D.

Google’s latest Android OS (version 4.0), released in December, is named Ice Cream Sandwich, and was shown on devices in many vendor's booths. Google's Android Market recently exceeded 10 billion app downloads and has grown to 1 billion app downloads a month.

Guangzhou Taiji Electronic Co. showed their ArtPro Nail Printer (Model V7+ and Model V6.1). Their device has thousands of colorful patterns or can receive any image through a USB port to painted on finger or toe nails.

Haier was demonstrating a video game controller (The BrainWave) prototype that uses brain waves to control actions. The BrainWave is placed the head where one sensor is against the forehead and the other clips to the earlobe. The controller uses NeuroSky technology (modified medical scanners that measure brainwaves like an EEG) and can recognize simple commands that come from brainwaves. BrainWave TV is available in China for around $3,000.

HighPoint Technologies carries the world's fastest RocketU USB 3.0 Host Adapter which is 400% faster than other USB 3.0 cards (dedicated 5 Gbps per port) and can support any USB on the market.

Home Ray Technology was demonstrating their Candy Music invention, a conduction portable speaker. The Candy Music can stick on any material and turn it into speaker. They demonstrated it on a cardboard box and a Styrofoam cooler to everyone's amazement.

iaPeel demonstrated its design your own skin for MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, tablets, eBook readers, gaming devices, etc. using any picture desired. The software and templates are easy to navigate and applying the skin to a device is easy using their patented tab system.

Institute for Disabilities Research and Training demonstrated their AcceleGlove (plus camera) technology, an input device for hand gesture capture (sign language). Their Two-way Gesture Translator can translate over 25,000 English words/phrases/idioms/symbols into American Sign Language (ASL).

Intel announced at CES that its "Medfield" Atom processor would be found in cell phones this year. Intel was demonstrating the Lenovo K800 on the AT&T network in their booth, although Lenovo plans to launch the K800 in China in the second quarter of 2012 on China Unicom's WCDMA HSPA network (21 megabits per second). The K800 shown was using a modified Android 2.3 or 3.0 (Gingerbread) OS and will supposedly be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)??? The Android Market was banned in China. It has a 1.6-GHz Atom "Medfield" processor, an X86 chip powering the Android OS, 4.5-inch 720p multitouch TFT screen, seven screens, apps button in the upper right corner, 1G memory (500MB internal storage), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Wi-Di, BlueTooth 3.0, GPS, a back 8 megapixel camera, a front camera, menu, home, and back buttons. The K800 battery provides 45 hours of audio, 6 hours of video, 8 hours of talk, and 14 days standby

Inventist demonstrated its Solowheel BC invention, an urban transport device (with two retractable foot pads and a carrying handle) using one wheel with a gyroscopic electric drive system that self balances and recaptures energy.

Kenxen Limited was displaying their portable magicscan scanning devices (300dpi / 600dpi / 900dpi JPEG or PDF format) with WiFi. magicscan scanners operate with or without batteries, Micro SD card or computer.

Lenovo invented the Yoga laptop, a 13.3" Ultrabook / Tablet (0.67" thick and 3.1 lbs) with a SSD hard drive and a dual-hinge that allows the screen to swivel completely around and fold over the top of the keyboard turning it into a 10 finger multitouch tablet. It transforms from a Windows 8 notebook to a tablet with up to 8 hours of battery life. The 13.3" display has a 1600×900 resolution. The Lenovo Yoga should be available the second half of 2012 (estimated price: $1,199).

Leonar3Do was demonstrating their Interactive Desktop 3D VR (Virtual Reality) Interactive Tool. Leonar3Do is the first complete and complex desktop VR
equipment available. The software uses head-tracking (the computer continually fits the displayed images to the current position of your eyes) and the user can manipulate (move, modify, color, rotate, dismantle or drop) a VR image as a real object. Leonar3Do comprises: a spatial input device (the "bird"), 3D glasses, monitor mounted sensors, Leonar3Do software, and a connection hub. The "bird" (3D mouse) operates in six degrees of freedom. The monitor mounted sensors continuously track the position of both the "bird" and the glasses (head), which sends information through the central unit to the Leonar3Do system software, where it continuously calculates the proper visualization angle from the position of the user’s eyes.

LG's 55EM9800 55" OLED TV was named CNET's Best of CES winner. LG’s introduced a refrigerator with a Blast Chiller drawer, which zap cools a can of soda in only 5 minutes or two cans / a bottle of wine in 8 minutes, the first time an appliance manufacturer has made this available to the consumer market.

Liquipel's patent pending waterproof nano coating can be applied to any electronics device to protect it in the event of accidental exposure to liquid. Liquipel permanently bonds to the inside and outside of any device. Devices are placed in a chamber, where a vapor is bonded to the inside and outside of the device.

The Lytro Light Field Camera won the Last Gadget Standing SuperSession competition, beating Playstation Vita, Autom Robot, Cotton Candy, WIMM, Origami, Svivl, Basis Body Band, Lenovo Yoga and Samsung Note with its camera.

Matsumoto Industry Co was displaying its Noji Lock Screw invention (a bonding screw) that it bought 15 years ago (US 5,868,536) and has been producing.

Microsoft was demonstrating their Windows 8 beta version and Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).

Nano HiFi displayed its micro boombox using their patented Multi Yoke Loudspeaker technology. This technology enables Nano HiFi to generate higher sound pressure levels at low frequencies. The frequency response graph on their website shows the increased low frequency output of their device.

Neo Reflection demonstrated its NEO Mouse, a 2D or 3D finger mouse which can also switch to a pen mode.

Perpetua was demonstrating their TEGwear thermoelectric film technology engineered for body heat harvesting.

QP Optoelectronics was displaying their 3D projection display technology. They developed a super short focal length pico projector. The projection ratio varies from 0.38 to 0.5. Projected at 10 cm produces an 11" image and at 40 cm produces an 40" image.

Rainbow Fish Fiber Optic has the first HDMI fiber optic cable (unlike typical copper HDMI cables) for the best quality audio and 3D, 1080p, 1080i, 4K, Deep color, and 16Gbps video content with lossless performance up to 1,000'. Rainbow Fish's proprietary electronics convert the HDMI electrical signal into an optical signal and transmits the light through the fiber. The fiber can be wrapped around a pencil without being damaged.

Razer's Project Fiona won the People's Choice online voting award.

Schema.org was not at CES, but in June 2011, Google, Yahoo! and Bing came together to create schema.org, a website to ensure consistency of structured data. HTML programmers and merchants can use structured data to take advantage of microdata which defines specific details about products on a website.

SETi (Sensor Electronic Technology, inc.) was displaying its UVC 356nm LEDs and its UV disinfecting technology (approved by the U.S. Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency) which has been demonstrated to disinfect drinking water to NSF standards, and has been shown to be effective on surfaces and air. UVC 356nm LEDs are highly effective on eliminating bacteria, viruses, protozoa and mold spores with no toxic by-products or volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.

Skunk Juice was demonstrating their magnetically connectable Ear Buds. Four friends can magnetically connect their Skunk Juice Ear Buds to listen to the same music.

SMK was demonstrating MAXIM's MAX 1185x capacitive touchscreen multi-touch controller (more than then simultaneous touch points) designed to work with a wide variety of capacitive screens. SMK has made the technology work using gloved hands. The technology can be used in mobile phones, handheld devices, navigation devices, digital picture frames, multifunctional printers, and tablets. Maxim also provides open source software that supports common touch input functionality and provides full solution support to integrate haptic (tactile) feedback into capacitive touch projects.

SOLARMER Energy displayed its flexible organic solar cells, known as OPVs. They can deliver power at less than $0.50 a watt. Solarmer has broken the world record for OPV efficiency four times in the last two years. Solarmer was the first company to break the 8% efficiency barrier. Solarmer has multiple patents covering device architectures: inverted cells, tandem cells, and transparent cells.

Sony was demonstrating its VPL-VW1000ES 4K SXRD $25,000 Projector, the first true 4K projector. It can display a maximum resolution of 4096 × 2160 / 8,847,360 pixels or 3840 × 2160 / 8,294,400 pixels (known as Quad HD). The projector is 3D capable, but won't accept 3D at 4K. The projector can be connected to the Sony PS3 game console, which has been updated with a 4K slide viewer. The projector can also upscale 1080 to 4K.

Spnkix unveiled its battery powered motorized skates using a nylon frame that straps onto your shoes. Spnkix' prototype, priced at $649, uses a lithium battery that can be recharged in almost two hours (up to three miles and 10 miles per hour on a single charge) and a wireless remote control.

SpringActive produces the SPaRK, a soldier system that produces power using an ankle energy harvesting method; and the ROLLE (RObotic Lightweight Load Carrying Exosceleton) to support a soldier's load to the ground through the grounded leg and can accommodate a wide range of positions.

SquareUp has a credit card scanner (Square) that plugs into any iProduct or Android device to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express payments. Square costs 2.75% per swipe with no merchant accounts, monthly fees or commitment.

Sun Innovations displayed their patented TransPlay Animated Laser Display. The TransPlay UV image projector converts a clear display covered with a nanoparticle film into a display (dual color: red or blue / single color: white, red or blue). They also produce a Full Windshield Heads Up Display Development Kit (over 100,000 hours of engineering development).

Tamaggo produces the first 14mp high resolution 360° imager picture taking device with an LED touch screen using its patented panoramic lens for horizontal or vertical panoramic images.

TCL displayed its Virtual Holographic TV, a glasses-free 3D TV, measuring 32" diagonally and around 4' deep. The device is not really a holographic display, TCL said that its device is more an advanced glasses-free 3D TV and it doesn't have plans to launch it into the market any time soon.

Tesla Motors displayed its Model S electric car that goes 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a range of 300 miles with an optional 85kWh battery. The Model S has smart phone integration using an app to control the car from your phone, and instead of dials and buttons it uses a large touchscreen interface with a slider menu to open and close the panoramic glass sunroof.

Trikke demonstrated their three wheel collapsible electric stand on bike (Trikke EV) with a front wheel drive hub motor, dual disc brakes, and a quick swap battery. The Trikke EV 48v travels 15 miles @ 16 mph or 24 miles @ 12 mph per charge. The Trikke EV 36v travels 10 miles @ 16 mph or 16 miles @ 12 mph per charge. The Trikke EV 36vlite travels 6 miles @ 13 mph or 10 miles @ 9 mph per charge.

UC Web was promoting their patented UC "U3" Browser with over 100 patents granted and 1 billion downloads. Intelligent compression technology allows faster browsing and reduces data usage.

Ultrabooks were shown equipped with optical drives, hard drives up to 1 terabyte, and AMD graphics with 1GB of video RAM: Acer Aspire S3, Asus Zenbook UX31E, Lenovo ideaPad U300S, Toshiba Portégé Z835.

Urban Green Energy was displaying their eddy wind turbines which are safe in winds up to 120 mph.

YOYA LED displayed their 4 watt 280 lumen Magic Bulb rechargeable LED light bulb that works when the power goes out and can also be unscrewed and used as a flashlight for 3+ hours.

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Inventors: A "Tradeshow" can be a valuable tool for the "Independent Inventor" or "Entrepreneur". Attending a tradeshow allows you to learn more about existing and emerging technologies from the companies manufacturing their “Product” or “Products”. While talking to the Exhibitors, you can learn so much from the Sales and Marketing People, Manufacturers, Distributors, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Engineers, Employees, Journalists, Reporters and other Inventors. Large companies and professional tradeshow Exhibitors usually supply product specifications and marketing literature, demonstrations, samples and some of them even hand out promotional freebies. Attending a tradeshow or exhibiting at a tradeshow can be a very important learning experience for the "Inventor" and "Entrepreneur".

If exhibiting at a tradeshow is one of your objectives, take notice of the techniques exhibitors use to draw you into their booth to show you their technology and answer any questions that you may have. Look at the exhibitor’s booth display and it’s construction. Does the booth display announce to everyone passing the booth what the product or products are and what each product does? Were the booth displays constructed for quick and easy deployment and disassembly? Were the booth’s displays compactable, lightweight and indestructible for shipping? How well does the handout literature explain the product or products and what each product does? Does the exhibitor have a website and is it well displayed? How well does the website provide a description of the product or products, along with what each product does? These are just some of the issues that you will have to face if you are planning to exhibit at a tradeshow or market a new invention.

Introducing or launching your invention or product to the world, or to a high percentage of the tradeshow attendees at a tradeshow, is a very difficult thing to do. Try to be optimistic in your endeavor, but at the same time be realistic. Don’t be afraid of failure, at least you have tried to pursue your dreams and you will learn from any mistakes you make. Every year more and more new inventions are invented and then introduced into our world through patent applications or commercial products. To protect your invention worldwide, the inventor must file patents in around 50 countries, which is far beyond the financial capabilities of almost all independent inventors. The world’s modern patent system owes its origin to King James of England, who rewrote the laws regarding monopolies in 1624. King James banned all monopolies, except for inventors of new manufacturers, who were allowed the sole rights to their inventions for 14 years.

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