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October 2007's coolest gadgets revealed

3mm thick TVs and HD video recorders

Every year in October, Japan's largest electronics show, Ceatec, showcases all that's new and upcoming from the world's sharpest consumer electronics vendors. Ceatec 2007 brought us some world-first technologies, including a 3mm thick TV, a laptop with super-charged graphics processing and some new high-definition video recorders.

Here are our picks from Ceatec and other new gadgets from the past month:

Omron Okao Vision

While not strictly a gadget, Omron's Okao Vision is a software application that could certainly make other gadgets cool!

A new addition to the facial-recognition family finds a face in a video image and then provides an estimation of how much a person is smiling (from 0 to 100 percent). The technology could be used, for example, in a digital camera to sense when photo subjects are smiling and ready for their picture to be taken.

Sony's recently launched DSC-T200 has just such a feature - branded Smile Shutter by Sony - but it's not based on the Omron system. Omron hopes to find customers for the software this year.

Omron Okao Vision

Omron Okao Vision

See also: Olympus Smile Shot turns frowns upside down


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