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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:

Sharp LCD with optical scanner

If you think the iPhone screen's two-finger touch is cool then Sharp has something for you! The company showed a prototype 3.5in screen integrates an optical scanner pixel alongside each LCD pixel.

This means the screen can scan objects such as name cards placed on its surface and recognise fingers or other objects. Because it's determining the position of fingers from a scanner input and not a touchscreen, it's possible to touch the screen in more than two places and have all fingers recognised. The panel is still a prototype but commercialisation is expected in the first half of next year. Samples are already in the hands of potential customers but Sharp wouldn't name those companies.

Whoever they are, you can be sure some are trying to outdo Apple's iPhone!

Sharp LCD with optical scanner

Sharp LCD with optical scanner


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