There were gadgets and gizmos aplenty at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The world’s biggest tech companies were in attendance and highlighting the technology that will be available from 2008 onwards.
One of the most impressive products was Casio's EX-F1. This digital still camera offers more megapixels and some genuinely new features that haven't been found on consumer cameras until now, such as fast burst shooting and super slow motion video playback.
Also new at CES was Sony's Transfer Jet, which promises to do away with the need for cables for transferring data from gadget to gadget - something that won't only make life easier but also cuts down on all those cables hanging around the house.
Casio EX-F1 digital camera
A new digital camera coming in March from Casio brings something new - the ability to shoot up to 60 full-resolution 6Mp images in one second. The feature allows the user to scroll through the images and find, for example, the exact moment at which a cricket player's bat hits the ball, or a baby gives a perfect smile. Just as innovative is the high-speed video mode that offers between 300 and 1,200 frames per second (fps) video recording.
When played back at the normal 30fps it becomes a super slow-motion effect. In this mode it's possible to view, for example, the wings of a dragonfly flap as it takes to flight. The high-speed shooting comes at the expense of image quality, which drops to as low as 336x96 pixels at 1,200fps. In normal video shooting mode the camera is capable of full HD recording.
Casio said the new camera will cost around £500.
Fast burst shooting from the Casio EX-F1
Asus Terabyte laptop
Asus has a new laptop that should satisfy the storage needs of all but the biggest of power users: the Asus M70S comes with 1TB of storage space. The machine packs dual 500GB drives that can be organised in two configurations. The RAID 0 configuration sees data distributed between the two drives to provide a performance boost over a single drive. Alternatively the RAID 1 configuration uses data that is mirrored on each drive to provide redundancy in case of drive failure. However, with this configuration storage space visible to the user drops to 500GB.
The computer is designed for multimedia use and with this in mind, an optional remote and analog/digital TV tuner is also available. It has a 17in widescreen display and is based on an Intel Core2 Duo processor. It is expected to be available in the coming months and prices have yet to be announced.
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