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

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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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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.

JVC thin TV

At just 39mm, these JVC LCD TVs are some of the thinnest on the market

JVC is among the first to announce a new generation of thin LCD TVs. The 42in and 46in models are just 39mm thick across most of the back of the panel, which is significantly thinner than most flat-panel TVs on the market today, but are 74mm at the panel's centre. Both offer high-definition resolution and will hit the US in early summer, when prices will also be announced.

JVC said: "By using a new backlight unit (the light source that sits behind the LCD panel in the set) that is 40 percent thinner than those used on our current TVs, we've created a significantly thinner model. We have also developed a new power-supply that is both thinner and more efficient so overall power consumption has been cut to 145W." Many major TV makers are developing thinner sets so look for the same from other companies soon.

LG Orange Phone

In the last year we've seen some pretty cool looking mobile phones from LG Electronics. That trend looks set to continue in 2008 with the new Orange phone. The 13.3mm thick slider handset has an aluminium case and can play MP3 audio files, make video calls, transfer data at high speeds, and display text files and electronic dictionary entries. The handset will be priced around the £200 mark.

Play MP3s and make video calls with the LG Orange

Cowon navigation system

Cowon's new N3 navigation system is definitely something for the urban explorer. Dominating the front is a 7in widescreen LCD panel which can display much more than just maps. The device comes with support for terrestrial digital TV systems and with navigation and picture together, you don't have to miss a minute of your favourite drama while out and about. Music and video playback is, of course, included and there's FM radio and a flash player in the gadget that's currently available only in South Korea.

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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.

Sony Transfer Jet

Sony is developing a wireless data transfer system for gadgets that is capable of sending pictures, video and data over a range of a few centimetres. Transfer Jet uses a 560Mbps physical layer, which puts it faster on paper than USB 2.0 and IEEE1394 FireWire interfaces. Sony expects to build the technology into digital still cameras, video cameras and other devices so they just have to be placed on readers for data exchange to take place. It was demonstrated at CES, where a digital camera equipped with Transfer Jet sent about 45 images to a TV in a few seconds. The company hasn't set a date for its inclusion in products, but it's unlikely to appear this year.

Video: Sony Transfer offers wireless for gadgets

Panasonic 150in PDP TV

Panasonic used CES to unveil a 150in PDP (Plasma Display Panel) TV with double the horizontal and vertical resolution of current high-definition TVs. There's no word on when the set will be available and Panasonic hasn't offered a clue on pricing. The panel comes from a new production line in Japan that Panasonic will start commercially operating in the coming months. Two years ago Panasonic unveiled a 103in set and the company has already sold 3,000 despite its price tag of around $60,000.