Flexible computer screens, electronic newspapers and violin-playing robots are just three of the novel technologies demonstrated by Japanese manufacturers during 2007.

Some of these developers claim these and other innovative technologies could be in the hands of consumers by the end of 2008 while others, such as Microsoft's Milan surface computer, could hit the market even sooner.

While these concepts sound impressive, you really need to see them in action to get an idea of how they could work in practise. See below for our video report of the consumer technology trends expected in 2008.