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Flying drones and giant TVs at electronics expo

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision aerial system drone. Picture: Getty

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision aerial system drone. Picture: Getty

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

Gadgets to help us exercise, cook and even brush our teeth better are among products to be unveiled at the world’s largest electronics show.

More than 3,000 exhibitors from all over the world will show off their latest innovations and vie for attention from 152,000 industry delegates at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

South Korean technology giant LG Electronics used its pre-show press conference to unveil the Lifeband Touch fitness wristband, which monitors the user’s heartbeat, calorie consumption and movement.

The company also showed off messaging service Home Chat, which allows the user to tell ppliances what they need them to do with a single text message, be it switching off the oven or checking what is in the fridge at home while in the supermarket.

French company Kolibree demonstrated its smart toothbrush, which analyses brushing habits, then tells users via an app if they have succeeded in brushing for a healthy mouth.

Fellow French company Parrot grabbed attention with a miniature flying drone and a jumping robot controlled with a smartphone or tablet. The Mini-Drone’s large wheels let it roll on the floor while rotors help it drive up walls and along the ceiling. And the Jumping Sumo can turn 90 degrees and leap up to three feet from the floor on to a table.

Transformers director Michael Bay proved he needs a script just as much as his stars when he suffered an autocue malfunction during a presentation of Samsung televisions.

He stumbled over his lines before walking off stage, while unveiling the South Korean brand’s new curved TVs.

Before leaving, Bay said: “My job as a director means I get to dream for a living. I create visual worlds that are so beyond everyone’s life experiences. Hollywood is a place that creates viewer escape.”

Taking over, Joe Stinziano, senior vice-president of Samsung Electronics, said: “At 105 inches, this is the world’s largest UHD TV. It features the most advanced technology and design, a massive movie theatre screen, of course UHD, and a curve for a truly cinematic experience.”

A demonstration of the gigantic television bending at the touch of a button was among the highlights of the hour-long press conference.

The brand also unveiled new multi-window tablets. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO lets users split the screen into four windows, running applications in each.

The technology giant also unveiled smart ovens, fridges and washing machines.

CES runs until Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

 

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