The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 10 to the 13h at the Las Vegas Convention Center is bringing the latest in digital gadgetry and consumer technology to millions of conference spectators and techies around the world. From the latest handheld cameras to slimmer digital exercise arm bands, 2,700 exhibitors in almost 2 million square feet of exhibit space are going to create a memorable event in the ultimate preview to 2012 tech.
Here is a look at what's in store.
Ultrabook mania – CES 2012 will debut up to 50 new ultrabooks that promise better energy efficiency, long lasting 5+ hour battery life, and an ultra thin frame rivaling the Macbook Air with flash storage replacing hard drives. Pricing should start at $800 for most models.
OLED screens – Look for Samsung and LG to reveal 50" plus OLED televisions. To date, OLED displays have only been installed in mobile phones. LG has publicly acknowledged drawing back on the small OLED display business and plans to release its first OLED TV by the third quarter of 2012 for a small production run.
In-car app technology – With Mercedes Benz and Ford heads preparing keynote speeches, the app technology market is heating up. Look for Google Street View demonstrations, as well as Ford updates to its Sync platform, fresh off the heels of Cadillac's all-touch CUE (Cadillac User Experience).
Microsoft's final keynote speech – It is Microsoft's last hurrah, with the company citing the show's January schedule not aligning with their products. Look for Steve Ballmer to pitch emerging Windows Phone and Xbox updates.