In The News 01-13-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology
This week is a big week for technology. In the west we have the 2012 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the east we have the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. From consumer electronics to automobiles, this week proves to bring us a lot of exciting new technology.
2012 International CES
The International Consumer Electronics Show is hailed as the “world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.” What does that mean? Lots of really cool new gadgets for us to look at. The big item being promoted at this year’s show is the Ultrabook. So what exactly is it? The Ultrabook is a laptop designed to be ultra portable, including reductions in overall weight and size, while still retaining its performance. The purpose of ultrabooks are to combat the increasing popularity of tablets and bring a focus back to PCs. Intel, whose processors are found mainly in PCs, has claimed the Ultrabook trademark. Ultrabooks can be found under many different PC manufacturers, including HP, Acer, and Toshiba.
Another product of note being featured at CES has less direct consumer appeal but is definitely a game changer. Corning, Inc. is showing off its new Gorilla Glass 2. Gorilla Glass, which is used in many smartphones and tablets today, is 1mm thick and is designed to be strong and scratch resistant, all the while making it possible to use a touch interface. Gorilla Glass 2 is designed to be just as strong but at only 0.8mm thick, a 20% reduction. What does this mean? Thinner glass can mean thinner devices and a touch interface that is more responsive. Even though it doesn’t quite have the appeal that flashy new gadgets have, Gorilla Glass 2 will no doubt have the chance of having a major influence over mobile devices.
2012 North American International Auto Show
Sure, we’re not an automobile newsletter or website, but today’s vehicles are essentially big chunks of technology on wheels. The North American International Auto Show brings in the possible future of automobile technology. From insanely priced concept cars to the less eye popping and more practical, we see anything from advancements in gas mileage to the latest software and gadgets they decide to stuff into the dashboard.
One vehicle gaining attention is the Toyota Prius C Hybrid, which is said to get up to 53mpg in the city. This is claimed to be the highest city fuel economy of any vehicle that is not electrically plugged in. In addition to its base price being listed just below $19,000, the Prius C will be an attractive option for those looking for advanced fuel economy technology and efficiency. As with many vehicles today, it will also include iPod connectivity and Bluetooth phone and music capabilities.
For those of us that don’t have a budget, in the midst of a mid-life crisis, or just want something really cool (fuel economy optional), there is the new Falcon F7 being showcased at the show. Michigan’s own answer to the Ferrari (pictured above) is proof that exotic sports cars aren’t limited to just Europe. The price has yet to be set, but you can plan on picking up this little gem for the mere price of $200,000-250,000.