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While there were some things about CES 2013 that bummed us out, the three days of mayhem did lead to the annoncement of a few stellar innovations. Samsung showed off their flexible displays. Nvidia wowed with Project Shield. Here are our favorite innovations of CES 2013!
Pebble has always been our favorite smartwatch, and so we were thrilled to see that it's finally being released to the masses. This gadget doesn't try to do as much as its competitors, but what it does, it actually does well. With its stellar battery life and ultra-readable display, we have great hopes for this device.
Tegra 4 has the power! Nvidia used their CES press conference to announce their new quad-core chipset, which not only has a lot of power, but also uses its power very efficiently at the same time. Nvidia promises that the fourth generation of their Tegra platform consumes 45% less than its predecessor, the Tegra 3. Sounds good to me. All the information you could ever want about the Tegra 4 can be found here.
Of course, Samsung also offered quite an exciting product, proving they are not only the smartphone world market leader but possibly the leader when it comes to innovation, as well. In addition to their monster 8-core Exynos processor, the company demonstrated the first devices with a flexible Youm display. The smartphones have a curved display which wraps around the side of the device, allowing you to see notifications even when you're staring at the phone at surface level. This is the future!
The first important smartphone of the year has come from Sony. The Xperia Z is inspired across-the-boards for a simple reason: Sony has packed state of the art internals in a very pretty package. We can't wait for this 5-inch HD device to be released.
#1: Project Shield
Project Shield is a handheld, Tegra-powered gaming device that allows gamers to stream any game they want through WiFi, with stunning HD video and audio. The biggest surprise at CES, it could be the most innovative gaming device we've seen in the past 2 years.