Consumer Electronics Show 2012 gadget preview

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The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is two months away, but you don’t have to wait until then to get a peek at what some companies will be showing. At a press event sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association in New York, dozens of tech companies showcased their latest and greatest gear.

From high-definition video calling through your TV to practically indestructible cards for your camera, here’s a look at 20 gadgets and services that will be making their way to the Las Vegas Convention Center in January.

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Consumer Electronics Show 2012 gadget preview

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is two months away, but you don't have to wait until then to get a peek at what some companies will be showing. At a press event sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association in New York, dozens of tech companies showcased their latest and greatest gear. From high-definition video calling through your TV to practically indestructible cards for your camera, here's a look at 20 gadgets and services that will be making their way to the Las Vegas Convention Center in January.

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Pump up the volume

The 12-inch cube AirGo by Russosound is a weatherised outdoor high-performance speaker that allows you to stream your iTunes library while you're relaxing or entertaining outdoors. To use the AirGo simply plug an Apple AirPort Express directly into the speaker's weatherproof enclosure so you can wirelessly stream music from Airplay-compatible devices such as an iPod Touch or a Mac or PC running iTunes.

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Must-see TV

Biscotti is an affordable and svelte high-definition video calling system designed for your HDTV in your living room. The device, roughly the same size and shape of the Italian cookie it's named after, plugs into your HDTV via the included HDMI cable and uses your Wi-Fi network to let you talk to friends and family via your TV. The built-in microphone works up to 20 feet.

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Exercise buddy

BodyMedia's CORE armband is one-third smaller and slimmer than previous versions of this exercise and health tracking tool. The armband measures the number of steps you take, calories burned, skin temperature, and even your sleep duration and sleep efficiency. The LINK model connects over Bluetooth to the BodyMedia FIT app for Android and iOS.

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Attention, tailgaters

Satellite firm Dish Network has the ultimate tailgating accessory for football fans, campers or wandering boob tubers. The Tailgater Portable HDTV System is a compact satellite dish within a weather-resistant cover (security bracket included). You can take it with you to tailgate parties, camping trips, or backyard barbeques. It's about the size of a large cooler and weighs 10 pounds.

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Bag of hits

Can you feel the good vibes? This Bag of Rhythm speaker bag is made from natural FSC-certified wood products and cotton. Oh, when you buy it you're supporting the Bob Marley family's 1Love.org nonprofit organisation. Dock and charge your iPod or iPhone on top of the bag for "loud and proud" sound out of the two 4in speakers with 1in tweeters. The speaker bag is expected the first quarter of 2012.

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Cut another cord

Cut the USB cords for good with HyperDrive CloudFTP that allows you to ditch USB connections for Wi-Fi device connectivity. Made by Sanho, this pocket-sized gizmo adds Wi-Fi capability to anything that connects via USB such as USB thumb drives or digital camera. For example connect CloudFTP to an external hard drive and you can access the drive without wires from your laptop in a different room. CloudFTP also connects to popular online cloud storage services like Dropbox, iCloud, and Box.net for convenient backup and synchronisation of your data.

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Game on

Serious gamers demand serious gear. Enter the ultimate gamers' mouse - the Cyborg M.M.O. 7. With 78 customisable buttons and switches and a 6400 dpi sensor, Mad Catz's Cyborg M.M.O. 7 mouse blows the doors off of last year's model - R.A.T 7 mouse (with 5600 DPI sensor and just 7 programmable buttons). World of Warcraft player? The mouse features drag-and-drop customisation for your spells and commands, plus presets for other games.

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Alpine king

With Recon Instruments' MOD Live line of futuristic ski gear you can take the guessing out of things such as jump airtime, speed, and vertical distance traveled on the slopes. In the past, Recon only sold its own GPS-enabled goggles, but with its MOD or MOD Live devices you can retrofit a variety of different model ski goggles with GPS display. The MOD Live model adds Bluetooth and Android wireless connectivity to access music playlists and text messages within your goggles.

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Tough as nails

Get excited about SD cards? Yeah right! But Monster Digital cards might have you raising an eyebrow - especially if you work in the demolition business. Monster Digital's latest SD and microSD cards are built to survive a ton of impact force, magnets, shock, extreme temperatures, and being submersed in eitht feet of water.

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Plug and play

Motorola's Universal Lapdock 100 allows you to plug your Motorola phone into a laptop-size chassis for a more notebook-like work environments. Previous versions of Motorola's laptop docks have't played nice with all Motorola dockable phones. Motorola says its new Universal Lapdock 100 is a big improvement and works with the original Atrix, the Bionic, the Atrix 2, and future Motorola phones as well. Rather than requiring the phone to dock into the accessory, the Lapdock 100 connects to the smartphone via a cable. This updated dock retains the 10-inch screen size of the previous models, but sports a wider keyboard and more USB ports.

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Turn up the heat

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns from you after a week of observing your energy habits (turning down the temperature at night, for example) and then it takes over to do the rest, adjusting your temperature automatically and reporting on your energy savings. You can also control this smart, CES Best of Innovations Honoree device from a web browser or your iPhone away from home.

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Say cheese

Polaroid's new digital camera, the Z340, harkens back to the company's classic instant (printing) camera design. This time, thereundefineds an SD card for storing your shots in the camera (and easily transferring them to your computer), plus Zero Ink Printing Technology from ZINKl no ink cartridges or ribbons are needed for the smudge-proof, water-resistant, and tear-resistant 3x4" photos.

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Power source

Power up your iPhone, tablet, or other portable gear while you are on the go with the Powerbag charger. The Powerbag is essentially a portable charging station equipped with tons of pockets with USB connectors all for your gear. Powerbags come in a variety of designs from backpacks, messenger bags, and briefcases, each of which has a battery inside. Powerbag claims these bags can charge the average smartphone two to four times before its battery needs to be recharged. A battery meter on the outside of the bag gives you a convenient glimpse of your gadgets' power level.

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Outlet of the future

If only you could get rid of the bulky wall charger so you can power up more mobile devices like your iPad and smartphone plus AC-powered appliances at the same time. That's the thinking behind the RCA USB Wall Plate Charger, which converts an ordinary dual AC power outlet into a USB plus AC power outlet. Just plug the outlet in and you've got USB charging set up. This CES Best of Innovations Honoree for 2012 is available now.

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Jack-of-all trades

Need a simple baby monitor/security monitor/two-way-talk speaker and microphone? Don't we all? The Samsung IP Camera sports a mini camera, has motion and audio detection and can notify your smartphone or PC when anything happens. It can even upload videos in real-time to a private YouTube account. The connected camera can also send you tweets and Google Talk messages with motion and sound updates. Pricing will be announced next year.

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Head gear

Along with a single-sided, smaller X2 headset, Sennheiser's X320 is also the company's first headphones designed specifically for the Xbox 360. The noise-cancelling X320 offers dual volume control, so you can tweak sound levels of both the game audio and fellow players' voices. Need to mute your voice quickly? Just raise the boom of the mic for automatic mute.

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Fun and gaming

Skylanders merges video gaming and collectible toys for kids age 6 to 12. When Skylander action figures (with built-in RFID chips) are placed in a special "Portal" they come to life in the video game. The Skylander "Portal" (essentially an action figure dock) plugs into the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. This makes it easy for kids to bring game characters over to friends' houses or trade characters with levels and upgrades stored in the figures.

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Light up my life

The eco-friendly Solar Kindle Lighted Cover features a built-in solar panel to charge the reserve battery that powers the LED reading light and can also be used to charge your Kindle. The reading light turns on automatically when you open it up, and turns off automatically when the Kindle goes into sleep mode or you put the light back in place.

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Light bright

Switch Lighting's Switch60 is a 60-watt equivalency bulb designed to look and work like the regular incandescent bulbs most of us are used to. It fits in standard sockets, is instant-on and dimmable, and uses a unique cooling technology that extends the rated lifespan of the bulb to 25,000 hours.

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Keyboard on the go

ZAGG's newest keyboard accessory, the ZAGGkeys FLEX, is the company's first to be designed for universal smartphone or tablet support, rather than tailored and custom-fit to the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. The universal keyboard comes with a collapsible stand that doubles as the keyboard cover and the Bluetooth wireless keyboard. The keyboard has a six-month battery life and special function keys for quick access to special device features.

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