Three Coolest Gadgets of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

Each year, more than 2,000 presenters showcase new items at the International Consumer Electronics Show. The products include such wide-ranging items as notebook computers, CB radios, digital cameras, 3D printers and video game systems. Let’s take a look at a few of the best affordable gadgets that appeared in the 2012 show:

The Roku streaming video player is a compact device that provides access to movies and TV programs from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and HBO GO. To find video content of interest, users may search all four companies’ databases at the same time. Rather than displaying video on a computer monitor, the Roku device uses a TV set.

This impressive gadget also delivers more than 300 TV channels, easily surpassing many cable television services. Considering the wide range of material offered by each of these services and channels, users can obtain almost any show or movie they desire. The Roku box connects to the Internet with integrated Wi-Fi hardware.

Samsung Smart Evolution is another technology that uses Wi-Fi. Like other Internet-connected TV sets, Samsung’s smart TVs can stream video content from the Internet and perform some of the same functions as computers. They use network cables or wireless Internet connections to communicate with video streaming services.

The main difference is that owners of Samsung Smart Evolution TVs can upgrade their processors and Wi-Fi hardware. Other components like the display and housing remain in place until they fail or become damaged. Samsung Smart Evolution enables TV owners to gain new features without the high cost or environmental impact of buying new TVs.

The PowerSkin SpareOne is among the few Consumer Electronics Show items that don’t try to draw attention by offering lots of extra features. It’s a basic cellphone with a simple keypad and no screen. It consumes very little power. People may use the SpareOne as a low-cost backup phone for emergencies. Anyone can dial 911 on this cellphone without an active service plan.

The SpareOne is useful for non-emergency calls as well, but it requires a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM card). This gadget may appeal to people who dislike the complexity of typical cellphones. It might also provide an attractive option for companies that want to provide employees with cellphones but don’t want them to text or take photos.

Although a presenter could easily carry a SpareOne to the Consumer Electronics Show in his or her pocket, many items prove more difficult to bring along. Most trade shows use drayage to safely and efficiently transport their products. Drayage services unload, store and deliver items. They help to ensure that products arrive on time for each show.

Mercedes Potter is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow her @CedesPotter. is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow her @CedesPotter.

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