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CES: Gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show is underway, with myriad companies announcing new devices and services. Most are cool, although many may never be seen again after this week, if the companies don’t find manufacturing partners or a consumer market that wants these cutting-edge gadgets.

Here’s a sample, as seen through the lens of Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni.

scuba

A guest wears a Liquid Image Scuba Series HD320, which feature a 135 degree wide angle lens and the ability to shoot HD 720P video.

leash

A ZOMM Wireless Leash, about $80. Once linked to your phone via Bluetooth, it can remind you that you forgot your cell, it can act as a speakerphone, a personal security alarm, and it can even dial local law enforcement anywhere in the world at the press of a button.

toshiba

LG Electronics President and Chief Technology Officer Woo Paik unveils an ultra-slim LED LCD TV. The TV is less than 7 millimeters thick.

dellPhone a rumor at best – Michael Dell

The Web may be buzzing with stories about whether computer maker Dell should or shouldn’t get into the cell phone market, but the company itself  has tried to stay out of the public discussion. 
Michael Dell said on Friday that reports of Dell’s cell phone ambitions were “best described as a rumor” when chased by reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

The analysts had this to say about the computer maker doing battle with rivals such as Apple in the cut throad phone market as well as in computers. 

 Some were encouraging:

“This strategy makes a lot of sense. Smartphones are a big opportunity and in a way they’re canibalizing notebook and netbook sales to a degree,” said Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu. “It’s probably minor today but could become bigger over time as smartphones get more powerful. It’s better to go embrace the threat than doing nothing.”

CES: LG’s watch a secret agent could love

Mention a watch phone and many people will say the same thing: “sounds like something out of a James Bond movie.”

So when Woo Paik, president and chief technology officer of LG Electronics, introduced LG’s new wrist-wrapping, touch-screen communications device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, he couldn’t let the moment pass without the obligatory 007 reference.

And it’s true, there was certainly something Bond-ish when Paik lifted his wrist to his mouth and placed a call to someone across the room.