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CES 2011: Savvy new tech goodies

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and it was insane. With 140,000 attendees, it was Vegas' busiest time of the year, as gadget guys and gals flocked to see all the newest innovations for 2011. Busiest booths included Intel (who brought buzz with their new core processor to make PC's faster), Microsoft (who had massive bubble rooms where people could play Kinect games) and Polaroid (who had Lady Gaga revealing her Grey Label line), just to name a few. I, of course, was most drawn to the stylish goodies for home and lifestyle -- you could spot me drooling over appliances at the massive LG booth or being completely blown away by how seamless home entertainment is becoming over at the Intel booth. Here are a few of my fave finds: 1 Urbanears 'Medis' earbuds, $50 US One issue I have with listening to music on my iPod is that the earbuds never stay in my ear. I use them at the gym, at work and also when I'm tinkering around the house (Mick doesn't share my enthusiasm for Motown, so I put headphones on when washing dishes, decorating, cleaning -- you name it). At CES, I stumbled upon the Urbanears booth and fell in love. The 'Medis' earbuds come with different sizes of clips so you can adjust to your ear size and they never fall out. They also come in a bunch of lovely colours and have a shoelace-like cord -- tres chic. 2 Intel Smart TV Intel was definitely one of the companies that blew me away -- I'm so fascinated with how in-tune they are with making our lives easier. One thing that I loved was Smart TV, a partnership between Intel, Sony, Logitech and Google. Basically, Intel has created a software that allows you to wirelessly use your TV for live television, web browsing, Netflix, etc. all through using a keyboard for all remote requests. Let's say you wanted to search your TV for "hockey" -- just type in the term and it lets you choose between hockey items in the TV guide, your PVR, NetFlix, internet search and more. It's so seamless! Intel Labs director Genevieve Bell said it best when she explained that, "Good technology becomes part of the landscape of our lives. It needs to be comfortable for the user and we have to understand that homes are where people live." 3 LG Steam Closet This thing was insane. Seriously, I was practically drooling. The steam closet is actually not even named thus, as it's just a prototype at the moment. And please ignore the cheesy image -- it's of a similar item from LG that was released in Korea (looks the same). Anyways, the gist is that it's an at-home appliance that will steam clean your clothing. No more dry cleaning, no more atrocious bills. You just hang your clothes inside, have the water reservoir filled with water, and in 30 minutes, your clothes have been steamed and deodorized. Sign. Me. Up. 4 Philips Fidelio Primo dock and speakers, $399 I've played around with Philips' Fidelio line of dock speakers before and I love the crisp sound that comes out of them (not to mention their sexy look). At IDS they introduced the Fidelio Primo in the original version, which has a sleek wood design and a metal casing. These are the perfect speakers to have on hand for a party, indoors or out. 5 LG range with Infagrill technology Okay, so I don't have an image for this because it's a prototype, but I'll explain how cool it is. Basically, it's a range that features an oven and cooktop, but also a separate grill that cooks food similar to an outdoor BBQ. There's no pre-heating required and it cuts cooking time down by 30%. Now you don't have to stand out in the freezing cold of winter when you're craving a steak in February. Hurray! Did any of you get a chance to visit CES? What were some of your fave gadgets? xo, Lauren
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