Written by Jonny Williamson
10. LG’s Cinema 3D Smart TV Range
LM660, LM760, LM 860 & LM960: $TBC
Though 3D may not be a new concept, LG’s latest range try and do something different. For avid video gamers the ‘Dual Play’ feature could finally put end to the ‘stop looking at my screen’ argument, while non-gamers can enjoy the ‘Magic Remote’, LED Plus technology, enhanced Smart TV functionality and experience LG’s award-winning, Full HD Cinema 3D.
9. Yamaha YSP-2200 Soundbar
Marginally beating OrbitSound’s T12 V3, Yamaha’s latest Soundbar proves you really do get what you pay for. Eliminating the need and clutter of having a number speakers with trailing wires, the YSP-2200 offers an immersive surround sound from a single speaker bar, with 7.1 sound, Cinema DSP, Music Enhancer and Intellibeam automatic calibration features as standard.
8. Cyclone Nano/Nano Slim
Similar to the Apple TV in dimension, there are two Android media players for users to choose between, the Nano offers Ethernet connectivity as well as Wi-Fi, whereas the Slim offers just Wi-Fi. The Cyclone allows access to the Google Play Store for the latest games and apps, as well as being able to stream Full HD from the web, via the likes of YouTube and Netflix.
7. 3M MP410 Mini Wireless Projector
3M are no stranger to the GSL, but many felt its previous projector was distinctly lacking by not having wireless streaming capabilities. 3M’s latest LED projector, the tiny MP410, rectifies this flaw, allowing you to stream pictures, videos, or presentations straight from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
6. SMS Audio Headphones
SYNC by 50 Black/White: $399.95
This year’s GSL was definitely audio heavy, with a host of platforms and accessories from manufacturers both big and small. Rapper and producer Curtis Jackson (AKA 50 Cent) appeared in person to show off his stylish range of headphones. The wireless SYNC by 50, the range’s top model, uses a transmitter rather than Bluetooth technology offering a far richer audio experience.
5. Sony Xperia-S
Technologically superior to the upcoming, more entry-level Xperia-P and Xperia-U, Sony’s latest smartphone features an impressive 4.3” HD screen, a Dual Core processor, Android 2.3 (AKA: Gingerbread) OS, HDMI output, a 12MP camera and is PlayStation certified – allowing you to download and play selected titles from Google Play.
4. Volkswagen Up
GSL attendees had the opportunity to test-drive the Volkswagen Up, experiencing the car’s innovative safety technology firsthand. The new compact car features a City Emergency Braking System, an array of automatic sensors and lasers which apply the brakes if an imminent collision is detected, making the car practically uncrashable at anything up to 19mph.
3. Bubblepix BubbleScope
An innovative accessory for smartphones by British inventor Tom Lawton, the device turns your phone into a 360° stills and video camera. The price includes the device itself, the case which joins the BubbleScope securely to your phone, the BubblePix app and website access to share your ‘Bubbles’ with the world.
2. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
128GB & i5/256GB &i7: $999.99/$1299.99
Considered to be a serious contender to Apple’s Macbook Air, both in design and function, Dell’s latest Ultrabook packs an edge-to-edge 13.3” WLED screen, backlit keyboard, 128 or 256GB Hard Drive, an Intel Dual Core i5 or i7 processor, Windows 7 OS, a webcam and a host of other stylish features.
Though technically not a gadget in itself, there was one thing GSL 2012 left attendees talking about, Aurasma’s AR (Augmented Reality) technology which truly offered a glimpse into the world’s technological future. Aurasma is a free app compatible with both Android and Apple iOS smartphones and devices. The app combines information from the real world with augmented reality content, making fully interactive ‘auras’ which can be easily shared and viewed. Though aimed at both consumers and businesses, it’s the marketing possibilities Aurasma offers that have got so many people excited. M&S, Panasonic, Reebok, O2 and Budweiser are just some of the brands embracing these advertising opportunities. Budweiser’s beer mat campaign, to coincide with this summer’s FA Cup, allows users to aim their smartphones at a campaign beer mat and a virtual 3D version of the FA Cup will appear on-screen, putting the cup literally in the hands of the fans.