– Microsoft has announced the launch of its Kinect motion sensing tool for Windows PCs in United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom on February 1st, 2012 at a suggested retail price of $249. The controller is presently available for its Xbox360 gaming console. No details have been revealed about compatible software. Read more on ZDNet.
– Lenovo introduced an Android 4.0 based LED TV which can be controlled with voice using natural language processing and recognition. It also offers video interaction through facial recognition, via a 5 megapixel camera integrated into its bezel. The TV features Wifi connectivity, internal storage and the ability to connect and share content with other Lenovo devices. Read more at The Verge
– Qualcomm announced a $100 mobile health fund to invest in the field of wireless healthcare. Qualcomm and its partners demonstrated a number of innovations including its thinnest ever mirasol display, and some portable health devices including a device for reading cardiograms on smartphones. Read more at TabTimes
– Microsoft and its OEM partners Nokia and HTC also announced two high-end Windows Phone 7 based handsets- the Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II. While the Lumia 900 features a large 4.3 inch screen and is an LTE (4G) capable phone, the Titan II features a 16 Megapixel camera. Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer demonstrated Windows 8, repeating the preview that the company had presented in front of developers in 2011. Watch the Keynote.
– Canonical, the company that offers popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, announced a new TV platform based on the same OS – Ubuntu TV. The platform supports touch and gesture based controls in addition to the ability to be controlled through a smartphone. The platform will also feature support for Ubuntu One, Ubuntu’s own cloud based storage, allowing users to access content stored through other devices on the cloud server. Read more at VentureBeat
– Samsung introduced three new TV models, featuring its ‘Smart Interaction’ platform offering gesture and voice controls and facial recognition through the integration of a camera and microphones. Users can control the TVs through their voice or gestures (similar to motion sensing devices such as Kinect). The company has inked an exclusive agreement with Rovio to introduce the Angry Birds game on its Smart TVs and with News Corp to offer The Daily e-newspaper. Samsung also announced a washing machine, which can be controlled through Samsung smartphones via an app. Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Note smartphone in the US market and a 7.7 inch Android tablet. Read more at TPM
– Samsung announced that all its 2012 Smart TVs will feature a slot in the back where users will be able to plug in an ‘Evolution Kit’ which will allow them to upgrade its software, future proofing the devices. Read more at The Verge
– Microsoft’s keynote at the CES was gimmicky at best, concluding with what the company likes to call a ‘Tweet Choir’. The company got singers from the Las Vegas Mass Choir to sing out tweets related to the company’s presence at the CES. This is apparently Microsoft’s last CES keynote. Read more at CNET.
– Lenovo also introduced its first Intel Medfield powered Android phone, the K800 which will be launched in China in Q2 2012. The phone features a 4.5 inch display and a 1.6 GHz processor. Read more at BGR
– Chip maker Intel has announced a tie-up with multi-year, multi-device tie-up with Motorola for its Android smartphones and tablets. According to Motorola, an Android phone featuring Intel’s Medfield line of Atom processor will ship in the second half of this year. Read more at The Verge