CES continues to be the centerpiece of the technology consumer event calendar. Now in its 45th year the 2012 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has been the biggest to date. This year Microsoft took their final bow at the event in a low-key but positive keynote from CEO Steve Ballmer. The Redmond-based tech giant has received excellent reviews for the seamless integration of Windows Phone OS on the show-stopping Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan 2 smartphone handsets. Windows 8 and the Metro UI were also demonstrated and PCs will be able to enjoy Kinect’s motion sensing input functionality from February 1st.

Some of the other product highlights of this year’s event included Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720, an all-in-one desktop PC with a display on a movable hinge. This allows it to be converted from mouse input to touch input. It also boasts beauty that even an iMac owner would envy. Motorola have expanded their smartphone lineup with two new handsets, the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini. Onlive have released their own iPad App, which, for a monthly fee, allows a user to run Windows and Office in a virtualized mode. All of the number crunching and processing is done in the cloud of course. Corning also showed off their second generation Gorilla Glass, the protective alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass found on many popular high-end tablets and smartphones. Gorilla Glass 2.0 is just as strong as its predecessor but is now 20% thinner.

Click on the YouTube video box below to watch a review of these and more highlights from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.


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