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Top 10 gadgets from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

After telling us what was hot at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and giving us a peek at the future of smart TVs, Frank Gorman and Julie Harada of Gorman & Williams now present their Top 10 gadgets from the expo. Our thanks to Gorman, Harada and Mike Yang for providing us with these dispatches.

The Consumer Electronics Show 2012 launched 20,000 new products.  Selecting the top 10 gadgets out of so many products, even discounting the hype, is a very subjective process.  Our 2012 list contains a wide variety of products, although we gave an edge to several that might have a law practice application.

Lytro Light Field Camera This is a simple, auto-mode camera that captures the light field. It allows you to take a picture and focus after the fact using its touch screen. Pictures can also be viewed in 3D. Winner of the Last Gadget Standing competition at CES.

AirStash Wireless Flash Drive and Media Streamer by Maxell This USB drive has wireless capability that allows storing and transfer of documents and photos and streaming of video to an iPhone, iPad or Kindle Fire. A Wi-Fi environment is not needed, and emails are not necessary for file transfers. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery and still plugs into a USB port on a computer.

IdeaPad YOGA by Lenovo A multi-mode, 13.3-inch notebook with a 360-degree flip-and-fold design that allows four separate usage positions — notebook, tablet, stand and tent. It combines the tablet’s ease of use with the functionality of an ultrabook, the latest generation of the laptop. The cool dual-hinge design is patented.

The Origami Power-Folding Stroller by 4Moms This is the world’s first power-folding stroller. At the touch of a button, it folds itself. It contains sensors that detect when a child is in the seat, so it will never fold by accident. Generators in the rear wheels charge the stroller as you walk. Its LCD screen tells you how much battery is left, how many miles you’ve walked, and that it knows a child is in the seat. On top of all that, it has cell-phone charging capability.

Autom Weight Loss Coach This robot named Autom is a personal weight loss coach. She talks to you about diet and exercise, providing customers with personalized feedback and advice by tracking your eating, exercise and weight. Autom receives automatic monthly updates to stay on top of the latest weight loss trends and provide new advice over time. For those who need long-term encouragement, this may be the solution for you.

AR.Drone 2.0 by Parrot Be the first in your neighborhood with a drone or, more precisely, a quadricopter that operates like a remote-controlled airplane equipped with HD video recording. It flies fast and far above the ground and can be controlled by tilting a smartphone or tablet using an app. (We’re not sure this is a good thing!)  Check it out at www.ardrone.com

Swivl by Satarii This product is a tripod for your smartphone camera that acts like a personal cameraman by automatically following you around while taking video. It comes with a handheld marker that acts as a wireless microphone and contains a sensor connection that allows the swivel base to follow you and keep you in the camera’s field of view. It was one of ten finalists in the Last Gadget Standing competition at CES. It is compatible with both Apple iOS devices and Flip cams.

Logitech Cube A 2-inch long mouse shaped as a cube that easily fits in your pocket and connects to any computer using a unifying receiver. You can also use the “cube” to point and click to advance slides during presentations. When making  presentations outside the office, this small mouse/pointer may help everything run more smoothly.

FastAccess Anywhere by Sensible Vision Download this app to use facial recognition instead of passwords to access your mobile devices, websites and apps.

Stand with Handset for your iPhone by Native Union (pictured at top) This goes in the category of “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This stand holds your iPhone and has a traditional handset so you can talk on the telephone the old-fashioned way. Fancier versions are also available.