The Hottest New Technologies Of 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO — Oh, what the iPad hath wrought.

As predicted, tablet mania ensued at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. At least 75 were introduced at the annual Las Vegas gadget extravaganza. The tablet with the most buzz was Motorola Mobility’s XOOM. It’s the first tablet to run on Google‘s ( GOOG news people ) highly anticipated Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. XOOM, which is expected to launch in the first quarter, supports Flash for easy and fast video viewing and includes 3G wireless access that can be upgraded to 4G LTE. Motorola’s tablet also has a 10.1-inch screen, front- and rear-facing cameras, a camcorder and Nvidia ( NVDA news people ) Tegra dual-core processor.

n spite of the tablet avalanche, a number of other gizmos and technologies were able to rise above the din and capture attention. The Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft‘s ( MSFT news people ) Surface, the next generation of the software giant’s table-top computer, wowed the CES crowd. True, it might be the world’s biggest iPad, but it’s still impressive, boasting a 40-inch HD 1080p touch-screen for optimal Web surfing and info sharing, and the top is coated with Corning‘s ( GLW news people ) rugged Gorilla glass. Samsung SUR40 also has something called PixelSense, technology that gives LCD panels the power to see without the use of cameras,” Microsoft says. Uh huh.

In Pictures: The Hottest New Technologies Of 2011

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Samsung SUR40, however, is aimed at businesses, not consumers. Fujifilm ( FUJI news people ), Red Bull, Royal Bank of Canada ( RY news people ) and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide are some of the companies that will take delivery of the table-top computer later this year.

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