Wireless HD Video
With the surge in popularity for online apps such as iView from the ABC and various TV show download options available for iPad and Android devices, many users are watching their favourite series on 10-inch screens.
They're often watching in the same room as their 52-inch HD TV, due to the difficulties in getting the content from the device to the TV.
Many of the exhibitors at CeBit have recognised this need to get video from the media devices to the TV and have various solutions available.
Noontec was showing its recently introduced iPad dock with HDMI out (pictured right), making it a quick and easy solution for watching your content on the big screen.
However if you can't make a physical connection to the TV, you can use a wireless technology that seems to be gaining momentum finally after being introduced as a standard in 2009.
Called the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), this standard directly connects mobile phones and other consumer electronics (CE) devices to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and displays.
The important features of this standard are the ability to support up to 1080p high-definition (HD) video and digital audio while simultaneously charging the connected device. There were a few devices using this standard at the show and the performance on first viewings were impressive.
You simply plug the adapter into the device and send HD video and audio to the receiver with no codec involved. Mobile phones that already support this standard include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and HTC Sensation XE.
Action camera looks very Heroic...
CHOICE readers may remember our first look review of the Hero Pro 2 camera, which can be attached to a helmet, car or virtually anywhere to capture action video and photography in all sorts of challenging environments.
We found the performance to be everything claimed by GoPro, and we are now using it to video some of our tests, such as our upcoming tyre test.
So when we saw what we thought was the Hero on one of the CeBit stands we had to take a look.
As the images show, this device looks very, very similar to the Hero. It's called the AEE Action camera which I would say is a fairly strong homage to the Hero device.
One thing the AEE has that isn't available with the Hero HD camera (yet) is a remote control and a ski pole adapter which many action camcorder users may find useful.
However, I'll reserve judgement on whether the AEE action camera performs as well as it feels (which is pretty cheap) when we get it in for a test.
The company insists they are available in Australia but the website shows no product.
Take a look at the images of the camcorder in the gallery.
No surprises - China dominates the small exhibitor halls
While the Apples, Sony's and Samsung's of the world dominate the new product section of the media, there are a huge number of smaller companies often introducing innovative solutions.
While the quality can be hit and miss, there are still some gems to be discovered among the smaller halls.
For example, there are 105 companies exhibiting at the CeBit starting with the name Shenzhen (a city on the Chinese coast) in their title.
One of these companies makes external battery solutions to keep your iDevice or Android phone going long after the onboard battery has given up. However unlike some other external batteries, one of these products has a huge 6000mAh capacity. But still fits in your pocket.
The stalls are filled with various ways to connect everything you have to any video display you could think of, but many of the companies find it difficult to create product for the Australian market citing the unusual power plug as the biggest issue.
However, on the down side some of the companies cite the extremely stringent battery and power standards that have to be met to get into the Australian market as a if it were a bad thing.