CES 2012 Recap: Everything You May Have Missed [PICS]

1. Sony Crystal LED TVs

Sony announced its new Crystal LED TVs, which boast some of the brightest, crispest displays.

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Last week thousands of exhibitors, journalists, marketers and electronics aficionados hopped on planes to Las Vegas for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Mashable‘s own team covered all the events leading up to and happening at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Venetian Hotel.

While many agreed that CES didn’t hold a candle to the glory of previous years, there was still plenty to see and be impressed by this year. While one single gadget or announcement didn’t steal the spotlight, in general CES toys were bigger, faster, lighter and brighter. Images on brand-new OLED TVs from companies like Samsung, Sharp, LG and Sony seemed to pop out at you, and speaking of, 3D technology — both with goofy future glasses and without — became widely available. There were also gadgets that could detect motion, similar to Kinect, and some with face detection. TVs averaged 55 to 84 inches, sure to dominiate even the most opulent living room.

Even without Apple’s direct presence at CES, the company’s technology still made waves. Other companies hopped onto the two big bandwagons Apple pioneered: tablets and extremely thin, powerful laptops. Intel devoted a massive booth to Ultrabook technology, which included offerings from Acer, Dell, HP and convertible tablet-PC hybrids by Lenovo.

But CES was also home to concepts and innovations, including concept cars, iAccessories galore and toys for the young and old. Along with the devices on display, there were plenty of celebrities in attendance, as well as parties to attend. Mashable hosted its own MashBash on Jan. 11 at the 1OAK Nightclub in the Mirage Hotel and Casino. The event sold out several days before, in anticipation of dancing the night away with mashup DJs and enjoying plenty of digital distractions.

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