The first question we've been asked all this week upon returning from CES is what was our favourite technology or product we saw previewed. Although tablets and 3D tech headlined the news, the section of the show that most impressed us was at the Samsung booth, where we were constantly shooed away from photographing the tech lust inducing, Samsung C9000 and the wi-fi enabled Samsung Touch Remote. Of course, we still managed to snap photos and ask a few questions about this dynamic duo we're hoping to purchase ourselves in 2010.Besides the ultra thin LG HDTVs (which won the crown for thinnest TVs this year), it was the Samsung sets that caught our eyes as most decor friendly, while putting out an excellent picture, thanks to LED backlighting and local dimming. Note, Samsung has taken design cues from furniture design by incorporating a television base very similar to a midcentury seating base (6500, 7000, 8000 models only), while partnering up their brushed aluminum framed flagship C9000 with a 0.3" profile that could practically used to slice tomatoes with. 46", 55" and 65" displays were all shown to be compatible with presenting a 3D image from a 3D Blu-ray source, while processing within will allow for realtime conversion of a 2D source into a 3D picture. How's that for a workhorse?
But although the Samsung C9000 was our favourite set in itself, it was really its remote control that won us over and convinced us this was the very set we want in our own homes when we upgrade from our older 720p set. The Samsung Touch Remote looks like a cross between a smart phone and a universal remote, obviously taking some design cues from Apple's finest, with the addition of touchy-feely goodness of haptic feedback. And like the iPhone, the remote operates not only as the control center of your home theater setup, but also can work as a streaming video player within the range of a wi-fi connection. So while your beautiful 65" Samsung C9000 display is playing the NBA playoffs in full hi-def glory, you can also secretly take a glance at your favourite Food Network episode via the remote's 3" screen (here's a video from CNN of the option in action). Another option provided by the remote is the ability to browse music, photos, and video files from a DLNA certified PC then swipe the chosen content in the direction of the TV to enjoy on the larger screen.