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Tech companies show off during Consumer Electronics Week in NY

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It's become a relatively new ritual. The folks who put on the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each year also now each year take a week and turn all of New York City into something of a giant tradeshow floor with gadgets, speakers, seminars, all things consumer electronics, hence the name CE or Consumer Electronics Week NY.

The highlight each year, the Line Shows, exhibits filled with tech companies showing off some of the goodies they have in store for the second half of 2012. Like Polaroid, which took advantage of the week to launch its new Z2300 camera, which allows you to capture stills, HD video and share them digitally online from the camera but also, it is Polaroid after all, share photos physically in the real world with instant prints, or near instant.

“We always like to say under a minute, but I think you'll find it'll be between 30 and 45 seconds,” said Alan Horowitz, who is with Polaroid.

Pioneer also announced a new feature for several of its audio devices aimed at you non-iPhone users jealous at all the devices that are airplay enabled for wireless streaming of content from Apple devices. It's adding HTC Connect for some Android phones.

Chris Walker of Pioneer Electronics said, “This feature allows you to push content from one of the new HTC One series of smartphones directly to one of our AVRs for music playback or to a new set of wireless speakers we're introducing at the show here as well.”

Those portable speakers, by the way, also generate their own wireless wifi hotspot to help enabled the highest quality wireless sound.

And finally, this is designed to be a replacement for paper when either taking notes or leaving a note for someone else. It's called the Boogie Board Jot. This is actually an LCD screen and the image you draw on here has the potential to stay here for years. It doesn't disappear until you hit a button.

“It's kinda like an ereader in that it uses ambient light to show an image and that's one of the reasons it's so low in power consumption,” said Kevin Oswald with Improv Electronics. “When you press on it, you're actually changing the liquid crystal in the display to be reflective.”

Developers say they'll also soon be out with a version that'll sync to your computer in case you want to save the images created on there forever.

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