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How technology is building a new old age

With an increasing number of us living in to old age and wanting to stay independent, technology has some novel answers to keep us healthy.

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Self-parking car shown off at CES

Audi's self-parking car uses ultrasound and on-board cameras to perform tricky manoeuvres without the need for human control.

Its 'park assist' system can handle parallel and perpendicular parking and notifies the driver with a dashboard message once it finds a space large enough.

More from CES 2013: Robot allows doctor to check on hospital patients remotely

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Robot allows doctor to check on hospital patients remotely

In the future, patients in hospital may be attended to by robots instead of doctors or nurses. The invention will allow doctors who are not at the hospital to remotely check up on and speak to patients using a videolink.

Other gadgets include smart phone apps that keep track of the user's heart rate and blood pressure.

These are just some of the health-related inventions being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

ITV News' correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Latest smart TVs unveiled at Las Vegas

A 56-inch, 4K OLED television set is displayed at the Panasonic booth during the first day of the CES in Las Vegas
A 56-inch, 4K OLED television set is displayed at the Panasonic booth during the first day of the CES in Las Vegas Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters

The future of smart TVs were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Singer Austin Renfroe and band members perform at the Intel booth Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters

The world's largest consumer technology exhibition has been showcasing the latest in hardware devices. 20,000 products and prototypes have been unveiling, including new 45-inch TVs, new 20-inch tablets and the latest in sound engineering.

A man looks over a Panasonic 4K tablet featuring a 20-inch screen during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
A man looks over a Panasonic 4K tablet featuring a 20-inch screen during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Credit: Steve Marcus / Reuters

The Kindle chopping board and a water-proof iPad at CES

A demonstration of celery being sliced on top of a Kindle protected with an Invisible Phone Guard (IPG) at the CES
A demonstration of celery being sliced on top of a Kindle protected with an Invisible Phone Guard (IPG) at the CES Credit: Reuters

Protection for the gadgets many of us already have at home has been popular at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

An iPad takes a dip into a bowl of water at the LifeProof booth at the CES
An iPad takes a dip into a bowl of water at the LifeProof booth at the CES Credit: Reuters

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Samsung unveils curved TV at Las Vegas gadget show

Over 3,000 exhibitors showcased their newest gadgets and innovations to kick start the Las Vegas 2013 CES technology show. Among them were Samsung's concept 'curved television'.

Samsung unveiled its intelligent TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Samsung unveiled its intelligent TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Credit: Darren Burn/ITV News
The Samsung display features a curved structure.
The Samsung display features a curved structure. Credit: Darren Burn/ITV News

Britain's power struggle in consumer electronics

When it comes to big name brands in the world of consumer electronics, the UK doesn't leap to the top of the list. The power still lies with South Korea, China, Japan and the United States.

Convertible Lenovo Ultrabook displayed at an Intel news conference during the CES in Las Vegas
Convertible Lenovo Ultrabook displayed at an Intel news conference during the CES in Las Vegas Credit: Reuters

But were still a key player - especially when compared to other European countries. The UK has the largest technology market of any country in Europe with £8 billion spent each year. That accounts for almost 15% of the £140 billion spent throughout Europe annually.

The technology sector and investment is growing too. It currently contributes 12% of GDP and results in 600,000 direct jobs in the country. Companies like ARM are evidence that Britain's technology industry can still play a key role in designing components found in the international giants products.

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