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'Bullet-proof' protection for mobile phones

Impact Shield
The shield can absorb the force of impact if the phone is dropped face down. Credit: Tech21

A smartphone cover boasting bullet-proof casing has become the latest mobile protection product to be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Makers Tech21 said the Impact Shield is made from an advanced impact material currently used in Military Grade Bullet Proof glass and the cockpits of fighter jets.

Properties in the material even enable it to "self-heal" over time if the phone is scratched or bumped, they said.

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Sony unveils water-resistant smartphone in Las Vegas

Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z can deal with far more than a few drips of water. Credit: Sony

Sony has introduced a new water-resistant smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can survive being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

The Android-powered Xperia Z, which will be available to buy within the next few months, also features a 13-megapixel camera - for high-quality underwater shots, perhaps?

Read more on the unveiling of 4K TVs at the CES.

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Can a machine make a better cuppa than a human?

The capsule-based tea machine (on the right) versus the traditional teapot method Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire/Cambridge Consultants

A British technology company is showcasing a tea-making invention that it claims can rival the traditional kettle and tea bag approach.

Cambridge Consultants have developed a process that uses tea capsules - similar to capsule coffee makers - to brew the perfect cuppa.

The user has the option of selecting the strength and flavour of their tea and the beverage is ready in just two minutes, according to its inventors.

The robotic tea-maker is being unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, California this week.

See more of the gadgets on show here.

British firm to unveil paper-thin PC tablet at Vegas show

A British-made tablet PC that is as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper is due to be unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The prototype has been developed by Plastic Logic, in partnership with Intel and Queen's University, who say it will "revolutionise" the PC market.

The PaperTab on display at the Nevada technology show, which opens tomorrow, has a 10.7" plastic display, a flexible touch screen and is powered by an Intel processor.

Roel Vertegaal, Director of Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab, said: “Within five to ten years, most computers, from ultra-notebooks to tablets, will look and feel just like these sheets of printed color paper.”

Gadgets big, small and green on show in Las Vegas

A giant scale of invention is promised at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In literal terms, few products on display will be bigger than this 84-inch Ultra HD LED television.

84-inch LED television
The 84-inch screen by LG Electronics costs just over £12,300. Credit: Reuters / Steve Marcus

On the smaller end of the gadget scale is this weather alert radio for extreme conditions.

Many already exist in the marketplace, except this radio has the ability to select only the tornado alerts for a given area.

A La Crosse tornado alert radio
The La Crosse tornado alert radio is available to buy from the end of April. Credit: Reuters / Steve Marcus

For the green-fingered tablet user comes the Parrot Flower Power.

The wireless device monitors the condition of your plants and sends a visual alert if any need attention.

A Parrot Flower Power
The Parrot Flower Power is expected to hit the marketplace by the end of 2013. Credit: Reuters / Steve Marcus
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