2012’s great ideas previewed in CES Innovations Awards

Next up is the Nest Learning Thermostat, a product upon which some former Apple people have collaborated.

This product is designed to make your air conditioner intelligent through using a WiFi connection and a combination of motion and light sensors to create a personalised schedule that constantly adapts room temperatures to how you live. That wireless connection also will allow you to control your setup via your smartphone.

Nest's intelligent thermostat. We love the idea.

The sensors in the Nest are smart enough to discern when you’re not at home, meaning it will help you to save on your power bills.  It will even tell you how much energy you’ve been saving, a feature which, in the new carbon tax era, everyone will love.

Once you’ve saved all of that energy, you can expend it doing something you like. How about some gaming?

The Razer Blade, a laptop made for gamers.

Gaming-accessory manufacturer Razer thinks it has a laptop to satisfy even the most hard-core gamers. Its Blade is an aluminium-crafted desktop-replacement laptop featuring a huge 17.3 inch Full HD screen, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 2GB Nvidia graphics card, 320GB hard drive, USB 3.0, WiFi, and Gigabit Ethernet.

What’s more, the Razer Blade also features a custom keyboard and mouse design with an LCD panel-based touchpad sitting to the right of the keyboard – a configuration most PC gamers will be familiar with.

While the LCD under the mouse can display different parts of the game – such as overhead maps or information – the ten programmable macro keys above this will make even the most seasoned gamer cry. In fact, it’s not just gamers who will appreciate this feature, because the custom keys can be applied to with other tasks, such as Photoshop, web shortcuts, and more.

The Blade also sets itself apart from other gaming laptops by virtue of its thinness.  At 2.24cm high when closed and weighing 3.16 kilos, it’s still heavier than that MacBook Air your were thinking of lugging around, but much lighter than the 5.3 kilo Alienware M17x it will compete with.