January saw plenty of activity around the glittering Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but there have also been various new smartphones, music systems, smart watches and super-thin laptops introduced by the tech industry giants.
Here's our rundown of some of the most exciting new products this month. Please feel free to flag up any items that have caught your eye in the comments below.
Release date: Out now
The third smartphone in the partnership between LG and fashion house Prada is effortlessly stylish, featuring a 4.3-inch NOVA High Brightness touchscreen and Prada's signature Saffiano pattern on the reverse of the black casing. The LG Prada 3.0 is 8.5mm in depth, with minimal hard keys to maintain its sleek finish. It features LG's signature Floating Mass Technology, and comes with a version of Google Android Gingerbread, featuring a tailored user interface with slick black, grey and white menus and icons.
iMusic Water Dancing Speakers
Release date: Out now
Sometimes music is not enough, and you need something more. The iMusic USB-powered speakers turn musical beats into a water show. Multi-coloured LED lights within each 22cm high speaker are covered by a thin film of water, pulsing in illuminated fountains in time with the beat. The individual jets vary in height depending on the volume and pitch of the sound.
Release date: February
Sony hopes to snatch ground from Apple's market-leading iPod with the colourful new Walkman B170 Series, featuring a bass boost button for "rich, pumping low-end sound". The media player features a slim form factor, and a Bass Boost button, backed up by a colour-matched LED that pulses in time with the music. Sony said that just three minutes of charging will give enough battery power for 90 minutes of listening, while the B series will run non-stop for 18 hours on a full charge. Available in 2G and 4G models.
Price: $149.99 (£100)
Release date: Q1 2012
Sticking with Sony, the intriguing SmartWatch was unveiled at CES 2012 as an accessory to the firm's Xperia range of smartphones. Using a cross-platform link-up via Bluetooth, the watch relays information such as text messages and emails from an Android phone to its 1.3-inch OLED screen. The device can also pick up transmitted media from other gadgets, and will be supported with downloadable apps.
Release date: Unconfirmed
Razer this month revealed that its Project Fiona concept project is a PC gaming tablet featuring attached Hydra-style controllers. Designed to offer the "ultimate tablet gaming experience", the product comes with an Intel Core i7 processor and a 1280x800 multi-touch display. Joystick controllers are attached on either side, and the unit features magnetometer and accelerometers to enable motion controls. Razer hopes to make the tablet commercial available this year, but reports suggest it will cost around $1,000.
Company: Sony Ericsson
Release date: March 2012 in the UK
Sony's new Android-powered handset is a dual-core, NFC-enabled device featuring a 4.3-inch high definition Reality Display and a whopping 12MP camera on the rear. The handset, backed up by content from the Sony Entertainment Network, launches with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after launch.
Price: $250 (£161.50) in North America
Release date: February 1
Microsoft this month confirmed that its Kinect motion control system is to extend beyond the Xbox console and onto Windows PCs. Compatible with both Windows 7 and the forthcoming Windows 8, Kinect for Windows will enable users to perform a range of tasks with their bodies and voice. It will also have a new "near mode", allowing the Kinect sensor to accurately detect objects and motions from distances as close as 50 centimetres.
Price: $250 (£161.50)
Release date: February 1
Chinese technology giant Huawei has created what is claimed to be the world's slimmest smartphone, at only 6.68mm thick. Powered by the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Huawei Ascend P1 S is described as the "fastest and most compact smartphone in its class". It features a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 960 x 540 touchscreen, built with Corning Gorilla.
Release date: Spring
This new iPad 2 housing pays homage to a bit of computing history, transforming the tablet computer to look like an Apple Macintosh 128K, released in 1984. The retro Padintosh is a casing for the tablet computer complete with screen cover, protecting from scratches and damage. Thumbsup! said that it is designed to appeal to nostalgic gadget fans wanting to relive their "technological '80s youth" whilst still using emails, iTunes and apps.
Release date: Q2
Acer's new laptop is claimed to be the thinnest in the world, at just 15mm thick with a 13.3-inch screen. The Aspire S5 is 2mm thinner than Apple's Macbook Air, but weighs an identical 1.35kg. It is also the first non-Apple laptop to use a Thunderbolt port for high-speed data transfer. The product is expected to come with Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.