LG to unveil wristphone at a leaner CES

LG has developed a watch-shaped mobile videophone, which the company intends to show off at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The 3G watch-phone features a touch-screen dialling system, Bluetooth and a voice-recognition system which is also capable of transforming text to speech.

The device also features a built-in camera and speaker to allow users to make video calls via the 1.4-inch screen.

LG's new device may be bucking the trend. This year's CES is expected to be leaner than previous years - and feature fewer luxury items - as consumers rein in spending amidst the market crisis.

According to Reuters, this year's show will feature just 2,700 exhibitors, compared to 3,000 last year. CES organiser the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) expects 130,000 attendees, down from 141,000 in 2008.

The CEA expects the tone of the show to be different, with exhibitors focusing on greener, cost-saving devices. Netbooks in particular are expected to dominate at the show.