The Consumer Electronics Show — better known as CES — is the industry’s annual showcase of the gadgets, gear and technology you can expect to see fighting for space on retailer shelves in the coming year.
Last year’s edition saw gigantic 4K TVs, big screen smartphones, phablets, tablets, 3D printing and the first round of smartwatches take center stage. Samsung (SSNLF) had a big week thanks to it’s massive and oddly styled S9 UltraHD TV.
Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer had perhaps his last hurrah on the CES stage, commandeering Qualcomm’s (QCOMM) keynote to pitch Surface RT tablets and Windows Phone 8. Meanwhile Apple (AAPL) — which chooses not to attend CES — remained in the background, although the company’s presence is always felt as attendees ask: “What would an Apple version of this look like?”
Based on the hype leading up to CES 2014, what are we expecting to be the big developments shaping up in Las Vegas over the course of the week? There are always surprises, but here’s an overview of trends to watch for at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 edition.