The weekend leading up to the annual Consumer Electronics Show and the first few days of the event have some recurring features. A few staples? Keynotes, press conferences and, of course, the unveiling of the many cool new gadgets that technology companies have up their sleeves for the year. CES 2014 is no exception.
Some notable cool new gadgets include eye candy like Samsung’s (SSNLF) 105-inch curved 4K TV, Ford’s (F) solar-powered car, or the new Z18 3D printer from Stratasys (SYSS) acquisition MakerBot, which can churn out 10 3D printing jobs simultaneously.
Of course, once Wednesday rolls around, the focus will shift to the myriad smaller vendors at CES 2014, demos of the less visually spectacular products and the tallying up of “Best in Show” nominees.
Here five of the most interesting cool new gadgets that are in contention for various “Best of CES 2014″ awards.