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2009 Consumer electronics show, Las Vegas, Samsung Booth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Approximately 20,000 products will be unveiled this week at CES 2014, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but very few of them will go on to form our future. As this look back at past shows demonstrates, today’s cutting-edge tech can so easily become tomorrow’s ridiculous relic.

Even so, the rapid reporting kicked off yesterday to cover everything from the newest gizmos and gadgets to live streams of keynotes and copyright-related panels. The breadth of the event makes it a mecca for anyone with even a passing interest in technology and the way it shapes our world, so we put together this summary of what we’re seeing so far in the coverage.

The Good

 

The Bad

  • The Parrot mini-drone is likely to reignite the debate over the rapid development and role of drones in public spaces.
  • Michael Bay’s misfortune with auto cue issues and subsequent walk off while guesting for Samsung.
  • The ‘Polar Vortex’ preventing some attendees from getting over to Las Vegas (see below)

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The Ugly

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You can also follow #CES2014 to catch our contributions among the many insights flying around this week.

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