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.
- MakerBot wows the crowd once again with various sizes of 3D printer, one of which can create up to 10 items at once.
- Sony goes all in on the cloud with Playstation Now and new streaming video service.
- Following the runaway success of its Kickstarter funding, Pebble makes its mark on wearable tech again with this Steel smart watch.
- 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)
- Not all of the wearable technology is as futuristic or attractive as we might have hoped.
- Equal parts creepy and impressive, the disturbingly named ‘Mother’ monitors actions and movements at home.
- The ‘phablet’ still seems to be of interest in the industry, making oversized oddities like this a part of CES 2014.
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