CES 2014: What you can expect

ces-logoWith an eye on upcoming crazy days in January, we’re steeling ourselves for a glut of phones, tablets, laptops, gaming tech, TVs, wearables, refrigerators and whatever other home appliances companies can stick a computer into.

From January 7 to January 10, CES 2014 will invade the Las Vegas Convention Center per usual, and we’re gearing up to see everything from “must have” to “please, get that away from me.” More than 20,000 new products are expected to be shown off to 152,000 tech trade attendees at 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

We are out in force bringing you the latest from the show, which runs through Friday. Look for up-to-the-minute coverage of product announcements, trends.

Follow it all at CES 2014 on Gizmantra

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Televisions are always one of CES’s biggest categories, right back to its first show in 1967.

The two biggest manufacturers – Samsung and LG – will square off once again at this year’s event with similar sounding products.

Both have already announced 105in (267cm) sized 4K Ultra HD screens in the extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio.

Wearable tech

With Google Glass still awaiting a sensible-priced release, smaller firms will be showing off their own tech-enhanced eyewear.

GlassUp will show off a pair that superimposes smartphone alerts, directions and other app information over the user’s right eye.

Instabeat is a heart rate monitor that can be attached to swimming goggles

Epson is expected to unveil a new version of its Moverio glasses – the first generation allowed owners to watch 3D movies.

And XoEye will show off glasses with two in-built five megapixel cameras designed to stream stabilised video feeds over wi-fi.

Tablets, smartphones and PCs

Many smartphone and tablet-makers are holding back announcements until February’s Mobile World Congress or their own standalone shows.razrside20130109125952Lenovo’s S930 features Dolby-enhanced audio.

ZTE has promised to take the wraps off the Grand S2 handset, which it says will feature “intelligent voice controls”

Lenovo has already teased images of the S930, a new 6in phablet

Asus suggests it has at least three new handsets .

3D printers

In 2012 there were two 3D printer-makers at CES._72045198_3d

This year the tech warrants its own zone and about 30 firms are showing off their wares.

“3D printing has been around for about 30 years, but a lot of the early developments were patent protected,” says Duncan Wood, publisher of TCT Magazine who will be running sessions on the tech at CES.

“But over last three to four years those patents have started to expire and entrepreneurs are now able to build their own variations, helping cause a downward pressure on prices.”

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