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Highlights from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Published on Feb 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm in Tech Trends.

This post also appeared in The Tennessean, where Concept Technology has a bi-weekly feature in the Business section.

What’s not to like about a four-day glut-fest of gadgets? That’s essentially what the International Consumer Electronics Show is every year, and 2014 was no exception. Here are some notable innovations from this year’s show.

Curved televisions

Flexible and curved displays are making inroads in the consumer market this year. At CES, we saw this trend in a big way. As in 105-inch big. Samsung and LG unveiled curved ultra-high-definition televisions of this size.

Curved televisions

Panasonic’s 4K curved OLED televisions are displayed at the Panasonic booth at the 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 7, 2014. CES is the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show. / David Becker / Getty Images

Throwback pictures

Polaroid introduced a modern twist to its instant camera by presenting the Android-based Socialmatic. Taking a cue from Instagram and other picture-editing apps, the device lets you take, edit and customize pictures and print them as stickers.

Fitness indicators

I’m a sucker for some quality health and fitness technology. Standouts at this year’s CES included Notch and the Reebok Checklight.

Notch brings wearable trackers to a whole new level, using sensors to accurately track your every motion. Notch’s 10 sensors can even break down complex motions like shooting a basketball or swinging a golf club, so athletes can analyze and fix their mechanics.

Checklight is Reebok’s response to concussion reports coming out of contact sports. The Checklight skullcap has embedded motion sensors that continuously measure head impact, providing actionable data to help assess an athlete.

fitness indicators

Reebok’s Checklight impact indicator is displayed at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center prior to the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2014. / Joe Klamar / AFP / Getty Images

Mini 3-D printers

This is the year of Mini-Me 3D printers. At CES, MakerBot announced the MakerBot Replicator Mini, a 3-D printer suitable for home use. Priced at $1,375, the Replicator Mini is finally in the price range of some DIYers and technology enthusiasts.

3d printers

Rabbits made with a MakerBot 3D printer are displayed in the MakerBot booth at the 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 7, 2014. / Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Palm-size drones

In another itty-bitty gadget reveal, advanced consumer technology product maker Parrot showed off two new drones, the MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo, both of which fit in the palm of your hand.

Drones

Parrot MiniDrone, a small quadrotor helicopter with removable ultra-light wheels, can roll, climb walls and fly. / Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Pebble Steel

The biggest complaint I’ve previously voiced about the Pebble Smartwatch is its geeky, clumsy and unattractive design. Enter, Pebble Steel. Pebble’s second-generation, stainless steel and leather exterior is a serious upgrade, in the looks department at least. The smartwatch has an estimated five to seven days of battery life and is waterproof. Pebble Steel’s style does sell for a premium, retailing at $249 compared with the $149 price tag of the original device.