CES 2014CES 2014, what can we expect? What will the annual Consumer Electronics Show deliver? For the past number of years, the significance of this event has been called more and more into question. Although more than 36,000 attendees are expected to descend on the city of Las Vegas from the 7th to the 10th of January, the relevance of such conferences has to be considered.

Although we fully expect the welcome return of Microsoft, after a one year absence, many tech giants and manufacturers are no longer attending events like this because they do not wish to compete against others in the market. Additionally, by hosting their own events and keynotes, like Samsung and Apple, they can completely control their message and can showcase their latest products without having to share the limelight.

In the past CES has always been the centerpiece event for tech companies to present their upcoming products and demonstrate what consumers can expect to see later that year. CES 2014 will no doubt continue this trend but perhaps include an ever increasing emphasis on concept devices. However, by and large, the mainstream tech products such as laptops, smartphones and tablets will continue to rule the order of the day, as we get a first glimpse into the soon to be released devices of the next 12 months.

So what can we expect from CES 2014?

1. Ultra HD 4K TVs
We are finally reaching another new milestone in the world of television, not just the proliferation of Smart TVs but the consumer breakthrough of Ultra HD 4K Displays and Televisions. Be on the look out for these supremely detailed TVs with four times the resolution of full 1080p TV of today.

2. Valve’s Steam Machines
Yep, they’re coming, Valves eagerly awaited Steam OS-powered consoles will make the debut at CES 2014 according to The Seattle Times. We will finally be able to go hands-on with these potentially game changing next-generation consoles.

3. Even More 3D Printing
3D printing is capturing has been stealing the show at many a tech conference for the past number of years now. Expect more elaborate demonstrations of consumer-focused 3D printers at CES 2014. There will also be a keynote address by Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot. He will discuss how he believes 3D printing will will “transform entrepreneurship, business and consumer opportunities in the year ahead.”

4. Intel Haswell Chips and Windows 8.1 Tablets
You can expect Intel to showcase a number of their Haswell devices, from Ultrabooks to Bay Trail-powered Tablets running Windows 8.1.

5. Wearable Tech, Smartwatches and more
Finally, CES 2014 will no doubt be filled with wearable tech devices that look to be the next major consumer breakthrough market. These wearable wrist products will include such features as health monitoring, app-based functionality and music players. Expect some of the following companies to make a splash in this emerging consumer segment: Qualcomm Toq, COOKOO, Kronoz, Dennco Brands and MetaWatch.

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