CES 2014: What to Expect
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's the early part of January, and that means that after you've put on 5 lbs. from eating all sorts of food over the holidays, it's time to walk off all of that excess weight at the gargantuan International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas starting next week.
This year, the hot CES themes are likely to be a continuation of major trends from 2013 as the world awaits a chance to see the gadgets and gizmos that are likely to soon be on everyone's shopping lists.
The key themes this year are likely to be 4K televisions, wearable technology and the Internet of Things, among others. 4K televisions, which were prevalent at last year's show, didn't really take off as prices on the sets were exorbitant and the content just wasn't there. Last year, I interviewed Broadcom
However, there hasn't been a lot of 4K content produced, though movies such as The Hobbit were filmed in 4K. The television set sales may get a boost this year, as prices come down. Last year, I took a look at a 4K TV set that cost $22,000. This year, we've already seen Polaroid announce a 4K television for $1,000.
I suspect that once we crack the $1,000 price point for base model televisions, we can expect 4K set sales to start to trend higher, especially as companies such as Samsung, Toshiba, LG and Panasonic unveil their latest and greatest television models. Samsung and LG have already announced plans to show off new 4K TVs at CES which will include curved displays, designed to enhance the viewing experience. However, it's still up for debate whether that's really a benefit to the viewer, or more of a gimmick.