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CES 2014 Starts in 2 days – What to Expect!

I’m heading to International CES 2014  in a few hours to cover the largest consumer electronic show. The big thing this year is connected technology and here are a few categories that’s getting a lot of buzz –

wearable technology

Wearable Technology
Wearable sale reached $4.6 Millions last year, which makes me sad that I didn’t purchase the Google glasses when my invite came in a few weeks ago. No worries though, all will be well when I get to the show.  We expect to see a lot of wearable technology, most notably from Samsung, LG, Sony, Fitbit, Qualcomm, and Pebble.  A lot of companies will be showcasing wearable technology, from the latest wrist or eye-wear to body sensors, mind and gesture controlled devices. There will also be  jackets that adjust based on temperature to solar-powered handbags.

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(Credit: Samsung)

Home Theater
I’m addicted to watching HGTV, so this arena is one i’m super excited about. We can expect to see anything from smart thermostats, programmable sprinkler systems, energy-efficient lighting systems and programmable security system.  Samsung will unveil the first 105” Curved UHD TV and Smart Home, a service enabling users to control and manage their home devices through a single application. I look forward to learning more about the 3D TV without the use of 3D Glasses. Polaroid will release an affordable 50-inch 4K priced at $1,000. Netflix is expected to launch streaming in 4K. There is something for everyone.

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(Credit: Toyota)

Smart Cars
We will probably see a lot of driver-less cars with 9 of the top 10 car manufacturers in attendance, you can rest assured I will get my share of futuristic driving. Manufactures will be demoing different car technology features like adaptive cruise control, collision detection, and park assist.

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(Credit: LG)

Tablet & PCs
Acer will launch its affordable tablet Iconia A1, a stylish 7.9-Inch android tablet and Iconia B1 which offers slim design, 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of memory for fast and smooth web browsing and gaming. LG will show off its new Chromebase all-in-one desktop and Tab-Book 2.

Celebrities
Sorry, I couldn’t write about what to expect at CES without mentioning the celebrities that will be on site. I’m hoping to run into Pharrell Williams, Nick Cannon, Tim Tebow, Mötley Crüe – Vince Neil, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Garrett McNamara just to mention a few.

I’m also looking forward to seeing what smartphones and cameras that will be hitting the market soon, Samsung will unveil its Galaxy Round, Galaxy Camera 2 and Samsung NX30 while LG will demo the G Flex and Acer will showcase the newly revealed Liquid Z5.

There are so many things to see, and i’m excited to share it with you guys. I’ll be in Vegas reporting all week on all things CES, so make sure you check back.

Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving

    January 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Ok, now I want to know what celebrities you ran into!

  2. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    January 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’m super jealous you mgiht meet Tebow! What an awesome role model! And that new LG looks like a great alternative to an iMac!

  3. Katie

    January 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    cars have improved so much just in the last 3 years since I bought my car! I test drove a 2013 model of my 2010 car and it’s so different already!

  4. Rachel

    January 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I want to go. Can I sneak in behind you. Sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  5. forestborj

    January 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Call it reinventing the wheel, but wearable tech is the future!

  6. Angela

    January 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I am super jealous right now, but so happy you get to go! I totally agree that wearables are very hot right now. I love my Galaxy Gear!

  7. jeanae

    January 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Whoa! That will be such a great experience, and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  8. Kait

    January 5, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Think I”ll fit into your suitcase? I promise I won’t be too annoying..

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