192-core chip and Bluetooth toothbrush kick off CES 2014

The opening salvoes of the Las Vegas tech show are always high on quirk and 2014 is looking to be a bumper year for technological oddity.

"Man, I really like Vegas," Elvis famously said. The tech industry couldn't agree more with The King, starting every year with a massive shindig in the city of sin -- CES. The Consumer Electronics Show 2014 officially kicks off on Tuesday, but the press arrived last night and started pumping out stories with the feverish intensity of men and women working just feet from slot machines.

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The opening salvoes of the show are always high on quirk and 2014 is looking to be a bumper year for technological oddity. Straight off the bat, CNET UK's fearless editor Jason Jenkins found a high-tech toothbrush -- a Bluetooth toothbrush, no less, that syncs with a special iOS or Android app and tells you how thoroughly you've been buffing the ol' gnashers. Here's his hands-on (mouth-on?) report:

It's not a proper CES without some virtual-reality shenanigans and PrioVR steps into the breach this year with an exoskeleton that turns your entire body into one giant game controller. Sensors on your arms, shoulders, waist and legs let you do commando rolls and duck for real, with a software API that's compatible with most gaming engines. Even better, it'll work with the Oculus Rift headset for totally immersive (and exhausting-sounding) videogame high jinx.

Belkin isn't normally a company to worry the annual wacky races, but its new WeMo system of connected gadgets is trying to make everything in your home controllable via an app. Lights, appliances, gadgets you make yourself, even your slow cooker are all linked together.

The first day wasn't completely devoid of real news, with chipmaker Nvidia taking the wraps off its new 192-core Tegra K1 processor, which includes the Kepler GPU -- likely the thing that runs the graphics in your PC. The K1 comes in two versions, a 32-bit effort that runs up to 2.3GHz, and a 64-bit number that goes up to 2.5GHz. Nvidia hopes they'll appear in top-notch phones and tablets coming your way later this year.

The major announcements ramp up later today and into tonight with press conferences from the likes of LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Intel, Sony and the highlight of the day, Samsung, where the Korean behemoth is expected to unveil a range of Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets. You can find all of CNET's exhaustive live coverage -- we're live-blogging every event -- at live.cnet.com.

What are you hoping to see later today? Which companies are the ones to watch this year? What's the most bonkers gadget you've seen so far? Roll the dice down in the comments, or head over to our well-regulated Facebook page.

 

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