LAS VEGAS -- The action kicked into high gear at CES today, with lots of companies taking the stage for formal press conferences and keynotes. Here are the highlights from press day at the International CES 2014 consumer tech show.
TVs are always big at CES, and this year was no different. The most buzzworthy TV of the day was a . We saw an 85-inch LED LCD model with 4K resolution that transforms from flat-screen to curved with the press of a button. The practical uses for this bendy feature are dubious and we have no idea how much the TV will cost, but it's still a novel concept.
In the realm of plain-old flat screens,, , , , and showed off their ultra-high-def televisions.
Predictably, 4K TV has already emerged as a big theme at the show this year, and 4K was featured in every major manufacturer's lineup. (4K even made it into a few non-TV products, including, which runs Android KitKat.)
And again we're seeing more and more smart capabilities added to TVs of all kinds.to release six TVs that have Roku's Smart TV platform built-in -- no box required. LG is keeping , incorporating the operating system into its .
Dish used its press conference today to show off what it called a "troop" ofand a PS3/PS4 app that allows those game consoles to deliver Dish Hopper service to secondary rooms.
Our TV editors are particularly excited to see direct LED dimming technology get incorporated into TVs fromand .
Leading up to the show, we expected wearable tech to be the real standout product category at this year's show and that prediction has certainly come to fruition.
Kickstarter darling Pebble is classing up its product line, releasing the $250 metal-cast Steel smartwatch. CNET editor Tim Stevens got an inside look at how the design for Pebble's watches evolved; he brings you .
A Pebble update was expected. But other companies, not traditionally known for making wearable devices, are trying to capitalize on the fervor surrounding wearables. One such company, Razer, unveiled the, which blends together features of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker to make a sort of fitness-notification superband.
LG is making its first foray into wearable tech, introducing the. The Lifeband Touch is a practical, health-focused wristband that works well paired with a phone. The Heart Rate Earphones have a sensor in each earbud; they send heart rate and oxygen consumption data to a phone via Bluetooth.
One piece of wearable tech is far from your standard fitness band. The Avegant Glyph. We've written about the virtual retinal display technology before, but finally got to give it a whirl in person. It's intended as mobile ear and eye display headgear, for use with your movies, games, and whatever else you'd need a display for. But when the eyewear's folded up, it just looks like a big pair of headphones.
Valve is jumping into gaming hardware with its . It combines console-like hardware that runs Steam-based PC games and works with a custom controller designed by Valve. Today, Valve showed off early hardware prototypes from some of the partner companies that will make the machines, including Dell, Maingear, Falcon Northwest, and Origin PC. As CNET reporter , with such heavy hitters getting behind the hardware, Valve's Steam Machine could pose a massive threat to the status quo of gaming.
We also got a look at some pretty impressive innovations for the home. of professional-chef-grade kitchen appliances. LG tried to sell us on a set of appliances we can text with. A worringly unscientific poll of CNET editors in the CES parking lot trailer is mixed on whether that's a pro or con.
Corning introduced a new for smartphones to keep us safe from our own filth.
Sony today announced plans to sell the Xperia Z1S via T-Mobile in the US, beginning later this month.
LG announced that its 6-inch phablet with the arched display, the, is coming to not just one, but three carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Toyota today talked about its continuing foray into green cars. Specifically, it gave some details of its bet on cars running off , which boast no emissions but water vapor. At the convention center, the company displayed two cars: a four-door blue sedan and an engineering prototype, or a "mule," covered in camouflage that Toyota used for testing in North America.
We shifted gears later in the day as MakerBot used its press conference to introduce a , including the smaller, more affordable Replicator Mini and the industrial-strength Z18 for making larger objects. It has also built mobile and desktop apps people can use to tape into its design network from anywhere.
Today we launched our Must See package, where we round up the absolutely most interesting tech, news, and events at CES. Go see our Must See page now to see what made the list today. And be sure to come back as we name new Must See items each day.
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