Bendable TVs, smartwatches headline CES 2014

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Reporting from the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. CES 2014 is in a high gear after a jam-packed press day of announcements. Televisions are always a big topic at the show and this year's new buzz is over televisions that bend and transform from a flat screen to a slightly curved screen with a press of a button. Both Samsung and LG showed off this flexible TVs and it said that curved screens give you more of an immersive viewing experience. But you can expect those little curved wings on the end to cost pretty penny. 4K also known as ultra HD is also another theme with the TVs unveiled at the show. There was even a 4K camcorder from Sony and a 4K screen on a Lenovo monitor. We will be hearing lots about wearable tech at the show. LG unveiled its first wearable device, the Lifeband Touch wristband is part of this trend of tracking your health on a smart bracelet. The gaming company Razer has a prototype band called the Nabu. It tracks fitness and also shows alerts on your text and calls. You can even get Twitter messages on it. Sony unveiled the Core, its version of a fitness tracker that works similar to a Fitbit band. It'll be coming out in the spring. But the star is the Pebble Smartwatch which has been updated with a smarter look. The $250 Pebble Steel has a metal design with the option of a leather band. So now we get a high quality smartwatch that actually looks like a watch instead of a toy. It also has its own app store and they're already are apps like Foursquare, Yelp and ESPN. It ships later this month. The Pebble has some health-tracking apps but it's more about having a watch that also shows alerts from your smartphone and lets you control music. And sometimes at CES, the biggest news isn't always about gadgets. The most awkward press conference award goes to Samsung, when they brought Transformers director Michael Bay on stage to talk up curved TVs. -The curve-- -But after about the sentence, Bay was tripped up by the teleprompter and just walked off. -Excuse me, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. -Okay. -And that wasn't the only surprise. T Mobile CEO John Legere crashed the AT&T developer party where Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were performing. Now Legere got in with legit tickets from Macklemore's agent. But he was kicked out by AT&T's security after this photo was tweeted out by our CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng. T Mobile will make more noise on Wednesday when it holds a press conference at the show to announce a new way to shake up customer plans. Be sure to follow our live coverage all week long at cnet.com/live. From the CNET's stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center, I'm Bridget Carey.

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