The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show
Last week, the year was kick-started by the latest edition of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which took place in Las Vegas. The event, which was held from 7 - 10 January, has since been identified by organisers as the largest of its kind to date with over 152,000 attendees from over 150 different countries.
The yearly gathering of designers, manufacturers, engineers and entrepreneurs provides unique insight into the latest in cutting-edge technology, pushing the boundaries of things we use in our every day lives.
There were some very exciting and important products on display, from household names as well as from small companies with big ideas.
The show largely focused on products such as televisions, cameras and other gadgets, but mobile technology was also very well represented, with big steps in the direction of wearable devices and augmented reality being taken by many of the exhibitors.
Smartphones, tablets, intuitive computing and the Internet of Things were also prominent features, with the future of mobility beginning to emerge and take shape for the general public.
Among the most impressive and inspiring products were the Pebble Steel Smartwatch, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, the LG G Flex curved Smartphone, and the Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 2.
If the CES 2014 can be seen as an accurate preview of the kind of virtual environment we will soon be living in, with enhanced capabilities for a seemingly limitless number of everyday tasks, then mobile technology will continue to generate a great deal of interest over the coming months.