Consumer Watch: Consumer Electronics Show

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Yes, it's January, but to tech lovers and gadget gurus, Monday was like Christmas Eve in Las Vegas where the final touches were applied before the Consumer Electronics Industry's big international show unwraps.

Some say the show has lost that cutting-edge feel in recent years, but Consumer Reports Electronics editor Glenn Dareene said it's really the change in the times.

"Things that are not your traditional consumer electronics are becoming big at the show and some other industries have found their way into the show as well," he said.

In addition to automakers showing off their wares, there are things like home appliances sharing the floor, which reveals how technology has permeated all aspects of life.

Among the top trends at the show this week is defining the new area of wearable technology.

"The Google glasses at the height of sophistication, all the way down to the pedometer at the lower end of it, where it's just tracking how many steps you took that day," Dareene said. "A device can fall anywhere across that spectrum. I think you're going to see things get more advanced over time though, as the cost to make something like that drops."

There's also still room for big TVs. One update at this year's show was curved screens -- and to think, just a few years ago, flat screens were all the rage.

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