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CES 2014: What to Expect (Update 1)

Updated from 9 a.m. EST to include more information about automotive technology on the fourth page.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's the early part of January, and that means that after you've put on 5 lbs. from eating all sorts of food over the holidays, it's time to walk off all of that excess weight at the gargantuan International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas starting next week.

This year, the hot CES themes are likely to be a continuation of major trends from 2013 as the world awaits a chance to see the gadgets and gizmos that are likely to soon be on everyone's shopping lists.

Intel (INTC), Yahoo! (YHOO), Broadcom (BRCM), Cisco (CSCO) and Samsung will all have executives at CES discussing the latest trends and showing off their latest wears to reviewers, analysts, journalists and show-goers alike, hoping to Wow with their products. After the show, the media will determine the winners and losers from the show, and then pass out from exhaustion after working non-stop around the clock for three days with no sleep in Las Vegas. Vegas baby, Vegas.



The key themes this year are likely to be 4K televisions, wearable technology and the Internet of Things, among others. 4K televisions, which were prevalent at last year's show, didn't really take off as prices on the sets were exorbitant and the content just wasn't there. Last year, I interviewed Broadcom  (BRCM) CEO Scott McGregor to talk about 4K. "Ultra HD is a new TV technology that is four times the resolution, or four times the quality of the picture of the previous grade HDTV's that you had," McGregor said in that an interview, unveiling new chips Broadcom created for the set-top boxes that will deliver the 4K content.

However, there hasn't been a lot of 4K content produced, though movies such as The Hobbit were filmed in 4K. The television set sales may get a boost this year, as prices come down. Last year, I took a look at a 4K TV set that cost $22,000. This year, we've already seen Polaroid announce a 4K television for $1,000.

I suspect that once we crack the $1,000 price point for base model televisions, we can expect 4K set sales to start to trend higher, especially as companies such as Samsung, Toshiba, LG and Panasonic unveil their latest and greatest television models. Samsung and LG have already announced plans to show off new 4K TVs at CES which will include curved displays, designed to enhance the viewing experience. However, it's still up for debate whether that's really a benefit to the viewer, or more of a gimmick. 

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