Las Vegas ( The Street) -- We're halfway through this year's Consumer Electronics Show, which seems to feature actual new products this year, unlike recent shows. As usual, there are bigger TVs, but there are also some curved ones -- even a bendable one from Samsung. While that's fine for some, the show has been about wearables and autos, and that's something to get excited about.
A number of smartphone and tablet models were shown as well, but those who have been following my views on those markets know that the new announcements only signal that the ante is being upped for those bloodbaths.
I can call it a bloodbath given the recent results from not just Blackberry (BBRY), but also HTC. Oh, and one quick note on those TVs: Before you get all excited and want to pick one up ahead of Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2), most, if not all, those cutting edge TVs won't be available until much later in 2014.
Like most tech fans, I love to hear about all the new gadgets, as well as compare and contrast them. As I mentioned, even though we are only a few days into 2014, it sounds like this will be the year of wearables and the connected car.
On the wearable front, there are a number of new products from Pebble, Razer, LG, Samsung, Sony (SNE) and others, as well as concept products from Intel (INTC). According to the Consumer Electronics Association, between 75 and 100 wearable devices would be shown at CES this year. While we wait and see what Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Motorola will introduce in the coming months, assuming they do so, wearables have the potential to extend the revenue opportunity for what I call digital-consumer devices. With PCs being replaced by tablets, and smartphones on the way to wiping out basic mobile phones, these companies need to expand their footprints and drive revenue growth.