I've attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 a few times in the past, and it is one major zoo! Everything from pre-launch parties to all-night raging parties, it's impossible not to be dead tired after a couple of days. Sometimes, it feels like a lot of work for very little reward - but that shouldn't be the case for CES 2014.
This year will be different due to the variety of industry-leading technologies that should grab headlines.
I reviewed the Microsoft SPOT technology on a Suunto n3 smartwatch in 2004, and was immediately impressed by its potential. Expect to see smart watches and wearable electronics to swarm CES-related headlines next week, and following interest in Google Glass, companies are anxious to show off their wares.
The rise of high-definition TVs has evolved the consumer home entertainment market, which will continue to happen at CES. Ultra-high-definition technology, such as 4K, will be displayed all over Vegas, with online video and content services driving increased interest in the living room.
The Apple iPad and Google Android-powered tablets like the Google Nexus control the majority of attention - but budget tablets will be worth following. Tablets for less than $200 now pack surprisingly good hardware and advanced software bundles, opening up the door to even wider consumer adoption.
CES 2014 runs from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, and the majority of tech leaders will have products to announce and show off. I won't be at CES this year, but TweakTown will certainly publish the exciting late breaking announcements and product launches from Las Vegas.