Every January, the tech world converges on Las Vegas to spin, schmooze, and showcase the stuff that the gadget-obsessed will spend the next year bickering about. Sure, not every significant electronic device gets announced here (see Apple), but the floor is essentially a view into the near future of consumer tech. In lieu of showing you every fitness tracker, personal drone, and oversize headphone being hawked, we picked out the overarching trends coming down the pike.
Cars get smart.
A glance at the CES show floor makes it clear that the gadget and gearhead worlds have collided: Samsung is showcasing the BMW i3, which can be unlocked by the Galaxy Gear smartwatch (pictured), which also displays vehicle data, and Panasonic is spotlighting the Tesla Model S to remind consumers that Panasonic built the batteries. An even bigger deal: Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance, a partnership with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia to collaborate on a standardized Android ecosystem for autos. If it's a success, the alliance could foster more intuitive interfaces and safety controls that would limit distractions rather than create them. American muscle is also on view: Chevy unveiled a stat-collecting racing camera for its 2015 Corvette, and Ford hauled a Mustang in to show off an easy-to-use voice-control system.
In pizza news: Domino's unveiled a new way to order pies through Ford's Sync infotainment system.