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.
Tech gets dressed.
There's a sense at CES that early-adopting gadget guys are finally developing a sense of style. Case in point: a pair of elegant smart watches that don't scream plastic-tech-fantastic. The first, called the Pebble Steel ($249; pictured), is a more svelte version of Pebble's smash-hit e-ink timepiece available in matte black or brushed stainless steel. The second is the Martian Notifier ($129), which pairs high tech (an LED strip that displays notifications sent from your phone) with an old-school analog dial.
But it's not watches alone that are fostering a fashion-conscious vibe in Vegas: Tech journalists are dressing better, too. The same blogger who would have been sporting a free Cisco Systems T-shirt in the early 2000s is now cruising the show floor in a skinny tie and a sportcoat. Maybe they heard about the trend around the corner. Chip manufacturer Intel announced a partnership with hip design house Opening Ceremony, Barneys New York, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to develop handsome wearable tech.