|A visitor kisses an exhibitor at the 2014 International CES, on Jan. 10, 2014, in Las Vegas, the United States. The 2014 International CES ended on Friday. It attracted more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer tech products across 15 categories. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
LAS VEGAS, United States, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- With thousands of new products introduced, new technologies from large and small companies alike came to life here at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which ended Friday.
"From curved and flexible Ultra HD TVs and next-generation smart phones, to drones, robots, sensors, the internet of everything, Hi-Res audio, connected cars and 3D printers, it seems like the only thing missing from the 2014 CES was a time-travel machine," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
CEA announced that the 2014 CES stood out as the largest in its history, with a record 186,000 square meters of exhibit space housing more than 3,200 exhibitors. More than 150,000 industry professionals attended the trade show, including over 35,000 from outside the United States.
"One-third of the world's population interacted with CES in some way this week as we experienced the future," Shapiro said in a statement.
As one of the largest global gatherings for the consumer electronics and technology industry, the International CES is always viewed as a barometer for where technology is headed in the coming year.
This year's show turned the spotlight on new trends, such as driverless cars, wearable and connected appliances, curved Ultra HD TV (or 4K TV), the smart home, 3D printing and the "internet of everything" -- the connection of devices, people and things, tech and non-tech, in every aspect of life.
Intel debuted a self-sufficient Smart Watch prototype at the show, where it seemed as if every participating company had a smart watch or health monitor to show off.
This year, Audi came with a A7 self-driving car, showing that while cars may not be truly "driverless" yet, they are becoming much more autonomous and connected.
In 2013, an estimated 60,000 TV sets with Ultra HD resolution were sold around the world. This year, 4K movies and television were in evidence at the show, and attendees could watch scenes in 3-D on an 85-inch 8K TV.
With the idea of building a better life, many companies decided to present a "smart home." Among them, Samsung has launched a smart home initiative connecting smartphones to home appliances like refrigerators.
Fourteen winners were selected for the Best of CES 2014 Awards, including the Sony PlayStation Now game-streaming service, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone, the Valve Steam Machine game consoles and the MakerBot Replicator desktop 3D printer.
"CES represents all aspects of the tech ecosystem, and reflects and drives the magic, wonder, energy and promise on innovation," Shapiro said.
According to an semi-annual industry report released here Tuesday, revenues for the U.S. consumer electronics industry are expected to grow 2.4 percent in 2014 to a record high of 208 billion U.S. dollars.
Mike Mohan, a senior executive at Best Buy, said of the show: "It gives us the ability to meet, see and discuss business opportunities with anyone."