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'Internet of Things' to take CES centre stage

Published on Jan 4, 2014 10:20 AM
 
A man prepares a display of convertible Ultrabooks at the Intel booth prior to the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan 8, 2013. From drones and smart cars to remote-controlled door locks and eyewear, the 2014 CES promises to showcase the "Internet of Things", along with gadgets like smartphones and tablets. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - From drones and smart cars to remote-controlled door locks and eyewear, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show promises to showcase the "Internet of Things," along with gadgets like smartphones and tablets.

The technology extravaganza that plays out each year in the glitz-laden city of Las Vegas has evolved beyond the eye-popping television technology for which it is known, to serve as a stage for once-dumb devices given brains in the form of computer chips and Internet connections.

And smartphone and tablets have become such stars in their own rights, complete with rapid release cycles and exclusive launch events, that the titans in that market tend to leave the CES stage and hordes of press from around the world to gizmos that do not usually get a spotlight.

"You will see a lot about the Internet of things; all the gadgets that are not a tablet, smartphone or personal computer but are attached to the Internet," Forrester analyst Frank Gillett said of CES, which officially kicks off on Tuesday.

 
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