It's been a fun week of awards, announcements and intentionally awful headlines, but all good things must come to an end. Before the doors to the show floor closed for the final time this year, we spent some moments with a pair of smart headbands, some augmented reality glasses and even a remote-controlled airplane, but we understand if you still want more. Don't worry -- that's why we're here. Join us one final time to look back at the interviews, innovations and intentional head injuries that defined CES 2014.
While most of Engadget's staff spent the week marching all over Las Vegas in pursuit of breaking gadget news, some of it came straight to us. Engadget's stage was host to dozens of interviews this week, featuring one-on-one conversations with CEOs, vice presidents and more. We learned about what provoked Razer to build a fitness tracker, talked about what it is like to be in the pinball racket in today's gaming market and even sat down with 50 Cent to see how his branded headphones are doing. Whatever your interest is, we've probably got an interview to pique it.
Excitement by design
A big part of covering an international trade show is knowing when to keep your excitement in check. Sure, it's the biggest week of the year for tech news, but the show's buzzwords are carefully crafted by marketing professionals to catch your attention. CES is littered with services that claim to be the best, first or most revolutionary product of their type at the show, and it's all too easy to let these cries of grandeur pull the wool over your eyes. Now that the week has come to a close, however, we can take a step back and look at the hype that defined CES 2014.
As much as we love writing about the madness of the CES show floor, some things just need to be seen. Lucky for you, Engadget's resident photographer, Will Lipman, spent the week exploring Las Vegas with camera in hand, capturing the drones, robots, award ceremonies, giant routers and even a gaggle of overworked Engadget editors on film. Think of it as a brief look at the best sights of Nevada's biggest tech event -- without the trouble of actually flying to Nevada.
Building better wearables
If the company's keynote didn't tip you off, Intel has been thinking a lot about wearables recently. In fact, the outfit carted out smart mugs, smart watches and even a smart onesie to Las Vegas this year. Clearly, Intel is placing its bets on wearables as the industry's next big product category -- but that doesn't mean it thinks the future is clear. According to Mike Bell, the general manager of Intel's New Devices Group, most companies are approaching the category completely wrong. "Most wearables are a one-off that does this, or does that, and doesn't communicate [with others]," he says. "It's so fragmented; I don't think people are thinking through that entire experience." Bell sat down to tell us what's wrong with wearables today, and how he plans to fix it.
Assault and journalism in Las Vegas
Reporting? It's not always easy. In fact, sometimes it's downright dangerous. Last year, Reebok brought its Checklight impact sensor to CES, but didn't have a practical means of showing the product off. This year, the company embedded the sensor in a boxer's skullcap, inviting us to take a few licks for the sake of journalism. Naturally, it's a challenge Terrence O'Brien couldn't resist. If you've ever wanted to see an Engadget editor cover CES while enduring repeated blows to the head, now's your chance.