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Wearable tech at CES 2014: Many, many small steps

CES 2014 could have been called "The Wearables, Appliances, Cars, and Bendable TVs Show".

Like "the cloud" a few years ago, "wearable tech" was an unavoidable catchphrase, a show floor fever dream, a vague future strategy that nearly every company seemed to toss into their press conference. But what really happened at the show in wearables?

When you boil it down, wearable tech as of January 2014 falls into three categories: Notifiers, Trackers and Glasses. The notifiers are any devices showing off information from the world around you (Pebble Steel, and also gadgets like the Razer Nabu), trackers use sensors to record data (cameras, audio recorders, and every fitness-tracking accelerometer-driven pedometer), and glasses... well, lots of companies continue the dream of having an augmented, virtual or otherwise heads-up display on your face.

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