The trends and top gadgets of CES 2013

Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone, and we’re left with a range of wacky and weird gadgets that may or may not ever see the light of day.

While CES 2013 was still huge, many analysts are questioning whether CES as a trade show is likely to continue in its current form, given so many of the major companies are being blindsided by crowdfunded projects and smaller companies.

Samsung showed off some new technology in its curved television screens, and it also showed off a phone with a flexible display – bendable technology is clearly the order of the day.

However, there wasn’t really anything new. Many of the gadgets are iterations of what has come before them – any tech revolution has been left for another year. While the tablets, smartphones and cameras were all very nice, they’re nothing we haven’t seen before.

Telsyte research director Foad Fadaghi tells SmartCompany most of what we’ve seen has been a stepping stone on previous technology.

“I think we’re seeing improvements in the smartphone space with screen sizes, and the functionality of the smartphone is increasing as well,” he says.

“It’s all kind of incremental change that we’re seeing. Some of those are significant, but for the most part, it’s improvement on what’s come before.”

Despite no revolutions in how we use technology, it was still an excellent year for gadget lovers. Here are 10 of the best gadgets shown off at CES 2013:

1. Sony Xperia Z


Too many phones are trying to catch up to the iPhone, and only a few are managing to offer something new. The Xperia Z, along with the Galaxy, will be one to watch.

Oh, and it’s water-resistant, too.

2. Samsung T9000 fridge


We’re not likely to actually see this fridge come to market, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. The T9000 has a touch screen that allows you to connect with apps so you won’t ever forget a recipe or ingredients while shopping. Nifty.

3. Dacor Android Oven

We’re not sure anyone needs an oven that’s controlled by the Android operating system, but anything goes at CES 2013. This gadget features an app you can use on your phone to monitor temperatures.

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