The digital cognoscenti have officially descended on Las Vegas for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, and though the event’s barely started, there’s already much to report. Here, a look at the tech trends that’ll shape the way you travel—delivered straight from the conference floor.
Ultra-HD: That beautiful HD-TV you bought on Black Friday? It’s so last year’s news. 2014 will be the year of Ultra-HD, also known as 4K, and it’s making its way onto your portable screens, too. Also trending: flexible, curved screens, for cinematic-quality viewing even on a compact device.
LG is back in the smartphone game with its new G Flex (pictured), which will be available later this year. Its curved screen—the first on a smartphone—is meant to enhance both video and audio quality when the phone is against your face. We’re hopeful that like LG’s new TV’s, the phone will also feature a partnership with Netflix for easy streaming.
You won’t just be able to consume UHD content in 2014—you’ll also be able to create it. Sony’s new AX100 is the first ultra-compact, relatively affordable camcorder of its kind (at $2,000 the bargain is only relative).
Nikki Ekstein is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.