Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_vs_Z1The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in sunny Las Vegas this week and, as usual,  saw the unveiling of a whole host of fascinating gadgets from the wonderful to the weird.

We thought we'd share our 3 favourite announcements from the show:

Wearables will be very big news in 2014

Lots of new wearable technology gadgets made their debut at CES including smartwatches, fitness trackers, intelligent jewellery and sleep aids.

If you struggle to get a decent night's sleep check out the Withings Aura with its coloured lights to help you get a restful kip. If you live in a sunny climate or are lucky enough to holiday in the sun, the Netatmo June 'smart jewellery' monitors your exposure to UV rays via your smartphone so you don't end up with sunburn.

LG also launched their new fitness wearable the LG Lifeband Touch which tracks activity and also connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth. In addition to keeping you up to date with your fitness, the touchscreen notifies you of any phone calls and texts and can be used to play music. To go with your LG Lifeband Touch, LG have also designed some Heart Rate Earphones which, as the name suggests, monitor your heart rate via your ears whilst your workout to music.

Pebble also brought out a new Steel smartwatch, the Pebble Steel and not to be outdone Sony unveiled their new Sony SmartBand which logs your daily activities to give you additional motivation to achieve your goals.

New smartphones launched

Sony unveiled their latest high-end smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. The Z1 Compact is literally a powerhouse packed into a smaller handset. Featuring a 4.3-inch screen, impressive specs such as a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of built-in storage and a 20.7-megapixel camera, the Z1 Compact is in effect a smaller version of the original Z1. Like the original Z1, the Z1 Compact is also robust with the same water resistant, shatterproof and dust proof capabilities.

Also launched at this year's CES was Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 compete with a 6.1-inch screen, 4050mAh battery which will keep it powered throughout 2 full days of use and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Samsung have yet to officially reveal their Galaxy S5 smartphone, the latest handset in their Samsung Galaxy Range. However at CES Samsung's Executive Vice President for their mobile division has revealed that the S5 will be released next month and will be available to buy around March-April time. Samsung refused to be drawn on whether the S5 will feature iris-scanning technology similar to the iPhone 5S but the Galaxy S5 will be released around the same time as a redesigned Galaxy Gear Smartwatch which is expected to be smaller and more powerful than the current version.

Smartphone-controlled cars

Incredibly in the future we are likely to see 'driverless cars' thanks to cars being fitted and hooked up with smartphone technology. Google has signed deals with several major car manufacturers which includes Audi to enable their Android technology to be integrated into car dashboards. As well as being used for navigation, music and entertainment apps it's expected that the Android integration could improve car efficiency and safety.

Bosch have even created the 'Driverless Car Experience App' which was demonstrated at CES. The app works alongside sensors fixed onto your car to enable you to reverse or parallel-park your car without you so you can control the parking from the pavement.