CES 2014: Galaxy Gear 2, Steam Machine and electric cars

Update: LG to launch new webOS Smart TV

CES 2014 could be one of the most interesting yet with rumours suggesting a Galaxy Gear 2, the new range of Steam Machines and some 2014 electric cars

CES 2014 is just a few months away and already the speculation has begun pouring in, whether it's about the next-generation of smartwatches or the latest in electric car technology, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is shaping up to be a true showcase of the best gadgets of 2014 and the next-gen technology that will be powering them.

If, like us, you love the idea of a window that's also a TV or a watch that can also become your phone then stay tuned to this page as we'll be updating it regularly with all the latest rumours and information surrounding CES Las Vegas and what you can expect to see, whether it's the next Sony Xperia Z2, the HTC M8 or even the next smart watch.

LG to launch webOS Smart TV?

An image has been leaked showing LG's webOS Smart TV that is rumoured to be launching at CES 2014 in just a few days. It would be the first webOS-powered Smart TV available since the software was made open source by HP.

The image was leaked by @evleaks and shows a new LG Smart TV boasting not only a new design but also a completely new interface which @evleaks is claiming to be the new webOS-powered operating system.

Other rumours have suggested that LG's first webOS Smart TV will come with a 2.2GHz processor and 1.5GB RAM along with a whole host of multi-tasking features and apps.

Archos to debut range of smart watches and fitness trackers at CES

French company Archos has decided it wants a slice of the wearable technology pie, and has revealed early details of new products that will feature at the CES 2014 trade show.

The company has posted a teaser picture of a new smartwatch with the tagline: "Archos SmartWatches, the perfect companion to your SmartPhone".

Judging from the image, Archos is going with an e-ink style display favoured by the Pebble smartwatch rather than the AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Early indicators have also suggested the watches will be compatible with both iOS and Android.

Steam Machine: Valve's future of gaming revealed

When Valve unveiled Steam OS and its vision for the Steam Machine it was clear that this was a big pointed finger at Microsoft and a statement of intent to become the leading name in PC gaming.

Valve has confirmed that it will be attending CES 2014 and recently it confirmed to IGN that it will be showcasing a full line-up of new Steam Machines which will cater for everything from indie games to hardcore next-gen shooters like Battlefield 4.

The Steam OS has been designed from the ground-up as a low-demand operating system that will allow tuned PCs to get the best out of their hardware allowing for the full focus to be on the games and the living room.

Alongside the operating system was the unveiling of the Steam Controller, a state-of-the-art concept device which has been created as a gaming controller more in tune with PC gamers.

Instead of sticks the controller features ultra high-sensitivity trackpads with intelligent haptic feedback so unlike with smartphone touchscreens you'll be able to feel when you've reached the edge of the trackpad.

Steam OS will also support wireless streaming so you can stream a game like Crysis 3 straight to your TV whilst letting your heavy-duty gaming PC next door do all the hard work.

It's a big ask, especially with the inherent risks of latency and the obviously high-standards that gamers will set, but with Valve set to make a big appearance at CES all eyes will be on the Half-Life developer to see if they can pull it out the bag and maybe, throw in a few surprises as well (Half-Life 3?).

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled at CES 2014

Despite being just a few weeks old it looks like Samsung is already set on replacing the Samsung Galaxy Gear with an updated version at CES this January.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will reportedly launch as an all-Android device which means you won't have to own either the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S3.

According to Pocket-Lint, Samsung's next-generation Smart Watch will come sporting in-built GPS along with 4GB of onboard memory, it'll also come with running and music apps straight out of the box, something which the original Galaxy Gear was criticised for not having.

It's not clear whether Samsung will keep the same design as the original Galaxy Gear or whether the company will decide to make some changes there as well in light of the fact that it would work with any Android smartphone.

Whilst it may seem as though this is a very short turnaround for a company to be releasing an update it's actually something Samsung has plenty of practise at with the Galaxy range being constantly updated throughout the year.

Electric Cars at CES?

Whilst always having a small presence, car companies are now realising the potential that CES has in showcasing their new products and future technology concepts.

2014 looks to be no different with Audi, Ford, Mercedes and Toyota all signed up to exhibit at the conference along with a large range of car software manufacturers like QNX also present.

What can we expect to see? Well if last year is anything to go on we can expect driverless car technology to be the focus with Audi showcasing their fully automated cars and Ford showing off their remote parking technology.

Future car technology: Grab a copy of T3 Magazine Issue 224 out 5th December to read all about the gadgets and tech that will be going into cars of the future.

With cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe both proving that electric cars are now more viable then ever it would be surprising if car companies didn't also showcase their future electric and hybrid vehicles.