While televisions are traditionally the bellwethers of technological innovation, they have noticeably taken a backseat this year to a host of burgeoning technologies and devices.
Tech wizards are talking about many innovations, such as in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT), whereby smart appliances and intuitive products like the Nest Protect smoke-and-carbon-dioxide detector connect to the web and keep us informed as required. Biometric devices, like the EyeLock Myris, which authenticates using an iris scan, may be key to future computer security. And while Apple still dominates the tablet market, new models with powerful computing capabilities -- like Microsoft's Surface 2 -- are aiming to chip away at its supremacy. From wireless speakers to WiFi-equipped grills to cleaning robots, here's a look at what will impact 2014 and beyond.