The Next Big Thing Isn't at CES

The next mega-selling gadget will further unclutter our lives, as previous hits did. The products touted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show do not serve that purpose.

The hype surrounding wearables needs some belt-tightening.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The narrative surrounding the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this year is about hardware makers looking for new revenue drivers. The consumer electronics industry only posted 1 percent growth last year, after shrinking by 1 percent in 2013. It is stagnating without new devices such as the laptop in the late 1980s or the iPod in 2001. So what could be the next breakthrough device?

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