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The Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin. Are you ready?

Numerous announcements are expected to be made, but it's the future world technology (such as flexible displays or glasses-free 3D televisions) that consumers are really excited about.

Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) are among the big players that are expected to be present at the show, but not everyone is attending.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), for example, will skip the show and continue to use its own press events to unveil new products.

Even with Apple's absence, CES 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting technology events of the year. Click through the slideshow to see some of the coolest devices that are expected to be on display.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

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    Glasses-Free 3D TVs

    Glasses-Free 3D TVs

    While there are many things that people expect to see at CES 2014, there is one thing attendees will definitely see: glasses-free 3D televisions.

    Stream TV Networks is one of two companies that plan to introduce new 3D displays. The startup developed a new technology called Ultra-D that promises to deliver a compelling 3D image from any angle.

    According to Indiewire, IZON (a subsidiary of 3D Future Vision II, Inc.) will introduce multiple Ultra HD sets that features glasses-free 3D technology that was co-developed with Dolby.

    Stream TV Networks has yet to announce a firm release date for any of the sets being developed by its unannounced brand vendors, but IZON's sets are expected to arrive in the second quarter.

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    More 4K And OLED Displays

    More 4K And OLED Displays

    Now that 4K (Ultra HD) display prices are coming down, manufacturers are getting ready to release several more high-resolution TVs.

    According to the Washington Post, LG will introduce multiple Ultra HD OLED televisions at CES 2014.

    This includes a three curved displays (one at 55 inches, another at 65 inches and a third at 77 inches), all of which will feature software based on WebOS.

    According to Digital Trends, Sony (NYSE: SNE) is expected to show off new 4K OLED displays as well, along with Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) and Panasonic (OTC: PCRFY).

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    Smart Watches And Other Wearable Tech

    Smart Watches And Other Wearable Tech

    It is not yet known which companies will introduce (or further promote) wearable technology at CES 2014, but there is some exciting speculation going around.

    According to The Verge, CES will be home to dozens of companies showing off technology in the wearable space.

    Most of these are expected to be watches, but there could be others (glasses, apparel, etc.).

    According to TechRadar, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will introduce a wearable camera that is designed for use with Google Helpouts.

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    Flexible Displays

    Flexible Displays

    Flexible displays were an important part of last year's CES, and they are expected to make a comeback in 2014.

    According to The Guardian, Samsung and LG (the driving forces behind the flexible display craze) should have new flexible concepts at CES 2014.

    Early last month Trusted Reviews reported that the two firms will introduce flexible OLED television sets.

    This may sound like a crazy idea, but the rumored benefit is that consumers would be able to adjust the angle with a remote control.

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    New Video Game Technology

    New Video Game Technology

    The Consumer Electronics Show isn't typically thought of as a place for major gaming news, but there are some interesting prospects for 2014.

    According to IGN, Sony might reveal additional information about its streaming game service from Gaikai (a startup Sony purchased for $380 million).

    The Guardian speculated that Sony may introduce a competitor to Oculus Rift, though nothing official has been announced.

    According to Neowin, Valve will be at CES in full force to promote its long-awaited Steam game console.

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