With CEOs being kicked out of hotels and a barrage of wearable-tech products, it was a good year to be among the 152,000 visitors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014.
The biggest reason for attending: the innovation, especially wearable tech. Everything from "smart" watches to glasses to golf gloves were on display.
But the four-day tech extravaganza featured a lot more than just futuristic gadgets. Some events, personalities, and simply odd products ended up stealing the show.
For example, video of Director Michael Bay's on-stage meltdown when his teleprompter failed quickly went viral. And considering how awkward watching the video online is, sitting front-row view at the debacle must have been really bizarre.
Aside from Bay's on-stage flub, here are five of the coolest things from this year's CES.
The Best of CES 2014
T-Mobile CEO Shown the Door:
"I just wanted to hear Macklemore," T-Mobile Chief Executive Officer John Legere told Re/code after being escorted away from AT&T's party at the Palms Hotel. Sadly, Legere was not allowed to hear "Thrift Shop," or any other of the Seattle-based hip-hop artist's songs.
As Forbes pointed out after the incident, it could be that Legere just wanted to be the talk of the event. Supporters took to Twitter after the party-crashing news broke to tweet about his bold move (which took some attention away from embarrassed Michael Bay).
Legere claimed he wasn't trying to start a commotion. AT&T officials didn't care. The sight of Legere in his bright pink T-Mobile shirt was clearly not welcome.
The two companies are fiercely competitive. Just last week, AT&T began offering customers a $450 credit to switch to their service from T-Mobile. During CES 2014, Legere fired back by offering $650 to customers who switch to T-Mobile.
AT&T representatives have not commented on the matter.
Yahoo's New Media Strategy:
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer took the stage at CES 2014 and revealed two additions: "Yahoo News Digest" and "Yahoo Magazines." Mayer projects they will factor heavily in Yahoo's media strategy moving forward.
Yahoo News Digest will deliver a small feed of news stories to readers twice daily. It involves much of the technology Yahoo! purchased when it acquired the app Summly in 2013.
Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr is at the forefront of Yahoo Magazines, which will deliver articles through a Tumblr-powered interface. Yahoo Magazines is said to modernize the news content Yahoo offers online.