The 5 Coolest Things You'll See at CES

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The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is finally here. It may no longer be the ultimate destination for new electronics, but it is still one of the biggest and most prominent shows of its kind. Here are five cool things you can look forward to seeing at this year's show.

A Revolutionary Display

Samsung has been teasing the concept of a fresh television for more than a week. In short, the new display will be transparent and could feature a radically different shape -- one that resembles a portrait.

The South Korean manufacturer is no stranger to the concept of building transparent LCDs . The new display is expected to be even more impressive than the last one.

Stronger Touch Screens

Consumers spend billions on insurance, cases, screen protectors and other items and services that promise to protect their smartphones in the event that they are dropped.

Corning (NYSE: GLW ) announced this week that its highly-anticipated Gorilla Glass 3 can endure three times as much force before developing scratches that are visible to the eye.

Gorilla Glass 3 will also retain most of its strength after enduring a crack, reducing the likelihood that it will shatter upon the delivery of another blow.

This will not allow clumsy smartphone users to drop their phones with any less worry. However, it could reduce the likelihood that they will have to replace their device the next time it hits the pavement.

Hulu and Netflix Recorder

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ ) might be getting teased for unveiling so many different monitors at CES 2013, but it might have created something special with the Pocket Playlist .

The Pocket Playlist allows users to record video from Hulu and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX ) and watch it at a later time. This may not be a revolutionary device, but it sure is cool. It could be particularly useful for saving Hulu programs just before they expire.

NVIDIA's First Game Machine

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA ) introduced Project SHIELD this morning , the company's first handheld gaming device. Powered by the company's own Tegra 4 processor, Shield can play Android apps or stream PC games from a nearby PC.

New Self-Driving Cars

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) pioneered the effort. General Motors (NYSE: GM ) has explored the concept . Now Toyota (NYSE: TM ) and Audi are slated to introduce their own self-driving vehicles.

That news has not excited investors, however, as Toyota's stock has fallen by nearly two percent today.

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