And so another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone. The technology industry’s annual fete for gear-heads and gadget junkies took place in Las Vegas last week. For small business owners and their employees, “consumer” is the operative word here. CES isn’t necessarily focused on professional needs. But while “smart” slow cookers and 105-inch TVs might not matter much to your bottom line, that doesn’t mean CES 2014¬†didn’t produce any news worth paying attention to. Let’s look at back at some of the headlines that matter.

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 coming in April.

 

If you’re an Android phone user — and especially if you or your employees are due for an upgrade — take note that Samsung used CES to make office the coming release of the Galaxy S5. The next generation of its high-end phone, due in April, won’t be any minor makeover, an exec tells Bloomberg. Among the mobile device’s other possible features: a eye scanner for security. Samsung will also debut a new smart watch in the same April time frame.

 

Wearable tech a work in progress.

 

Speaking of smart watches… we’re going to continue hearing a lot about wearable technologies in 2014, which may eventually have productive uses in some businesses. But Reuters reports that the general feeling coming out of CES is that wearable tech isn’t yet ready to make a significant splash. As one analyst notes: “People are throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks.”

 

Will 3-D printing finally arrive in 2014?

 

3-D printing isn’t new, but its popularity on the CES floor may point to 2014 as the year it finally goes mainstream. Various reports noted that the 3-D printing section was sold out — in fact, some vendors had to be turned away — and was well-trafficked during the show. If a 3-D printing boom is indeed upon us, that should make the technology far more accessible to small businesses, in large part because historically prohibitive prices will come way down.

 

A(nother) Alternative to Dropbox?

 

Forbes contributor Tom Taulli checks in following CES with an update on Synchronoss Technologies, a mobile device activation firm that has branched out into the crowded filesharing and backup space. The company’s WorkSpace platform is similar to the likes of Dropbox, Box, and the many other cloud services in this space. But unlike those better-known names, WorkSpace is designed to be offered directly by mobile carriers to small and midsize business customers and their particular needs around security, compliance and productivity.

 

What CES 2014 innovations do you think will impact your business? Please share in the comments below.