A round-up of the top stories to pique my interest over the last seven days:

With CES kicking off this week in Vegas, we have seen some innovative new devices showcased. This round-up features a series of wearable devices, television sets, miniature cameras and numerous automotive applications.

Samsung CEO Boo Keun Yoon CES 2015
Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics, Samsung, shares his strategic vision for the future of the consumer technology industry at CES 2015. Image credit: CES

To complement the release of several car devices this week, ‘smart pedals’ to help cyclists stay out of a car’s way have been unveiled, to help warn cyclists of an imminent crash, as well as when the owner’s bike has been stolen.

An interesting new tracker band called Nymi Band tracks your heartbeat and carries various personal features such as authorising transactions, unlocking cars and accessing your office building.

The boss of Samsung Electronics has called for greater collaboration on the Internet of Things, in order to make the most of its potential.

Research released by The Cloud, the public wifi hotspot, highlights that consumers spent 78 percent more time logged into the public wifi in 2014 than in 2013, reflecting that the UK is a truly digital nation.

Following the controversy that surrounded taxi firm Uber last year, a data analytics company has created an interactive map that shows where in the world these conflicts are happening, as well as what they are about.

And finally – as if we didn’t have enough over Christmas - thanks to a collaboration between Hershey and 3D Systems, the ‘Cocojet’ can now create 3D printed chocolate shapes!