With the 2014 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show rapidly approaching, we’re taking a look back at last year’s most promising debutants and how they’ve fared in the months since hitting the CES spotlight. There have been some welcome surprises and a few unfortunate disappointments, though the usual circus of spurious vaporware has failed to materialize.

Hosted in Las Vegas in the first weeks of January every year, CES is America’s grandest exposition of cool new technology, tantalizing prototypes, and quirky sideshow gadgets. Somewhat atypically, 2013 saw more hits than misses, with the unlikeliest of devices finding their way to market, ranging from the whimsical Hapifork to the dual-screened YotaPhone.