Started in 1967 in New York, the Consumer Electronics Show revs up once more this Jan. 10 for four days of technology, and, well, more technology. While the show was originally a trade show for home stereos and televisions, it has become an all in one show for all gadgets for the home, work and leisure. CES gave birth to such seminal products as the VCR in 1970, the DVD player in 1996 and the Plasma television in 2001.
With the focus now on digital devices, every year more and more companies are taking the time to show of next-generation devices and sneak previews of soon-to-be-released items. Even though LG, Google, Motorola and other companies will be rolling out their newest gear, this will be the last year Microsoft will be among them. After 2012, Microsoft will join Apple in the 'we don't need CES anymore' category. Kidding aside, those companies are big enough to do their own product launches, and other companies will no doubt join them in the future.
This years themes are ultrabooks, smart appliances, and of course super-televisions. So, start the slideshow to see what Sony, Panasonic, Microsoft and Samsung will be bringing to this year's show. Tell us in the comments if you are on the lookout for a particular gadget or dongle.
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