International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (www.CESweb.org), held annually in Las Vegas, is (according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which sponsors CES), "America's biggest technology trade show." (Now that Comdex is no longer around.) Daniel Dern will be covering it this week for TechRevu, and we're planning regular updates as he checks in. Issue"> TechRevu CES 2009 - TechRevu Coverage Preview
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CES 2009 - TechRevu Coverage Preview
Review by Daniel P. Dern
CES Show  ISBN/ITEM#: CES2009DD
Date: 04 January 2009

Links: CES 2009 Official Site / CES Daily Microsite /

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (www.CESweb.org), held annually in Las Vegas, is (according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which sponsors CES), "America's biggest technology trade show." (Now that Comdex is no longer around.) Daniel Dern will be covering it this week for TechRevu, and we're planning regular updates as he checks in.

As the name suggests, CES is about, well, consumer electronics -- big flat-screen digital TVs and handheld media players and tech stuff for your car, house, boat, plane, cameras, phones, games, media players...including a fair amount of computer/Internet stuff. As the CEA puts it, "introducing the latest consumer technology products throughout 30 product categories including digital entertainment, high-performance audio, digital imaging, electronic gaming and more."

Despite the "consumer" name tag, there's a lot of products here for professionals, prosumers, home offices, and businesses -- partly because consumer tech has become office tech, and partly because vendors (and the press) don't have any other large general gathering place.

CES is not a consumer/end-user show; it's meant to bring vendors together with buyers from stores, companies, and other resellers, plus giving analysts, media -- the press and bloggers -- a look at what's new.

For analysts and media and some exhibitors, the show kicks off Tuesday, January 6th; Wednesday is "Press Day" (lots of press conferences); and the exhibit halls (at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Convention Center, and in the Venetian and Las Vegas Hilton Hotels) open for four days starting Thursday morning, January 8th, through Sunday, January 11th.

In addition, there's a separate two-day Storage Visions event Tuesday and Wednesday, and multi-vendor press events by Lunch@Piero's, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers.

According to the CEA, there were about 141,000 attendees at CES 2008 last year, and about 3,000 exhibitors, and CEA is predicting 130,000 attendees and 2,700 exhibitors for CES 2009. As you may have read elsewhere, there's a lot of companies NOT exhibiting this year, or cutting back, and many hotels have been dropping their room prices.

But I have no doubt there will be no shortage of nifty things to see and report on.

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