Even though no 1 knows precisely what new technologies will make jaws drop this year the way the iPhone did final year, 1 location to get a great concept was at the Customer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Sponsored by the Customer Electronics Association, the 41st annual CES was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The show has turn into somewhat of a juggernaut in the electronics sector – it really is the biggest tech trade show in the United States, with more than two,700 exhibitors and attendance of about 140,000 persons. Several providers (significant and little) use the CES to preview new items, make announcements and build buzz. In the previous 40 years, the show has noticed the debut of the VCR (1970), CD player (1981), HDTV (1998), Xbox (2001) and Blu-Ray (2003).

Along with much more electronic inventions, gadgets and gizmos than you could match into ten Very best Buys (exhibit space is 1.eight million net square feet), the 2008 Customer Electronics Show also supplied appearances by celebrities like Michael Douglas, David Ortiz and XENA: Warrior Princess. Technologies guru Bill Gates kicked off the electronic extravaganza, delivering his final keynote address as chairman of Microsoft and poking enjoyable at his pending retirement in a video featuring guest spots by Al Gore, Jay-Z and Bono. In his speech, he painted a image of the dawning “second digital decade” as a time when higher-definition displays will surround us, touch screens and speech recognition will replace standard keyboard/mouse interfaces and just about every device we personal will be connected to the Web.

Judging by quite a few of the new items and technologies on show at the CES, Gates' predictions appear quite precise. Definitely the HDTV's have been much more prevalent than ever just before. Panasonic awed onlookers with its 150-inch Lifescreen Plasma Television, the biggest in the globe, although LG introduced super-slim TVs only 1.7 inches thick. Meanwhile, Logitech worked to bridge the media gap with its diNovo MiniTM, a cordless, palm-sized keypad that connects Television with Computer, and Eye-Fi won Yahoo's “Final Gadget Standing” contest for its memory card that wirelessly sends photographs from a digital camera to a pc. Beyond Gates' digital prophecy, other trends at the 2008 CES point to a future filled with worldwide positioning technique (GPS) technologies and, of course, much more automated items for each day life.

Perfect for hunters and hikers, the SPOT Satellite Messenger requires GPS to the subsequent level by enabling persons to get in touch with for assist from anyplace in the globe (even areas exactly where cell phones will not operate – i.e., deserts, mountains, the Arctic Circle). Tracking progress with Google Maps and sending standard messages are also readily available at the push of a button. For the wandering pet, there is the Zoombak Sophisticated GPS Dog Locator. The lightweight device attaches to a pet's collar and pinpoints the place of the animal on a complete-sized Net map. Zoombak also has a voice-primarily based service that supplies directions to the GPS receiver's place. In addition to these gadgets, Nav N Go has invented new 3D Navigation Application, which brings GPS maps to 3-dimensional life.

Even though GPS systems assist persons to uncover their way, automated vehicles may well essentially be taking them there. GM announced at CES that the enterprise plans to test driverless auto technologies by 2015 and have vehicles on the road about 2018. Of course, the enterprise nonetheless faces the challenging obstacle of convincing drivers to give up the wheel. Some other automated devices at the CES created to make each day living much easier incorporated iRobot's LoojTM, a gutter cleaning robot that can scour a 60-foot section of gutter in just 10 minutes, and Interactive Toy Concepts' RC Cooler, a radio-controlled, wheeled cooler than has a 30-foot variety and can hold a six pack on ice.

Also of note at this year's CES was the improved presence of “green” items. Cell phones chargers, Television sets and laptop computer systems created to lower power consumption illustrated the industry's modern concentrate on producing electronic items much more resource effective. Even the CES itself invested in new initiatives this year to offset the carbon footprint of the significant occasion.

Subsequent year's Customer Electronics Show is scheduled for January eight-11, 2009.