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Gizmos and Gamblers

Gizmos and Gamblers

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Bumblebee at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Source: arex hide caption

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Here's the deal... Las Vegas Convention Center, nearly 2-million square feet of nothing but gadgets, gizmos, and flashing lights, and about 150,000 people all oogling and ahhing over the shiny new playthings. At this show, what happens in Vegas eventually winds up in your living room... think DVD recorders, flat panel TVs, digital cameras, it's all a part of the Consumer Electronics Show. And this year, tech's gone to the driveway, too. While no product is breaking any new ground, things are getting better, and slimmer, and smarter. Camcorders warn you when you get a bad shot, GPS devices respond to your voice, and cars drive themselves. If there's a downside to CES, it's the attendance policy... The public isn't invited. Thankfully, armed with press passes, Larry Magid, tech analyst for the New York Times and CBS News, and Sean Captain of Popular Science made their way into the door, and will give us a preview of some of the innovative new gadgets we'll see in stores in the coming months.

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