The Annual Consumer Electronics Show Starts Monday

The International CES begins Monday in Las Vegas and Geeks&Beats has dispatched correspondent Michael Hainsworth to cover the proceedings.  His half of this week’s podcast will come direct from a gentlemen’s club the exhibition halls.

A couple of things about this year’s show:

1.  There will be plenty of space dedicated to the connected car

From NBC News:

Audi will light the way for an increasingly high-tech auto industry next week when it introduces its Sport Quattro Laserlight concept vehicle at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.The CES extravaganza has traditionally been the place where techies track breakthroughs in TV, smartphone and computer technologies, but in recent years, there’s been an increasing focus on the automobile – and no wonder, considering some of today’s cars are likely to have more microprocessing power than the most sophisticated homes.

Technology is transforming virtually every aspect of the automobile, from engines to headlights – and even the mundane windshield wiper. Some of the year’s biggest breakthroughs will make their debut at CES and the 2014 North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS, that follows barely a week later in Detroit.

Read more.


2.  There will be lots of celebrities in attendance

Nick Cannon, Tim Tebow, Pharrell Williams, 50 Cent, LeVar Burton and many others will be in Vegas to cover the show, help hawk new gear or to get some award.  More at Mashable.


3.  Things have changed a lot over the years.

Check out what things were like at the 1927 New York Electrical Show. Click on the image to be taken to an article from Paleofuture.

1927 NY Electrical Show



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