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Friday, January 11, 2008

2008 International CES Latest Tech Innovation

With a record 1.85 million net square feet of exhibit space -- the largest in show history -- featuring more than 2,700 companies launching their latest innovations, the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology wrapped up four full days of technological innovation.

Major trends sweeping the show floor and defining the future of the consumer technology market included digital entertainment, HDTV, green technology and free trade. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2008 International CES ran January 7-10, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The 2008 International CES succeeded spectacularly, and will help fuel the growth of the consumer technology industry throughout 2008 and into the future," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

"This year's International CES was a show of firsts; the first leaders from the automotive and cable industries to deliver CES keynote addresses, the first time the president of a country has spoken at CES, and the first year a television station broadcast its entire nightly newscast -- NBC Nightly News -- live from the show floor."

This year's celebrity-packed CES included such entertainment industry figures as Jerry Seinfeld, Dr. Dre, Ryan Seacrest, Will.I.Am, Natasha Beddingfield, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Mary J. Blige, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, David Ortiz and many others.

"The international prestige of the International CES is illustrated in the more than 25,000 international attendees, the successful launch of the Technology and Emerging Countries program and the participation of His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA.

The CES show floor buzzed with excitement as more than 20,000 products were introduced to the market, spanning across industries and aimed at improving the consumer experience whether in the home, in the car or on the go.