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CES, here we come: What we’ll be watching (and wearing!) at the big tech show next week

I’m packing my gear in preparation for my annual trek to Las Vegas, the place I’ll be protecting the Client Electronics Show for GeekWire beginning Sunday, simply as quickly as I’m finished shedding my spare money on some ill-advised wagering on the NFL playoffs.

First issues first, as a result of I do know you care about the wardrobe: As in years previous, I’ve reached deep into the closet for my conventional Eddie Bauer fishing vest — good for toting rechargeable batteries, a spare cellphone, enterprise playing cards, cellular broadband stick, digital recorder, and different small objects.

New this 12 months: I’m supplementing the fishing vest with a nifty sling-style digicam strap, permitting me to shortly seize my digicam every time I see something value capturing as an image or video. I’ve been testing it out like a dork at this time round the home, and it really works nice.

I’ve been going to CES for nearly a decade now, and I at all times look ahead to the show with a way of anticipation and dread. It’s a fantastic likelihood to see, first-hand, lots of the applied sciences that we’ll be speaking about and shopping for next vacation season and past. However it may well be a logistical problem, to say the least, attempting to navigate the crowd of tens of hundreds of individuals throughout a number of Las Vegas venues to seek out the greatest stuff at the show.

As you may need learn, it’s the last year that Microsoft will have a major presence at the show by way of a big keynote and sales space. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be delivering his speech Monday evening, on the eve of the official begin of CES.

Although it’s a swan tune, of kinds, I’m not anticipating any big information from Microsoft at CES this 12 months. Count on plenty of dialogue about the firm’s momentum with Home windows 7, Xbox Reside and Kinect, and its plans for Home windows 8. Kinect numbers, specifically, would be fascinating to listen to, as a result of it has been a very long time since Microsoft has up to date us on life-to-date gross sales of the motion-sensing machine.

One in every of the most intently watched bits of Microsoft-related information is slated to come back earlier on Monday, from the Nokia information convention, the place Microsoft’s key cellular associate is anticipated to speak about its upcoming Windows Phone devices. I’ll be lining as much as get into that information convention, as effectively.

Intel will be one other key firm to look at at the show, with PC makers planning slim “ultrabook” notebooks primarily based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor, as alternate options to the iPad.  I’ll additionally be paying shut consideration to information about televisions, and significantly Google’s makes an attempt to realize traction in the front room. Its efforts are key to companies including Seattle’s BuddyTV, which may even have a presence at the show.

Tablets and e-readers are one other key matter to look at. Neither Amazon nor Apple can have an official presence at the show, regardless of the undeniable fact that a lot of the information in these areas will revolve round them.

In years previous I’ve made a convention of additionally protecting the know-how tendencies at the Grownup Leisure Expo (a tricky task, I do know) however because it occurs, it takes place later in the month and gained’t coincide with CES this 12 months. Disappointing, I do know.

Most significantly, I’m doing my greatest to maintain blocks of my schedule clear, leaving time for serendipitous discovery of cool and fascinating stuff, which is what actually makes CES worthwhile.

Test again with GeekWire next week to comply with together with my 2012 Las Vegas journey. And in the meantime, if anybody has any tips about the Saints-Lions sport, I’m all ears.

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