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Meet the online gadget show, a hall of mirrors to the future


More than 150,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors will take part in CES from Monday to Thursday, a show that will now consist of virtual keynote speeches, product demonstrations and panel discussions.


Tim Bajarin, president of consultancy Creative Strategies, insists that not much has changed about CES for him, despite the fact that he'll be staring at screens rather than haunting meeting rooms and pacing the convention floor.


When the show is in Las Vegas, its "Eureka Park" is an area where you can wander - aimlessly or with purpose - through hundreds of booths extolling new internet-connected gadgets, unglamorous back-end technology services, or anything else you might want.


The experience reminds him of his first CES, an overwhelming extravaganza punctuated by huge crowds, chance meetings, big parties, endless walking and long taxi lines.


Obviously we're not going to be in Las Vegas, we'll be spread out around the world," said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that produces CES.


Every January, huge crowds descend on Las Vegas for the CES gadget show, an extravaganza of tech and glitz intended to set the tone for the coming year in consumer technology.






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