Greatest Electronic Show on Earth

When you absolutely have to stay on top of the latest in electronics -- you have to be at CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, held every year in January in Las Vegas.
This year's attendance is through the roof, and most of the conventioneers are not going to be disappointed.  For the rest of the week, more than 120,000 attendees will pour through the new Las Vegas Convention Hall, searching for the latest innovations in consumer electronics, networking with their peers, and hearing from industry big-wigs.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is there, touting his newest toy -- the Mira -- designed to take advantage of consumer demand for more portable computers.   Use a keyboard, or just touch the screen.

Some of the other things unveiled early in the show:  a portable disc player which plays videos and music....and a cell phone that lets you talk and surf the web at the same time.

With 1.2 million feet of exhibit space, set-up for this, the world's largest technology show, preparation has been going on for weeks. One CES worker said the set-up took more than 53,000 gallons of paint.  Even the models went through their paces too, as each exhibitor prepares to grab the most attention for their product. 
You can catch hourly updates on the latest announcements from CES at their website: .   More and more cool stuff will start coming out of this show in the next few days, and we'll keep you updated, here on Heartland Fast Forward.