Friday, December 30, 2005

Top electronics show offers cars, sex, software

A dozen industries will cram into the annual consumer electronics jamboree in Las Vegas next week to clamor for attention in the equally crowded digital media market.

With entertainment being cut loose from the living room as never before, the challenge is to offer the products and software that consumers will want as the next badge of cool -- and convenience.

This year will feature a cornucopia of gadgets, ranging from advances in satellite car radios to luminescent fibers that promise to turn clothing into wearable lamps and camera phones that can take nighttime pictures without flashbulbs.

It's not a question of who wins the war for dominance so much as how much territory different industries can grab in the emerging digital landscape that will be on display at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, analysts said.

With more than 2,500 exhibitors and 130,000 industry participants expected to take part, companies will show off their latest electronic wizardry in hopes of gaining a bigger chunk of a market that racks up $122 billion in annual sales.

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