The International CES is heralded as the world's largest consumer technology event, drawing more than 2,400 exhibitors from over 110 different countries. Overwhelming in scale, exhibit design, and sheer volume of visitors, attendees spend as much energy worrying about what they're missing as what they're seeing. And let us assure you, given the scope of the exhibition there is lots to miss.

The event has morphed over the last few years from a show of stereos and TVs into a much more comprehensive review of state-of-the-art technology, as the notion of what constitutes "consumer electronics" has expanded and grown more sohisticated. Another aspect of the show is to serve as a leading indicator of trends in technology, design and brand development, expecially among large, established players such as Motorola and Microsoft.

Given the confluence of design, technology and Las Vegas, the show is enough to make a designer's head spin. Repeatedly. But since we can't all make it to the show, we've collected a few snapshots of standout items to share.

Ojo : Personal Video Phone
Captures and sends MPEG4 video over the internet at 30 fps on an eye-level, portrait-oriented LCD display (7" diagonal). For use with your existing home phone number.
Bluetooth Enabled Snowboarding Jacket
A joint venture between Burton and Motorola, the bluetooth-enabled jacket links a rider’s mobile phone and/or iPod with an imbedded system operated via an easily removed control module on the jacket sleeve. Stereo speakers are built into the hood of the jacket and a microphone is in the upper section near the collar. When you answer a phone call from the control panel on the sleeve your iPod immediately pauses. Nice.
Burton Snowboard Gear
Continuing the exploration of bluetooth enabled equipment, this helmet and beanie keep riders connected to their music wirelessly and when the modules are removed, they can double as a stereo headset.
Sanyo Xacti C4
The C4 records MPEG4 video at 30 fps (VGA) and can be used as a 4.23 megapixel digital still camera with 5.8x optical zoom. While recording in video mode uses can simultaneously capture still images with a simple shutter press.
Samsung SC-X105
Samsung had a massive stand but this extreme sports camcorder totally stood out featuring a rubberized body that is water resistant and built to withstand the harshest conditions of any night clubbing experience. An extra sports camera module provides hands-free shooting which is easily mounted to a helmet, bike frame or anything you can fix it to. The instant power on option has the camera ready to shoot in 0.9 seconds and the entire unit is ultra compact making very portable. Samsung are planning on launching this in March.
Coby TF-DVD500
Features a 3.5” color TFT LCD at 336x960 pixels, composite video and optical audio output. Plays DVD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3 and is JPEG compatible
FOCE F1-2210
The Foce, a personal video player with a 2.2-inch color LCD screen (320x240), can playback MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 and AVI, as well as MP3 audio files. No built-in hard drive, but it does have up to 1GB of flash memory and a slot for Reduced Size MultiMediaCards.
Samsung DVD Jr DCV-L25
Designed for young teens, This hand held Mini DVD Player features a 2.5" TFT LCD screen for playback of 3" Mini DVD discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3 music files, and JPEG images for digital photo viewing.
Ebay Station
As ebay has become deeply entrenched in the world of gadgets, desperate tech junkies were treated to free access to offload their latest obsolete gizmos.
All in One Media device
From somewhere in korea, this device has everything the digital urban nomad needs to be self sufficient.
3G mobile phone with wireless LAN
Double rotating hinge mobile phone allowing operation in both landscape and portrait formats for its viewing, mail/web, game and camera mode.
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