Prepping for world's biggest gadget jamboree
The Consumer Electronics Show is humungous. There are 2,700 exhibitors this year launching 20,000 new products, and displaying them across 1.6 million square feet of space.
On offer is everything from connected cars and TV's to tablet computers and smartphones. There are also connected fridges, robots, kids games and technology to give your body and your brain a work-out.
If someone can stick a sensor on it and hook it up to the web, it's most definitely here on display at CES.
The big show doesn't officially get underway until Thursday, but preparations are in full swing with crews working through the night to get everything done in time for the hoards of press and bloggers to descend.
The press-room looked weird, devoid of sweaty bloggers, journalists and the hubbub of news in the making.
Last night I attended an event called CES Unveiled that claims to offer a glimpse of some of the gadgets we may be buying throughout the year. Let me rephrase that - gadgets the makers hope you will fork out for.
It was a mixed bag and all very random. Lots of offerings to power up smartphones, laptops and tablets to storage devices with 64mb of space, paper shredders, scanners and a watch with a camera on it.
The device that ticked myself and my friend from NPR radio off was called SeekerPND by pipSqueak because it was apparently developed to give women time to rummage around their purse to find their phone. The way it works is it actually answers your phone for you and tells the person calling that you will answer shortly and to stay on the line.
Another weird but interesting device looked like a bicycle pump that harnessed kinetic energy when you walked around and used that energy to, say, charge your cellphone.
The nPower PEG's internal battery receives a charge from both plugging it into a USB port and through the energy you generate, whether or not you sling it in your backpack or executive briefcase. The device harvests and stores the kinetic energy that you're already generating and converts it into usable power for recharging over 3,000 hand-held devices such as your cell phone, MP3 player or camera.
One fun project on display was sponsored by computer manufacturer Lenovo. It challenged case moders to rethink the way its devices can be displayed.
Dean Liou bought a game cabinet to display a laptop in a way that might appeal to gamers in particular. He called his creation the Arcade Dock.
"My inspiration was taken from the street fighter games that I grew up on," said Mr Liou.
Jeffrey Stephenson went old school. His computer was encased in an expensive shell made up of birds' eye maple and teak.
"I hate computers and the way they look and I wanted to turn it into a piece of furniture that would fit in a living room and not stick out like a sore thumb," said Mr Stephenson.
He has been a case moder for nine years and prefers art deco and mid-century modern for his design aesthetic.
James Fislar is at the other end of the artistic spectrum and going for something a little more modern. He turned his model into a block of ice using resin.
"There aren't too many blocks of ice cases out there and I just thought this would capture the imagination."
It certainly worked where the judges were concerned and Mr Fislar was made the winner ofLenovo's Mod building contest.
Music also made a big play at CES Unveiled with a host of exhibitors displaying digital radios and fancy headphones. The company that got the most attention was House of Marley. And if you are thinking surely not THAT Bob Marley, the answer is yes.
The company is run by his 11 children and at the event was son Rohan Marley who said "it was important we were able to create something that not only speaks Marley but represents the music genre as a whole in terms of superiority and quality."
The headphones, boomboxes, iPod docks and the like are made using sustainable and recyclable materials from hemp, leather and plastic.
"Anything you see that says 'Marley' has to represent the earth, charity, giving back and being socially conscious. Our father left us a message, on your way up - take us up. On your way down - don't let me down," said Mr Marley.