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CES opens to gadget industry in Las Vegas

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Construction crews worked around-the-clock to finish the booths in time for CES 2013 Construction crews worked around-the-clock to finish the booths in time for CES 2013

Last-minute adjustments are under way to highlight more than 20,000 new products that will be on display during the Consumer Electronics Association Trade Show.

"This is going to be the biggest CES ever by attendance, exhibit space and by the number of exhibitors," said Jim Barry with the Consumer Electronics Association.

From cloud-based services, connected vehicle technologies to the latest apps, the 2013 CES is expected to further economic growth in an industry that is creating more jobs every day.

Some analysts anticipate the consumer electronic business in the U.S. this year to account for over $200 billion.

Aside from the new digital products people will be able to checkout, there will also be a number of conferences available for just about every person and their hobbies.

"We have digital health and fitness. We have a mommy track on how young mothers are using electronics in their everyday lives and with the kids in the play areas. A silver summit for those of us with some gray hair and we are using consumer electronics," added Barry.

The economic impact on Las Vegas will be great, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

"Over $200 million will be generated throughout our economy during this week, and that doesn't include the hundreds of millions of dollars of publicity we receive as the destination host," said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA president and CEO.

Exhibitors like the audio manufacturer, Harman, depend on this week-long event to showcase what's new and what's in development.

"It's a lot of work, and you've got a lot of little things that have to be just right, because when people come in, we want it to be a great experience for them," said Jeremy Brenner, Harman national product trainer.

As of late Monday afternoon, many companies were still working on their displays. Some exhibitors have spent months with planning and design, all to ensure maximum impact.

The Consumer Electronics Show opens Tuesday at 10 a.m., and runs through Friday.

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