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  • More than 20,000 new products expected at CES
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By David E. Williams
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(CNN) -- The latest new TVs, MP3 players, computers and pretty much any other shiny and expensive gadget you can think of will be on display next week in Las Vegas, Nevada, long before they make their way to your local big-box electronic store.

Organizers of the International Consumer Electronic Show say more than 20,000 new products will be on display.

The show is huge, with about 2,700 exhibitors crowded into the 1.8 million-square-foot exhibit space.

About 150,000 people -- mostly tech insiders, journalists and bloggers -- are expected to attend the show.

It's not open the public, so CNN talked to a handful of tech bloggers, who will be covering the event.

Dan Tower, men's gift editor

"There's going to be so much sizzle at CES about the latest greatest and hi-def and wireless and home theater and stuff that at a personal level I will enjoy seeing, but as a matter of practicality, in terms of a gift, some of these things really don't hit the mark. So I really want to see products that you could probably see under the tree in 2008 or that you could get for Fathers' Day. ... Video Watch what's hot at this year's show »

"In terms of trends, videogaming is absolutely out of hand and I think the Wii has captured everyone's heart and imagination. Not that everyone can get one at this point. But I really think that we're going to start to see some of the Wii accessories and the Wii cottage industries start to take off. ...

"I think every kid out there probably had the Wii on his list for the holidays and they didn't need to tell them that, but where we come in is in suggesting a really cool accessory that the kid's going to lose his mind over. ...

"Another thing I'm really excited to see, and it's kind of hard to put a handle on it, but it's kind of gadgety games and toy gifts. ... It could be anything from a stocking stuffer like a BBQ grill thermometer to a couple of things that were kind of fun that were introduced this year like an animatronic Elvis to a Pleo, which is an animatronic dinosaur toy. Toys for more of the young at heart more than just kids.

"We do really well with those sort of unique, quirky toys and adult-leaning gadgeting type gifts. So that's something that, while I don't know what I'll see, it will be really exciting when I do see it."

Paul Mooney, editor
Intune Network

"The one thing I'm interested is the solid-state drives. They're getting bigger now and with laptop computers, everything is increased. Everything is bigger and faster than it was two or three years ago, but the speed of our hard drives is still the same as the laptop you had 10 years ago. It hasn't changed at all.

"So when we get solid state drives, they will be a lot faster and they're just starting to come out now. You can get them, but they're expensive like $600, $700 for 32 or 64 GB, but like everything else the price is going down fast. And it's pretty exciting to see."

Todd Cochrane
Geek News Central

"It's really a fire hose. They're really throwing a lot at you and you really have to siphon through what's good and what we think is interesting. The key thing is that we're looking for new stuff. We're looking for stuff that says 'Oh Wow, I want one of those,' and stuff that we think our readers will say 'Hmmm, I want one of those.' ...

"You never know what you're going to find because people are being really secretive at this point, they don't want anybody to know what they're going to release, and this is where they've really got to make their money."

Ewdison Then, executive editor

"There's a lot of interesting things this year. Lenovo, is going into the consumer market with its laptops, what they call idea pads and it's a very interesting laptop. It features face recognition as an authorization system rather than the old-school fingerprint. And the screen is very, very beautiful, it doesn't have any bezel like all other laptops in the market.

"In the gaming side, I'm really looking forward to Skype integration with PSP (Sony's Play Station Portable), which will really make PSP a one-of-a-kind portable gaming console that also works as a communication product."

Ryan Block, editor-in-chief

"Well, CES, there's always a few oddballs thrown in there, so you never really know what to expect. But, this year I'm definitely looking forward to the new slew of HDTVs, there's a lot going on in the wireless HD space -- transmitting HDTV wirelessly throughout the house.

"There's definitely a lot going on with display port, which is a new kind of video interface that simplifies the process of connecting monitors to your computers and laptops and other kinds of devices."

(Note: Engadget is an AOL company, which is owned by's parent company Time Warner.)

Ali Heriyanto, co-editor
Chip Chick

"Last year we saw a lot of interesting things from the international traders, that came from around the world from Asia and I would like to be able to see those things make it into the U.S.

"They have a lot of interesting design elements, and as far as the Asian markets, they have these cute little USB keys, you can watch little videos and MP3s on things that are almost the size of a pair of dice. Just to get those kinds of design elements and those things in general and make them more available in America....


"It will be interesting to see if they have created more pre-teen and tween technology. We have a lot of readers that are all into Hannah Montana now, and stuff like that. Even tooth brushes. Tooth Tunes from Hasbro is a gadget -- you brush your teeth and you hear a song as you're brushing your teeth.

"A lot of the kids now are very tech savvy and I'd like to see more technology that's geared towards them, because they're the next generation and you have to keep up with that demographic before you can even attempt to impress them even further down the road." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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