There was no shortage of pundits this year proclaiming the downfall of CES, but the numbers paint a brighter picture.
The Consumer Electronics Association said the event was the largest in the show's 44-year history, with more than 3,100 exhibitors across the largest show floor in CES history.
There were more than 153,000 attendees and 20,000 new products, with stars including Eliza Dushku, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Ryan Seacrest, Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson among those who showed up.
While Microsoft won't be at CES next year, organisers are positive about the 2013 event, and say Mazda, BMW, Ford, Kia and Audi have already committed to exhibit space.
This year's techno-fest awarded the Best in Show title to LG’s 55-inch OLED TV, which is less than five millimetres thick and has a tiny one-millimeter bezel. While LCD screens require an internal LED backlighting source, OLED (the organic stands for LED) screens produce light on their own. And where other OLEDs feature red, green, and blue pixels, LG added a white pixel, which is inexpensive and produces a brighter picture. Other bells and whistles include content streaming and social media integration and a new magic motion remotewith four modes including a built-in microphone, and passive 3D.
The People's Choice prize went to Razer’s project, Fiona. The tablet runs on an Intel processor and is essentially a PC. The tablet was designed specifically for gamers, and is capable of running most PC games without needing to download special modifications or making various tweaks. Fiona will run a custom user interface via an app for a Windows 8 operating system at its core, instantly connecting players in multiplayer games.
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