In three weeks time, 3000 global technology companies will unveil the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories, including automotive electronics, connected homes, photography, electronic gaming, audio, and so much more.

It all starts on Sunday 6 January in Las Vegas – where members of the press and bloggers get the first peek at CES Unveiled. Over 70 companies will be announcing their new products at this media only event. After my first CES visit three years ago, I learned very quickly it doesn’t pay to be shy at this event. It may be “press only” – but believe me – these guys really are after the scoop!. As in previous years I will be sending through regular updates on all things CES – be it the latest and greatest, or the weird and wonderful – CES in Las Vegas has it all.

A highlight of the media days prior to the official opening of CES is the State of the Consumer Tech Industry and 2013 CES Trends to Watch presentations, followed by the State of the Global CE Industry.

CES 2013 will feature more than 20 market specific Tech Zones – including Safe Driver, Sustainable Planet, Wireless Mobility, Digital Health Summit, Kids@Play, MommyTech, Silvers Summit, Robotics, Mobile TV, FitnessTech, and more.

The entrepreneurs area – Eureka Park – is 40% larger than last year – housing over 140 entrepreneurs, start ups and small companies, and 440 exhibitors in the iLounge – THE place to see everything “i”.

The conference programme is also impressive, featuring 800 speakers in 300 sessions.

Australian companies I am keen to see at CES this year include headphone manufacturer/designer Audiofly and mobile phone accessories maker Cygnett. Both of these companies will be revealing new products at CES 2013 – stay tuned for future blogs on both of them.

Areas I hope to focus on include Connected Home, Cloud, Health and Fitness, and the smart technology in cars. On the mobility side, I will be looking carefully at where the market is heading vis a vis the IOS vs Android vs Windows 8, and where tablets and Smartphones are being integrated into every aspect of life.

I look forward to sharing my CES experiences with you, and please let me know if there is anything of specific interest to gather information for future blogs.

If you are taking a break at this time of year, have a safe and enjoyable time. Thank you for your support and feedback throughout 2012 – hopefully I have been able to bring you some entertaining  and informative blogs this year – and looking forward to a busy 2013.

Images: International CES