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Tech savvy ready to bet on hottest unveils

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Each year the tech world travels out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the giant International Consumer Electronics Show, including YNN's Adam Balkin, who takes a look at what can be expected at this year's event.


Yes, the tech world actually gets quite excited about the annual International CES in Las Vegas. A giant ballroom filled with gadgets and folks gawking at them, called CES Unveiled, is an event that serves as just a teeny tiny minuscule slice of a preview of what's to come.

"We're at 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space that 23 miles of aisles no one will see it all it's over 3,300 companies showing product," said Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association.

There's new technology for adults, kids, your pets, your car, for your home, even for your plants.

Called the Parrot Flower Power just stick it in the soil and developers say it's as if your plant is able to tell you what it needs.

"So you have four sensors, you have a light sensor here, you have a temperature sensor here, soil moisture, and a fertilizer sensor so we'll tell you when you need to water your plants, if there is too much light, if it needs fertilizer, etcetera," said Theodore Sean of Parrot.

There will be lots having to do with audio, video, computers, and of course phones. In fact, phones are becoming so central to our everyday that even your luggage is getting its own phone, sort of. It's called the Trakdot Luggage Tracker.

"The traveler takes it, puts it in their luggage when they pack. When the plane lands and they activate their cell phone they'll get a message saying their baggage is with them or if their baggage got misdirected to another airport it'll tell them then city where their bag is. It also has a bluetooth device that as the luggage comes down the carousel it'll signal the cell phone that the bag is getting closer to them," said Harry Steck of Globatrac.

Perfect examples of what's fun and frustrating about the trade show is seeing new, innovative solutions -- solutions that often times you may feel you'll need to run out and spend money on ASAP, even though they're solutions to problems that just yesterday you didn't even realize you had.

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