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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Weekly video: Packing for CES

By Rob Pegoraro

Packing for the Consumer Electronics Show isn't like getting ready for the average trip. For one thing, I spend as much time picking out socks--preferably, the comfortable hiking kind--as I do shirts. For another, I wind up with a lot more chargers and cables in my luggage than usual.

In this week's video clip, you can watch me inventory some of the things I'm taking to Las Vegas this afternoon.

(Note that we took a break from video production last week. For earlier episodes, such as my guide to setting up a new PC or Mac, see our video channel.)

What do I expect to see at CES from tomorrow through Saturday? I'll start with just one word, tablets: Now that Apple has proven you can have mass-market success with a touchscreen mobile device that's neither a smartphone nor a laptop, everybody else wants to try to run the same play.

Many will fare no better than the Kindle clones I saw at last year's CES. But some of them--maybe the Android-based tablet Motorola is supposedly working on, perhaps HP's webOS tablet--will.

My next pick for a CES storyline is TVs and other video devices that, even more than current hardware, integrate Internet video sources. There's obviously a market here, and as long as cable and satellite subscriptions keep going up I expect demand to increase.

On that note, it will be interesting to see how TV vendors try to spin 3D TV after its disappointing performance following a splashy launch at CES 2010.

In-car electronics should also be a continued growth area, assuming that their buyers don't all manage to plow into bridge abutments while fidgeting with the latest dashboard gadgets.

It's also utterly safe to expect the unexpected at CES, in the form of furniture and household applications incorporating various electronic devices. (A subwoofer in a lounge chair? Sure, that was done years ago.)

In short, there will be a lot going on. Stay tuned to this blog and to Cecilia Kang's Post Tech; if that's not enough, you can also get more frequent updates from us on Twitter, where I'm robpegoraro and she's ceciliakang.

(If, on the other hand, you're hoping for a quick e-mail reply from me, I can only beg your patience. I expect to be snowed under with new messages by lunchtime Thursday, and it may take a good two weeks to dig out.)

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 4, 2011; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  CES 2011, Gadgets, Gaming, Internet TV, Mobile, TV, Tablets, Weekly video  
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One of the nice developments recently is that manufacturers (except for Apple) seem to be converging on MicroUSB as a charging standard. I only had to carry 3 charging cables when I went on vacation: A iPod cable, a Nook Color cable, and a standard microusb cable.

Posted by: wiredog | January 4, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I don't care what's in that bag. In fact, NO ONE CARES. Write SOMETHING.

Posted by: citigreg | January 5, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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