Samsung at CES

LAS VEGAS--CES 2009 is coming to a close after the four-day-long event unleashed a flood of new gadgets on us. Here's a glimpse of some of the scene here at the show.

While the economy certainly did a number on attendance at CES 2009, the booths were just as big as ever. Here's Samsung's dazzling array of HDTV screens hanging high above its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

LimePC

Yet another company arrives on the Netbook scene offering very-low-cost computers. The LimePC, shown here, is made by Chinese company MTC and cuts out all the priciest parts of a PC: it's got its own Ubuntu Linux-based OS, called LimeOS, and a Freescale processor. It comes in lime (naturally), white, and black, and has two screen sizes: 7 and 8.9 inches. It's got 256MB or 512MB of RAM, a 4GB solid-state drive, or an 8GB SSD, or a 30GB to 200GB hard drive. As a result, it starts at $199 for the 7-inch and $249 for the 9-inch model.

"We want to be the Model T," said company spokesman Peter Rilia. "We're not the fastest car, but the one everyone can afford."

Its intended audience is students, travelers, and first-time PC users in developing nations, but it won't be available for order until February.

Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Lime projector

Lime also makes a projector that throws up a 42-inch picture. The project was designed as an inexpensive projector for all regions, but MTC says it's already been approached by a group who wants to buy them with their grant to teach nurses in Africa. No price was available.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Lime Box

In addition to the low-cost laptop and projector, there's also a Lime Box. The box is a tiny cloud-based desktop. It's got the same amount of storage as the Netbook, but is meant essentially for browsing the Web and storing content online. Though it's similar to the concept of the CherryPal PC, it's much cheaper, starting at $199.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Hello Kitty

Gadgets of all shapes, sizes, and colors appear at the gigantic CES show every year. They also come in cat. Specifically, Hello Kitty, whose face has long been intertwined with knock-off tech products. Here she is in MP3 player and USB stick form.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Jeopardy

Jeopardy filmed a week's worth of shows here at a stage built next to the Sony booth in the Convention Center. Though live shows were taped at night after the show floor closed, visitors were allowed to take a look during the day. Here, the crew sets up the stage for the evening's show. Make sure to check out CNET's behind the scenes video of the set.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

3D

3D showed up in a big way at the show this year. Here, attendees gather around a Sony demonstration of its 3D tech. Panasonic and LG Electronics also showed their versions of 3D on TVs for home viewing.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Wireless TV

Another big trend in TVs was wireless. LG, Panasonic, and Hitachi (shown here) demonstrated sets with the ability to stream HD signals without wires.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:

Dodge Charger

Car tech is a growing category and had a large portion of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center devoted to it this year. There were many cars just like this Dodge Charger modified with the latest in audio and video.
Updated:
Photo by: Erica Ogg/CNET Networks / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Last-minute gift ideas

Under pressure? These will deliver on time

With plenty of top-notch retailers offering digital gifts, you still have time to salvage your gift-giving reputation.

Hot Products