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Getting ready to raise the curtain at CES 2015 (pictures)

Before the laptops and the phones and the gadgets, CES is all hammers, forklifts and drills. Take a look inside CES before it opens.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015, which kicks off Tuesday.

Our reporters and photographers are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the gadget world.

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place.

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Las Vegas Convention Center

Outside the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday morning, setup is well under way.

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CNET at CES

The CNET trailer, home base to all of your favorite CNET writers and editors for the next few days.

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Booth builders

The showroom floor, which in just a few days will be packed with thousands of people, is a maze of crates and carpets, with forklifts zooming back and forth.

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Open this side

Crates are stacked along the floor, as workers continue their round the clock set up leading to the CES show opening on Tuesday.

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Rolling into town

Most exhibitors are rolling into the convention center today, setting up for the show.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Stop by our booth, front and center in the South Hall.

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CNET at CES

Between the boxes, the convention center floor is a maze of materials today, with exhibitors planning their week.

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Cutting and pasting

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, workers continue setup for the big show, CES 2015, which starts Tuesday.

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Unpacked and polished

In just a few days, the convention center will look perfect and polished, but today, it's a sea of cables, wires and workers.

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Cameras and more

Looking under a ladder, and looking underwater.

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Cleaning up

After all the unpacking, there's a lot to clean up before the show starts.

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Looking down the long walkways

Looking down the long walkways inside the convention center, the paths are a jungle of pieces of booths yet to be assembled.

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Unloading

Stacks and stack of crates show just how much stuff goes into this production.

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Windex and energy drinks

Clean and polished, and a lot of energy -- it's the stuff that CES is made of.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

The soundboard is all set to host four days of shows at the CNET booth, where we will have all the news you need from CES.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Our reporters and photographer are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the future of gadgets.

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place.

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Loading and unloading

Looking out into the yard where forklift and zipping in and out loading and unloading gear.

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Cleaning and polishing

Dusting the walls soon to hold the latest and greatest.

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CNET at CES

Our reporters and photographers are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the future of gadgets.

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Loading in

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place among rolling suitcases.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Our reporters and photographers are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the future of gadgets.

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Our reporters and photographer are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the future of gadgets.

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place.

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Before the action

Before the action, a lot happens behind the scenes. Connection are made, wires clipped, and everything is put in place. It's the chaos before the storm.

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Working on the big show

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

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Unpacking

Empty equipment crates are stacked up waiting to transform the Las Vegas Convention Center into a magical gadget playland.

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Rolls of carpets

Rolls and rolls of carpet are stacked inside the South Hall, waiting to cover some of the 3.2 million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Our reporters and photographers are on site early, ready to bring you all of the latest news from the future of gadgets.

Setup continues today as the convention center is built out, with cranes and forklifts moving all the pieces into place.

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CNET at CES

In the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CNET is all set for CES 2015.

Inside the booth, the video team is all set for a long week of shows. Tune in!

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Snacks and sustenance

There's a lot happening at CES, and the CNET team is going to see it all.

We'll only get a little bit of sleep, and we'll need a lot of energy, so we stocked the trailer (and we brought along a massage chair, too).

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