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Preparing for the Big Show: Behind the Scenes at CES 2013 (pictures)

A behind-the-scenes look at the many elements that go into creating such an enormous event.

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CNET Reviews staff
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Here we see the advertising going up outside the Las Vegas Convention Center's South Hall.
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Building the connected home. CES is sure to showcase new ways to wire the entire home with music, TV, and Internet.
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Curious if these guys will be dressed up later or if this is the look they're going for...
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Inside the South Hall you'll see a maze of crates and containers strewn about as companies' hurry to construct their booths.
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Only exhibitors are allowed on the floor right now, and companies still want to keep their surprises under wraps. Here, Samsung security moves in to shut my camera down.
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TCL's colorful booth showcasing their LED HDTVs and LCD HDTVs.
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If I had a nickel for every square foot of fresh carpet laid down in this place...
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An interactive tree at the Intel booth is being setup.
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All the lighting and signage hanging from the Convention center ceilings has to be manipulated by workers up on these cranes.
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GoPro unloads their latest versions of their personal adventure cameras.
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To begin with, it all starts with a lot of unpacking of shipping containers...
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Hanging signs at the Polaroid booth Sunday in the Central Hall at CES.
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So many cords...
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Unboxing Polaroid's 3D lettering for their booth in the Central Hall.
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When you go up the escalator and head toward the entrance you can't miss CNET's stage. Here are some members of our team getting prepared.
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The hall is filled with sounds of forklifts, hammers and saws, and the air smells like sawdust and new carpet.
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Feeling the beauty at the Sony booth as a cart buzzes by.
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Everyone here is hard at work but happy to smile for a camera.
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Dozens of monitors being unboxed at the Hisense booth in the Central Hall Sunday.
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Some booths are closer to being finished than others.
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Many of these booths are designed especially for this year's CES. Whole teams of designers and construction workers are employed in this endeavor.
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Displays are being set up at the Voxx booth which will soon be filled with hundreds of thousands of people.
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Unpacking crates at at Casio.
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Plastic wrapped gadgets sit on a pallet waiting to be unloaded at the RCA booth in the Central Hall.
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The Nikon booth setup is underway.
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DISH and Slingbox unload their next generation of connected TV products.
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Setup at Samsung, a huge space in the Central Hall where dozens of people are building booths.
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Crates of cameras coming in at Canon.
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Setting up at the Sony booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sunday before the start of the Consumer Electronic Show.

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