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CES product releases indicate 2010 will be a great year for cutting-edge technology

The internet is abuzz with articles and blog posts about the more than 20,000 cutting-edge products released at this year's Consumer Electronic Show (CES).

The event is a strong indicator of future technology trends set to dominate the consumer electronics market in the coming year, and all eyes were fir

mly fixed on where the future of the industry might be headed.

Highlights of this year's event included a strong line-up of tablet computers, touch-screen laptops, 3D technology and a wave of e-readers.

"The 2010 CES featured a record number of new exhibit areas on the show floor highlighting cutting-edge technology trends that will redefine our industry," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA.

This year's CES product releases highlighted many trends that will dominate the technology market in the future, one of which is the need to be constantly connected to the internet and social networks.

Products shown at this year's show - TVs, cars, e-readers, watches and even micro projectors - all demonstrated that future generations will live without needing to unplug from the web. Consumers will soon expect their devices to provide them with constant access to the net.

Other highlights included a large range of products running Google's Android operating system, HP's "Slate," Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 Hybrid laptop and celebrity appearances by Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Drew Carey.

"The innovations unveiled this week at the 2010 International CES brought new optimism and opportunity to our industry and the global economy," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "This show exceeded expectations with its innovation, optimism and excitement. What a great way to kick off the new decade."

Consumer electronics manufacturers are already preparing for the 2011 International CES that will be held in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9, 2011.