New technology being shown off in Las Vegas

The consumer electronics show in Las Vegas is the world's largest consumer show, anywhere.

More than 3,000 companies are showing off their wares this week and they have plenty of people to impress. It's a crazy, crowded, 3D affair.

140,000 people, the biggest crowd yet.

Walking through nearly 2 million square feet of space, and what they really want to do, is watch TV, with a portable device by their side.

Jason Hillman, Panasonic, explains how his tablet is becoming very powerful, "So this becomes my new mouse, I have complete control over the web from an actual tablet."

There is Google TV, with search and apps. You can find 3D TV. The TV will soon be available without the need for 3D glasses. There is even virtual holographic TV. Pretty much anything you've ever been able to do on a computer, and more, coming to the big screen.

Jeff Cove, Panasonic, explains how there is no longer such thing as a couch potato, "Well, couch potato is gone. TV is active, interactive. Young people are used to computers, phones, a lot of ways to communicate, and they have the same expectations of their TVs."

But as we peer into the future of TV, and the new types of screens, some now have 16 times the sharpness of today's high definition sets are drawing a crowd like it was the Mona Lisa.

We can at least take comfort that all this, is getting a lot cheaper, even as it gets smarter.

Brad Lyons, Sharp, explains how the prices are dropping, "5 years ago, a 65 inch cost $20,000. Now, 70 inch for about three grand. It's a smart TV as well."

The new technology is giving everyone something to watch for in the future.

To put the electronics show in perspective, the exhibitors in Las Vegas have plenty of space to show off their gadgets.

The 1.7 million net square feet of space they use is more than 35 football fields long, and the 140-thousand people Scott mentions who are expected to attend. That's three times more than the number of slot machines on the Vegas strip.


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