George Bevir reports from CES2010

George Bevir is at Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas to bring all the latest news to itp.net

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By  George Bevir Published  January 7, 2010

This will be my first Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and it seems like it could be a good year to join the 100,000-plus people who are expected to gather in Las Vegas this week to check out the latest developments in the tech industry.

According to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CES host the Consumer Electronics Association, it's going to be packed with "more innovation" than any other show.

There have already been a fair few leaks from manufacturers and software firms that have shaped the numerous online guides about what to expect from the show, with some potential themes listed here, here and here.

I'm going to try and concentrate on a few areas that I think will have some relevance to the Middle East, and as anyone who has visited or lived in the Gulf can testify, the region is packed with with petrolheads, so advancements in in-car connectivity will be one of the areas I'll keep an eye on. Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO will make his second appearance at the show when he gives Thursday's keynote. With mini flatscreens embedded in the backs of headrests a whole generation is growing up having never endured attempts to break the boredom of long car journeys with tedious games of 'I Spy', and the breadth of car-based entertainment is set to increase further with some big leaps in in-car connectivity due to be announced by the Ford boss.

At the end of last year the UAE regulator licensed a consortium of the country's mobile operators, media firms and content producers to broadcast using the DVB-H standard, and mobile TV is another area that could see some big announcements and developments at CES. Mobile TV has been hyped for a few years now but it has struggled to gain much traction in most markets around the world, and every year it seems to be touted as the next killer mobile app. But some developments this year could help it to penetrate the mobile market, with the switchover from analogue to digital in many countries likely to speed the deployment of broadcast services which will spur the development of devices and services, many of which will be on show at CES.

I'll be posting regular updates over the next few days so make sure you check itp.net for the latest news and pics from the show, and you can check my updates on Twitter: @bevir.

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