All of us gadget lovers are descending on Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show where we get to feast our eyes on thousands of tech-laden booths filled with every sort of connected device you can think of, and some you cannot even imagine.

Last year, I recall seeing some of the coolest technology imaginable. Putting aside my mind’s eye, I even recall gasping at some of the largest high-definition TVs dominating the show floor. I think many manufacturers had high hopes for 3D televisions, but sadly they fell short of consumer expectations. But that’s not stopping manufacturers this year, which hope to marry the Internet and TV. As I have talked about several times on The Peggy Smedley Show, manufacturers have visions of dominating the south and north halls once again with their so-called smart TVs.

I also believe much of the buzz will center around the automotive companies and their carrier partners talking about the future of the EV (electric vehicle). The big dogs like Ford, with its Ford Focus, General Motors, and its Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan, with the new Nissan LEAF, among a few others, will be fighting it out in the EV and hybrid-electric arena to win over consumers. We all know green is in, and we all know how boys like their high-tech toys. However, while many are talking EV in 2011 there is still a lot of debate about how quickly consumers will embrace these cars. Personally, I can’t wait to get the scoop on what the automakers have to say.

Among the other hot discussions at CES will be connected gadgets that serve up even more convenience. Even though Apple once again is absent from the show floor, rumor on the street is that we might see some new tablets and smartphones pop up from companies such as Motorola and Verizon.

These companies are hoping they can capture a little piece of the market away from the Cupertino, Calif.-based powerhouse. We will also see a lot of fitness devices, cameras, audio equipment, home healthcare, GPS/personal navigation, and connected home products on display.

The show officially opens on Wednesday evening with Microsoft’s head honcho Steve Ballmer giving the keynote. So we will be there tweeting and following all the connected device news that we can muster 24/7.

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